Category for desserts

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Posted on March 20, 2015

A couple of years ago my mother-in-law (MIL) asked my to make her a healthy chocolate chia pudding recipe. Although it took some time, I now have one. My MIL loves that my recipes are the easiest out there, and this Chocolate Chia Pudding has only six ingredients –chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla stevia, water, and salt.

I use stevia rather than maple syrup or honey as I am eating a lower-carb diet these days which has helped quite […]

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Posted on March 6, 2015

Homemade coffee cake is one of my favorite comfort foods. Growing up my mother used to buy an incredibly tasty frozen coffee cake at the grocery store. It was a special treat, albeit processed and full of preservatives and chemicals.

My healthy version is made with only six ingredients –almond flour, salt, baking soda, coconut oil, honey, and eggs– this easy coffee cake recipe can be thrown together in no time flat. The topping has three additional ingredients –coconut sugar, cinnamon, […]

Chocolate Donuts

Posted on February 20, 2015

I’m a little late to the cake doughnut party. In fact, this is my first doughnut recipe on the site. Thankfully, this is another easy recipe, with only seven ingredients –coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, baking soda, eggs, coconut oil, and maple syrup. To make it simply dump the ingredients into a food processor, throw the mixture in the doughnut pans, bake it, and bam! You’ve got gluten-free, grain-free doughnuts.

My husband said this nut-free Paleo dessert tasted like an Entenmann’s […]

Paleo Raw Chocolate Bites

Posted on February 9, 2015

I’m on a bit of a raw foods kick lately. I’ve been making nut milks for myself and the boys, and I’ve just created my fourth recipe for this website that uses the leftover almond pulp from my Almond Milk recipe. Given how expensive almonds are right now this strategy is key!

These super easy no-bake cookies have only 5 ingredients — 100% dark chocolate, almond pulp, dates, coconut, and salt. I haven’t tried it yet, but I imagine these Paleo […]

Paleo Strawberry Cupcakes

Posted on February 4, 2015

If you’re a fan of my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes and my Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes, you’ll love these Paleo Strawberry Cupcakes! They’re incredibly moist and fruity.

This quick and easy cupcake recipe is made with only seven ingredients –coconut flour, salt, baking soda, eggs, honey, vanilla, and fresh strawberries. Better yet? It can be whipped up in mere minutes.

If you’re wondering how to make cupcakes this is a great recipe for beginners. I haven’t tried making these cupcakes without eggs, but I […]

Almond Pulp Macaroons

Posted on January 23, 2015

Whenever I make almond milk and post a photo to Instagram, I receive several comments asking what to do with the almond milk pulp. That’s why I’ve created these Almond Pulp Macaroons. To make these you can use the pulp from my basic Almond Milk recipe, or you can use the pulp from my super food Tumeric Milk. I tested these macaroons with both types of pulp and they were fantastic. When these macaroons are made with almond pulp from […]

Apple Fritters

Posted on December 18, 2014

All of the Jewish holidays have fabulous culinary traditions, and Hanukkah is no exception. During Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of lights with fried food. How is frying connected to Judaism? I’ll get to that in a minute. First, a few words about this apple fritter recipe, a spectacular Hanukkah dessert. Sweet rings of freshly sliced apple are dipped in a grain-free, nut-free batter made of coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and eggs, then deep fried until golden and crispy.

Fried foods […]

Upside-Down Apple Tartlets from Paleo Cooking

Posted on November 13, 2014

Although I did not make a big fuss when it came out, I remain beyond thrilled with my third book, the New York Times bestseller, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. This labor of love is the culmination of almost a decade of cooking simple, healthy, and most important, tasty food for family, friends and the millions of people that read my blog.

While there have been a flood of Paleo cookbooks that hit the market in the last year, my readers […]

Pecan Apple Crisp

Posted on November 7, 2014

I don’t know how to say it any other way. I’m a sucker for apple crisp. It’s easy to make –so much simpler than apple pie! It’s also a consistent crowd pleaser, my boys both request and devour it on a regular basis. Nothing makes them quite as happy as walking into the house after school to a freshly baked apple crisp.

Although I have other apple crisp recipes, I created this one because I wanted a crisp recipe that was […]

Martha’s Coffee Meringue Acorns

Posted on October 31, 2014

Martha’s Coffee Meringue Acorns make a beautifully festive holiday dessert. Given their seasonal appeal, they are perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These cute maple syrup sweetened meringues, flavored with pure coffee extract, are dipped in dark chocolate and pistachios. This brilliant dessert recipe is based on a meringue cookie recipe I found on Martha Stewart’s site. Her coffee meringue acorn recipe is also gluten-free, but is sweetened with white sugar, which I do not use.

If you’re hankering for a […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Posted on October 24, 2014

Paleo Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies are a fantastic holiday treat. This year, I’ll be making them for Halloween, along with my Paleo Bagels. My boys and their hungry friends are gobbling up the grain-free bagels faster than I can make them these days. They also love my healthy whoopie pies. I’ll also be serving up all of these festive Paleo treats for Christmas and Hannukah.

If you’re in need of a nut-free whoopie pie for the holidays, you’ll absolutely love […]

Chocolate Pumpkin Chiffon Pudding

Posted on October 14, 2014

When fall arrives I pull my pumpkin recipes out of their file. I’m a huge fan of all things pumpkin as well as pumpkin spice. My husband? Not so much. While I add warming cinnamon and nutmeg to my daily (liver cleansing) Dandelion Coffee, he shies away from the flavors of fall.

I made this Pumpkin Chocolate Chiffon Pudding for my beloved, so that he would have a fun fall dessert to partake in while the boys go to town on […]

Pumpkin Spice Meringues

Posted on October 8, 2014

My teenage boys love these Pumpkin Spice Meringues. They plowed through batch after batch as I tested them. Yes, the boys are not only cookie lovers, they are meringue cookie lovers and devour my baking recipes. Right now they are asking for my Paleo Pumpkin Pie a couple of times each week. Of course I oblige! I am completely obsessed with pumpkin recipes, and especially pumpkin desserts now that fall is here.

The recipe for these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meringues went […]

Paleo Peach Crisp

Posted on August 22, 2014

Paleo Peach Crisp is made with only six ingredients: peaches, almond flour, salt, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. This healthy gluten-free crisp is another one of my easy-to-make Paleo recipes that has even less added sweetener than usual. The entire recipe has one tablespoon of maple syrup. Better yet? My boys and their friends devoured it last night.

If you make this healthy dessert recipe with frozen peaches, be sure to let them thaw completely before you make the crisp. When […]

Strawberry Crisp

Posted on August 12, 2014

Strawberries are at their peak right now. They’re overflowing in our garden and at the local farmer’s market. While I love making strawberry pie (with Paleo Pie Crust), sometimes I want to make something simpler.

This Strawberry Crisp can be whipped up in minutes. It’s an easy gluten-free dessert that is made with only five ingredients –strawberries, almond flour, salt, butter, and slivered almonds. If you’re dairy-free, I also tested this recipe with palm shortening and it was delicious.

When I was […]

Fudgsicles

Posted on July 22, 2014

These lightly sweetened dairy-free Fudgsicles are a major hit with my chocolate loving teenage son. He’s been devouring them this summer, eating a couple a day. I like homemade Fudgsicles too as they’re low-carb and sweetened with only one date (in an entire batch of six).

This rich fudgey frozen treat also has a bit of stevia in it, which you can likely omit entirely or replace with some other sweetener of your choice. If you do experiment with this recipe, […]

Meringues

Posted on April 4, 2014

Meringues are a light and crunchy naturally gluten-free dessert that melt in your mouth. Better yet? Mine are made with only two ingredients –egg whites and maple syrup.

Meringue cookies are fun, yet elegant, pleasing both young and old; my children and their friends devour them. So does my husband. We’ll be serving my quick and easy Meringues at our Passover Seder, along with my egg-free Macaroons, in order to give everyone with food restrictions loads of options.

If you’re not Jewish, […]

Sunbutter Brownies

Posted on March 21, 2014

Given the number of requests lately that I’ve had for gluten-free recipes that are also nut-free, I decided to create a quick and easy brownie recipe made out of sunflower butter. What is sunflower butter? It is similar to almond butter, however it is made of ground sunflower seeds. These Sunbutter Brownies are a cinch to make and a chocolatey delight.

Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again –Purim. Which means time for Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. This year because so many of you requested it on my Facebook page, I’ve developed Hamantaschen that are not only gluten and grain-free, they are nut-free as well.

Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar took quite some time to perfect. While I typically use almond flour to make cookies here, I use coconut flour –a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, and baked goods. This is the first time that I have developed a gluten-free cookie recipe using coconut flour.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on February 21, 2014

My mother-in-law (aka Grandma Marylyn) is obsessed with all things crispy, crunchy, and Paleo. Like me, she has celiac disease and has followed a strict gluten-free diet for years. I created this Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe just for her. Grandma Marylyn is a huge fan of my Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti, as well as my Chocolate Orange Scones, and presents me with freshly made batches of each of these every time we have a visit.

While Grandma loves everything I make and cooks from my latest book [cookbook3] religiously, she is passionate about making my Paleo desserts for our large Jewish family.

Grandma has been asking me for years to develop a thin and crispy cookie recipe. She has no idea that I’ve created these Paleo chocolate chip cookies for her!