7 Fall Recipes from Paleo Pals

You probably have already heard of some of these incredible Paleo bloggers. If you haven’t, then my oh my are you in for a treat! These marvelous friends have whipped up some delicious Fall-themed recipes that you must try!


I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Paleo Fall Recipes from my favorite Paleo Pals! Well, I wish were my pals. Maybe one of these days we’ll hang out. Until then I’ll just continue to creep all over their blogs…

1) Pumpkin Waffles from PaleOMGPaleo Pumpkin WafflesOMG is right! I have sampled this recipe on numerous occasions, even during the summer —going against all that is sacred about pumpkins and Fall. But you just can’t get enough of these delicious things! Get on this recipe, people!

2) Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins from the Civilized CavemanPumpkin Cinnamon MuffinsIf you’re ever lucky enough to run into George, all you need to do is shake his hand and say, “Thank you”. This recipe is out of this world and he should be thanked often for his genius brain that came up with it.
Thank you, George. Thank you.

3) Brussels Sprout Chips from NomNomPaleoBrussel Sprout ChipsFor some reason brussels sprouts freak people out. Now you can eat this lovely in-season vegetable in a non-threatening form: CHIPS. How scary can chips be right? Give brussels sprouts a chance! Eat the chips! Michelle from NomNomPaleo seems like she knows what she’s doing. I’d trust her.

4) Pumpkin Spice Coconut Latte from Cook Eat PaleoPumpkin Spice Coconut LatteStarbucks will no longer own your life during the months of September-November. Finally. ::insert sigh of relief:: Now you can simply foster your PSL-obsession from the comfort of your own home! All is right in the world. Sit down, relax, enjoy a cozy sweater and sip away on your Paleo-approved version of this warm Fall drink!

5) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars by Yours Truly The Thrive LifePaleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie BarsI wonder who the brilliant mind behind this genius-of-a-recipe is. She must be pretty awesome. I’d like to hang out with someone who can come up with a great food item like this one. Seems like the kind of person you could just spend hours with, ya know?
Oh… and the recipe is awesome too.

6) Warm Beet, Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad from Rubies & RadishesBeet SaladBeets are BEAUTIFUL. How about that gorgeous ruby color, eh? This seasonal vegetable is perfect baked into chips, roasted, juiced, or spiralized as shown into a warm, mouth-watering salad.

7) 10 Minute Apple Crisp from Real Food Liz1Paleo-Apple-Crisp_blog1.jpg-e1403484129809Do you have a need for something sweet? Do you have 10-minutes? Liz to the rescue with this 10-Minute Apple Crisp. Apples, cinnamon, and crunchy maple-nut topping. Whoa. You can pass on Grandma’s Famous Apple Pie during Thanksgiving this year and not even feel bad about it.


Do you hear that sound? Yes, your kitchen is calling. It wants you to create one of these recipes ASAP. And I’d listen if I were you. 😉

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars

I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!!!Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars

I cannot express how happy I am about this recipe. Fall is my favorite food season. As I mentioned earlier, anything pumpkin or apple flavor from September-November and I am all about it. My Pinterest is filled with various pumpkin-cinnamon-apple-spice recipes. Muffins, pies, cookies, bars. Now that I have dramatically shifted my diet. The majority of those recipes are, sadly, off-limits. 😦

Or are they? Well, I was going to find out. Starting with this recipe: Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. Oh, but that ingredient list! Brown sugar? Butter? All-Purpose FLOUR?! No bueno, folks. What’s a girl to do? Why, MAKE IT PALEO, of course! 🙂Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie BarAnd that is exactly what I did. Not only that, but I got it right on the first try. Oh yeah, check me out.

They are incredibly soft and moist. Full of pumpkin pie flavor. And similar to their original non-Paleo counterpart, they taste even better after the second day after all the flavors have combined more. Enjoy every second of these little beauties as they dance across your taste buds.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars
(makes 12 bars)
Ingredients:

1 15oz-can pumpkin
2 large eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup EnjoyLife mini chocolate chips + 2 tbsp for sprinkling
1/2 cup pack coconut palm sugar, packed
1/2 coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted + extra for greasing
2 tbsp vanilla extract
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9″x 11″ with aluminum foil, grease with coconut oil. Set aside.
2. In a large, microwave bowl, melt coconut oil for about 30 seconds on high.
3. Wait a bit so the eggs won’t cook. Then add eggs, pumpkin, applesauce, vanilla, coconut palm sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and whisk until smooth.
4. Add coconut flour and still until combined.
5. Stir in 1/2 EnjoyLife mini chocolate chips.
6. Pour batter into pan and smooth lightly with spatula.
7. Evenly sprinkle extra chocolate chips on the top of batter.
8. Bake for 34-35 minutes, or until cooked. Check doneness with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean.Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie BarsPaleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars   Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip BarsI truly love Fall recipes. I am so proud of the way these turned out and I hope that I will be able to transform more delicious Fall treats into Paleo-approved delicacies! Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars


What are your favorite Fall treats? What festive snack should I turn Paleo next?!

Cinnamon Fried Plantains

Quick, simple, and delicious. I love it when a recipe is all three of those things. And that is exactly what can be said of these
Cinnamon Fried Plantains.

Cinnamon Fried PlantainsPlantains are part of the banana family, but differ in that they are larger in size, harder to peel. starchier and need to be cooked to consumed. Plantains are low in fat and have a fantastic source of carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C. Recently I’ve been trying out various styles of cooking plantains, and this is my favorite. I enjoy it at breakfast time, as a snack, or a quick dessert.

Incredible Sweet Fried Plantains

Cinnamon Fried Plantains (serves 1)
Ingredients:
1 ripe yellow plantain
1 tbsp coconut oil
Cinnamon

Directions:
1. Heat a frying plan on low-medium heat and melt coconut oil in pan.
2. Cut open plantain and slice into even, 1/4-inch slices.
3. Place slices in pan and dust with cinnamon.
4. Fry for 3-minutes and flip.
5. Dust with cinnamon and fry for 3-minutes.
6. If needed, flip one more time to get crispy and golden brown.Cinnamon Fried PlantainsCinnamon Fried PlantainsCinnamon Fried PlantainsEnjoy this recipe as your next snack, breakfast-side, or dessert! The tasty sweet treat can satisfy your sweet tooth–naturally. 🙂

Roasted “Sweet” Apples

Do you know what I mean by the smell of fall?
That’s exactly what this dish smells like.

It gives you that warm & cozy feeling while it roasts away in the oven. For us Floridians, we need these types of dishes to imagine Autumn’s approach when it is truly 92-degrees and 84% humidity. Now that my mouth is watering and I have my Pumpkin Spiced Latte black coffee in hand (thanks Whole30), let’s get to it.

Roasted Goodness

Roasted “Sweet” Apples* (serves 1)
Ingredients:
– 1 small sweet potato
– 1 medium gala apple
– 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
– 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Sweet Potatoes + Apples

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
2. Dice apple and sweet potato and place in mixing bowl.
3. Add in coconut oil & cinnamon; toss together until produce is evenly covered.
4. Place on baking sheet and roast for 12-14 minutes.

Perfect Breakfast Addition

I am particularly excited about this recipe because I am always trying to find ways to spice up my breakfast routine– Today I’ll have an omelet with veggies… and for tomorrow, oh! How about an omelet with veggies? I immediately went into fall mode when savoring the aroma of this side dish. It is perfect for breakfast, but I can definitely see this being a quick dessert if you add some coconut milk whipped cream to it! Possibly even a side dish to a dinner with pork as the main event? Just think of the options! Roasty Toasty

I hope you find it heart-warmingly delicious too!


*Shout out to my lovely sister Jacqueline for the name of this recipe. Also, you can easily double or triple the recipe for friends and family too! WIN.

Larabar’s [Re]Nola Review

A few weeks ago I received a BOGO coupon for Larabar’s new product: [Re]Nola. I was actually really saddened because I was right in the beginning of my Whole30 and granola sounded like a perfect treat, but as you may have heard, all those gluten & grain items are a no-go 😦 Just as I was about to giveaway my coupons, I checked out the product online: Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, etc.

I realized ALL the ingredients are Paleo. Can you hear the angels singing?! Paleo granola at TARGET! Larabar comes through again… Unless you’re a “paleo-purist” who doesn’t eat tapioca syrup, then this is not for you. #sorrynotsorry

Renola

Currently, [Re]Nola (which means “reinventing granola) comes in three varieties: Cinnamon NutBerry, and Cocoa Coconut. There are also two different sizes: these handy little 1.28oz single serve bags (above) and larger 9oz bags for sharing (below).

Renola bags

At my local Target the larger pouches were not available just yet, but I was told they are on their way. The single serving pouches, however, were jumping off the shelves (they were also on sale for $1.52). People were crowding the free sample table like crazy (obviously I was one of them) and grabbing the pouches off the stand– leaving nothing but 4 Cinnamon Nut and 3 Berry pouches. AND ONE COCOA COCONUT.

And guess who got it? Yep, THIS GIRL.

ReNola Cocoa Coconut

[Re]view Time! (See what I did there? Corny, yes. Moving on…)

Likes:

-Flavors: All of them. They eat held their own distinct flavor profiles well and were well-balanced. There wasn’t one particular flavor that overpower any of the others. Well done, [Re]Nola. My personal favorite: Cocoa Coconut, followed by Berry, then Cinnamon Nut.

-Versatility: While standing around the sample table, a lot of the other customers and I were chatting about what we could use [Re]Nola for (besides just shoveling it straight to our mouths). Parfaits! Salad topping! On top of an Apple Crisp! We could probably have come up with a lot more if we stood there long enough. One of my favorite bloggers, Tina, over at Carrots ‘n’ Cake came up with a few paleo-friendly treats of her own in this post! Check it out!

-Paleo-friendly: The ingredients are all-natural and free of any grains or gluten, but it still tastes and has the texture of regular granola. You won’t even miss the oats, I promise! It is a treat for everyone!

ReNola Berry

Neutral:

-Packaging: I am actually on the fence about this. On one hand, I really enjoy the single serve packaging. My issue with it is that most of the packages seemed to have contents that were smushed and not in tact. Although, this could be due to everyone picking up and checking out the product at the sample table and totally unrelated to how it’s packaged. We’ll see.

Dislikes:

-Price: I was well prepared for this day. I had two BOGO coupons, and another $1-off any 3 coupon. With the sale at Target too, my total came out to $1.50 for all four single serve packages. Now stop making fun of coupon people. Without the coupons and sale, these same four packages would have cost $7.16 + tax. That price is a good argument to go ahead and buy the bigger bag, I believe. Or scan the internet for coupons!


Personally, I think this stuff is fantastic. I really enjoyed sampling all the flavors and was eager to bring some home to add to recipes. If you are interested in trying a new snack, I would go for it! If you have more questions about [Re]Nola, you can find answers here on the Larabar [Re]Nola FAQ page.