Healthy Eating

Paleo Bread! (grain free, gluten free, dairy free, drug free, smoke free) Have a sandwich to celebrate!

I’ve just made the perfect cup of tea. Exactly the right ratio of tea, to honey, to raw milk. I am diggin it. I’m also about to share the perfect recipe for Paleo Bread. So it just makes for a perfect Friday night really. If you’re a nerd like me.

I was given a good paleo bread recipe, which for some reason just didn’t work as well when I doubled it.  I usually make one loaf a week, so over the last few months, I’ve been tweaking, and perfecting. You know I don’t like to fluff around too much in the preamble, so here it goes! (trumpet sounds…)

Paleo Bread!

INGREDIENTS:

2 c almond meal
1 c tapioca or arrowroot
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
seeds of choice in the amount of your choosing (I use poppy seeds, linseed, pumpkin seeds, sprinkled in a loving fashion throughout the mixture, so that the amount looks right)
5 eggs
2 tblsp apple cider vinegar

METHOD

The best part about this bread, is that it requires no kneading, preparation or fluffing around. You put all those things in a bowl, mix them up and you’re done! Put it into a greased loaf tin, cook for around 20 – 25 mins at 180 degrees celcius, or until firm and brown on top.

EATING SUGGESTIONS

It’s really good when it’s warm out of the oven. With butter.

We like to have sandwiches for the first day or two, but it’s pretty good toasted with vegemite or jam, or under eggs and bacon and veges and home made relish. (That kind of meal will see you through til dinner time!)

If you’re a cheesey paleo person, make a ham off the bone, cheese and organic tomato toasty. Mmm.

My favourite discovery about this bread has been Paleo French Toast! This is a breakfast phenomenon in my house. I’ve finally got rid of the weetbix, and the kids are loving this, with a little ramekin of coconut cream for dipping. (Recipe to come.)

My perfect cup of tea has finished 😦

Thus, I must go.

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Chocolate cashew brownies – paleo & sugar free style!

I always need to have something sweet in the fridge. Life is no fun without treats! I am growing less fond of traditional sweetness, and rather enjoying the healthier ways of sugar free.

This is a bit experimental, surprise surprise, but I based this one around my other recipe for date, banana and almond slice. Again, quick and easy is my key in the kitchen at the moment, this definitely fits that category!

Paleo chocolate cashew brownies

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2 c almond meal
1/2 c desiccated coconut
3/4 c sultanas
3/4 c chopped cashews
1/2 c cocoa
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
3/4 c coconut oil
Vanilla
Honey

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

All wet ingredients go in a different bowl and mix with a beater until combined and a little fluffy.

Pour wet into dry, mix until just combined, pour in a tray and cook for about 20mins at 180degrees. Or 350 F for you folk in other lands.

They did come out a little bit crumbly, and I think that some yummy frosting would go on them very nicely. They are much better in the fridge, cold.

I’d also like to try putting fresh berries in..yummmmm! That might be more of a pudding…hmm stay tuned on that one!

Here’s a couple of recipes for frosting if you’d like to try 🙂 let me know!

choc coconut frosting from elanaspantry

avocado mocha frosting from food lovers kitchen

Date, Almond, Coconut & Banana Slice

So I tried something new and it turned out so delicious, I thought I better share! I love this because its takes about 30 seconds to make, has no sugar but is a yummy sweet treat. You paleontologists will love this!

Now, my style of cooking is pretty experimental, and I try to keep things as healthy as possible. The other thing about these type of “recipes” is that I sometimes don’t remember exactly how much I put in. Here’s a guide..

Banana date nut slice

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2 c almond meal*
1 c dates
1 c desiccated coconut
3/4 c cashew nuts
1/2 – 3/4 c coconut oil
2 bananas
2 eggs
Vanilla

Chop dates and cashews and add them to almond meal and coconut in a bowl. In another bowl, mash up all your wet ingredients together – eggs, oil, banana and vanilla. Then make a well in the dry ingredients and mix!
Pour into a slice tin and cook for about 25 mins or so. Eat hot, cold or frozen!

*Please note… I never use pre made almond meal, I buy bulk almonds (from Aldi mostly) and blitz them in the food processor myself. It’s much cheaper and you get a wholemeal effect from the skin still being on, plus they aren’t blanched or anything. Win!