Move over Starbucks! These Paleo coffee recipes will leave you feeling like you never need another Starbucks fix again. We’ve got everything from Iced Caramel Macchiatos to Mocha Frappuccinos! And if you want some version of the Bulletproof coffee, then we have that too – just check out the hot Paleo coffee recipes section below.
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Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
Last week we rounded up the best savory, meat-filled Paleo breakfast recipes we could find. For the vegetarian crowd or simply for fans of a sweeter accompaniment to your morning cuppa joe, this week we bring you our favorite Paleo coffee cake recipes!
Jadah West is the Executive Editor of Paleo Flourish Magazine. She’s also the founder of Salted Paleo. When not running Paleo Flourish Magazine, Jadah loves to spend time at the beach, at her beloved CrossFit, and working as a model.
Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to add fats into coffee. Various cultures around the world (Tibetans for instance) have been doing this for centuries, but it’s caught on very quickly in US, especially among those in the Paleo community.
The general idea is to add healthy fat into your morning coffee to give your brain an extra boost.
These fats can take several forms (butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.). Once added, the coffee is usually blended.
Nutritional therapist Lisa Fossey says “This gives you a slower ‘high’, which will last for longer, and won’t give you the usual surge of energy that can lead to a crash. The caffeine dilates the blood vessels, allowing the good fats and oil to pass more easily into the brain, where it is thought to give increased mental awareness and concentration. MCT is metabolized to produce ketone bodies that provide energy to the body and the brain.”
My Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a delicious but not overly sweet cake that tastes like autumn but can be enjoyed any time of year.
The biggest misconception about coffee cake is that it contains coffee as an ingredient.
However, I’m here to dispel this myth and tell you that most coffee cake recipes don’t contain any coffee.
Actually, coffee cake gets its name because it is intended to be enjoyed with coffee. So, anytime you drink coffee, you can eat coffee cake.
Of course, you don’t need to be a coffee drinker to enjoy coffee cake. It is delicious on it’s own for a tasty snack or not-too-sweet dessert.
And it’s also delicious for breakfast! Even better, your non-Paleo friends will love it as well.
How I Made This Recipe Paleo
The most noticeable difference between my Paleo Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake and traditional coffee cake recipes is that I do not use wheat flour.
Instead, I use a blend of almond flour and coconut flour.
Almond flour has become one of the most popular grain-free flours in Paleo baking. And unlike wheat flour, it’s completely gluten-free.
Almond flour is typically used in cakes and muffins because of its light texture when baked.
However, not all almond flour is created equally.
Be sure to buy finely ground almond flour for this recipe. Almond meal is much more coarse and will not result in a light coffee cake.
However, for the crumb topping, you can use finely ground almonds or almond meal since the crumb texture is naturally dense.
In addition to almond flour, I also used coconut flour in the recipe.
Coconut flour is simply coconut meat that has been dried and ground into a flour. And just like almond flour, coconut flour is naturally grain-free and gluten-free as well.
Coconut flour is quite high in protein, which makes it highly absorbent of liquid. So, any recipe that uses coconut flour likely uses a lot of wet ingredients as well.
Coconut flour works best when it’s used with another flour as well for the best baking and flavor outcomes, which is why I used it with almond flour.
Coconut sugar is used as a replacement for traditional refined cane sugar.
Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut palm trees that is boiled down into a sugar. It has more nutrients than traditional cane sugar and has a taste similar to light brown sugar.
However, even though coconut sugar is better for you than cane sugar, it is still sugar. So, if you are on a sugar-free diet, coconut sugar should be avoided.
Applesauce is used to add moisture to the recipe due to the highly absorbent coconut flour. It also adds a slight apple flavor to the coffee cake as well.
However, I suggest using unsweetened applesauce to keep the coffee cake from being overly sweet.
Unsweetened almond milk is used instead of traditional dairy milk. However, unsweetened coconut milk, cashew milk, and many other non-soy plant-based milks work just as well.
Lastly, coconut oil is used as a non-dairy replacement for butter in this recipe. However, I suggest that you use refined coconut oil, which has a much more neutral flavor as compared to unrefined (or virgin) coconut oil.
Other Paleo Cake Recipes
And if you are hungry for more Paleo cake recipes, we have you covered with these scrumptious Paleo cake recipes.
Preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C). Line an 8-inch x 8-inch (20 cm x 20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the diced apple and toss with 1 teaspoon (2 g) cinnamon powder. Set aside until ready to use.
In a large bowl, whisk to combine the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
One ingredient at a time, use a rubber spatula to fold in the applesauce, melted coconut oil, and then the almond milk until completely combined and the cake batter is smooth.
In a small bowl, mix to combine the crumb topping ingredients until a fine crumb forms.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan and use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the batter in the pan. Evenly scatter the prepared cinnamon apples over the batter and sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples.
Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes until completely baked and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove the coffee cake from the oven and let cool completely in the baking pan before cutting and serving.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
For many people, the morning isn’t fueled by the excitement of a great day—it’s fueled by coffee.
And when the 3pm blues comes around, guess who’s up for coffee round 2 (or round 5 or 6)? With coffee houses popping up everywhere and coffee pots just getting easier (and cheaper) to use, it’s no wonder that this energizing drink has quickly risen to claim a spot as one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.
Mary Herrington is the brains behind gfgps.com and the author of For The Love Of Food, which you can find on her website. Mary has overcome a series of health problems by using Paleo, and you can read more about her story in our interview with her here.
These Paleo Champagne Celebration Cupcakes are an indulgent dessert whenever you want to treat yourself to something a little special.
And don’t worry, I’ve included two non-alcohol modifications, and they are still just as delicious.
But if you want a hint about one of the modifications, just leave out the alcohol for a scrumptious vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting.
Recipe Modifications and Cooking Tips
These Paleo Champagne Celebration Cupcakes are delicious as-is, but here are a few recipe modifications to accommodate your taste preferences as well as the ingredients that you might have in your refrigerator or pantry.
Be sure to sift your almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut sugar to avoid lumps in the cupcake batter.
Melt your coconut oil a bit in advance to allow it plenty of time to cool to room temperature. If the coconut oil is too hot, it will cook the eggs when added to the batter.
Speaking of coconut oil, I highly recommend using refined coconut oil in this recipe, which has a mild coconut flavor. Unrefined (also known as virgin) coconut oil has a stronger coconut flavor that can overwhelm the cupcakes and frosting.
You can use non-alcohol champagne or prosecco in the cupcake and frosting, if you prefer. However, you can omit it completely for a vanilla cupcake and frosting.
You can use pink champagne or prosecco (alcohol or non-alcohol) for a slightly pink cupcake and frosting.
Of course, you can skip my champagne frosting and use any frosting that you prefer.
And if you want the sugar in the frosting to be completely Paleo, you can easily make your own powdered sugar.
Simply place 1 ½ cups (360 g) coconut sugar and 1 Tablespoon tapioca flour (8 g) in a food processor or blender and pulse until it forms a powder.
Store any unused powdered coconut sugar in an airtight container at room temperature.
The frosting will not be completely white when you make your own powdered sugar from coconut sugar, but it’ll still be just as delicious.
Other Paleo Cake Recipes
If these Paleo Champagne Celebration Cupcakes have you hungry for more Paleo cake and cupcake recipes, then I have you covered. Here are a few more recipes that you can whip up whenever you want a sweet treat.
Delicious cupcakes with a fluffy frosting that has a hint of champagne flavor, these celebration cupcakes are perfect for a special occasion or anytime you want to treat yourself. And there are non-alcoholic modifications as well.
For the cupcakes:
1 cup (120 g) almond flour
1/2 cup (56 g) coconut flour
1/2 cup (120 g) coconut sugar
1 teaspoon (2 g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 g) baking soda
2 large eggs, lightly whisked
1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1/3 cup (80 ml) champagne or prosecco (optional – *see notes)
For the champagne frosting:
1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut oil, slightly warm but not hot
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 to 1 ½ cups (120 to 180 g) powdered sugar (** see notes)
3 Tablespoons (45 ml) champagne or prosecco (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk to combine the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Add the whisked eggs, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix until completely incorporated. Add the optional champagne or prosecco and stir until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake pan until each cup is about 2/3 full.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, make the frosting by adding warm coconut oil and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Use a hand or stand mixer to beat until creamy.
Add the powdered sugar, about 1/4 cup (30 g) at a time, beating in between each addition until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.
Add the optional champagne or prosecco and beat until fully incorporated. If needed, add additional powdered sugar, about 1 to 2 Tablespoons (7 to 15 g) if the frosting is too runny.
Fill a piping bag with the frosting and pipe it onto the cupcakes.
Place the cupcakes in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the frosting to set. When ready to enjoy, let the cupcakes sit at room temperature 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator.
*Sparkling white grape juice can be used for an alcoholic-free version with less of a champagne flavor. However, champagne or prosecco can be omitted to make a vanilla cupcake.
**See post to find out how to make Paleo powdered sugar.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
A simple, classic, grilled steak may be the ultimate Paleo-friendly food. But who wants to eat the same thing night after night? Even the best-cooked steak in the world can get old after a few days.
But who says there’s just one recipe for steak? From quick and easy marinades to day-long slow cooker sensations, there are hundreds of ways to enjoy steak on a Paleo diet!
That’s why I’ve put together this list of over 30 Paleo-friendly steak recipes. From grill-ready five spice steak marinades to lunchtime steak salads to slow cooker briskets, you’re sure to find inspiration for your next steak meal on this list!
Cabbage is one of the trendiest veggies these days, and looking at these recipes you will soon understand why!
Besides being Paleo-friendly, cabbage is also easy on your wallet, simple to cook, and more versatile than you probably even realized.
Traditional Or Spiced Up?
One of the most common ways to cook cabbage is to chop it up and throw it in the frying pan. It’s also one of the tastiest; if you don’t believe me then why don’t you try one of the fried cabbage recipes below.
Add bacon for a traditional approach, or try something a bit more exotic, like curried cabbage! If you’d rather have lemony or smoky flavors, no problem. This list of Paleo cabbage recipes covers those, as well.
Cabbage Is Perfect For Stews
I love uncooked cabbage; it’s fresh and crispy, which is why coleslaw makes such a perfect Paleo side dish.
However, if you’d prefer a cabbage stew, we’ve got something for everyone. Have you tried cabbage stew with apples, pork or beet?
What surprised me was how well cabbage pairs up with seafood. If you like fish, for example salmon or tilapia, you’re in for a tasty treat.
Or do what people have been doing for centuries; make sauerkraut!
This Is Why You Should Eat Fermented Foods
Initially people used fermentation to preserve foods, and enhance the flavor. Later on scientist have found that the microorganisms – the bacteria in the fermented foods have many health benefits.
they can help lower your blood pressure
they have anti-microbial effects and can improve your gut health
they are anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic
If sauerkraut isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to find out you can make incredible cabbage rolls that are completely Paleo. And in case you’re feeling lazy, we’ve included some crazy-easy, deconstructed cabbage rolls recipes!