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Old 03-18-2007, 08:24 PM   #1
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My parents are still somewhat skeptical of the paleo diet, so I thought I'd show them that even delicious/comfort foods (e.g. dessert) can be re-created with a little ingenuity ("An army marches on it's stomach..."). I was thinking of basing this dessert off of a chocolate torte, inspired by this recipe using almond flour:

7 ounces (200 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
11 tablespoons (150 grams) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar, divided
4 large eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (100 grams) finely ground almonds (Ground 1 cup of blanched or sliced toasted almonds in your food processor)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


Obviously, the butter, sugar, and processed chocolate have to go. I'm not attempting to rival 400 years of french culinary achievement, just something chocolatey and tasty. Obstacles abound...

Here's what my brainstorming has come up with:
-Sub either "raw chocolate" or cocoa powder for the chocolate

-Butter and sugar present a problem. Volume could be gained to an extent through egg whites, oil (walnut, almond?) &/or applesauce for moisture...
~Perhaps add Coconut milk?

-Ground coconut and dehydrated apples might find a place (ground apples as a sweetener?)

Please add your thoughts/suggestions, I'll try to compile them all and get back to you with the results.

(Message edited by surfreak on March 18, 2007)
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:10 AM   #2
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(ground apples as a sweetener?)

apple sauce is used as a sweetner in plenty of recipes.
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:57 AM   #3
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3 suggestions:

1.) Ignore Charlie the troll.

2.) Try making chocolate balls courtesy of the Performance Menu Journal (Dec 06 issue).

Here is my own version (which is very close by the way):
1/2c almond meal (TJ's)
1/3c cocoa powder (TJ's)
1/4c coconut oil (cheaper to buy the flakes from a health food store).
3 drops of stevia extract (NOW)
2 packets of splenda
1/4 stick of butter
1/8c coconut milk
1/8c heavy creamer

Combine sugar and cream over medium heat. When hot add chocolate. Stir. Put in freezer for 10mins. Roll in balls. Back in freezer for 10mins. Enjoy!

3.) Don't try to convince the unconvinced about the Paleo diet or anything else for that matter. Let people come to it in their own time.
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:54 PM   #4
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Frozen grapes is my desert of choice.

I use dates for a sweetener with baking chocolate.

Paleo rum balls: minced dates, cocoa, coconut, pecans + rum, will try Drambuie next
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:18 PM   #5
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Hey James, are you originally from the Pacific Northwest? ND grad?
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:27 PM   #6
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Steve, since Charlie was actually being polite and helpful, how about you lay off him? No personal attacks; it's in the AUP. Thanks.
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:31 PM   #7
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You're right Lynne, I take that one back. Misinterpretation on my part, sorry.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:09 PM   #8
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berries
some whey protein
nuts
cinnamon
ginger
stevia
blend it, good stuff!


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Old 03-20-2007, 10:25 AM   #9
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Try this-yummy!

Paleo brownies:
6 tbsp oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup ground almonds or pecans
1/2 cup cocoa or carob powder
1/4 cup arrowroot flour

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:34 PM   #10
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That looks good Laurie. Wonder how it tastes substituting agava for the honey and almond meal for the flour. Guess there is only one way to find out:-)
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