Paleo Red Velvet Cookies
When you tell your friends and family that you are Paleo, sometimes they think that you can’t eat anything but meat and raw veggie. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Sure, there are plenty of meat and veggie dishes but there are many treats as well. Just look at these Paleo red velvet cookies. They are a single serving sweet snack that will satisfy your chocolate craving without falling back on grains or refined sugars. These cookies even sneak in a surprise serving of vegetables! The beet in the dough adds color, flavor, and moisture. It’s the whole package!
A Short History of Vegetables in Desserts
Putting vegetables in a dessert sounds outlandish until you remember classics like carrot cake and zucchini bread. The truth is people have been adding veggies to sweet treats for centuries for all sorts of different reasons from replacing expensive fruits to making a heavy dessert healthier.
Carrot cake is believed to have originated as a type of pudding in the middle ages. Carrots were commonly used to add sweetness at that time period because sugar was very expensive. In fact there is a traditional Indian dessert called Gujar ka Halwa that is made from shredded carrots, sugar, ghee, and milk that may resemble the predecessor of carrot cake.
Like carrots, beets have a natural sweetness when cooked for a long time. However, beets were used by bakers during World War Two to extend the use of heavily rationed ingredients like chocolate and sugar. The sweetness made them a good candidate but they were not chosen to add flavor, but color and texture.
Paleo Sweeteners: Granulated vs. Liquid
With white sugar off the table, the natural question is what to replace it with. One of the first choices to make is whether to choose a granulated substitute or a liquid one. As always, there are pros and cons to each.
Liquid Paleo sweeteners include maple syrup and raw honey. They tend to be strong sweeteners and a little goes a long way. They can be hard to bake with because they add excess moisture.
Granulated sweeteners include coconut sugar and granulated stevia. They are very useful for baking because they can often be substituted 1-for-1. However, they are generally more processed than liquid sweeteners and should be eaten in moderation.
More Red Velvet Inspired Paleo Recipes
Go beyond the expected with these Paleo recipes that take their inspiration from the classic southern layer cake and take it to brand new places!
It’s hard to have just one of these decadent cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Puree the beet and strain out the juice.
- Mix all the wet ingredients together (the beet juice, vinegar, ghee, egg, and vanilla).
- In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (almond flour, flaxmeal, coconut flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and baking powder).
- Combine both the wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl until a soft dough forms.
- Scoop small balls of the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking tray and press down into a small cookie.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool before enjoying.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 300
- Sugar: 13 g
- Fat: 23 g
- Carbohydrates: 20 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Protein: 7 g