Oatmeal Without The Oats

Well it seems winter is here is Michigan now.  The snow is falling from the sky and the Weather Channel has issued an advisory, only to end it early.  I’ve come to realize if snow is going to fall from the sky, we will get some sort of advisory.  Seems a few snow flakes can’t fall without an advisory being issued.  Not really sure what the purpose is for an advisory if they are going to be issuing them constantly, kinda like the little boy who cried wolf.

With cold weather brings a desire to eat comforting food. I loved oatmeal growing up as a kid.  My dad use to make it on Saturday’s and fill it with green apples, raisins and sugar.  This recipe is very versatile and can be used as a base to lots of great toppings!  As I have grown up, I come to love adding dark cherries to mine.  The options really are endless…
Oatmeal Without The Oats

Oatmeal Without The Oats

Servings: 14

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup almonds

1 cup pecans

1 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup golden flax seeds

1 tablespoon cinnamon

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Pecan & Apple Muffins

These pecan and apple muffins got me through the last week of the 21 day sugar detox.  They kept me sane when I had a craving for bread.  Well, perhaps I thought I stayed sane…the verdict may still be out from my husbands stand point.  For those who are not looking to remove sugar from your diet, these are awesome!  They taste like a bite of apple pie all tucked into a muffin!  The spices blend them all together and remind me of a fall day or spiced Chai!

Pecan & Apple Muffins

Pecan & Apple Muffins

Ingredients

1 – green apple

1 tbsp ghee

6 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup maple syrup (omit if doing 21dsd)

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Take the green apple and remove the peel.  Cut the apple down to have small squares (slice the apple thinly horizontal and then slice small lines vertically).

3.  Place a small skillet on medium heat and add ghee to the pan.  Allow the ghee to melt down.

4.  Place the apple squares into the pan and slowly cook them down until soft, but not mushy (about 5 minutes) and remove from heat.

5.  Get out a large bowl and whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

6.  Stir the coconut flakes and pecans into the egg mixture.

7.  Sift the coconut flour into the egg mixture and stir the batter all together.

8.  Fold the cooked apple pieces into the batter.

9.  Place batter into muffin liners within the muffin pan.

10.  Bake the muffins for 15-18 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Paleo Granola

Fall is in the air!  I see the trees changing on my drives and love all the colors.  I will admit, something about fall wants me to slow down and observe nature’s beauty. In Michigan you can start up-north and have fun color drives and continue driving south while landing at our house, were trees are just starting to change colors.  I love the process of color changing.  Come Halloween, I will be sad because the leaves will all be gone and naked branches with creak when the wind blows.  And when I see naked trees, I fear winter is coming or here!

Since doing the 21 day sugar detox, I am trying to not add additional sugar into my cooking/meals.  I enjoy this granola without sugar and find it very flavorful without the sweetness.  If you want to add sugar, you can add coconut sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Paleo Granola

Pumpkin Pie Paleo Granola

 

Ingredients
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup almonds
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

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Chewy Nut Patties

Life is crazy busy and I’m still trying to figure out quick and easy meals.  I think the key for me is they need to be a ‘grab-n-go’.  However, I have learned over time I need to plan my food out to have success.  I created Chewy Nut Patties with the idea I could grab a patty and go.  I packed these bars full of nutrients.   There is fiber from chia seeds & coconut, healthy fat from the nuts and all natural sugar from the dried apricots.

If you live in the Kalamzoo area, dried apricots are on sale at the Co-Op this week!  Not going to lie, the sale might have aided in the creation to this recipe.  If you shop at the Co-Op, also grab some of their almond butter!  It is the best around, they blend it 3 times to make it extra creamy!!

Create this recipe to you.  Instead of nuts add seeds.  Instead of apricots pick a different dried fruit.  As the cook, you control what you make!

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Chewy Nut Patties

Serves: 6 patties
 
Ingredients
3/4 cup all natural coconut shreds
1 TBS chia seeds
1/3 cup warm water
10 dried apricots
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup finely chopped nuts or seeds (I used pecans)
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
 
Directions
1. Place chia seeds in warm water for 10 minutes.  Whisking occasionally to prevent lumps.
2.  Place apricots in food processor and pulse into small pieces.
3.  Place all ingredients in a bowl.  Using your hands, mix the mixture together.
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4.  Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon form your chewy nut patties.  Each patty is 3 tablespoons. You can form into balls or squares too.
5.  Place patties in the refrigerator and they will harden a bit.
6.  Keep them stored in refrigerator. 

Pecan Frosting

We just got home from a quick trip up-north visiting with my family.  First, I was very proud of my mother.  Normally we arrive and the house is full of baked goods.  To my surprise…….she made us……DEVILED EGGS!  She also made a few soups both my husband and I could eat.  I was very proud of her and her progress to eat healthy.  Thanks mom!

Sometimes even Paleo people make ‘junk food’ too.  This pecan frosting is a great treat, but not something I would keep in my fridge all the time.  It is very sweet and should be consumed at something special.  I made a batch of it last night to put on top of pumpkin and banana muffins.  It was a great hit!  I think it would be amazing on top of brownies too; however, I haven’t tried it yet….

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Pecan Frosting

Ingredients:
1 cup pecans
2 TBL coconut oil
5 TBL water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
a dash of salt
 
Directions.
1.  Place all ingredients in the blender and blend on high.
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2.   Scoop out and store in the fridge.
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Paleo Apple Crisp

I must admit, I’m a little excited.  I have hit above 100 likes on facebook this weekend and I wanted to celebrate.  In my fruit bowl was a bunch of apples from the farmers market last weekend.  It was time to make something and I decided to make Paleo apple crisp.  This recipe is gluten-free and egg free!  I made it using simple ingredients in a Paleo household cupboard.  The house smells amazing and my tummy is in love!  Enjoy the recipe and keep spreading the word about Paleo Gone Sassy!!  The more followers I have, the more inspired I am to keep spreading the Paleo world!

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Paleo Apple Crisp

Ingredients:
4 apples
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 pecans
2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 TBL maple syrup
1 lemon
 
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2.  Clean the apples and remove skins.  Then cut into smaller pieces.  I used my apple tool and then cut the ‘apple’ in half and then a half again.  All the pieces are the same size and will make all pieces cook equally in the oven.  Place apples in a large bowl.
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3.  Cut lemon in half and squeeze over the apples. Mix the lemon juice into the apples.
4.  Mix nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon together and sprinkle over apples.  I get my hands dirty and mix it up several times.
5.  Pour vanilla and 1 TBL maple syrup over the apples and mix together.
6.  Spray 2 qt baking dish with cooking spray.
7.  Place apples crisp mixture into baking dish.
8.  Take the nuts and finely chop them down. 
9.  Add the nuts, 1 TBL maple syrup and coconut oil together.  The coconut oil should be soft, not a liquid form.AppleCrisp4
10.  Place crumb mixture on top of the apples.
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11.  Cover dish and bake for 45 minutes.
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12.  I let it sit for 5 minutes and serve warm.  We put coconut cream on top of ours!!