No need to drive to the next window to get your fast food fix. These healthy versions of your late night favorites will do the trick!
Drive-thrus offer the ultimate convenience when it comes to food. Just order up, pay, and eat. However, you’re paying with more than your wallet when you consume fast food. Your body isn’t nourished by these foods, but rather sold over to toxic ingredients with zero nutritional value.
Still, fast food is an everyday part of many people’s lives in America and beyond. So how do you satiate your fast food cravings while still taking care of yourself?
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We’ve compiled the ultimate list of copycat fast food recipes that are Paleo-friendly. Think meals like chicken nuggets and tenders, burrito bowls and sandwiches – and treats like Frappuccino’s, Frostys and scones. We’ve even got recipes for the basics, like crispy fries or curly fries, and cilantro lime rice. From Wendy’s to Chipotle, these easy recipes recreate fast food favorites sans guilt.
Curly Sweet Potato Fries
Who doesn’t love a crispy, well-seasoned curly fry? To keep them Paleo, this recipe uses sweet potatoes and nixes vegetable oil for beef tallow.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Curly Sweet Potato Fries
Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa
Chipotle is probably the most popular fast, casual restaurant for Paleo dieters. It’s easy to order a meal that’s mostly Paleo and mostly clean-eating friendly, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile, this recipe shows how easy it is to whip up 100 percent Paleo barbacoa at home.
Recipe: WholesomeYum | Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa
Paleo Chicken Tenders
Every fast food joint serves up some version of fried chicken fingers. This recipe nixes the frying while staying deliciously dippable – try mustard, apple cider vinegar ketchup or Paleo barbeque sauce.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Spicy Chicken Tenders Recipe
Copycat Chipotle Chicken
Give homemade Chipotle another whirl, this time with their juicy and flavorful chicken – perfect for Paleo burrito bowls and burritos on their own.
Recipe: Brown Eyed Baker | Copycat Chipotle Chicken
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
Who doesn’t love Chick-Fil-A’s crispy and succulent chicken nuggets? Make it Paleo with a blend of almond flour and savory seasonings.
Recipe: Almost SuperMom | Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce
Instead of stocking up on those little Chick-Fil-A sauces that people go nuts over, dunk those nuggets in this copycat recipe. Just be sure to use Paleo mayonnaise and barbeque sauce when whipping this up.
Recipe: House of Yumm | Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce
Copycat Chipotle Chorizo
Ever tried making your own chorizo at home? It’s super simple with this recipe. Channel Chipotle and use it to top a salad, burrito bowl or make a burrito – or have breakfast and mix it with eggs.
Recipe: Perry’s Plate | Copycat Chipotle Chorizo
Wendy’s Copycat Frosty
You won’t believe how simple it is to make a Paleo frosty at home. Five ingredients and some ice are all it takes – oh, and a blender.
Recipe: My Natural Family | Wendy’s Copycat Frosty
Cauliflower Turmeric Burger Buns
Swap your whopper with this gluten free, anti-inflammatory recipe. The buns pack turmeric and cauliflower, plus you can stuff them with better-for-you ingredients like creamy avocado slices, grass-fed beef and fresh veggies.
Recipe: Wildblend | Cauliflower Turmeric Burger Buns
Starbucks Copycat Java Chip Frappuccino
Who can resist the pull of a drive-thru Starbucks? Keep your treats clean by whipping up this homemade Paleo version of a java chip Frappuccino, complete with those very necessary chunks of dark chocolate.
Recipe: Leelalicious | Starbucks Copycat Java Chip Frappuccino
Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup
Ordering anything at a Panera Bread while Paleo – even salad – can be tricky. With this recipe, you can enjoy the flavors of Panera without the guilt.
Recipe: Kim’s Cravings | Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup
Syrup-doused pancakes sandwich eggs and bacon – and it’s totally Paleo. Yeah, you need this in your life.
Recipe: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen | Paleo McGriddle
Chipotle Copycat Whole30 Carnitas Bowl
Chipotle strikes again with this complete bowl recipe – chock full of juicy carnitas, fresh salsa and creamy guacamole.
Recipe: 40 Aprons | Chipotle Copycat Whole30 Carnitas Bowl
Crispy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Got a straight-up French fry craving? It happens to the best of us. Sate that craving with these clean eating-friendly crispy sweet potato fries, baked in the oven instead of fried for optimal healthiness.
Recipe: Nurture my Gut | Crispy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Paleo Beef with Broccoli
Panda Express ain’t got nothing on this juicy homemade beef with broccoli, made with coconut aminos in place of soy sauce to keep it 100 percent Paleo.
Recipe: I Heart Umami | Paleo Beef with Broccoli
Turmeric Pumpkin Spice Latte
When that Starbucks pumpkin spice craving strikes, swap the sugar bomb for this healthy version instead. Made with turmeric, pumpkin purée and coconut cream, it’s the perfect way to start your morning.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Turmeric Pumpkin Spice Latte with Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Paleo Copycat Orange Julius
A creamy, citrusy and frosty Orange Julius might hit the spot – but it also hits your body in all the wrong places. Enjoy this Paleo version with much less of a caloric punch.
Recipe: The Lucky Penny Blog | Paleo Copycat Orange Julius
Starbucks Copycat Mocha Frappuccino
If Java Chip Frappuccino’s aren’t your thing, give this decadent mocha recipe a try. Chock full of chocolate and creamy almond butter, it’s bound to satisfy your Paleo sweet tooth.
Recipe: Primal Palate | Starbucks Copycat Mocha Frappuccino
Paleo Burger King Chicken Nuggets
If Burger King makes your favorite nuggets, try this recipe that coats chicken in a blend of almond and coconut flour for maximum crispiness.
Recipe: The Big Man’s World | Paleo Burger King Chicken Nuggets
Chipotle Cilantro Lime “Rice”
For all your burrito bowl needs, this cauliflower rice is remarkably simple to whip up.
Recipe: Gal on a Mission | Chipotle Cilantro Lime “Rice”
Copycat Paleo Shamrock Shake
Minty and sweet, this homemade shamrock shake captures the essence of the original without all the sugar and food dye.
Recipe: Primally Inspired | Copycat Paleo Shamrock Shake
Paleo Pretzel Dogs
Who needs a Wienerschnitzel pretzel bun when you’ve got these fluffy homemade pretzel dogs at home?
Recipe: A Girl Worth Saving | Paleo Pretzel Dogs
Healthy Cauliflower Egg McMuffin
These turmeric-spiced Paleo “muffins” are stuffed with the expected eggs and bacon, with avocado thrown in there for a happy little surprise.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Healthy Cauliflower Egg McMuffin