Are you dairy free? Paleo? Try this – it’s a dairy and sugar free paleo hot chocolate, without using any artificial sweeteners or chemical junk!
It uses canned coconut milk instead of regular milk. The medjool dates add a nice caramel flavor to the cocoa. They’re also naturally sweet! I think a lot of the flavor depends on the Cocoa powder you use. My favorites are Ghirardelli’s Cocoa Powder and Hershey’s Special Dark CoCoa Powder.
*Note: Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder has a disclaimer on the container saying that their special dark blend does not contain as many antioxidants as the regular blend.
This is a whole food recipe. I think you will enjoy your paleo hot chocolate!
As a side note, nothing says you HAVE to add the dates to this. My 3 year old will drink his completely unsweetened and still thinks it’s a special treat. Likewise, my husband has a taste for savory things and loves having it without the dates! I’d say no sugar means that’s REALLY paleo!
It’s also really good cold – it’s paleo chocolate milk!
Paleo Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 3 tablespoons canned coconut milk (make sure you shake it first so the cream is mixed evenly throughout the coconut milk - you may even want to blend it briefly, first)
- ¾ cup water
- 3 soft pitted Medjool dates
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
- Put all the ingredients in a blender (Vitamix!!) and puree until very smooth. If you have a Vitamix, then turn slowly turn to Variable 10, then High and leave it on until the liquid is hot.
- If not, transfer it to a pot and heat it until it's just warm.
So, how did I decide to make frozen bananas on a stick? True story: Picky toddlers will eat anything you put on a stick. Well, at least mine will. Sometimes it’s just switching up the presentation. And I needed to make a particular sad, fussy boy happy.
Another True Story: Teething is a terrible thing. It’s always been bad. But the “I” Teeth really suck. My son has never been so miserable and drooly. I have spent hours looking for magic cures and teething tips.
Banana pops. AKA frozen bananas on a stick. They are easy (yay for mom), a great shape for little teeth to gnaw on AND the stick keeps little hands from getting too cold (mine is very sensitive to holding cold things).
These are also a great way to cool off during hot summer months!
Making Frozen Bananas on a Stick
All you’ll need are bananas and popsicle sticks. I like to cut my banana into thirds and put each third on a popsicle stick. Then, I lay them on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper in the freezer, or stand them upright in a tall glass with the banana outside the glass (the banana will freeze to whatever it’s touching). You can even try dipping them in melted coconut oil or plain yogurt, then rolling them in chopped nuts, wheat germ or other favorite toppings. I’ve even heard of folks dipping them in melted dark chocolate! That sounds like a luxurious treat, too.
Depending on the ability level of the eater, the bananas may need to thaw and soften a bit before serving. Gnawing may not be easy for some tiny teeth.
Frozen bananas on a stick – a nutritious treat, great way to cool off during the hot summer months and a tasty teething remedy! Try it out and let me know what you think.
One of my favorite warm, hearty meals for winter time is a lean Turkey Chili recipe that I got years ago from Patty, a personal trainer and manager at Equinox Fitness. Her turkey chili recipe was famous far and wide for it’s health AND flavor. My big secret is it’s also good cold, making it a great dish for summer time.
People with limited grocery shopping options will prefer to stick to the traditional lean ground turkey. Personally, I prefer free range and wild caught meats like venison, ostrich and buffalo. They are naturally lower in fat and are higher quality meats. My favorite hot sauce is Tapatio, with Valentina being a close second.
- - 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- - 1 Cup Chopped Sweet Onions
- - 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- - ¼ Cup Chopped Yellow Bell Peppers
- - 1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey
- - 1 (28-ounce) can crushed organic tomatoes, undrained
- - 1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- - 1 tablespoon chili powder
- - 1 tablespoon sugar
- - 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- - ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- - 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- - 1.5 Teaspoons Sea Salt
- - 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
- - ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- In a large skillet, saute onions, garlic and bell peppers in olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent.
- Add ground turkey and cook until browned.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
This is a new favorite for my family and I – my toddler loves it, too. We use it for dipping vegetables, in wraps or sandwiches and by the spoonful. I’ve seen organic white bean hummus sold for as much as $7 per container in stores – make it yourself and save!
White beans are packed full of protein and slow-digesting carbohydrates, which are both part of a balanced diet. Extra Virgin Olive Oil adds healthy fats, too!
- 2 Cups White Beans, Rinsed (Cannellini or Great Northern Beans will both do)
- 1 Head Garlic, roasted in the oven until soft
- 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Water, Plus Extra to Make it Thinner for Your Blender/Tastes
- Juice of One Small Lemon
- ½ Teaspoon Cumin
- ¼ Cup Tahini / Substitute Roasted Sesame Seeds if you have a very good blender.
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until creamy. You may need to add more water, depending how moist your beans were to start - otherwise, the hummus can be too thick and stop the blender from working effectively.
- Other suggestions to mix it up - Add
- /2 cup fresh Basil leaves
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh, chopped Rosemary or thyme.
- Serving Suggestions:
- Spread on Toast or Sandwiches. I like it with tuna and ezekiel bread, to make a hummus-and-tuna-melt!
- Serve with vegetables for dipping.
- Eat with a spoon!