Since going paleo, if there is one thing that has really made a difference, it has been coconut. Coconut milk curries, virgin coconut oil for frying, coconut flour for baking and desiccated coconut for, well, for wherever the heck I can work it in. Also, when you factor in the additional restrictions from the Paleo autoimmune protocol (no nuts, peppers, toms, aubergines or eggs) coconut kind of comes to the rescue as so many great paleo recipes are out of reach.
Paleo Autoimmune Recipes
My wife and I have been paleo for a while now as the last destination on a journey that started off with an MS diagnosis, took a wrong turn into vegan city and finally ended up in Paleo county. We have not been 100% autoimmune strict, as, well, it’s pretty damn hard and there is just a total lack of any good Paleo autoimmune protocol recipes out there. And, we have been doing okay with a standard strict(ish) Paleo diet. (strictly no grains or dairy, the odd bit of dark chocolate, a bit too much honey and wine as well).
After an ill advised few sips of Baileys Liqueur last week, my wife had a bit of a wobble and had some fairly brutal MS fatigue symptoms so we have finally made the push towards a strict autoimmune protocol for 30 days and this is the first of hopefully, many recipes that you can use if you are following the autoimmune protocol.
Autoimmune Coconut Macaroons
Okay, this is a nut free, egg free, macaroon recipe that I can honestly say is better than the ‘real thing’ with eggs, or nut butter, or almond flour or whatever else you want. If you are desperate for those things, you can check out the ultimate paleo macaroon recipe else go with this for a happy gut!
- 3 x Apples
- 3 x figs or 6 dates
- 6 cups of desiccated coconut
- 2 cups of coconut flour
- 2 heaped tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil (melted)
- 1 cup of honey
- pre warm the oven to 200c (gas mark 6 / 400F)
- stew the apples & figs till they are nice and soft
- mash or blend the apples & figs into a smooth puree
- mix in the coconut (desiccated & flour)
- add in the honey
You should have a fairly wet, sticky mixture. If it is too wet, add a bit more coconut flour, if it is too dry, add a bit more honey. With your hands form into small, tight cake shapes and place them onto a sheet of parchment paper or an oiled baking tray.
Stick them in the oven and cook for 30 mins or their abouts. You should see the bottom edges and peaks going brown when they are ready to come out. Let them cool thoroughly before eating.
And there we have it, Paleo staple made autoimmune friendly without any need for eggs or nut flour. This will be the first of many recipes that can be used on an autoimmune protocol and if you have any feedback or requests just drop me a comment below.