Paleo Holiday Treats


Aaaah, the holidays! From Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas, the holidays tend to be one big smorgasbord of sugar, processed flour, and unhealthy fats. (As I learned today, did you know that “desserts” spelled backwards is “stressed”? Silly!) But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can have healthy treats – and no, I don’t mean carrot sticks (um, please). I mean decadent fudge, homemade breads, and the most holiday-ish tradition of all – Christmas cookies!

If you’ve been reading my blog or checking out my web site, then you know that I follow a “real food” philosophy, and this list of treats reflect that. I’m talking rich, nutrient-dense fats like coconut oil  and pastured butter. Whole eggs. Protein-rich almond flour. Dark, dense cocoa. Raw honey. Seriously, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it all!

While I prefer to just call these treats “nutrient-dense,” you can also call them grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, primal … some are even GAPS-appropriate. But more importantly, they carry my own personal stamp of approval. So here goes … holiday treats!

* Dear readers, if you have any tasty treat recipes to contribute, please feel free to comment!


Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Star Christmas Cookies

Roll-Out Christmas Cookies

Molasses Spice Cookies

Lemon Almond Biscotti

Grain-free Magic Cookie Bars


Chocolate Cookie Frosting

Linzer Cookies

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies – omit the applesauce and stevia and use 1/4 cup raw honey instead!

Cakes & Breads

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Loaf

Christmas Fruitcake


Triple Chocolate Truffles (nut-free)

Chocolate Coconut Stacks

Coconut Fudge

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Sweet Potato Brownies


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