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I would like to make a dessert for Mothers day that is Paleo

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Created May 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I have been reading most of the posts daily trying to learn as much as I can. I would like to make a Paleo Dessert for Mothers Day. Any Suggestions? Can I substitute almond flour in a recipe that calls for Tapioca Flour, or will it not stick together very nicely? Here is the recipe I am looking at making. http://fastpaleo.com/lemon-blueberry-cobbler-divine/ or http://fastpaleo.com/strawberry-swirl-cheesecake/ What I would really like is a Strawberry Rhubarb cobbler or crisp, but I don't know if thats possible without some sugar. Thanks Diane

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My husband and I have been eating gluten free for 3 years now. We found out he is gluten sensitive and was hospitilized 3 years ago. So I rarely baked anymore before changing to paleo. We don't care for the taste of most of the alternative grains and the breads are just not to our liking at all. MeepslsWellfed, I may have to check The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook out at the library to see what other recipes I would use for special occassions and if its worth adding to my collection. Thanks for the tips everyone!

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I make the strawberry swirl cheesecake. It was a hit. I've never used maple syrup & honey in a recipe before & it was very good. You could taste the strawberries not the overly sugary taste of normal baking. Everyone commented on how there was no sugary sweet aftertaste like you would normally taste in cheesecakes & other baked goods. I had been cuting the sugars in at least half for years in most of my baking products & have noticed that I enjoy them more with less sugar, but I had never supstituted the type of sugar before. I'm impressed with the natural substitutes of honey & maple syrup.

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no worries! Hope you got a good answer!

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@Cave girl novice Diane, how did the dessert making go yesterday?

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Sorry Kelly. I didn't see your answer before I changed my question. My apoligizes to you.

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I should maybe add that I haven't used white sugar in decades, long before going paleo, only rapadura sugar, so that changes the flavor of any conventional recipe already Meringue and heavy whipped cream don't need any sweetening, neither do fresh berries, the lemon curd might be a bit tart without extra sweetening. I don't like coconut or almonds or chocolate, so most paleo desserts I skip.

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Personally, I think stealth paleo is awesome. If I'm contributing to someone else's meal, I like to bring something *I* can eat. All the better if they get schooled.

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your question changed after i answered, now you have a specific question asking for substituions!

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This is why I asked for some help, lol! I've spent hours trying to find something and posted what I came up with in my question. I was hoping I could get more suggestions from more experienced Paleo's. As I'm still learning what is and isn't Paleo. Thanks

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I second Elana's Pantry. OP, if you have time to pick up her almond flour cookbook, it's awesome. There's a crisp recipe in there and you can sub any type of fruit.

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I lost about 6 hours the last few nights just googling and searching all different paloe cuisines :D

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For both actually.

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For whose benefit are you making this dessert? Are you going "stealth paleo" for someone on the SAD? Or is this for yourself? If it's for yourself, why? I think fresh berries are always an awesome dessert.

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At this time of the year I cannot imagine anything better than fresh strawberries. They combine wonderfully with basil, mint, balsamic vinegar, red wine (bordeaux type), pepper... only one of these at a time, please. And if you do dairy, strawberries with vanilla-scented cream is pure luxury in my mind.

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First thing what a lovely idea!

I have to recommend tgipaleo

Her recipies are amazing, tasty and so easy. She used avocado as a base for some of the dishes

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on May 12, 2012
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Like Kelly said, google paleo desserts and you'll be surprised at how many recipes there are out there. With that said I'd like to recommend The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I sub out the agave for honey since agave is pure fructose and that messes with my tummy. I made a wicked chocolate cream pie from her book which is also dairy free. Give yourself lots of time since it's all from scratch.

Besides making the pie crust from scratch you can also consider store bought if you're near a Whole Foods. I know they carry gluten free pie crusts but I'm pretty sure they have other types of grain in them and butter. I've never tried them but hear they are delicious and may work depending on your time and goals.

Elana's Pantry - Desserts:
http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-recipes/desserts/
*Sometimes she uses dairy so be sure and check all the ingredients before you commit.

EveryDay Paleo: Berry Good Cobbler
http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/06/18/blackberry-cobbler/
*This recipe online calls for blackberries, but I detest them so I used frozen blueberries. It was divinely delicious and easy to make. If I can make it over to the store this weekend this is what I'll be making for mother's day.

Good luck and have fun!!

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I second Elana's Pantry. OP, if you have time to pick up her almond flour cookbook, it's awesome. There's a crisp recipe in there and you can sub any type of fruit.

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where to start, just google paleo desserts and you'll find tons of ideas!!

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on May 12, 2012
at 04:45 PM

This is why I asked for some help, lol! I've spent hours trying to find something and posted what I came up with in my question. I was hoping I could get more suggestions from more experienced Paleo's. As I'm still learning what is and isn't Paleo. Thanks

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on May 12, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I lost about 6 hours the last few nights just googling and searching all different paloe cuisines :D

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on May 14, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Sorry Kelly. I didn't see your answer before I changed my question. My apoligizes to you.

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on May 14, 2012
at 08:13 PM

no worries! Hope you got a good answer!

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on May 12, 2012
at 06:06 PM

your question changed after i answered, now you have a specific question asking for substituions!

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on May 12, 2012
at 06:17 PM

I googled 'paleo apple crisp' and came up with lots of hits. You should be able to translate for rhubarb. Although getting enough sweet for rhubarb strikes me as a challenge. Rhubarb is bitter sour stuff (I LOVE IT!)(but probably because grandma cooked it with LOTS of sugar).

Also, BACON BROWNIES: http://fastpaleo.com/bacon-brownies/

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I assume you would like to create something that will please your Mom and the rest of the crowd that you will also be able to eat yourself?

I would guess that rhubarb is hardly palatable without tons of sugar. Just my guess. At least not for someone on a SAD diet.

I recently came across a recipe for lemon meringue cookies and tried it with half the sugar called for in the recipe. It was very delicious and still a bit too sweet for me. But with even less sugar or some other sweetener it would pass as "primal".

Or anything in the area of meringue with whipped cream and berries and little to no sugar would make a nice primal summer dessert, I think?

http://joythebaker.com/2011/03/lemon-meringue-cookies/

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I should maybe add that I haven't used white sugar in decades, long before going paleo, only rapadura sugar, so that changes the flavor of any conventional recipe already Meringue and heavy whipped cream don't need any sweetening, neither do fresh berries, the lemon curd might be a bit tart without extra sweetening. I don't like coconut or almonds or chocolate, so most paleo desserts I skip.

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on May 12, 2012
at 06:18 PM

There's loads that you can do that don't take a ton of time which means more fun to be had with friends and family :) Sub coconut sugar for regular sugar and tapioca starch for anything that may call for cornstarch. Some ideas:

  • Purchasing GF molasses cookies and filling with strawberry ice cream. GF sugar cookies with lemon ice cream. Coconut macaroons with chocolate OR the macaroons with a variety. I don't know where you live but Haagen Dazs has one called "5" that is simply 5 ingredients. Not doing dairy the sorbet will work. Or make your own!
  • Coconut milk pana cotta with fresh fruit and mint or do a strawberry rhubarb compote with a little balsamic
  • Berry platter with broken up pieces of different types of dark chocolate
  • Dip strawberries in chocolate
  • Homemade chocolate truffles - roll in different bits: dried coconut, smashed nuts
  • Pavlova and fresh fruit

Or my absolute favourite in the entire world: a bowl of fresh strawberries, sliced, topped with whipped cream and a little chiffonade of mint. And a big spoon.

Any of these with a nice bottle or two of Cava and you're done. Good luck!

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