Paleo Friendsgiving

This weekend, our friends Nate and Kate invited a few friends over for a little “Friendsgiving”- Paleo style. The Paleo lifestyle is based on the “hunter-gatherer” concept- eating wholesome foods from food groups that, for lack of better words, a caveman could eat.  Fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthful oils are some of the basics.  It doesn’t sound too difficult but when you get right down to it, there is a lot more involved than you think.  Nate and Kate are avid Cross-fitters and over the past year or so have adopted the Paleo lifestyle.  They are much more dedicated than I will ever be, but I’m always intrigued and inspired by the delicious food Kate always seems to make.  It almost makes me want to give this Paleo thing a go…almost. This Saturday, she really outdid herself and had quite the spread.  On the menu was smoked turkey, roasted butternut squash, sweet potato and bacon “biscuits”, gravy, mashed cauliflower, cranberry sauce, roasted green beans, stuffing and salad….and ALL of it was Paleo-friendly.  Full yet?


Keeping with the theme, I made my first Paleo dish ever- dessert of course!  I found a recipe for Coconut Chocolate Brownies on PaleOMG and decided to give it a try.  I was pretty skeptical because dessert is one thing I rarely mess with but we were all actually pleasantly surprised.

IMAG0194Paleo Coconut Chocolate Brownies

(Original recipe here)


  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup canned full fat coconut milk (yes, you have to use full fat, I asked Kate- the paleo expert) 😉
  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt chocolate and coconut milk in a small sauce pan over low heat.  Add melted chocolate and coconut milk to a mixing bowl with eggs and mix.  Add almond flour, baking powder, sea salt and shredded coconut; continue mixing.  Pour mixture in to an 8×8 baking dish greased with coconut oil (or oil of your choice).  Sprinkle almonds on top, as well as a small handful of shredded coconut.  Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Paleo aside, we all had a fantastic night.  Great food, great friends…Friendsgiving 2013 was a success. The healthy factor was just an added bonus. 🙂

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  1. I’m glad you guys liked the food! I never know what kind of reaction I will get from people once I tell them we will be eating mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes! 🙂 The brownies you made were awesome! Next time ill have to whip up some coconut whip cream and “paleo” ice cream to go along with them:) it was such a great night! Xx

  2. It looks like you guys had some yummy things to choose from! Glad you have a great weekend and the dessert looks great!

  3. This is so cool! I wish I had friends like this!! I have been following paleo for a few years now and it makes it VERY hard to eat out. So nice when others around you are on board.

  4. Wow!! This is the cutest idea ever!! LOVE it 🙂 Seems yummy too!!

  5. Donna Marx says:

    Week four on the paleo lifestyle and it’s growing on me! The meal looks amazing! I would love the recipe for the sweet potato bacon biscuits.

    • They were sooo good! I’ll send you the recipe when I get it. You would probably like the brownies too. Not as rich as we like them, but really good for being healthy! 🙂

  6. I’m 100% sure you would’ve had to roll me outta the house from being so stuffed. Everything looks delicious – and of course your cookies sound fantastic!

    • This is true. But I didn’t feel that normal sick feeling when you are too stuffed…maybe there is something to this Paleo thing! 😉


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