Paleo Brownies + Bacon Wrapped Dates

Happy Tuesday! I am switching things up today because I recently have tried two Pinterest recipes that were so good they are worth sharing. Keep reading to find out what I made…

Bacon Wrapped Dates…

I used this recipe. For those of you who are skeptical, seriously just give these a try. They are the PERFECT appetizer to bring to any party, or to have at home for dinner if you are doing a casual appetizer dinner (like Austin and I did last week!).

Austin and I have made these bacon wrapped dates 3 times in the last 3 weeks and can’t get enough. I love that they are Paleo, Whole30, and are so super satisfying. This recipe from Pinterest was awesome, but we did a few things differently you should know about!

  • Austin and I used Nitrate Free, Sugar free, gluten free (etc) hickory smoked bacon. Using good quality bacon makes a big difference because the quality of meat is so good.
  • We added jalepeno to 1/2 of them every time. This gives your guests a choice if they want a little heat or not.  To add the jalepeno, pit the pepper and then slice it in thin slices (I’d say about 6 spears per pepper). When you wrap the date in the bacon, throw the small pepper spear in and wrap it up together.

A few other tips/tricks…

Definitely line your cookie sheets with foil, get pitted dates, and if you have the time, flip the dates 1/2 way through. Also, everyone’s ovens are different, but we liked them better when they were done a little bit more, and the bacon was a little crispier than what the recipe called for. ALSO- nuking the bacon for 1 minute before wrapping them was so genius, do not skip this step!

Ooey Gooey Paleo Brownies

Ok, so these brownies were a huge hit! They are free of refined sugar, dairy free, gluten free, Paleo, and are incredibly satisfying. I used this recipe

Here are my tips/tricks…

Absolutely leave them in the oven longer than 10 minutes. I would say at least 20. I took them out after 10 because they looked done on top, but after I let them cool for a little bit in the glass pan then tried to transfer them to a wire rack and they started falling through!! I quickly got them back in the pan and put them back in the oven for probably 15 min.

I have to say, eating a brownie that is refined sugar free and super satisfying feels so so good.