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Chewy Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies With Sea Salt

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I have had a problem lately. An obsession really. Cookies; I try to stop thinking about them but then they just keep coming back to me, calling my name. Maybe it’s all of the planning and work on my cookbook getting to me but even so, this is a really unusual thing for me. I don’t typically dive into the sweets or really think about them that often because I’m more of a savory guy. Even if I do get the hankering for something sweet I’m usually just fine with something as small and simple as a spoon full of coconut butter.

With that said, I also endorse listening to your body. In this case, my body wanted cookies, therefore I listened. That’s as scientific as I need to get about that because you just don’t question cookies. Actually this might be very bad advice for some people.

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Salted Caramel Drenched Coffee-Double Chocolate Cake And A Celebration

Salted-Caramel-Drenched-Coffee-Double-Chocolate-CakeToday is a huge day for me. Mainly because my cookbook releases today and it feels completely surreal. I went from being overweight and depressed, then I lost more than 100 pounds with real food, started this blog and received a bunch of love from you wonderful people, and then wrote a cookbook. Now I’m trying to contain my excitement. Actually that’s not true at all, I’m not containing my excitement very well. I am posting this preposterous celebratory cake recipe in excitement. Sometimes you just have to shout it on the top of a mountain. I just to prefer to shout mine with chocolate cake muffling the sound of my voice, ironically.

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Coconut Chia Pudding with Roasted Butternut and Honey

Coconut-Chia-Pudding-with-Roasted-Butternut-and-Honey-From-Slim-PalateI realize I’m late on jumping on the chia seed pudding bandwagon but it was for a good reason. I kept telling myself that I was going to do it but then I kept procrastinating and not doing it. Yes, that’ll do, that certainly counts as a good reason in my book. Actually it doesn’t but still, it’s just pudding my friends. At least that’s what I thought until I actually tried it, only to find out that it’s actually quite delicious, in fact addicting. Maybe even a little dangerous depending on how liberal you are with the honey.

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An Early Delivery (Sneak Peek of My New Cookbook + A Free Recipe)

Slim-Palate-Paleo-Cookbook-Early-DeliverySo may or may not have seen my posts on my social media then I’ve got something super exciting to share with you guys. So excited I had to make a post out of it to capture the moment. I also decided to share a recipe from the book at the bottom of this post just in time for last minute Valentines Day Baking. Anyway, my cookbook The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook arrived at my doorstep on Wednesday afternoon. I wasn’t having the best morning that day but then received the email from my publisher saying that it would be there that day in the middle of class. At that point literally nothing could have ruined my day.

Literally nothing actually, I even got rear ended at a stop sign on the way back home from Cross Fit but I was unaffected to full of excitement to be upset. I simply took the guys info down, and rushed home to eat and look at my finished baby. Because yes, it’s absolutely like a baby to me.

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Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Marshmallows

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Winter has officially hit Texas with complete disregard of the fact that I wear shorts pretty often. Well I did, I’ve been forced to change my habits because of the exceedingly “cool” weather. It’s odd to walk outside on a nice Texas day only to be chilled to the bone with an windy ice blast to the face and bare legs. Yesterday it was actually colder here than in New York so I’m not just being a wimp about it.

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Maple Pumpkin Pie

Maple-Pumpkin-Pie-from-Slim-PalateSo Thanksgiving is coming up as I’m sure many of you know. As with any get together I have to prepare as many things as I possibly can because that’s just how I get. I am not exactly aware of why I choose to do that to myself but I just like to make a plethora of things for people to taste. I suppose I just like being able to view the response on everyones face even if the expressions are of discomfort.

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Salted Mexican Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Salted-Mexican-Chocolate-Ganache-Tarts-via-Slim-PalateAt my local CrossFit gym I pulled my bar off the rack preparing for my next rep sequence of jerks until I hear Chris; one of the trainers, call my name from the distance. Thinking it was urgent I re-racked the bar and turned around and he immediately says “have you ever tried dark chocolate with sea salt?”. The cool thing is that he is totally into the healthy eating and Paleo scene but I was slightly stunned by the question because I’m all about chocolate with crunchy sea salt on top, but he didn’t know that so I’ll let him off this time.

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Banana Bread (Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free)

Paleo Banana Bread from Slim Palate

There comes a time when you buy bananas and then leave them to sit in the fruit basket until you notice that the object that was once yellow is now a heavily spotted mess. For me, this is an every time event. It can be quite the predicament at first thought because I don’t really know anyone that could eat a banana that utterly goopy and enjoy it. You would have to pretend that it’s just an incredibly sweet and banana-ey tasting plate of cauliflower mash.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with Smoked Sea Salt (Paleo, Refined Sugar free)

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with Smoked Sea Salt from Slim Palate

I think we all have that one specific familiarity and constant attraction to some food that is bad for you. Like Reeses butter cups. I’m not going to preach about how bad they are for you because it’s simply obvious. But regardless of that, those little cups are incredibly delicious and whenever I think of them or see someone enjoying I begin to feel an eye twitching spasm coming on. I think it’s mainly because I loved them so much as a kid and they are incredibly memorable and familiar to me.

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Snickerdoodles (Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free)

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Ah the combination of cinnamon and buttery goodness. Cinnamon is so perfect on just about any baked good, but something about a snickerdoodle makes it significantly better. Back in the days where I had regular snickerdoodles I always recalled them to have a specific buttery and slightly salty richness to intertwine with the sweet and fragrant cinnamon. They had a texture that wasnt crumbly but soft and slightly chewy.

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