Okay, yesterday was probably one of the first days in my adult life that I have been afraid of a storm. After a solid 4-5 inches of rain yesterday, I felt like crawling underneath a blanket and not coming out! F and I hunkered down, watched some movies, and then I decided to make us a cozy treat! There’s nothing better than some warm cobbler on a stormy day.
When eating paleo, especially first starting out, it is easy to miss sweets and treats. It is also easy to miss simply the ritual of getting a little reward after your meal at the end of the day. One of the best ways to combat this is to go ahead and TREAT YOURSELF once in a while, but be smart about it! There are many fabulous desserts that you can make that are 80-100% paleo. Many people are a little skeptical of paleo dessert – how do you make a dessert without dairy, grain and sugar?
Ingredients like dates, agave, raw honey, and high cacao dark chocolate (80% and above) all make for heavenly paleo sweets. Creating paleo sweets is also a fun way to ingrain almond and coconut flour and different kinds of nut butter into your life. Elana’s Pantry (http://www.elanaspantry.com/) has great gluten free dessert recipes, and if you search for a few minutes, many 100% paleo recipes as well.
Dive in and give it a try! Here’s a great recipe to start with, so easy it only took me a few minutes to create and soon F and I were chowing down on warm fruity cobbler under our mounds of blankets!
Rainy Day Berry Cobbler
2 cups blackberries
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup minced dates (buy the pitted kind to save time)
1 1/2 cups almond flour (sometimes called “almond meal” in stores)
2T coconut oil or coconut cream (post on the difference to follow)
2T raw organic honey
Cinnamon to taste
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the berries and dates together with your hands (a spoon might crush the berries) gently in a bowl. Put the berry mixture into a lightly coconut oil greased pie pan. Mix the almond flour, coconut oil/cream, and egg together. Add in the cinnamon (I did about 5 big shakes, but it is 100% up to you, I happen to love cinnamon).
Crumble the mixture with your hands evenly over the berries in the pie pan. Drizzle raw organic honey as well as some extra coconut oil over the top, and a bit more cinnamon if you like (I did). Bake for 30-32 minutes or until the mixture on the top turns golden brown.
I served F’s and mine in bowls with some warm coconut milk on top – just enough to moisten up the crumbles, and a little extra honey drizzled on top as well. It is also apparently delicious cold in the morning with some coffee for breakfast (as F so politely let me know the next day!).
Peace, love and paleo xo