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20 Paleo Diet Recipes That Are Surprisingly Delicious

Looking for “Paleo-friendly” versions of some of your favorite foods? Here are 20 delicious recipes to add to your collection.

 

Whether you’re into the Paleo diet or not, Paleo recipes are going to be your friend.

Sure, there are flaws in its dogmas, but even us flexible dieters know the importance of nutritious carbs, heaps of fruits and veggies, and plenty of protein and healthy fats, and that’s what Paleo is all about.

The bottom line is you don’t have to eat like a caveman all the time to reap the benefits of a paleo-style diet.

Enjoy!

 

Paleo Breakfast Recipes

Serves 8

One thing you might miss when you’re following a Paleo meal plan is cereal. By baking together seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and a touch of honey – basically everything you’d enjoy in a handful of healthy trail mix – then you can replace boxed cereal.

This one tastes a lot like Honey Bunches of Oats, even though there are no oats to be seen, and you can swap out the exact ingredients to customize.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

308

Calories

6 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

24 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup unsalted walnut pieces

¼ cup dried unsweetened cherries, chopped (or dried fruit of choice)

2 Tbsp. raw almond butter (or nut butter of choice)

¼ cup pure honey

¼ cup coconut flour

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Baked Breakfast Casserole with Apples & Raisins

Serves 6

Since the squash gets its name from resemblance to spaghetti, it’s clearly a good substitute for pasta. But that’s not the only clever way to use spaghetti squash for gluten-free eats.

In this hearty casserole, it’s used as an oatmeal replacement. Once baked with mashed plantains, applesauce, and a thickener like gelatin or arrowroot (or both), this becomes a sweet breakfast prepared with no added sugar.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

141

Calories

3 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 cups cooked spaghetti squash, drained and flaked

1 very ripe plantain, mashed (about 1 cup)

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground mace

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ cup avocado oil

1 apple, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)

½ cup raisins

2 Tbsp. gelatin powder

2 Tsp. tapioca starch (or arrowroot)

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

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Baked Breakfast Quinoa with Dates & Banana

Serves 6

Miss having pastries for breakfast? This special brunch dish is like eating a slice of cinnamony cake, but it’s made without flour of any kind.

Instead there’s quinoa, date filling, and a banana-almond streusel. This quinoa breakfast bake is so decadent, you can serve it if you’re adhering to your own meal plan while entertaining out-of-town guests.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

358

Calories

9 g

Protein

58 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

Quinoa:

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp. pure honey (or more to taste)

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup water

Streusel:

4 tsp. coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

1/4 cup almonds, ground

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 banana, sliced thick

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Ham & Egg Cups

Serves 6

Need to eat a bigger breakfast with plenty of protein?

Make creative use a muffin tin by lining the cups with sliced ham, and you’ll end up with this Paleo egg breakfast. These are awesome to serve alongside another dish (or two) for an extra boost, and unlike the other morning meals on this list, it’s low in carbs.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

150

Calories

10 g

Protein

3 g

Carbs

11 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 slices ham

5 large eggs

¼ cup full-fat coconut milk

¼ cup diced orange bell peppers

1/4 cup diced red bell peppers

¼ cup diced yellow onion

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes

Serves 4

To make Paleo pancakes, you have a number of options. The easiest are three-ingredient pancakes with protein powder, a banana, and an egg.

And while those are delicious, they aren’t a lot like traditional flapjacks. For that, you’ll need a wheat flour alternative like coconut flour, almond flour – or both! And a splash of buttermilk (or a non-dairy version) adds another classic element.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

170

Calories

6 g

Protein

10 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup almond flour

3 large eggs

½ cup almond milk + ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar (or buttermilk)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. butter (or coconut oil), melted

1/8 tsp. sea salt

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Paleo Lunch Recipes: Shrimp Tacos with Paleo Tortillas

Serves 5

How do you make Paleo tacos without corn or other grains?

Make homemade tortillas, which have an awesome coconut flavor that pairs well with this sweet chili shrimp. The succulent shrimp is pan-fried to perfection, tossed in Sriracha, folded into tacos on a bed of cabbage and fresh cilantro, and finally drizzled with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

555

Calories

25 g

Protein

46 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

Sweet Chili Sauce:

3 ½ Tbsp. white wine vinegar

1/8 cup water

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp. minced ginger

1 ½ Tbsp. honey

1/8 tsp. cayenne

1 tsp. chili flakes

Pinch of salt

Bang Bang Sauce:

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce

2 Tbsp. Sriracha

Paleo Tortillas:

2 large eggs

2/3 cup water

1 cup tapioca flour

¼ cup coconut flour

1/4 tsp. salt

Tacos:

1 lb. shrimp, peeled

2 Tbsp. tapioca starch

1/3 cup coconut oil, for frying

1 cup shredded Napa cabbage

½ cup shredded red cabbage

½ cup minced cilantro

2 green onions, sliced

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

½ Tbsp. pure honey

Pinch of salt

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Cranberry Avocado Salad

Serves 4

A Paleo salad doesn’t need to be piled with sliced chicken or flaky fish.

Instead, enjoy a big bowl of leafy greens, creamy avocado, tart cranberries, and roasted almonds. This includes a poppy seed dressing with mustard, balsamic vinegar, and honey, but you can serve this with anything on hand, like blue cheese dressing or orange vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

461

Calories

7 g

Protein

24 g

Carbs

40 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salad:

12 oz. baby mixed greens (or baby spinach)

2 medium avocados, sliced

¾ cup dried cranberries

¾ cup roasted almonds

Dressing:

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. poppy seeds

½ tsp. paprika

2 tsp. dried mustard

1 Tbsp. minced sweet onion

¼ cup white balsamic vinegar

¼ cup raw honey (optional)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Grain-Free, Nut-Free Sandwich Bread

Serves 12

If you want to make a Paleo sandwich, the first step is finding Paleo bread. But in most areas, it’s easier to make your own at home than to hunt in multiple grocery stores.

This recipe is gluten-free, but not all gluten-free breads are Paleo. This one uses coconut flour to avoid oats altogether, and it’s made with plenty of eggs, yogurt, and a little butter.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

109

Calories

5 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 large eggs, separated

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

½ cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)

½ cup coconut flour, sifted

¼ cup psyllium husk powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

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Paleo Lunch Recipes: Cuban Pork Lettuce Wraps

Serves 6

These wraps have all the flavor you love from a Cuban sandwich, only without the white bread. And slaw aside, the pork is prepared with hardly any effort using a slow cooker. Altogether, you’ll be spending no more than 15 minutes to make all the components for these lettuce wraps.

They also make great leftovers, so that little amount of effort can stretch to feed you and a hungry friend for a few days.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

436

Calories

29 g

Protein

14 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

Pork:

2 lb. pork shoulder roast

1 yellow onion, sliced

6 cloves garlic

Juice of 1 lime

Juice and zest of 1 orange

½ cup vegetable broth

1 Tbsp. oregano

½ tsp. cumin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Slaw:

1 head purple cabbage, sliced

6 dill pickles, sliced lengthwise

6 Tbsp. yellow mustard

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. white wine vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Paleo Lunch Recipes: Sweet & Sour Stir Fry

Serves 3

As long as you stick to meat and veggies, it’s easy to toss together a Paleo stir fry. This one has chicken breast, but you can just as easily use pork, beef, or mushrooms as the main part of the dish.

However, you should probably skip the tofu. Since it’s a form of soybeans, which is a legume, tofu isn’t included in Paleo meal plans.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

609

Calories

51 g

Protein

46 g

Carbs

25 g

Fat

Ingredients

Stir Fry:

½ Tbsp. coconut oil

1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 can (15 oz.) diced pineapple, drained

½ cup raw cashews

1 Tbsp. tapioca starch + 1 Tbsp. water

2 green onions, diced

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

¼ cup pineapple juice

¼ cup coconut aminos

2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger

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Paleo Dinner Recipes: Paleo Beef Enchiladas

Serves 4

There are a number of ways to make gluten-free tortillas, including finely ground almonds, cauliflower, and tapioca flour – as in the shrimp taco recipe included in this list. Once you have those on hand, you’ll be ready to make Mexican dishes like these enchiladas.

And even if you don’t eat Paleo, you’ll want to try this recipe for the from-scratch enchilada sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

762

Calories

48 g

Protein

71 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

½ onion, finely diced

1 jalapeno, minced

1 avocado, diced

3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

9 Paleo tortillas

1 small onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups chicken broth

2 Tbsp. chili powder

½ tsp. cumin

¼ tsp. dried oregano

Salt to taste

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Paleo Sushi with Salmon & Avocado

Serves 4

If you want to make Paleo sushi, you’ll have to go without the rice. You can use nori as an outside wrap, but if you aren’t into the sharp, salty flavor of seaweed, try these hollowed-out cucumbers instead.

Then these are filled with seared, flaked salmon along with a chunk of avocado. Serve with tamari soy sauce and wasabi.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

233

Calories

10 g

Protein

10 g

Carbs

18 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. ghee (or coconut oil)

1 medium (about 5 oz.) salmon steak

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

½ red onion, finely diced

2 long continental cucumbers

1 avocado, roughly chopped

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Paleo Chicken Fingers

Serves 6

The most popular way to make crispy chicken fingers that appear to be “breaded” without bread crumbs is a coconut.

This recipe takes a different route by first dipping the chicken breast in egg, and then coating with almond flour. With a mix of Italian herb and garlic salt, these have flavor to serve like chicken parmesan. Or for a quick snack, you can just dip them in marinara.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

243

Calories

34 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lbs. chicken tenderloins

1 cup almond flour

3 Tbsp. tapioca starch

1 ½ tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs, whisked

¼ cup coconut oil, for frying

½ tsp. paprika

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Paleo Shrimp Scampi

Serves 6

Scampi is a simple seafood dish, often served with pasta. And if you want a Paleo pasta, you can serve these tasty shrimp with zucchini noodles.

But this recipe is all about the shrimp, so they’re just as good on top of a bed of slightly wilted spinach. No matter how you choose to serve this scampi, be sure not to forget the fresh lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

350

Calories

35 g

Protein

4 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

¼ cup arrowroot flour

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

¼ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

½ cup bacon fat

2 lb. fresh shrimp, shelled and deveined with tails removed

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, finely minced

½ tsp. fresh chopped parsley

½ tsp. dried oregano

1/3 cup chicken broth

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. lemon zest

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Fresh lemon wedges, for garnish

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Korean-Style Short Ribs

Serves 10

One of the best things about a caveman diet is getting to indulge in any kind of meat you love. That means ribs can be the main part of dinner, not just a small appetizer.

And if you want easy braised ribs, it’s best to pull out the slow cooker. You can leave these short ribs to cook all day, and the sauce will come together just right. To keep things Paleo, serve with cauliflower rice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

354

Calories

42 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

Ribs:

½ cup coconut aminos

½ cup coconut sugar (or honey)

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

3 lbs. boneless beef short ribs

Glazed Carrots:

3 Tbsp. tapioca starch

1 ½ cups shredded carrots

3 green onions, sliced

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

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Paleo Dessert Recipes: Paleo Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars

Serves 12

Craving caramel brownies? You’ll love to sink your teeth into this chocolately Paleo dessert instead. These raw, gluten-free chocolate bars will knock your socks off with how decadent they are.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

221

Calories

3 g

Protein

16 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

Chocolate layers:

½ cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

½ cup virgin coconut oil

4 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Caramel Layer:

½ cup almond butter

½ cup pure maple syrup

⅓ cup virgin coconut oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Garnishing:

Large flake sea salt

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Paleo Apple Pie Cheesecake

Serves 12

When you need to satisfy a craving for comfort food in the form of dessert, it’s hard to say no to apple pie and cheesecake.

This recipe delivers all the flavor while keeping everything gluten-free and dairy-free. Instead of cheese, it relies on nuts like almonds and walnuts to create a rich, creamy texture. And there’s a lot of real caramel made with coconut milk to seal the deal.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

430

Calories

6 g

Protein

54 g

Carbs

24 g

Fat

Ingredients

Crust:

1 cup almond flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup palm shortening

Cheesecake:

2 ½ cups cashews, soaked for a couple hours

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. coconut milk

Caramel:

1 cup pure honey

¼ cup coconut sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup coconut milk

Pecan Apple Topping:

4 apples, peeled

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp. water

1/3 cup pecan pieces

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Paleo Strawberry Ginger Crisp

Serves 4

When it’s summertime and the strawberries are ripe, it’s hard not to think of shortbread and cream.

Instead of making a biscuit dough or buying pound cake, though, you can make this Paleo dessert. It has lots of delicious crumbs to enjoy – made from a mix of cashew, almond, and coconut flours – and roasting the strawberries will bring out the best in their ripe, juicy flavor.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

247

Calories

7 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

Filling:

3 cups chopped strawberries

1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger

Zest of 1 lemon

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp. tapioca flour (or arrowroot)

½ tsp. salt

Topping:

½ cup almond flour

1 Tbsp. cashew flour

1 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

½ Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves 24

It’s possible to have soft, slightly cakey chocolate chip cookies without oats or wheat flour. And since these are Paleo, they aren’t just gluten-free but also use no refined flour. If you don’t have maple syrup in your pantry, you can use honey instead.

But don’t go for the other all-natural liquid sweetener – agave syrup – because it’s processed. With that in mind, also check what’s in those chocolate chips.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

57

Calories

1 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2/3 cup tapioca flour (or arrowroot)

1/3 cup coconut flour

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

½ tsp. baking soda

Pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

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Paleo Banana Pudding

Serves 4

This creamy, healthy pudding uses coconut milk instead of dairy. But aside from that, this is like a classic banana custard with egg yolks, honey, and vanilla extract.

The mixture is whisked over the stove so it can thicken, and the cooked bananas take on a natural caramel note. Since it’s heated, be careful if you want to add protein powder. Slowly stir it in after the pudding has completely chilled.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

471

Calories

6 g

Protein

50 g

Carbs

29 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 egg yolks

¼ cup pure honey

¼ cup arrowroot powder

2 ripe bananas, mashed

½ tsp. salt

2 cups full-fat coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 ripe banana, sliced

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  • ardar

    Just curious if you have any suggestions for a “treat” for my little boy who is anaphylactic to egg, nuts, sesame and chia? I have one little muffin recipe but would like something a bit more exciting so to speak:!

    http://thepaleohack.blogspot.com/

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