Is it possible to celebrate the holiday season without baking? I don’t think so! If you follow a Paleo diet you don’t have to say no to baking. Paleo holiday treats use ingredients that are allowed on a Paleo diet.
I recently finished my fifth round of Whole30 this last September. Every time I complete a round I feel amazing. And I don’t what to lose that feeling. So I tell myself that I’m going to commit to going Paleo.
But I never actually stick to that commitment. And I fall back into my old ways. This time though I am trying harder to commit.
Since the holidays are here it can make it harder to stick to a Paleo lifestyle. Saying no to baking cookies for Christmas is impossible! Fortunately, I don’t have to say no. It’s possible to make healthier substitutions and still get to enjoy holiday baked treats.
Paleo Baking Supplies
Here is a list of some of the common baking supplies you will want to keep on hand when baking paleo holiday treats.
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Cassava Flour
- Maple Syrup
- Coconut Oil
- Clarified Butter
- Arrowroot Powder
What’s allow and what’s not allowed on Paleo
- Grains such as wheat, spelt, rye, and barley.
- Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Dairy such as milk and butter
- Vegetable oil such as vegetable and canola
What is allowed
- Healthy oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado.
- Gluten-free grains
- Nut Flours
- grass-fed butter
- clarified butter
- dark chocolate
- 100% Cocoa powder
11 Paleo Holiday Treats
Baking cookies around the holidays is a tradition many households have. So, even though you are following a Paleo diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
There’s many classic cookie recipes that are made with Paleo approved ingredients. Some of the cookies you’ll find in this list are thumbprint, gingerbread, and snowball cookies.
The snow ball cookies is similar to Mexican wedding cookies. My sister in law makes these cookies every year. Unfortunately we don’t live as close to each other as we used to. So I don’t get to stuff my face with the cookies she makes. But I’m looking forward to trying the snow ball cookie recipe.
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies from Paleo Running Momma
Easy Paleo Snickerdoodles from Real Food with Jessica
The Best Ever Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from My Natural Family
My Favorite Hot Cocoa Cookies from Fit Foodie Finds
Snowball Cookies from Life Made Sweeter
Paleo Soft Baked Gingersnaps from Erin Lives Whole
Paleo Peppermint Fudge from Physical Kitchness
Paleo Cranberry Bliss Bars from 40 Aprons
Pumpkin Pie Truffles from The Real Food Dietitians
Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Roasted Root
Paleo Spice Cake from Simply Jillicious
Yummy Paleo Holiday Treats
I’m looking forward to making some, maybe all, of these paleo holiday treats this year.
When I was growing up my family didn’t have many holiday traditions. And I wished we did. So now that I have kids I’m creating traditions for my kids. One of those traditions is baking. But I’m trying to be healthy and baking sugary treats doesn’t make it easy to stick with those healthy habits.
Luckily I don’t have to say no to cookies and other holiday treats. I can make them healthier with paleo recipes. By replacing refined sugar with natural sweeteners. And flour containing gluten for almond and coconut flour.