6 Paleo-Friendly Desserts to Enjoy on Labor Day

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Whether you’re spending Labor Day at home or on the road, the holiday is always that much better with the flavors of homemade desserts. Although the standard Labor Day menu makes it a challenge to stay true to your diet plan, it is possible to keep your Paleo streak intact without sacrificing the taste of your favorite desserts. These 6 Paleo-friendly recipes employ a variety of useful tricks to help dieters maintain their nutritional regimen but are just as delicious for non-dieters to enjoy.

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1. Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints

Chocolate and hazelnut create a sinfully delicious combination, and these thumbprint cookies are a great way to work their rich flavors into an all-star Paleo dish. These cookies are easy to prepare and make a simple and tasty Labor Day snack. This recipe from Cave Girl in the City takes about 45 minutes to complete and yields around 10 cookies.

Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 1 cup hazelnut flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup pure maple sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Topping (optional)

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions: For cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Combine hazelnut flour, coconut flour, coco powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add in maple sugar, egg, and coconut oil, and mix (using a hand mixer) until there are no lumps. Roll a tablespoon of dough in your hands and place onto baking sheet (about 2 inches apart). Press your thumb into each cookie to make a imprint.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and then cool on cookie tray for 5 minutes.

For topping, combine the dark chocolate, almond butter, and coconut oil in a small saucepan. Heat on low just until melted. Whisk until combined and smooth. Let cool in refrigerator for about an hour. Place about a teaspoon of filling in each cookie.

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