The Most Popular Grain-free, Paleo, Dairy-free Recipes: My Picks + Your Favorites

The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

The best paleo, grain-free, dairy-free and; in most cases, low carb, recipes of 2014. Plus, how to lose weight by eating a high-fat diet, why vegan wasn’t for me, and why you need to soak your nuts.

I created over 225 recipes in 2014. That’s not including the 100+ recipes I created for the cookbooks and guides I published this year, The Keto Beginning: Lifelong Health + Lasting Weight Loss Program and more.

It was a busy year.

I’ve used sweet potatoes as a base for tortilla chips, blended cauliflower as a cream for chicken pot pies, created crepes with just coconut flour and cacao powder, made chocolate pecan pie out of zucchini and potato salad with absolutely no potatoes at all.

Do you have a favorite Healthful Pursuit recipe?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Make Coconut Milk with Shredded Coconut -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut: I drink a lot of coconut milk which means I’m usually out of it when I really need it. When I’m in a pinch and need coconut milk ASAP, this recipe for homemade coconut milk using shredded coconut saves the day time and time again.

Nacho Cheese Tots -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Paleo Nacho Cheese Tots: Pffft… potatoes? Who needs them? Gobble up these light tots, with the goodness of nacho cheese. Only, there’s no cheese in them. Mind blown? Yes. Taste buds happy? You bet.

Eggplant Chips -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Eggplant Chips: Crunchy, dippable, great for entertaining and made with just 1 ingredient. If you have a chip fetish; like I did, swapping out your potato chips with these vegetable-based treats will go a long, long way.


Healthy Chicken Pot Pies -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Grain-free + Dairy-free Chicken Pot Pie: Kevin; my husband, still asks for me to make this casserole on a weekly basis. It’s easy, creamy, dairy-free and so light. Have leftover turkey from the holidays? It’s fabulous in this!

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Paleo Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips: If you’re bored of eating sweet potatoes topped with various random things, treat yourself to a batch of these tortilla chips, made entirely of sweet potato (and a bit of flaxseed). Grain-free, paleo-friendly and holds up to the soupiest dips.

Paleo Root Beer Pulled Pork -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Sugar-free Root Beer Shredded Pork: Sure, you could soak your delicious meats in sugar-laden root beer that’s going to sap your energy… OR you could make this healthy, sugar-free shredded pork recipe that’ll boost your spirits and make you Queen of your house. For real, Kevin treats me like a goddess anytime I make this for him.


No Sugar! Skillet Chocolate Cake -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Paleo Skillet Chocolate Cake: This grain-free, dairy-free chocolate cake recipe is so beautifully presented. Top with coconut milk whipped cream, and you have a decadent dessert on your hands, no sugar… none!

Flaxbread -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Flaxseed Focaccia Bread: Simple and good. If you’re looking to boost your daily fiber in the form of bread, this recipe’s for you. No grains, dairy, or flour. Just a couple of ingredients and it freezes, toasts and fries really well.

Potato-free Potato Salad -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

No Potatoes! Potato Salad: Can’t have potatoes? I have you covered! You’ll never guess what I used in place of potatoes in this paleo-friendly potato salad recipe.

Grain-free and Dairy-free Chocolate Crepes -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Paleo Coconut Flour Chocolate Crepes: You don’t need starches and gums to hold your grain-free breakfasts and desserts together. Just a touch of coconut flour and cacao powder is all I used in these dairy-free, paleo crepes. You guys loved this recipe so much, that only hours after I published it, Healthful Pursuit crashed! Enough said.

Dairy-free Cream of Tomato Soup -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

AppleVegan Cream of Tomato Soup: Ever thought of using macadamia nuts as the base to your cream soups? Do it, do it now… and begin your adventures with this cream of tomato soup.


Grain-free Chocolate Pecan Pie -- The Most Popular Recipes #grainfree #paleo #dairyfree

Low Carb Chocolate Pecan Pie: It’s January and we’re all eating healthier… maybe you said to yourself, I need to eat more vegetables this year. Hey, I have you covered in this vegetable-based chocolate pecan pie. You bet, I used veggies as the base, but you’d never know it. Completely sugar-free, too.

Blog Posts Worth Mentioning

The top health topics and ah-ha moments on the blog this year….

Results of a High-fat Eating Style #keto #paleo #lowcarb

Why Counting Calories Isn’t the Answer: My new approach to eating that helped me ditching the calorie counter for good. Then? I lost 20 pounds of hormone weight gain in just 2 months.

Why I Stopped Being Vegan #vegan #paleo

Why I Stopped Being Vegan: Struggling with conforming to an eating style that isn’t serving you? I was, too. So, I stopped.

The Ultimate Guide to Everything Coconut #coconut #paleo #lowcarb #keto

The Ultimate Guide to Everything Coconut: There are so many ways to get coconut these days. Confused? You’re not the only one. This guide gives it to you straight – coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut manna, coconut puree, it’s all there.

It Nearly Cost Me My Life #peanuts #nutallergy #allergy

It Nearly Cost Me My Life: If you or someone you know is allergic to peanuts or nuts, please read. The more people who know, the better.

Why You Should Always Soak Your Nuts #nuts #paleo #keto

Why You Should Always Soak Your Nuts Before Eating Them: Because who doesn’t like soggy nuts? Sorry, I had to. For real though… you need to soak them, and I explain it all in this post.

Wow, what a year!

I’d love to know…
Do you have a favorite Healthful Pursuit recipe?
What do you want to see from me in 2015?

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  1. I started the Keto Beginning in January and something I am worried about still is eating out. I’d love a cheat sheet of sorts that would guide me to options at different restaurants. The Keto beginning addresses it a bit. But almost looking at types of restaurants like: sushi bar, burger joint, steakhouse etc. Even a list of things to really avoid. Looking for something that could basically get printed out, laminated, and kept in my purse for reference (or on a simple pdf or app for my phone). Not sure if this is something lots of people want but it would definitely help me out when traveling!

  2. 2014 was an incredibly busy and challenging year for me, too; I was so stressed about my health, trying to find the right “diet” that worked for me. But the growth I’ve experienced is pretty astonishing. I’ve learned that you have to find what works for YOU and you only! I’ve been following your blog ever since I fell in love with your 5-ingredient Chocolate Coconut Cookies (I plan on trying these again, sugar-free version)! When you first started talking about your Keto journey, I was skeptical and a bit overwhelmed by all of the information. Drinking blended coffees and only eating 1-2 meals per day, what!? But now that I’ve opened my mind and heart to this eating style, I see and feel the benefits of eating high-fat low-carb… Thank you for always offering recipes that adhere to varying diets and providing motivation for me to also embark upon a ketogenic journey. Thank you, thank you Leanne!

    Love, Kara

  3. A fav recipe? Well, i often make your indian aubergine curry, the sweet potato curry marinade (always a freezer full of those) , chili sweet potato rounds, pumpkin mousse squares. And then many more.. Thanks so much Leanne

  4. I have only been following you for a couple of weeks so thank you for this post. I’ll be going to check out almost all of those recipes and health topics. I already read the one about peanuts: wow! I was allergic as a child with partial anaphylaxis (so not as dangerous but obviously not desirable) and then I grew out of it when I was 20. Sometime soon after that I found fenugreek and it was my favorite herb ever. I moved to Alberta 3 years ago and don’t make much curry anymore. Now I am 32 and with difficulties from just-discovered longstanding lyme disease and Crohn’s the peanut allergy came flooding back worse than ever all of a sudden one day about 3 months ago. I haven’t made curry with added fenugreek since before then and now I will be very cautious about it. Thank you for the heads up. One question: is it only the seed and seed powder that cause problems or is the leafy part of the herb a problem as well?

  5. Thank you! Love that you experiment in the kitchen and are willing to share!