Holiday Baking – Paleo Style

The holidays are sure busy times for everyone.   But for me, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without few sweet treats to share with friends and family.  Since I started my paleo journey, I have stayed pretty far away from sweet times and “bread-or cake-like” recipes – even if they were officially paleo compliant.  I guess I have been afraid that it would spur up a craving that has subsided for cookies and breads.  To be honest, today was the first time I ventured into this category of recipes.  But … I just could not resist making a few sweets this week.

So … what did I do?  I broke out my brand new “Against all Grain” cookbook.  First, I mixed up the cookie dough for Christmas Cookies.  While the dough was chillin’ in the refrigerator, I found a recipe for Pumpkin Muffins and Banana Bread.  Both looked irresistible – and I had all the ingredients on hand.  While they had a few more ingredients than my usual choices in recipes, neither was difficult.  And VOILA – they look pretty darn good!

I’m so thrilled to find these healthy alternatives.  Cookies will be ready to ice and decorate when the kids and friends start arriving!

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Holiday Baking

Oh, by the way … I wasn’t planning to make pancakes for dinner – BUT I had a half can of organic pumpkin left over and just could not see it go to waste.  I must tell you that even my pancake-loving-non-paleo husband gave this new recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes TWO THUMBS UP!

We will be making this one again.  Maybe this weekend 😉

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Pumpkin Pancakes

If you don’t have the Against All Grain cookbook on your shelf hurry up and place your order.  If it wasn’t so late, I would let Santa know you’d like to find under the tree 🙂

Happy Holiday Baking!

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Holiday Baking Traditions Revised!

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Confession:  I spent decades working in the retail grocery business, and I know that this weekend the baking aisles are packed with people buying up all the ingredients to bake cookies and Christmas treats.  I no longer get cravings for sweet treats (No, I cannot believe I really said that – but it is true!)  But this time of year, I miss the ACTIVITY of preparing sweet treats to share with friends and neighbors. So … here’s the plan:

I have created a PINTEREST account, devoted to “Holidays done the Paleo Way”.  There are some interesting recipes I’ve found.  Many I have tested.  Others are on the list.  I will make every effort to make them with organic ingredients – because I feel better when I do!

So … I’m off to join the others at the supermarket!

Happy Holiday Traditions 🙂

Let me know if you have others that I should add to the list!