For this year’s 4th of July celebration, we kept it simple since next weekend is when we’ll be celebration E.J.’s big 50 with friends and family. We made a few fan favorites and I also tried a couple of new summer dishes, since the crowd was particularly Paleo-friendly. Fortunately, we had a lot of wins, and some of them were in definitely in that “Better than non-paleo” category, which is always what I’m going for.
Coconut Fruit Dip – I served this with Strawberries and Blueberries for a red, white, and blue appetizer. I initially tried whipping the coconut cream but quickly realized I ruined it when it started separating in the mixer. I think the key to this is to make sure your cream is very cold if you’re going to whip it. I didn’t have a chilled can, so I just skipped the whipping step and mixed everything together by hand. It was still really tasty and I didn’t have any leftovers.
Death By Chocolate Ice Cream – this dish was made on a whim after I ended up with a bunch of egg yolks following another recipe. I used Penzey’s high fat cocoa for the powder, honey for the sweetener (I probably only put in 3 or 4 tablespoons), and added dairy-free mini chocolate chips while it was churning. It ended up being a super dark-chocolate masterpiece, and people were saying this was the best chocolate ice cream they’ve ever had… there weren’t any leftovers of this either.
Apple Pie – I wasn’t quite sure about this one, especially since it relies heavily on coconut sugar for all of the sweetness, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result. I also got rave reviews on this one, especially for the strudel topping… yum!!
Vanilla Cupcakes – this time I completely cheated… I used a cake mix from Simple Mills and the vanilla frosting I picked up at PaleoFX this year. The icing is REALLY sweet, but the cake is flavorful and satisfying. These disappeared in a flash.
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as we did!