Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the perfect way to use up all the zucchini that summer brings, while also sneaking in some veggies in a healthy treat. This zucchini bread is so moist and decadent while still being nutrient-dense, Paleo-friendly and dairy-free!

Close up shot of gluten free chocolate zucchini breadGluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This Zucchini Bread is a delicious treat that nobody will even think there is zucchini added to it! This bread is decadent while still being healthy and will be sure to become a staple every summer in your house. This healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini bread is made with almond flour and so dang delicious! It’s easily made in 1-bowl and is paleo friendly and dairy-free. The zucchini adds just the right amount of moisture to the bread and we of course love the added nutrition!

Profile shot of gluten free zucchini breadHere is what you need to make it:

  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Espresso Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Zucchini
  • Eggs
  • Avocado Oil
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract

Gluten free chocolate zucchini bread slices

Can you leave out the Espresso Powder?

Yes! Espresso powder just enhances the chocolate flavor. It’s a minimal amount, but if you want to avoid any caffeine feel free to omit this ingredient.

Why Apple Sauce?

You won’t taste it at all! Apple sauce is a great ingredient to use to add moisture to a bread without needed to add lots of oil. While there is still oil in here, I like to use apple sauce in combination with it to get the right texture.

How to Store this Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Store this bread in the refrigerator or freezer after it has been cooled. In the refrigerator it will last a couple of days. You can leave it at room temperature for a few hours to take the chill off if desired. It will last up to 1 month in the freezer. Let it sit at room temperature uncovered to defrost. 

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:50 Total Time 01:05 Serves 8-10

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and line a 9" x 5" (1.5 quart) loaf pan with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, apple sauce, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. To the bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, espresso, baking powder, and sea salt and mix very well until fully combined.
  4. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  5. Place in the loaf pan and smooth down the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the oven is clean with just a few moist crumbs.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was originally published in 2016, and republished in 2019 with new photos.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

These Chocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Muffins are fluffy, moist, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. Made with a combination of almond flour and coconut flour, this gluten-free muffin recipe is made with unrefined sweeteners, zucchini, dark chocolate and is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast!

Gluten free zucchini muffins with chocolate chips broken openChocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Muffins

This Paleo Zucchini Muffin recipe is an OG Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and still a goodie all these years later! This recipe was originally published in celebration of LCK turning 1 back in 2014. We’re republishing today because this recipe has stood the test of time and is worth the photo facelift it got to reshare today!

These gluten free muffins made with a blend of almond flour and coconut flour have the perfect texture! They are the best way to use up zucchini and your picky eaters will never know there are some veggies inside the muffin! Grab one when you are running out the door, or for a guilt-free mid-day snack. They freeze well, too!

Chocolate paleo zucchini muffins in a tinIngredients for these Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins:

  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Baking PowderZ
  • Zucchini
  • Chocolate Chips

bowl of batter of almond flour zucchini muffinsIs Almond Flour Healthy?

I love using almond flour as the base for my muffin recipes because they make the best gluten-free muffins without needing to add a lot of other fussy ingredients. Almond flour is a delicious and nutrient dense alternative to any other flour. It is low in carbs and high in fat which makes it a great healthy flour that makes you feel fuller, longer.

How to Measure Almond Flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure almond flour. Almond flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring can impact a recipe because it’s such an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale: lightly scoop the almond flour or coconut flour into the cup measurement and level it off.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1 tablespoons coconut flour
  3. 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  4. 1/8 teaspoon Himalyan sea salt
  5. ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 4 tablespoons raw honey
  8. 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  10. 1 cup grated zucchini
  11. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place 12 baking liners in muffin tin or simply directly on a baking sheet
  3. In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, salt, and baking powder
  4. Add in eggs, honey, vanilla, and applesauce and mix well
  5. Fold in grated zucchini and dark chocolate
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
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Baked Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers

These Baked Chicken Caesar Burgers are so flavorful and such a fun dinner! They take all the flavor of a Chicken Caesar Salad and turn it into burger form. They’re dairy-free, gluten-free and optionally Paleo and Whole30 friendly too!

Chicken Caesar BurgersBaked Chicken Caesar Burgers Recipe

These light Baked Chicken Caesar Burgers are the perfect alternative to a traditional burger! They’re so delicious and flavorful and a fun twist on the traditional salad! Pair them with a 2-ingredient Caesar salad slaw and homemade parmesan crisps and you’ll knock it out of the park with this dinner.

This recipe uses my homemade recipe for Caesar Dressing from my book, which is delicious and happens to be dairy-free. If you wanted to you could swap in a store-bought version, just be careful to check labels if you have dietary restrictions.

Chicken Caesar Salad BurgersHere is what you need to make the Caesar Burgers:

  • Ground chicken
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Scallions
  • Sriracha
  • Parsley
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Homemade or store-bought Caesar Dressing

Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers

Is Caesar Dressing Gluten Free?

Some store-bought caesar dressings can contain gluten. This salad uses a homemade version that is naturally gluten-free. The recipe comes from my cookbook and is my all-time favorite. It’s made dairy-free but doesn’t skimp on the creaminess and the flavor.

Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers

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Chicken Caesar Burgers
Serves 4
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Burgers
  1. 1 pound ground chicken
  2. 2 tablespoons caesar dressing (see below)
  3. 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoons minced garlic)
  5. 1 teaspoon sriracha
  6. 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  7. 1 Tablespoon chopped scallions
  8. 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  9. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  11. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  12. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  13. Optional: 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Caesar Dressing from page 320 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook
  1. 1/2 cup homemade mayo (page 312) or store-bought
  2. 2 teaspoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  6. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  8. Pinch of fine sea salt
  9. Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Caesar Slaw
  1. Shredded Romaine Lettuce
  2. 3 Tablespoons caesar dressing
Other Toppings
  1. Sliced tomato
  2. Sliced red onion
  3. Parmesan Crisps
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing in a high-speed blender and pulse once (about 5 seconds) just until the dressing is thick and smooth. If you over blend, the dressing will become watery.
  3. In a  large bowl, toss all of the chicken burger ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4-parts, and place 4 patties on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes, or until the tops become a light golden brown.
  6. While the burgers are baking, make caesar slaw and assemble other desired toppings
Parmesan Crisps
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spoon cheese by tablespoonfuls two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet (1 tablespoon per crisp).
  3. Bake for 6 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool completely before lifting each crisp up with a spatula.
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Gluten-Free Key Lime Tart

This gluten-free Key Lime Tart is made using honey and coconut milk for a rich, tangy and smooth filling! It’s simple to prepare and can be optionally topped with a honey meringue for a showstopper dessert. It’s gluten-free and made without any refined sugars.

Key Lime Tart

This Key Lime Tart is the perfect (and beautiful) dessert to roll out in both hot and cold weather. This simple tart is made using our favorite gluten-free pie crust, filled with a tangy and smooth key lime filling and optionally topped with a delicious honey meringue that you can either leave as is or toast it!

Key Lime Tart Ingredients:

Can I use regular limes in place of key limes?

What makes a key lime pie a key lime pie is, you guessed it: key limes. But they are only available certain times of the year and they are much smaller than regular limes (known as Persian limes) so they take a bit more work to get the total amount of juice needed. And while there might be slight difference in taste (key limes have a bit heavier taste of “lime” with higher acidity), it is perfectly acceptable to use regular limes!

Can I bake this in a pie tin?

Technically yes you can. But depending on the size pie tin you are using, the filling might be a little low, as this is meant for a 9″ in tart.

Topping Options

  • Honey meringue (you can either pipe a pretty border, or cover the entire tart)! Toasting is optional but a nice touch.
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Regular whipped cream

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Key Lime Pie Tarts
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Tart Crust
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1/2 cup grass-fed butter
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 tsp fine pink salt
  6. 1 tsp raw honey
Key Lime Filling
  1. 3 egg yolks
  2. 3 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 5-6 limes)
  4. 1 tsp lime zest
  5. 2 tbsp raw honey
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Optional: 2 drops essential oil lime oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, cold butter, and sea salt
  3. Add in honey and eggs and process until dough combines
  4. Transfer dough to refrigerator for 1-4 hours, up to overnight
  5. Remove and separate into two balls (for mini tarts) or one large ball for regular size tart
  6. Grease tart pans or one large tart pan and gently press dough into the center, filling up the sides and the bottom
  7. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown
  8. While cooking, blend together key lime filling ingredients
  9. Once the shells are cooked, pour in filling and cook for a remaining 15-20 minutes, until filling is firm to touch
  10. Top with coconut whipped cream or meringue, garnish with lime zest, and serve.
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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew [paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow-Cooker Beef Stew is the perfect healthy comfort food for cold days! It’s hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to make right in your crock pot. Make it for a cold winter night, or a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Beef stew is a simple recipe that will wow everyone who tries it.

Traditional Beef Stew Recipe

The Slow Cooker is an amazing phenomenon in my opinion. Even those friends of mine who aren’t big cookers use it! Throw all the ingredients in with the right flavor combo and BOOM: the perfect stew. It’s hands off, easy to use, and safe!

What is Irish stew made of?

Filled with beef, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes is the perfect main dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The beef is so tender, it just melts in your mouth!

Tips For Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Brown your meat
  • Don’t use too much liquid
  • Don’t skimp on the cook time
  • Layer your beef and veggies
  • Set it and forget it! The beauty of a slow cooker!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This stew is: hearty, flavorful, tender melt-in-your-mouth beef, and packed with veggies! It is also paleo-friendly, dairy-free, whole30 compliant and has no sugar added… does it get any better than that? I love making this soup at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long!

What defines a stew?

  • In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful!
  • Beef stew doesn’t need to be super, super thick. You’ll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew! If not, don’t worry, this stew thickens whithout it, too.

What kind of beef is used for stew?

You can buy beef stew meat, which is cut and cubed and is generally chuck or round! Beef round cuts (bottom and eye) are generally leaner than chuck (shoulder, leg and butt) and very well-suited to stew.

I always add beef stew meat to my ButcherBox order in the cold weather months. Each month, ButcherBox  curates a one-of-a-kind selection of the healthiest, tastiest meats, humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. Or you can customize your box and select your favorite cuts and get 20% more meat.The price works out to less than $6.00/meal and shipping is always free. You can also space it out so it’s not every 4 weeks, too! ButcherBox delivers your meat for the month, saves you money, and is the best quality! Order Today and get this amazing deal:

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Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?

You certainly can, but for this beef stew recipe, we prefer to sear the meat first to bring out the amazing flavor that you’ll get!

Easy Beef Stew

Tools used to make this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe:

  • Slow Cooker: Inexpensive and works great. I’ve had mine for years!
  • Cast Iron Skillet: I like a nice, hot cast iron skillet to sear our stew meat!
  • Chef’s Knife: My go-to chef’s knife. Use whatever you have on hand!
  • Tongs: To easily flip the meat while searing.
  • Cutting Board: A good cutting board, of course! To chop all those veggies!

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 8 hr Total Time 8:10 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sear meat for about 3 minutes on each side, until brown. Set aside.
  2. Place meat and vegetables in the crockpot
  3. Add in broth, tomato paste, tapioca, and spices
  4. Mix well to combine
  5. Set on low for 8-10 hours
  6. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)
  7. Remove bay leaf and serve hot
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Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe makes for a decadent meal done in under 20 minutes! It’s elegant, super flavorful, and comes together quickly and works equally as well for a romantic dinner for two, or a weeknight easy meal. They’re gluten-free, dairy free and paleo.

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe is a great date night in meal to make with your significant other, or the perfect elegant holiday meal! The lamb chops are so easy to make and do not require much cooking at all, other than a quick broil in the oven. The crispy shallots are another effortless way to add something special to the meal and the pomegranate sauce adds a tough of sweet that brings the whole thing together. A special dinner in under 20 minutes? Sounds like the perfect meal!

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

We love when delicious meals come together so quickly, using minimal ingredients, but taste so amazing!The recipe calls for pomegranate juice to make the sweet sauce. You can either purchase pomegranate juice or you can juice your own by blending together 1 cup of pomegranate

What to serve with lamb chops:

What temperature do you cook lamb chops?

Whole muscle meats such as roasts, steaks, and chops may be cooked to 145 °F (medium rare), 160 °F (medium), or 170 °F (well done). Times here are based on lamb at refrigerator temperature (40 °F).

How can you tell if your lamb chops are cooked?

Use your finger to estimate if roasted, grilled or broiled lamb is done to your liking. Press firmly on several sections of the lamb. If the meat gives easily but is firm and has cooked for the recommended length of time, it is likely medium-rare. A firmer texture and feel indicates more well-done meat! For best results, use your Thermopen!

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

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Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:25 Serves 2

Ingredients

Lamb Chops

Crispy Shallots

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 shallot, minced

Pomegranate Sauce

To garnish

Directions

  1. Pre-heat broiler on high.
  2. Coat lamb in oil and spices.
  3. Place on a lined baking sheet and broil on high for 5-6 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, make the crispy shallots: In a small pan, heat oil and sauté shallots for 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until crispy but not burnt.
  5. Make the sauce: In a small pot, pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, apple cider vinegar, and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and whisk in the arrowroot. Let simmer for 5-6 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  6. Top lamb with crispy shallots and sauce and serve immediately with sides of choice like Mashed Potatoes, cauliflower mash or roasted veggies.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own pomegranate juice: blend 1 cup of pomegranate seeds.
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