Paleo Recipes to Trick Your Friends With

Everyone loves good food — the kind that makes your mouth water to the point where you’ll do almost anything to get your hands on the recipe. As paleo enthusiasts know, the ingredients are the most important part to every recipe.

Here are a few amazing paleo recipes that are so good, your friends won’t even know they’re eating paleo.

Chocolate Salted Cookie Bars

Chocolate salted anything is always a good idea. Chocolate salted cookie bars are even better. Cookies are tricky when it comes to paleo baking. These cookies call for a basic almond flour. To make them sweet, coconut sugar is used instead of regular sugar.

This recipe is perfect for a to-go dessert. The cookie bar recipe serves 12 and only takes 40 minutes to bake. One chocolaty bite of these babies and your friends might switch to paleo.

Pesto Baked Chicken

Chicken is an easy, popular dinner dish. If you’re having friends over, consider making pesto baked chicken. Pesto sauce is super juicy when it cooks into the chicken, and it’s easy to make. Simply throw all the ingredients into a food processor. The recipe only takes about 30 minutes.

If you want to get fancy and impress your friends, use this recipe. Chicken is a good protein, and the entire dish is super healthy.

Skillet Beef Fajitas

Sautéed, savory flavors cooked in a skillet on top of steak and yummy veggies — that’s exactly what your friends will taste when they eat skillet beef fajitas. Fajitas bring flavorful fun right to your friends. They won’t have any idea that this recipe is paleo — they’ll just think it’s amazing.

The best thing about cooking the beef fajitas? You only have to use one pot. It’s easy to whip together and cook in minimal time, with minimal clean up.

Italian Pot Roast

Calling all slow-cooker fanatics, we have a winner. Italian pot roast is the best paleo recipe your slow cooker will ever see. Savory flavors are phenomenal when simmered together slowly. The rosemary, thyme and oregano pair nicely with the beef broth, onions and mushrooms for a classic Italian taste.

This Italian pot roast will look like a regular meal to your friends, but you’ll know it’s paleo.

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

Pancakes make people happy, and your friends will rave about fluffy coconut flour pancakes. Coconut flour is a popular alternative to non-paleo flours, such as wheat flour. Once your friends taste coconut flour pancakes, they’ll want to cook paleo, too.

The trick to making fluffy pancakes is adding tapioca flour, or arrowroot powder. Instead of using regular milk, this recipe calls for coconut milk.

Banana Muffins

Who doesn’t love a recipe with a 5-minute prep time? Banana muffins only take 5 minutes to mix together before putting them in the oven. Super healthy and fast is always a winning combination! They’re also a great on-the-go snack. The combination of almond flour, bananas, coconut oil and a few other ingredients creates deliciously simple — and paleo — banana muffins.

Thai Mango Chicken

Your friends will gush over thai mango chicken. The best part about this paleo recipe is that you put it in the slow cooker, and let it do the cooking for you. You can make this recipe in the morning before you leave and come home to a delicious paleo recipe to serve to your friends.


Your friends probably don’t know that lasagna can be paleo. Surprise them by making lasagna with zucchini. The sauce is seasoned with basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. The recipe calls for a vegan cashew cheese. The combined flavors create an amazing paleo recipe, and your friends will surely ask for seconds.

Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The unlikely combination of sweet potatoes and chili creates a spicy, sweet party in your mouth. Sweet potatoes are the healthiest potato, and they taste great, too. The chili is made with ground beef and seasoned with natural ingredients. Smoked paprika, cumin and chipotle chili pepper give this recipe the spicy flavor it needs to be pair with the sweet potatoes. Your friends’ taste buds won’t know what hit them.

Pumpkin Pie Pizza

Pizza is your best friend until you eat paleo. Luckily, there’s now a paleo option. You and your friends will fall in love with pumpkin pie pizza. The recipe can be made as an appetizer or as a dessert. Pumpkin puree, heavy cream and a paleo sweetener of your choice create the pumpkin spread for this pizza.

The crust is made of almond flour and coconut flour with honey, butter eggs and cinnamon. With all the pumpkin spice and other deliciousness in this recipe, your friends won’t have a clue it’s paleo.

Paleo recipes are healthy, and you know that healthy doesn’t have to taste horrible. Your friends will love the delicious flavor of these recipes, and you can decide whether or not to tell them it’s paleo.

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