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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Paleo Banana Bread

I love banana bread. One of my favorite candle scents is banana bread and one of my favorite snacks is warm banana bread with some grass fed butter. Heaven. I was recently inspiried by some awesome paleo banana bread made by the lovely Siu at Queen City CrossFit. I finally got around to making my own! I love this recipe. Super easy to make and I separated it into 2 different loaves. I think next time I'll make one regular loaf and one with chocolate chips!

Thanks for the recipe,

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
2 tbsp local honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Normally with breads or muffin recipes, you don’t want to overmix, but since there’s no gluten here, mix to your heart’s content. The muffins won’t get gummy or icky. Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini-loaf pans or big loaf pans about 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Paleo, Crustless Quiche Lorraine

I was inspired by the awesome quiche my sister made for my baby shower, but didn't want to make it on a regular basis because it uses a crust and half and half (which makes it amazing by the way)! I found this recipe and am in love. I ate it for breakfast this morning and know it is already a breakfast staple in my house! I have to get up and out of the house so quick in the morning, it's nice to have a quick breakfast which I feel good eating!

Paleo Crustless Quiche Lorraine!

4 eggs
1 cup half & half (*I used 1 cup coconut milk)
diced green onions
crumbled bacon or sliced ham (* used diced ham)
Swiss cheese slices
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of nutmeg

Beat eggs with half & half and add salt and nutmeg. In a buttered shallow baking dish, crumble bacon and add diced green onions. Place cheese slices over all. Pour egg mixture over the cheese layer. Bake at 350 till slightly brown and the quiche should not jiggle in the center. Should take about 45 minutes.

So easy!!!

Paleo Orange Cranberry Scones

Wow! I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted! Sorry about that! It's not that I haven't been cooking, I guess it's just that I've been busy!! Well, rest assured this recipe is well worth the wait! I've made them twice now and each time they have to be rationed to the official taste tester. Last night as they rest on the baking sheet I noticed 3 were missing. I mentioned it to the taste tester who admitted he didn't think I knew how many were on the baking sheet and he tried to "mess" them up so it looked like there weren't 3 missing! So, watch out!

Thanks for the recipe:

2 Cups Almond Flour
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Tbsp Raw Organic Honey
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Egg
Zest of 1 Orange or to your taste liking

-Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F
-In a large mixing bowl, combine your almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, cranberries, and shredded coconut
-In a smaller mixing bowl, mix the egg and the agave nectar until well blended
-Add your wet ingredients to the dry and mix well
-Knead the dough with your hands if necessary to ensure an even distrobution of ingredients
-Add in the orange zest and continue to knead to mix well
-Form dough into two circles approximately 1/2 inch thick to look like mini pizzas, they should be about 6 inches across (Or you can make fun designs, get creative and share)
-Cut each circle like a pizza into 6 or 8 slices depending on the size you want the scones
-Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet
-Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through