Paleo Breakfast Cookies

First let me start by saying, we do not eat breakfast cookies very often for breakfast.  However, there are moments when we will be in a hurry and I’ll make a batch the road.  I also find myself grabbing for them throughout the day, meaning they are not just meant for breakfast.  I think one big concept I had to grasp when I went Paleo is cookies, muffins, cakes, cupcakes and brownies are still ‘treats’ even if they are Paleo.  For the first month or two, I thought I could get away with any sweet because it was Paleo, yet this wasn’t the case.  My system is sensitive to sugar and carbohydrates now, so I do watch what/how much I consume.

The base to this recipe is a plantain.  If the plantain is green, it is more like a potato when cooking it…hard and lacking taste.  As it ripens and becomes brown, it takes on more of a sweet banana taste and texture.  The key to this recipe is to have a ripe plantain, even thought the skin may be looking like a rotten banana, don’t let that fool you.  The darker the peel, the sweeter the plantain will be.  Plantains are a favorite in our house from chocolate chip cookies to pancakes.

Two things I want to make note on this recipe.  First, this recipe is egg free because of the gelatin.  However, it is very important the gelatin cools after cooking because this is part of the ‘set-up’ process.  It’s very tempting to grab a hot cookie off the pan, but it will be very very soft without allowing it to cool.  Second, you will noticed I have listen organic raisins.  I pick and choose what I eat organic and there is a reason for everything.  I pick organic raisins because they are sulfate free.  That means they are the closest thing to ‘all natural’ and do not have anything to preserve them.

Paleo Breakfast Cookies

Yields 12 cookies

1 brown plantain

3 tbsp organic raisins

3 tbsp hemp seeds

3 tbsp chocolate chips

1/2 cup almond flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla

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Paleo Garlic Cheese Biscuits

I know, you see the title of the recipe “Paleo Garlic Cheese Biscuits” and wonder how is cheese Paleo?  Well, it is.  And these biscuits do not have cheese, rather nutritional yeast which carries the taste of cheese.  Nutritional yeast is very high in vitamin B.

This recipe was created around a restaurants flaky cheddar biscuits served at every table.  Those biscuits which taste amazing and give you a killer stomach ache an hour later because they are filled with gluten and dairy!  If that sounds like you, try my biscuits…you will be happy with the taste and your gut will thank you too!

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Paleo Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Makes 6 muffins
 
Ingredients
1/3 cup coconut flour (sifted)
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
3 tsp nutritional yeast

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Dark Chocolate Pineapple Bacon Lollipops

It’s starting to get warm around Michigan!!  That said, I love cold fruit on a hot day.  Now take some cold fruit and add chocolate you get me excited BUT add bacon to it too and I’m jumping over the moon!  That’s how my dark chocolate pineapple bacon lollipops were created.  As though I’m not getting enough exercise lately walking the dog daily and cross-fitting, I decided to start jumping over the moon too!  This recipe needs to be refrigerated from when you assemble it until when you serve it.  However, if you have a short drive to your destination and the humidity is not too high, they will survive and your friends will be jumping to the moon with you…nothing like a buddy system to hold you accountable for your daily exercise.

This recipe works best if the pineapple squares have been refrigerated.  This helps the chocolate shell to form when rolling the bacon onto it and harden quicker.  I’ve only done this recipe with cold pineapple because it comes out perfect and I have not wanted to mess with perfection!

Chocolate Pineapple Bacon Lollipops

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Bacon Lollipops

Ingredients:

One pineapple cut into square pieces (refrigerate for one hour)

6 cooked bacon strips – crumbled

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Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:

¾ cup raw cocoa

¼ cup coconut oil

2 tbsp. maple syrup

½ tsp vanilla

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Freeze Dried Strawberry Banana Bread

I’m slowly starting to introduce eggs back into my food.  I thought when I made this batch of Freeze Dried Strawberry Banana Muffins, the two egg total was not a lot because it would take me a few days to eat through them…um…I’m already three deep into this dozen and it’s only been two hours.  Needless to say, the rest are being stored away for the day because I think I could eat the whole dozen in a sitting.  The bananas give it a great sweet taste and the strawberries kick it up another notch…like oh hot dang notch!

I always say nothing goes to waste in our house, right down to the brown bananas!  I just can not throw away food because I see it as money down the drain.  These muffins do freeze well if you have brown bananas but are not in the mood for muffins yet.  I will freeze muffins and use them as ‘ice packs’ to aid in keeping my food cool until lunch and then when I’m hungry in the afternoon they are the perfect defrosted snack!

Freeze dried fruit is starting to become a common food on the shelves.  I use to get mine at Trader Joe’s when we make a trip, but recently I’ve found it at Aldi and Costco.  The freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe help to absorb the moisture and it is important you let the batter set for 10 minutes because it sets up differently and will help in the baking process…that said…don’t rush the setting process.

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Ingredients 

3 brown bananas

2 eggs

1.5 cups almond flour

1 tbsp vanilla

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp arrowroot flour

1 bag (1.2oz) freeze-dried strawberries

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Pear and Pancetta Crostini

Life is crazy!  I just realized I’m behind on posting recipes.  However, I will am still getting into the grind after spring break.  I hope you follow along on Instagram because I’ve been posting pictures and providing recipes within the picture post.  With that said, below is a great appetizer to serve or enjoy it as a lunch!!

Pear and Pancetta Crostini’s will have your guests screaming for more!  The salt and sweet tastes from the pear and pancetta will have your taste buds content.  However, then you add in the neutral taste from the yucca dough and top it with mint and balsamic vinegar…taste buds will go into firework mode.  Have you had this experience?!?  The experience when you want seconds, thirds, fourths and then you realize the dish is gone and you ate more than your fair share and littley Johnny was too slow and only had one serving and is now having a melt down because his mom told him he had to clean his plate before he could have seconds…only to find out there are no more seconds present of his favorite dish because you ate them (#ithashappened).

If you are unfamiliar with yucca dough, please go visit read my quick way here.  I use this dough for several dish creations with endless options.  I love having a dough made of a root vegetable.

Pear and Proscuitto

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Uber Chocolate Almond Goody Bars

Ever stare at something and think, “I want to mix you with your best friend?”.  This is how my Uber Chocolate Almond Goody Bars got created.  I was staring at my Uber Chocolate Ungranola bag thinking how much I wanted to create a chocolate nutty taste…my oh my…I nailed this thought!  It’s super easy to make.  Only small problem to this recipe is…you need to keep the bars refrigerated because they will get very soft if left out at room temperature, just as your coconut oil does.

I just want to say one thing Buba’s UnGranola (any flavor).  I love how it’s easy to snack on, pour milk over to get the cereal taste & texture, use as a fruit crumb topping or to create yummy treats with (aka: these bars).  They also create an amazing Snack Mix which we refer to as “Paleo Crack” in our house because it’s VERY addicting.  I love supporting local business, especially when they create Paleo products which are full of all natural flavor and nutrients!

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Uber Chocolate Almond Goody Bars

Ingredients

1 bag Bubba’s Uber Chocolate UnGranola

½ cup almond butter

½ cup coconut oil

¼ cup honey

Directions

  1. Line a bread pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt coconut oil and blend together with almond butter and honey to create a runny mixture.
  3. Place the chocolate Ungranola into a bowl and mix the liquid into it.
  4. Pour the bowl into the lined bread pan and place in the refrigerator.
  5. Allow the bars to harden for a minimum of three hours.
  6. Remove the bars from the fridge, pull the bars out of the pan with the parchment paper. Cut the bars into desired size and shape (square or rectangle).
  7. Store the bars in the refrigerator.