Paleo baked goods made with almond or coconut flour can be safely enjoyed in moderation, like any treat. One of my Paleo friends doesn’t believe in substituting baked goods. She thinks if you are going to eat an insulin spiking food, you should eat something that actually tastes good. She believes a real gluten-containing pancake or cookie tastes better. I strongly disagree because I have found Paleo baked goods to be just as tasty as any “real” dessert or treat, most of the time I don’t even know there’s a difference.
I was a little hesitant to go down the “Paleo baked good route” with the Paleo Toddler, believing she should only be exposed to whole foods (and ground nuts is a whole food but processed to get there). However, with the start of preschool and all sorts of things being eaten around her by her peers, I wanted to keep her away from gluten and grains as long as possible. Remember, when they leave home you lose all control; even if they aren’t potty trained yet. I minimally sweeten all of her treats with about half the honey I would use to serve at a party of non-Paleo friends. Paleo treats are great way to get more eggs and healthy fats like coconut oil and butter into the systems of little people. This choice has worked well for our family. The Paleo Toddler has a robust appetite and a really interesting palette. Just this week she fell in love with raw kale smoothies, lobster, plain old coconut oil off her finger, and heirloom tomatoes. Not bad for a 22 month old.
I recently posted my favorite Paleo pancake recipe on Parentables. The recipe is adapted from Elana’s Pantry, who is a grain-free baking pioneer and in recent months has focused on Paleo friendly recipes. We like to add blueberries to these pancakes and we serve with pastured butter or nut butter and a touch of pure maple syrup. I sure don’t miss “regular” pancakes and find these just as satisfying. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
What is your favorite Paleo treat?