Special Occasions

Sometimes individuals will resist signing up for the paleo challenge because they have a special occasion during those 6 weeks. Maybe it is a wedding, birthday, graduation or holiday- regardless of the event, it is still a simple excuse not to accept the challenge of improving their health. Just like CrossFit, there is a ‘modification’ for almost everything when it comes to food. Instead of burgers with cheese and a bun, you could have a burger with nutritious veggies, paleo mayo in a lettuce wrap. You can replace mashed potatoes with sweet mashed potatoes, potato salad with a ‘no potato-potato salad‘ and  when it comes to those sweet treats there are a million different recipes out there! Here is a Triple Chocolate No-Bake Brownie recipe I found that is quick and simple!

P.S. Don’t forget to ask your paleo friends for help! Don’t have time to bake? Contact Felicia Papier, the Cupcake Strategist of The Lucky Cupcake,  she makes AMAZING paleo cupcakes!

Triple Chocolate No-Bake Brownies


  • for the brownies:
  • 4 cups whole walnuts
  • 1½ cup raw cacao
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 12 oz fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • 8 drops liquid stevia replace with 2 T honey or maple syrup
  • for the chocolate ganache:
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt
  1. Process walnuts in your food processor, until finely ground.
  2. Add raw cacao(or cocoa powder), and sea salt. Process until incorporated.
  3. Add the honey, and then the dates one at a time through the top feed, while the food processor is running. Once all of the dates are used, the mixture should look crumbly, but stick and hold together. Press mixture into a 9×9 baking dish, cover and place in the fridge while you make the ganache.
  4. add the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla extract to the food processor (no need to clean in-between), and process until emulsified. Spread ganache evenly over the top of the brownies. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for 1 hour before cutting.

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The Paleo diet is simple yet remarkably effective for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of the most effective nutritional strategy known, one need simply build meals from the following: * Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish * Seasonal fruits and vegetables * Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil Our 6 week challenge will help you ease your way into the Paleo Diet. Regardless of your fitness or health goals, you WILL look, feel and perform your best on the Paleo diet. For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny. View all posts by hcfchallenge

One response to “Special Occasions

  • Amber

    Oh I just saw this recipe online yesterday! I mean a chocolate ganache…how can that be wrong??? I have found you can pretty much search for anything and add Paleo to it and find a recipe.

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