Baked Goods, Desserts, Food, Holiday, Recipes

One Final Thanksgiving Treat Recipe and Being Thankful

I am thankful for All Of You! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little blog. Everyday Paleo is a labor of love and I am humbled and honored to share my recipes and ideas that hopefully help make your life a bit more manageable.

I am thankful for the folks who have given me the resources to figure out how to live a healthy paleo lifestyle. Without these people, and you know who you are, I would still be wondering what to do with my life, and I would still be unhealthy!

I am thankful for my children.  No one else in the world can make me as crazy, happy, and proud than my three boys. Coby, Jaden and Rowan, you make my life bright and filled with an infinite amount of joy.

I am thankful for my husband. Since I have known John he has never once doubted me and he has always been my biggest fan. John radiates love, he can always make me laugh, and John treats everyone he meets with a sort of gentle kindness that only comes from a person of true heart and integrity. To make sure all this mushy stuff doesn’t embarrass him too much, I’ll also clarify that John is a total bad ass athlete, strong as an ox, and amazing to watch whether he’s playing a game of softball or throwing around some serious weight in the gym.

I cannot begin to list ALL that I am thankful for in fear that you would stop reading, but my family, dear friends, and loved ones, you are all at the very top of my list.

My wish for all of YOU this week is simple. May you use your knowledge about health and wellness by making choices that are best for you and your family. Feel good about those choices, whatever they may be!  Make a decision to enjoy yourself and enjoy the week rather then letting the week get away from you. Do not fall into that awful place of feeling deprived but be PREPARED and bake an Everyday Paleo Pumpkin Pie to bring with you to grandmas so you can have a treat. Or, make this awesome cookie recipe by my amazing friend Laura.  John claims that these are the BEST paleo cookies he has ever eaten, and I would have to agree! Laura, we are eternally grateful for you and the joy you bring to our lives, and to top it all off, your cookies are out of this world!

So my dear readers – be well, be happy, be thankful, and as always, Enjoy!!

Laura's Cookies!
Laura’s Cookies!

Laura’s Amazing Cookies!!

1 cup of almond meal

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup of cooked and mashed yam, pumpkin, or butternut squash

¼ cup coconut milk

2-4 tablespoons maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients.  In another small mixing bowl whisk together the egg, coconut milk, and maple syrup.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the mashed yam, pumpkin, or squash to the dough and mix well.  Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil or organic grass fed butter and scoop about one heaping tablespoon per cookie onto the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.  Makes approximately 15 cookies.


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Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Rasmus says:

    Sarah.. You are a true inspiration.. Especially on cold and rainy morning like today! The bikeride to work was a cold 10km and when I started my browser I turned to right away.. It brought the smile back to my frostbited face 🙂

    I will make the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving NFL tomorrow here in the cold winter Denmark.. Thank you, thank you for a great blog..


  2. Claudia says:

    Hi Sarah! Even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the Netherlands, I still think it’s a wonderful idea to put all the madness on hold and take a moment to consider what you are truly grateful for. I think it’s something we should all do every once in a while. So – apart from a very long list of other things I’m grateful for – let me just say that I’m grateful for having stumbled upon your blog and for all the effort you put into it. You say it’s a labor of love, well, let me tell you – I’m feeling the love! All the way over here! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and good luck on finishing your book! With love and virtual hugs, Claudia

  3. Cindi Long says:

    Just so you know…there are plenty of us out here in the world who are very thankful for all you do! You have taken something that seemed like an impossible way to live and made it look easy!!! Can’t wait for the book, more people need to know that this can be done – no matter how busy or crazy our lives get!!!
    So know that I am thankful that we have become “friends” and that I value the support you have given…not to mention some darn tasty recipes!!!! Next up – Laura’s Cookies!!!!
    I hope you and your family have a Blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!!! Love ya Girl!!!!

  4. Tracey says:

    Thank you Sarah for all you do for your readers, you’re so inspirational!
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Samantha says:

    Yes, thank you Sarah. Without you my first paleo Thanksgiving would be pretty lame. I have printed out your recipes for our meal and it looks like it will be wonderful. Hope your family has a great holiday. Looking forward to your book and all of your future posts.

  6. Hannah says:

    I am so happy to have found your blog by chance! I have just started Crossfit and many of the athletes in there that I admire are on the Paleo diet. It still seems like a huge leap for me, I am a huge “foodie” and it will be really hard to cut out so much at once, so we are baby stepping our selves to see how it work for us. It is encouraging to see someone who is also a mom being so successful at it. I am excited to try out the cookies and your recipes!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Thanks so much for your blog, Sarah. I just recently found it and have been printing off the recipes you’ve been publishing for Thanksgiving. What a great resource your blog is. Thanks for taking the time to share this information.

    P.S. The cookie recipe looks great and I’m going to give it a try tomorrow.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I have your Paleo Pumpkin Pie in the oven right now! I was so excited when you posted that recipe and can’t wait to feed it to my family!

  9. Jeannine says:

    Thank you from Chattanooga, TN! I LOVE your blog. You have provided me with the means to cook healthier (& delicious) meals. Between your recipes & my husband handling my workout programming (CrossFit certified), I only have to follow instructions! I am so pleased with my improvements on the inside & outside of my body. Looking forward to your book.

    P.S. You have a great looking family. Jeannine

  10. sarena says:

    Thanks for being a source of inspiration for many.

  11. Lindsey says:

    Thank YOU! Happy Thanksgiving!!!! =))

  12. Cathy Mitchell says:

    I really appreciate your site, my husband and I are just finishing up a 6 week challenge and we have maintained Paleo 80% of the time.
    Would canned pumpkin work for this cookie receipe?

    1. Hi Cathy, Yes – canned pumpkin will work just fine! : )

  13. Stacy G says:

    I made the pumpkin pie for this holliday, and it was so good. I absolutely loved it. Now I can enjoy some pie and not feel guilty about eating a second piece! Thanks again Sarah, you rock.

  14. The cookie recipe says 1 c of yams and pumpkin or squash. Does this mean 1c of yams plus 1c of pumpkin?

    1. Lydia says:

      I read it to be one cup of any one of the three. You could use one cup of pumpkin, one cup of yam or one cup of squash. It’s up to you to choose which one.

  15. Those cookies look so tasty! I had been wondering what to do with the pumpkin I had left at home for a while, but this is a great idea.

  16. Susan Kirkendall says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Just found you recently through Art DeVaney’s blog…..I have made two of your recipes already… the tacos with purple slaw, and the cookies are amazing! I just pre-ordered your cookbook. You are an inspiration to me, thank you.


  17. Well, I made your cookies yesterday, and wow, they are amazing indeed! I agree: Best paleo cookies ever!

  18. These cookies are amazing! They taste exactly like my mom’s Thanksgiving sweet potatoes in cookie form. Yum! Such a treat after cutting my carbs.

  19. Are you able to substitute the coconut milk for soy milk?

    1. Sarah says:

      No, I would never recommend soy milk. If you want to use a sub, try almond milk, but soy is really not good for you.

  20. My family and I have been Paleo for 9 weeks now. I didn’t bake any “sweets” until this past week. Unfortunately, we did not enjoy these cookies or the Apple Cinnamon muffins. I believe the almond meal is overwhelming in both recipes. I did however make a muffin recipe with coconut flour, and was pleased with the results. I think I’m going to try that with this recipe the next time I make it, because we love pumpkin!! I will definitely try more of your recipes here, as we have loved many of the dinner ones. Thanks so much and keep up the great work! =)

  21. Renee says:

    What can I use in place of maple syruyp in Laura’s Amazing cookies? Or should I just follow the recipe as stated.

    For Sunday bake sale

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