There’s a lot of buzz about the Paleo Diet in the news lately. They call it the “Caveman Diet”— a modern way of eating that mimics our hunter-gatherer ancestors, but there’s more to it than that.
The Paleo Diet is a food framework that emphasizes nutrient dense, whole foods including fruits, vegetables, high quality protein from animal sources, and healthy fats from both plants (like coconut, avocado, nuts and seeds) and animal sources. The healthy foods that make up the Paleo Framework promote health in every sense of the word: they support healthy digestion, a healthy immune system, balanced hormones and a healthy psychological relationship with food.
Within the Paleo Diet Framework, there are thousands of diet variations. The key is to find a variation within this Framework that works best for you: your personal Paleo Diet. Everyone has different needs and different goals — in order to be your healthiest, you have to find a sustainable diet that truly works for you. You have to experiment to find a way of eating that makes you feel strong, healthy and happy. Paleo is a great starting place to build your own, sustainable diet.
The most important thing about a sustainable diet is balance — you have to have a sweet treat every now and then! In a Paleo Lifestyle, sweetness comes from natural sources like fresh fruit, dried fruit and natural sweeteners like raw honey, maple syrup and coconut palm sugar. The recipe below uses raw honey, almond flour and coconut flour for the perfect Paleo Sweet Treat.
Paleo Cookie Dough Truffles
Makes 24 Truffles
2 1/2 C almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
3 TBSP coconut flour
8 TBSP coconut oil, softened
1/3 C raw honey
1 TBSP vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
ľ to 1 C of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
Allow the coconut oil to soften to room temperature — it should be soft and a little melted (you may need to run the jar until hot water or put it in the microwave for 30 seconds).
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Cream these ingredients together with either a hand mixer or manually with a spoon (I did this manually and it turned out fine).
Once the coconut oil mix is smooth, stir in the almond flour one cup at a time. Then, add the coconut flour one tablespoon at a time: the batter should be firm enough for you to form into balls, but not so dry that the balls fall apart. You may have to play around with the amount of coconut flour, so just add it one tablespoon at a time, mix and reevaluate.
Add the salt and mini chocolate chips and stir.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the dough into balls about 1 Tbsp big and set them on the tray to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Dip in chocolate if you like, OR you can just eat them plain … they’re pretty good either way.