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For those of you who are on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), you know just how hard it is to eliminate chocolate.
Well, that is if you’re a chocolate lover like me.
If you’re not, then you probably don’t care. 😉
For me, chocolate was hard to give up. I love any and all things chocolate and enjoyed rich, super dark chocolate as a treat once in a while. But, when I went on the AIP, I gave it up and it’s been over 2 years now…
Sadly, I have not been able to re-introduce chocolate. I have discovered it’s a migraine trigger for me and frankly, I’m not sure if I’ll ever give it another try. Even when I am certain my gut is healed and my Hashimoto’s disease is in remission. The fear of triggering a debilitating migraine is enough for me to steer clear.
UPDATE: I was finally able to reintroduce chocolate a couple of years after writing this post and we’ve been friends ever since!
But, thankfully, I AM able to eat carob and it has been a good replacement for chocolate when I get the hankering.
Recently, Sarah Ballantyne sent me a copy of her new cookbook to review — The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Sarah is the author of the wildly popular Paleo Mom site and the incredible Paleo Approach book. If you have an autoimmune disease then this is a MUST HAVE book. I did a review on it last year, which you can read here.
Any time I get a new cookbook, I always flip through it and jot down the recipes that jump out at me. I’ll go back later and actually read through it in more detail, but I love that initial excitement of picking out brand new recipes.
I started drooling when I saw Sarah’s recipe for these Carob Ganache Mini Tortes and knew right away I had to make them. Thankfully, she granted me permission to share the recipe here on my site, so you can enjoy them too!
These are SO easy to make and they taste amazing. They are rich and satisfying.
There is no added sugar, so the sweetness of the dessert comes from the natural sugars in the coconut milk and carob powder.
You could, of course, add a little additional sweetener of your choice, but if you pair it with a topping of some sort (I used a strawberry sauce), you likely won’t need added sweetener. Or, if you’ve been on the AIP for a little while, you will find that you just don’t need as much sweetener as you used to.
I’m definitely keeping this recipe on-hand for all special events. There are so many ways you could customize it too. The sky’s the limit! You can easily double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe, depending on how many people you’re feeding.
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- Bring the coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla to a low simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. If using vanilla extract, let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, to burn off the majority of the alcohol (if using vanilla powder, skip the simmering and simply heat to melt the coconut oil).
- Pour the coconut milk mixture into a blender or food processor. Add the carob and cinnamon and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute to thoroughly combine.
- Pour into individual ramekins, silicone molds, or a large serving bowl. Chill until set, 3 to 4 hours.
- Enjoy plain or serve with berries.
- Mint “Chocolate” Ganache Torte. Instead of using cinnamon, add a few drops of peppermint oil.
- Rum-Ball Ganache Torte. Heat 4 tablespoons dark rum and simmer until 2 tablespoons are left. Use in place of the vanilla.
- “Chocolate” Mousse. Increase the amount of coconut milk to 1 cup. Pour into individual ramekins or a large serving bowl to chill (the mousse does not work in silicone molds).
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 121mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
If you’ve already read The Paleo Approach, then you simply must add the accompanying cookbook. I wish I had had this amazing book two years ago when I started on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It would have made my life SO much easier!
This book is amazing.
I seriously cannot stress how much this book is going to help people struggling with autoimmune diseases and those following the AIP. Sarah has hit it out of the park (again) with this resource.
This book is more than just a cookbook. It’s an everything-you-ever-need-to-know-about-following-the-AIP-and-being-successful book.
This also means that you don’t have to own The Paleo Approach in order to follow the diet and get the full use out of this cookbook. But, I highly recommend getting the Paleo Approach if you haven’t already. They really do go hand-in-hand.
What Does The Paleo Approach Cookbook Include?
- Chapter 1: What is the Paleo Approach? In this section, Sarah gives you the run-down of everything you can and can’t eat. This section is incredibly detailed and is a great chapter to refer back to as you get going on the AIP.
- Chapter 2: Getting Back into the Kitchen — Sarah guides you through prepping and cooking when following the AIP. It can be very overwhelming, especially when you’re just starting out, so she walks you through everything you need to know. This section, along with Chapter 3, really helps take the overwhelm out of the AIP.
- Chapter 3: Meal Plans & Shopping Guides — This is probably one of the most valuable sections of the book. One of the things I always struggled with when I was on the AIP was planning for meals and snacks. I SO wish I’d had this help when I was on it!
- Chapter 4: Kitchen Staples & Basic Techniques — Everything you need to know about stocking your pantry, fridge, and freezer, as well as the basics that will make the AIP a lot easier for you to follow.
- Chapter 5: Breakfast Recipes
- Chapter 6: Meat & Poultry Recipes
- Chapter 7: Seafood Recipes
- Chapter 8: Offal Recipes (it’s not as awful as you think!)
- Chapter 9: Soup and Stew Recipes
- Chapter 10: Side Dish Recipes
- Chapter 11: Snacks, Appetizers, and Beverage Recipes
- Chapter 12: Treat Recipes
If I had to choose one single thing about this book, it would be that each recipe has complete nutritional panels. Every. Single. Recipe.
And it’s WAY more than just fat, calories, and carbs. You get a full breakdown of every nutrient in that dish. Check this nutritional panel out from the tasty Carob Tortes:
I have never, ever seen a paleo cookbook with this kind of detail info.
Pair that with delicious recipes, lovely photos, great graphics, and uh-mazing content, and I have just one thing to say:
You HAVE to get this book.
You can connect with Sarah, the Paleo Mom, online here: