Chia Seed Pudding

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Chia seeds.  Packed with a big nutritional punch in a tinylittleseed.  Chia seeds are interesting little buggers.  When dry, they look kind of like a poppy seed.  When moisture is added, it basically turns into a gelatinous orb. It has been debated that these seeds can help curb hunger.  I guess my take on it is that since the seed sort of expands, it helps you to feel more full. In addition to maybe curbing hunger, these seeds are pretty good for you.  Fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3.  All of that in these tinylittleseeds. 

I typically use Chia seeds when I make shakes and smoothies.  I’m always looking for other uses for these funky little seeds.  Recently, I came across this pudding recipe on the Deliciously Organic site.  Sounds pretty delicious.

Ingredients
1-1/2 Cups full fat coconut milk
4 Tbsp real maple syrup (or honey)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup fresh berries

Instructions
1. Whisk coconut milk, maple syrup, and extracts until smooth. 
2. Stir in chia seeds
3. Divide mixture evenly between 4 glasses.
4. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
5. Serve

Note: If you’d like to make the pudding ahead of time, cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator.  Set pudding out for 15 minutes before serving.  Best if eaten within 24 hours.

I found this recipe a couple of days ago, printed it off, and set it on my counter.  This morning, before work, I quick whipped up a batch to throw in my lunch bag.  I altered it just slightly due to time.  I had about a half a can of coconut milk and added almond milk to make the 1-1/2 cups. I was out of maple syrup so I used honey.  I didn’t have any almond extract so I left that stuff out as well.  I had my blender out, so I threw it all into the blender and gave it whirl.  Once mixed, I poured the pudding into mason jars and put them in my lunch bag for work. 

Around lunchtime (about 6 hours after making the pudding), I tried this stuff out.  I added fresh raspberries to make it pretty.  This stuff is pretty fantastic.  As my medic partner so eloquently put it, “It looks reptilian!”  The seeds do give it a funky look and texture, but that’s alright.  The flavor makes up for it.  It totally reminded me of tapioca pudding.  Subtly sweet, a hint of vanilla, and packed with healthy goodness. 

I WILL be making this again.  I foresee having this stuff on hand often to have as dessert.  Perfect.

Happy eating!

Recipe HERE. Also listed is a chocolate version. I plan to make that one next time. I have fond memories of warm tapioca pudding with chocolate chips.  Ahh, memories.

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Maple Paleo Cornbread

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Question: What goes best with chili?  Answer: cornbread.  A friend of mine who made the Chicken Chili recipe, that I recently posted, commented that I needed to find a good cornbread recipe.  A couple weeks after that, I came across this recipe.  The site that posted it is called Paleo Porn.  Because of the name, I actually kind of felt a little dirty looking at it.  The food looks ridiculously delicious.  Paleo Porn is ok to look at on the work computer.  Guilt-free.


Maple Paleo Cornbread

Ingredients
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 organic eggs
1 cup canned coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
8 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted

Instructions
1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Combine almond flour, coconut four, baking soda and sea salt in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add eggs, coconut milk and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl and combine well with a hand mixer.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix with a hand mixer until fully combined.
5. Slowly drizzle the melted butter into the bowl while the mixer is going and mix until fully combined. The mixture will become smooth, rather than grainy, once the butter is fully mixed.
6. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 glass baking dish, smooth the top with the back of the spoon and transfer the dish to the oven.
7. Bake for 25 minutes at 350°F.
8. Increase the heat to 450°F and bake for 15 minutes, this will crisp up the top of the cornbread.
9. Reduce the heat back to 350°F and bake for final 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure inside is fully cooked. If not, keep cookin and test every 5 minutes.
10.  Remove from the oven, slice and serve.
11. Cover and store leftovers on the counter or in the refrigerator.
12. Enjoy! 🙂

Another one that makes the kitchen smell delightful.  When this guy comes out of the oven, you can’t help but slice out a little chunk.  Warm Paleo cornbread with a smear of Kerrygold butter….good for the soul.  This is fairly moist and quite a bit more dense than actual corn cornbread.  The flavor actually reminds me of the almond flour pound cake that you make for the Blueberry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding recipe that I posted awhile ago. Not gonna lie, it doesn’t taste like the cornbread we all know and love.  The gritty corny cornbread…not so much.  BUT, this is definitely a perfect grain-free, dairy-free alternative to the actual thing.  I goes really quite well with chili.  And eggs.  And turkey.  And ham.  Really, most anything.

Happy eating!

Recipe HERE.

Paleo Cinnamon Bun In a Mug

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It seems like at least once or twice a day I see a “mug cake” recipe.  The directions are simple: mix, microwave, eat.  The ingredients, well, while they may be simple, they aren’t clean in the least bit.  They vary from pudding mix to cake mix to sugar to regular flour.  When South Beach Primal posted this recipe on the Facebook, I knew I just had to try it.  A cleaner version to all of those mug recipes. Yeah, I’m down.

Ingredients
Cinnamon Bun
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash salt
Dash nutmeg
½ tsp baking powder
1 egg
2 tbsp almond milk (unsweetened)
1 ½ tbsp raw honey
½ tsp vanilla extract

Icing
1 tbsp coconut butter (THIS is the kind that I buy in the store)
1 tbsp almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions
1. Mix all of the cinnamon cake ingredients in a coffee mug, mixing in the baking powder last.
2. Microwave for 2 minutes.
3. Mix all of the icing ingredients in a small bowl, drizzling over the hot mug cake.
4. Inhale immediately

Ri-dic-u-lous-ly easy.  Cinnamon bun with icing…in a mug.  I’m sold.  This could be dangerous.  Delicious flavor.  The icing really adds a lot.  Flavor AND a little moisture.  One of the best parts is the clean up.  A lot of my friends who eat the mug cakes complain that the cake is a bugger to clean out of the mug once the cake is gone.  With this one, that’s not an issue in the least bit.  You could totally lick the mug clean.  Also, I’ve had a few people ask me what’s so special about coconut butter….and could one substitute regular butter for the coconut butter?  In my opinion, coconut butter is creamier. It also has just a hint of flavor.  To be honest, I don’t know how this recipe would turn out with regular butter.  If you make it, let me know. I just know how tasty it is with the coconut butter. I would guess that the flavor would not be as rich with the regular butter.

In short, this is a pretty fantastic single serving cinnamon bun.  Mix, microwave, masticate.  I HIGHLY recommend checking it out.
Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE. While you’re at it, take a gander around South Beach Primal’s webpage.  Tons of good stuff!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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One of the dishes that I agreed to make for Thanksgiving Dinner at work was sweet potatoes.  Personally, I feel like T-Day dinner is salt salt salt salt salt.  I wanted to find a recipe that had a hint of sweet.  Sweet sweet potatoes it is.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
4-6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
(Scale this recipe for the amount of people being served, I figured 1 sweet potato per person)

Instructions
1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes, and place in a large soup pot filled with water.
2. Bring water to boil, and boil sweet potatoes until soft, about 20 minutes.
3. Drain sweet potatoes and place in a large bowl, or kitchen aid mixer.
4. With kitchen aid mixer, or hand mixer, mash sweet potatoes on low to keep from getting lumpy and “glue-like”.
5. Continue to mash while adding coconut oil, almond milk, and maple syrup.
6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

Simple.  Crazy simple.  A few changes.  I used heavy whip instead of almond milk.  Also, my hand mixer recently took a crap and the station that I was at did not have a hand mixer.  Blender it is.  May I recommend a hand mixer or Kitchenaid mixer…works a little slicker.  Lastly, I opted not to sprinkle with s&p.

These sweet potatoes are darn tasty.  The clan at the station loved them as well.  Perfectly and subtly sweet.  A great way to enjoy a guilt-free sweet potato dish.

Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE.

 

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.  Everyone gathered together, a table full of food, a heart of thankfulness.  Speaking of food….since deciding to eat clean, it has become a bit more difficult to partake in holiday meals.  Many traditional favorites are full of ingredients that I choose not to eat.  Lately, I have been keeping my eyes open for great Thanksgiving recipes. Cleaner options. So.many.recipes. Elana’s Pantry recently posted this pumpkin pie recipe.  Now, just so you know, I definitely prefer pie over cake and I’m somewhat of an aficionado. I do make a mean pumpkin pie…with my grandma’s secret pie crust recipe.  BUT, since my family pumpkin pie recipe isn’t so much Paleo, I thought I’d try my hand at this one.  Elana’s Pantry is good about posting fantastic recipes.  I was optimistic.

Ingredients

1 (15 oz ) can pumpkin puree (or 1.5 Cu homemade pumpkin puree)
3 eggs
1/2 Cu coconut milk (full fat)
1/3 cu honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Crust
2 Cu blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 egg

Makes 1 pie crust
Recipe HERE

Instructions
Prepare the crust first
1. Place flour and salt in food processor and pulse briefly
2. Add coconut oil and egg.  Pulse until mixture forms a ball.
3. Press dough firmly into a 9-inch pie dish, set aside.
4. In a food processor, combine pumpkin puree and eggs.
5. Pour filling into Paleo Pie Crust
6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes
7. Allow to cool completely then refrigerate for approx 2 hours to set up

Makes 1 pie

Topping
Heavy whipping cream
vanilla
cinnamon

I don’t have exact measurements.  I just pour and sprinkle and whip the crap out of it by hand.  Truly made with love.

Ever the skeptic, I was pleasantly surprised at how this pie turned out.  Really, it turned out perfectly.  Towards the end of baking, the crust was getting dangerously golden so I placed some tinfoil on top for the last 10 minutes or so.  Other than that, the recipe was relatively simple.  There are a handful of ingredients, but basically you just mix them together.  Nothing fancy.  I would make this pie again…and often.  It truly tastes like pumpkin pie.  The whipped topping really makes this pumpkin pie the perfect ending to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Best part is, it’s guilt-free.  Grain-free, dairy-free, and the only sugar is the honey.

Try it out this Thanksgiving.  See if your dinner guests notice a difference.  I’d bet they won’t.  This would also be the perfect item to take along to that dinner party you’ve been invited to.  This way, you know EXACTLY what went into the pie and can enjoy a care-free dessert.  pairs well with coffee.

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I do!

Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE.

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Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Almond Butter Glaze

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Taylor, of Taylor Made It Paleo, posted this recipe early September.  I had never made donuts before.  I suppose I always thought of donuts as fried. I have seen Paleo donut recipes here and there, but this one really caught my eye.  Really, all things delicious. A perfect night for some sweet pumpkiny rings.

Ingredients

For the donuts:
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp sea salt

For the glaze:
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp coconut oil (softened, but not melted)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Grease donut pan with coconut oil (I used a mini donut pan, but a regular one would work fine, just increase baking time).
3. Combine all donut ingredients in a food processor (or mixing bowl) until a smooth batter forms and all are well incorporated.
4. Spoon batter into donut pan, filling a little more than 3/4 of each hole.
5. Bake for 15 minutes.
6. While donuts are baking, prepare your glaze by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl until coconut oil is completely incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
7. When done, remove donuts from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on wire rack completely.
8. Once completely cool, dip the top of each donut into the glaze.
9. Enjoy!

(makes 1 dozen)

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I picked up a couple donut pans today at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond for only $9 each. This recipe was simple enough.  Mix all ingredients, pour in pan, bake.  In the meantime, mix the glaze.  Really pretty tough to mess up.  As the donuts were baking, I thought they smelled delightful.  My husband even commented “mmm…smells like pumpkin donuts.”  Once out of the oven, I let them cool, then glazed them.  I couldn’t wait until they were entirely cooled.  I was eager to give them a try.  The donuts were the prefect texture and consistency. Perfectly fluffy and cake-like.  The flavor was great as well. They taste like fall.  A perfect combination of pumpkin, spices, and sweetness. Husband loved them too.  Totally approved.  The glaze was just “icing on the cake.”  The almond butter, maple syrup, and honey combination is delicious.  Just a little bit of sweet to the pumpkin cake donut.

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This was a HUGE hit in our house.  I think we ate half of the batch.  Best part is, they’re guilt-free.  You can’t say the same for those grocery store brand glazed donut balls that my husband is fond of.  These are grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and free of processed sugar.  Definitely a win.

Happy Eating!

Original recipe HERE.

 

Paleo Chicken Chili

 

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Before switching to clean eating, I was a sucker for chicken chili.  My mom makes THE.BEST I’ve ever had.  Cream of chicken soup. Cream of mushroom soup.  Tons and tons and tons of cheese. Beans.  But this chilly, overcast day,I was totally jonesin’ for some Paleoified chicken chili.  Juli, from PaleOMG, has some pretty legit recipes on her site.  I decided to give this one a try, but with a slow cooker spin

Ingredients (for original recipe)
2 lbs chicken, diced into 1 inch cubes
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1-2 jalapenos, seeded and minced (depending how spicy you want it)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1-1.5 cups chicken broth
½ cup canned coconut milk
1 (4 oz) can green chiles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sage
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon white pepper
⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper

Instructions
1. Grab a large soup pot, put over medium heat, and add your olive oil and minced garlic.
2. Once the garlic is fragrant, add your chicken to begin to cook down. Mix as needed with a wooden spoon to cook on both sides.
3. Once your chicken is half way cooked through, add in your peppers, onions, jalapeños, and green chiles. Mix together and let cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Now add your chicken broth and coconut milk, along with all of your spices.
5. Stir together.
6. Cover and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
7. Consume!!

I really wanted to use a slow cooker for this.  I love the idea of throwing everything into the pot in the morning then having a delicious, stress-free meal later in the day.  I just threw the chicken into the slow cooker, added my chicken broth, peppers, onions, chiles, and spices.  I omitted the sage due to pretty healthy allergy.  Also, I didn’t have any red pepper on hand, so I used chili powder instead.  I was fresh out of coconut milk or even heavy whip, so I used almond milk to make is somewhat creamy.  About an hour or two before dinnertime, I took the chicken out, shredded it, then placed it back into the slow cooker.  I ended up cooking my chili about 7-8 hours.  I topped my chili with some avocado and a little green onion.  Served with sweet potato chips. 

Verdict: delicious!  The chili wasn’t as creamy as I expected, but I suppose it would have been had I added the coconut milk.  The consistency was more like a chicken noodle soup without the noodles. It does thinken up a bit the next day. The flavor.  A little spice, a lot of flavor.  Peppers, garlic, oregano, cumin, chili powder.  Just a hearty and perfect flavor layering.  Next time, I plan to use full fat coconut milk and perhaps add a little cilantro into the batch. Other than that, the flavor was spot on.

Love LOVE slow cooker recipes.  This one was definitely a win.  This would be awesomeperfect for the firehouse or on one of those super busy days where you go go go go go and are exhausted come dinner time.  A little prep, then forget about it.  I’ll make this again.  Definitely make this again.  I think husband will even like it.

Happy eating!

Original recipe HERE

Grain-free Sandwich Bread

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Against All Grain is one of my new favorite sites. I was recently perusing through some of the recipes and found this recipe for bread. It looked fairly easy. I had most of the ingredients. It didn’t call for cups and cups of coconut flour. I was sold.

You will need:
cashew butter
Eggs
Honey
Apple cider vinegar
Almond milk
Coconut flour
Baking soda
Salt

Mix together the cashew butter and egg yolks. Set whites aside for later. Add honey, vinegar, and milk to the cashew/egg mixture. Beat the egg white in a separate bowl until peaks form. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Once oven is preheated, add dry ingredients to mixture, then egg whites. Beat this mixture until its just combined. Don’t over mix.

Pour into prepared loaf pan, then bake for 45-50 minutes. It is imperative that you keep the oven closed during this time to allow the bread to rise.

The recipe says to wait an hour before digging in. I couldn’t resist. Warm bread fresh out of the oven with butter and some homemade blueberry jam…one of the greatest things I have eaten in a very long time. You can’t taste the coconut at all and there is an ever so slight nutty flavor of the bread. It was perfectly baked. Soft, not crispy.

This was definitely a treat. I will be making this often. The website also had a recipe for paleo French toast using this bread. Be assured, I will be posting about it soon.

Bread recipe can be found HERE.  You’re welcome.