Sunday, March 25, 2012

A (Mostly) Paleo Kid's Birthday!

My kids don't eat 100% Paleo. I won't apologize for the fact that they still have dairy, and have a serious soft spot for starches like brown rice pasta and oats. Under my roof they *do* eat 100% gluten-free, and more often than not do eat like cave kids.

It's my son's 6th birthday on Tuesday, and I threw his party today. Seven of his friends, all based around a Pirates of the Caribbean theme. I've done similar fetes based around Harry Potter and Star Wars, serving themed food at both. I love to cook, and love to show my kids and their friends how you can get creative and have fun with party food.

What I served up was a huge hit today, and I don't think any of the guests had a clue how well they were eating! All but one dish was Paleo-friendly. and all were free of gluten, white flour and refined sugars. The "Seashells and Cheese" obviously contained pasta and cheddar, but even that was made with hemp milk and brown rice pasta.

First, the boys munched on Hot Dog Krakens. I took nitrite-free dogs from Trader Joes, sliced each to have eight "tentacles," and baked them on 350 for about 7 minutes.

For "Gem & Jewels" everyone enjoyed a fresh fruit salad, with everything from pineapple to strawberries to grapes.

The kids couldn't wait to dig into the Chocolate Cannonballs, which were my own recipe for chocolate donut holes made from coconut flour. Even the kids who drink regular soda and munch on Doritos cleaned their plates... prove positive that it's worth it to take the time to feed yours kids well!

Chocolate Donut Holes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup sweetener of choice (I used palm sugar)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened hemp milk)
1 tbs. vanilla

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and combine (a mixer might be useful to really work out the lumps). Bake in a donut maker or roll into balls and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

If you would like glazed donuts, melt a a few tbs. of chocolate chips with a splash of non-dairy milk (I used hemp). Dip cooled donut holes in the chocolate mixture and allow to dry.

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