Strawberry Grapefruit Mint Popsicles (Paleo/Primal)

If you're making my 5-Minute Strawberry Sorbet you're halfway to these refreshing popsicles! 

Popsicle molds are great to have on hand; they are perfect for quick and refreshing summer treats. I like to use ours to make "Fudgesicles" and fruit pops. I often use the pulp from whatever we are juicing, along with a little bit of the juice itself, to make quick and nutritious popsicles. This recipe, with grapefruit, strawberry, and grapefruit mint is super refreshing, simple, and tart. Feel free to add a bit of sweetener if you deem it necessary, or up to 1 ounce alcohol. If you don't have grapefruit mint, you can of course substitute whatever kind of mint you have growing in your herb garden.

Isn't mint the best to grow?! As long as it's contained in a pot it's lovely and you basically can't kill it. I have several varieties growing in my garden including grapefruit mint, spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate mint.

Strawberry Grapefruit Mint Popsicles
primal / paleo / gluten-free / sweetener-free
Yield: (4) 3-ounce popsicles*

8 ounces strawberry puree
approx. 10-12 strawberries
4 ounces grapefruit juice 
approx. one grapefruit
4 grapefruit-mint leaves

Use a food processor to puree fresh or frozen strawberries, then measure 8 ounces into a bowl (I like to start with frozen strawberries and use any leftovers for 5-Minute Strawberry Sorbet). Add 4 ounces of grapefruit juice. Finely mince the mint and add it in.

Mix thoroughly, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze for about 2-4 hours or overnight before serving (depending on the temperature of your freezer). Enjoy!

*If you have different size molds simply adjust to suit in a ratio of 2 part strawberry to 1 part 
grapefruit with 1 mint leaf per popsicle
Melty goodness!


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5 Minute Strawberry Sorbet (Primal/Paleo)

Easiest recipe ever and no ice cream maker required! I'm sure you're all familiar with banana ice cream (maybe some of you even owned this contraption). This utilizes the same method, blending frozen fruit in the food processor, but produces a perfect strawberry sorbet. The strawberry flavor is super condensed and the sorbet is lightly sweet, smooth, and so satisfying! The variations are endless, as well. Add some frozen mango or pineapple for a tropical flavor, dark chocolate for indulgence, banana for a creamier strawberry-banana flavor, frozen yogurt cubes for tartness, rosemary or mint for complexity, or honey for sweetness. You could also use it as the base for popsicles... coming soon! 

5 Minute Strawberry Sorbet
primal / paleo / grain-free / gluten-free / egg-free / sweetener-free
Yield: 2 servings

10-12 large strawberries, frozen

Place the strawberries (or any other fruits you're using) in your food processor. Let thaw for about 5 minutes, just until starting to sweat. Pulse. Scrape down the sides of your processor. Pulse. Scrape. Repeat until the mixture is starting to move around the bowl with the blade and is smooth. 

Add any simple flavorings such as extracts, honey, chocolate, or herbs. Pulse to combine, serve, and enjoy!

Hello instant summer treats...


Snickerdoodle Cookies (Primal/Paleo/Small batch)

While snickerdoodle cookies are usually equated with both Autumn and the holiday season, this mildly sweet and light textured primal and paleo version makes them perfect for any time of the year. A smaller batch combined with a short baking time means summer cookies! With almond flour and honey in the dough and a cinnamon coating, these cookies are the perfect balance of sweet and spice. The tapioca flour ensures that these cookies come out of the oven super soft and stay that way for several days. 

Snickerdoodle Cookies
primal / paleo / grain-free / gluten-free / egg-free option
Yield: 18 small cookies
Adapted from: The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook

1/3t sea salt
1t baking soda
3T coconut oil, melted
1/4c liquid sweetener, I used honey
1 small egg*
1T vanilla extract
2t ground cinnamon
1t granulated sweetener, or omit if you prefer less sweet cookies
*Optional - omit for those with sensitivities

In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, salt, baking soda, and tapioca flour. Whisk away any lumps. In a small bowl combine the melted coconut oil with the honey. When emulsified, add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix until thoroughly combined, and chill for 1 hour or until the dough is scoop-able.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

When the dough is firm enough to handle, working with a tablespoon of dough at a time, form into balls and roll in the cinnamon or cinnamon-sweetener mixture (I like to put the spice mixture in a small bowl, place the cookie ball on top, and rotate the bowl in tight, quick circles to propel the cookie ball evenly through the coating). Work quickly and handle the dough as little as possible. Repeat with remaining dough. Place on the parchment or silicone lined baking sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden in color and fragrant. Let cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then enjoy!


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