Potato-Free Paleo Gnocchi


Italians know it well, making gnocchi without the right potatoes can be a key for disaster. Imagine making gluten-free paleo gnocchi that are potato free as well! That's one tough recipe to come up with!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
26 mins
Total Time:
46 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds kabocha squash, peeled and cubed

  • ¾ cup cassava flour

  • 2 pinches salt

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

Balsamic-Saffron Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 leaves fresh sage

  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon coconut milk

  • teaspoon saffron

  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar, or to taste


  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add kabocha squash, cover, and steam until soft, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Transfer steamed squash to a bowl; mash with a fork or potato masher. Mix in cassava flour, 1 pinch of salt, and nutmeg until a dough forms.

  3. Dust a flat work surface with cassava flour. Divide dough into pieces and roll into 1-inch thick logs. Cut into 1-inch gnocchi. Arrange gnocchi on a tray lined with parchment paper.

  4. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook sage leaves until crisp, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Press down with a fork to break leaves into small pieces. Stir in 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coconut milk and saffron. Simmer sauce until flavors combine, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 pinch of salt. Slide gnocchi gently into the water; cook until they float to the surface, 4 to 5 minutes. Scoop out with a wire strainer and transfer to serving plates.

  6. Cover gnocchi with 1 tablespoon of sauce. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
5g Fat
43g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 894mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.