How Paleo Helped Passover

Typically Passover (a time where Jewish people do not eat bread, flour, yeast, or corn) is known for it’s blah food.  As children, we would be so excited for that first bite of matzah every year, but as the days wore out we quickly got tired of matzah nachos, matzah pizza, and matzah PB&J.  As an adult, I’ve tried to get a little more creative with my Passover food…often cooking up a quinoa stew or something similar on the weekends to eat throughout the week.  In the past few years, the BOY and I have barely eaten any matzah during the 8 days.  We can usually make it a a few days on leftovers from our family sedars and then it’s the weekend and the BOY gets excited to cook up his favorite red meats.

 

As I was a trying to figure out what to eat for a pre-run breakfast (oatmeal is out during Passover) this morning, I realized that I could totally make my new favorite pancakes.

 

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They didn’t turn out so pretty looking, but they are a nice balance of carbs and protein which is perfect before a workout! 

 

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A quick pre-run selfie (complete with sunglasses)…Hooray for sunshine!

 

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Last weekend’s running group of four decreased to two, but it was great to catch up with my friend.  We are both running the half marathon in 5 weeks and haven’t done many miles.  This morning we ran about 8 miles (72 minutes).  I felt better than expected considering last night’s weak dinner, but I did slow towards the end.  It was a gorgeous morning for an outdoor run!  We have big plans to run again in two weeks (next week is the Shamrock Shuffle) and increase our miles before the race.  Post run, I snacked on pear with almond butter and chugged lots of water.  We had a few errands to run and then were back home for lunch!

 

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Although I don’t follow the Paleo diet, the blog world is abuzz with the newest Paleo recipes.  Many of which use almond meal in place of flour…which is PERFECT for Passover!  This afternoon I made Chocolate Chip Cookies from Fast Paleo.

 

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Heads up, this recipe uses one egg and maple syrup at room temperature, so pull them out of the fridge early.  After you make your dough, refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

 

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I had heard that the dough tastes fantastic, so I had to try it before making my cookies!

 

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Somehow it actually tastes like cookie dough!  It’s amazing!!!  And I’m not just saying that because it’s Passover and I’m slightly starving : )

 

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The cookies baked up soft and puffy.

 

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I had to try a bite while they were warm with the gooey chocolate.

 

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The recipe made one dozen cookies, which is the perfect amount to get the BOY and I through the last few days of Passover.

 

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These cookies are delish (and the BOY totally agrees).  I can see why they are called the BEST!

 

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I would make these any time of year!

 

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You can guarantee they will be making an appearance at next year’s Passover dinner.

 

 

What holidays do you change your eating habits for?

What is your favorite Paleo recipe?

 

 

 

The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Fast Paleo

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sifted blanched almond flour (I used almond meal from TJ’s)

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (melted, not softened)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 whole egg

1/2 cup chocolate chips (kosher for Passover if desired)

 

Directions

In a bowl, mix together your almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt. In a separate bowl mix together your melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, room temperature maple syrup, and room temperature egg. Incorporate your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, then add your chocolate chips.

After everything is mixed, preheat your oven to 350F and refrigerate your batter for 30 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes are up and your oven is heated, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpats and roll your dough into even balls-to whichever size you desire.

Put them in the oven for about 5-7 minutes, then take them out and slightly flatten them with the back of a spatula. Put them back in the oven for about 5 more minutes, or until they look done.  You will see just a hint of golden brown. 

Remove from the oven and set on the counter to cool.

 

 

I found a few other recipes for Almond Meal Cookies worth checking out!

And you can always make my favorite Clean Almond Butter Cookies!

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14 thoughts on “How Paleo Helped Passover

  1. Those cookies look really good!! Hooray for sunshine and running outside!! Maybe the snow is gone for good! Fingers crossed!!

  2. We cook with almond meal occasionally… I have a great pancake recipe! These cookies look awesome! Nice eight-miler! We had some sunshine today, too… it’s finally almost feeling like spring 🙂

    • Yes, spring is in the air and I am just hoping that all the snow is behind us. I’d love to see your pancake recipe as I now have a bag of almond meal and will have to figure out how to use it!

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