Paleo Gnocchi

I love living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Where else can you buy already steamed sweet potato, have your green grocer  julienne your vegetables and cut up your fruit, free of charge.

My local fruit lady, who even will tell me not to buy fruit if it isn't 'aroi' (tasty).
My local fruit lady, who even tells me, when NOT to buy her fruit if it isn’t ‘aroi’ (tasty).
Cut up carot and celery

Laziness was really my motivation to organising our great Paleo holidays and the up coming ‘ Thirty Days of Paleo in Paradise 2014. ‘

I love eating Paleo, but let’s face it – it can be hard work.

I often feel defeated after hours in the kitchen, preparing and creating healthy meals, only to see the the troops come to the tablewhen it is ready and gobble it up in less than 15 minutes. All my sweat and tears, dissipating into their cute little energetic bodies. There are rarely leftovers. 🙁

I am definitely grateful that I am blessed with little ones, that will eat almost anything. Any colour or texture, they will usually give it a whirl. I often have them help me when I am in a patient space of mind. Which is not always, as most mothers know, that time between 16:00 and 20:00 most afternoons/evenings is a little on the wacky side and must somehow incorporate meal preparation. It’s tough.

When I have some time up my sleeve, I  prepare my meals during the day, if it is something I can heat up or bake later. However, my neurotic side cannot always compensate re-heated food for freshly made food, so I suffer most evenings – juggling negotiations over computer usage and setting up painting and play dough stations, sporadically pretend-eating purple and green play dough goulash, all whilst cooking my Paleo creations. Sigh..

My most recent triumph, both in the kitchen and with my four year old was sweet potato and pumpkin gnocchis.


I have a Thermomix and they are truly awesome. A group of family and friends bought it for us as a wedding present more than a year ago and I love, love, love it. SO if you also have one you can follow this recipe or otherwise you can use your own food processors.


Paleo Gnocchi


  • 500g cooked sweet potato
  • 100g cooked pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 heaped teaspoon rosemary
  • 2.5 cups arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 coconut flour


Step 1
Put all ingredients in the thermomix and mix for 10 seconds on 7. I even left the skins on both sweet potato and pumpkin. Best if organic.
Step 2
Take the mixture out and place in a bowl and put it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Step 3
Spread some flour out on the kitchen table and roll the dough into snakes. Your kids might love this part. I used tapioca flour as it is the cheapest.
Step 4
Then cut the snakes into gnocchi sized bits. I used a fork to add little dents, but my wise Italian friend says it should be a thumb print...
Step 5
Boil some water and place the gnocchis in. When they are ready they will float to the top.
Step 6
I froze half for a rainy day. The other half I ate together with a Napolitana sauce. You can also fry them in butter and make them crispier. The kids like that better..
Just think of your most Paleo friendly pasta sauce you have been missing and throw them in. Have fun.