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Is gnocchi (fairly) paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

They are mostly made from egg and potatoes but do contain some wheat. I personally think they taste amazing and don't seem to cause me any problems. Is gnocchi a good alternative for people who don't take paleo 100% strictly do you think?

Daf56fdc7582cca0f7f3b2ad6a5be798

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:28 PM

The texture was like chewy pasta. This was actually the first gnocchi I have eaten, so I don't really know if the texture was what it was supposed to be or not. It was really great with the meat sauce I made though!

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on August 22, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Gno, it's gnot. :)

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on August 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

How was the texture? Glad this came up; I just happened to have been searching for a good gluten-free gnocchi recipe.

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Great recipe! I will try that!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:53 PM

LOL. I bet it is free range gnocchi.

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Industrially farmed. Grass-fed is just too expensive.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Here is a "paleo" gnocchi recipe: http://www.eatlivegrowpaleo.com/2012/03/italian-tomato-meat-sauce-and-gnocchi.html

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Dragonfly hit it on the head. Though if you enjoy it I think you should seek out a gluten free alternative. Your posts also suggest that it wouldn't hurt for you to do things you enjoy!

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Hahahahahaha, good one

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Given all your health issues (from your posts), cheating with any amount of gluten is not a particularly good idea.

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:05 PM

I had a few as a cheat at a special dinner the other night. They were delicious but I don't consider them paleo and would not eat them regularly.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2012
at 11:51 AM

Oh Gosh, just go ahead and eat some gnocchi. My principal in life: if you can't do something, but you really want to - then you can.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:13 PM

It's not Paleo. I wouldn't eat it. It won't kill you if you do. Proceed with caution.

"do contain some wheat."

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Fdf101349c397fbe1ecb98b310fb3737

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:54 PM

To answer the question posed in the title of your post: No! If it contains wheat, it is not paleo. If there's one thing the paleo community has general agreement on it is that wheat is not paleo. Not everyone is cool with potatoes either.

Can you eat it? Look if you don't detect any symptoms and you must eat it, fine. Just don't pretend it conforms with paleo in any way.

As far as what non-serious paleo people should do. My belief is that if you could pick only one of the big 3 to avoid (sugar, grains, seed oils). I would pick wheat. It has impacts on blood sugar like sugar, with the added bonus of gut problems for many.

Bottom line: not paleo. If you're going to eat gnocchi, do so only very occasionally.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Gnocchi contains A LOT of flour. a serving size (one potato) will contain about 1/2 to a full cup of flour. You can reduce the amount of flour by using a combination of drained ricotta cheese and sweated zucchini mixed with Tapioca starch and Coconut Flour.....

But no more gnocchi for me, I choose not to do the flour substitution, opens the door of temptation for me.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Depends are we talking grass-fed gnocchi or industrially farmed gnocchi?

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Hahahahahaha, good one

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Industrially farmed. Grass-fed is just too expensive.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 22, 2012
at 06:53 PM

LOL. I bet it is free range gnocchi.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:46 PM

There are so many good food options that don't contain wheat. It seems like an unwise choice to focus on those that do. In my opinion, wheat is a biggie. I wouldn't consider it.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on August 22, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Wheat-free spinach ricotta gnocchi: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/debi-mazar-and-gabriele-corcos/spinach-and-ricotta-gnocchi-recipe/index.html

My grandmother always replaced some flour for ricotta in her gnocchi - they made them lighter and fluffier. This recipe doesn't have any wheat, but does have a lot of dairy, if you are fine with that. I imagine it would be the lesser of two evils for most, but definitely not all.

I have organic semolina pasta about once every 2 months on average and do just fine - semolina and durum wheat flours are older heritage breeds of wheat, and are not like the super hybrid dwarf wheat with tons of gluten in it. Although every time I have it, I seem to enjoy it less, and much prefer a bunch of veggies and ground beef with my pasta sauce.

I would say if it doesn't bother you than to enjoy it on occasion, but sometimes wheat is tricky and has a lot of underlying effects on people that aren't obvious. I think Mark Sisson said that he wasn't relieved of all of his joint aches and pains until he had been wheat/gluten free for over a year. So it seems it can be very pervasive.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 22, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Great recipe! I will try that!

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(3213)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

If you make them with sweet potatoes and almond flour, YES!

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Daf56fdc7582cca0f7f3b2ad6a5be798

(114)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:06 PM

I have made this Gnocchi from the perfect health diet a few times now with great success. Instead of wheat flour, it uses potato starch. They came out awesome. I Can only eat a few, since too much starch causes problems for me, but the rest of my family loved them.

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on August 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

How was the texture? Glad this came up; I just happened to have been searching for a good gluten-free gnocchi recipe.

Daf56fdc7582cca0f7f3b2ad6a5be798

(114)

on August 23, 2012
at 05:28 PM

The texture was like chewy pasta. This was actually the first gnocchi I have eaten, so I don't really know if the texture was what it was supposed to be or not. It was really great with the meat sauce I made though!

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on August 22, 2012
at 08:29 PM

These guys make grain-free gnocchi: http://cappellosglutenfree.com/home

Yes, it's pricey!

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