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Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Bread

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In the fall, I’m pretty much pumpkin obsessed.  I mean – lattes, bread, biscuits, chili… you name it – if it’s pumpkin – I’m all in.  We even have a pumpkin patch growing in our back yard!!  That was a happy accident…  FYI – if you put a pumpkin in your back yard and let it go bad or sprinkle the seeds around, you’ll end up with your own pumpkin patch!  We were able to harvest 5 pumpkins that got pretty big!!  One was perfectly draped over an overturned wheelbarrow, so I had to snap a pic.  Our pumpkins are still green, and I’m not sure I’d eat them anyway, so I will continue to use pumpkin puree for cooking.  🙂

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After a couple of months of travel, a birthday and a marathon I’ve just ate whatever I wanted, and now it’s time to reign it in.  Right before the holidays, you ask?  Well, it’s happening.  I’ve committed to a friend and client to eat paleo with one cheat meal a week, and on top of that I’m hosting an online group of people through the holidays to stay motivated!  It’s called the Reverse Resolution, and if you’d like more info – let me know.

Amber and I have already been eating paleo for about a week, and I’m already feeling better.  It’s super fun sharing our meals and recipes with each other and finding ways to eat healthy.  The other day, we were talking about how easy and actually DELICIOUS eating this way really is.

Because I have a sweet tooth, I love trying new ways to get my fix without it being sugary, and I hit the pumpkin jackpot last night!  I took Laura Lea’s pumpkin bread recipe and adapted it a bit and BAM!!  I’m not a fan of coconut flour and the consistency you get when you use more than a couple of tbs, so here’s my version!!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1 cup of almond meal (you can also just do 2 cups of almond flour if you don’t have meal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2-3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a baking pan with coconut oil spray. In a mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup and eggs.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt.
  3. Add wet ingredients into dry and stir to incorporate. Empty batter into a loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (start checking around 40 minutes).
  4. You can add nuts, chocolate chips, coconut or raisins to the batter as well for some extra love.  I also love to serve with nut butter – my fav is sunbather – and then sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

 

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Oatmeal Banana Bread

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Okay people.  I can’t ever make this bread again because it’s SO good that I literally ate almost all of it.  Sorry I’m not sorry.  It’s light and dense and healthy and amazing and sweet and wonderful.  There aren’t enough adjectives in the dictionary.  So, bottom line – you should make this and then eat it.  Maybe you should share a couple of pieces if you can.  Or not.  Totally up to you.  Let me know how you like it!!  I adapted it from the Food.com’s not so healthy version and just turned it into paleo banana bread!  Enjoy!

Ingredients 

  • 1 1⁄2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 mashed really ripe bananas (the riper the better!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 (or more!) cups chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.  Spray a bread pan well with coconut oil spray.
  2. Honesty – there was no rhyme or reason to how I put these ingredients in the food processor…  I added them all in except the chocolate chips and mixed!!
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into the bread pan!
  4. Bake at 350 for 40 min or until you can stick a fork through and it comes out clean.

 

Farmer’s Market Finds – Cranberry Maple Crusted Chicken with Balsamic Blueberry Basil Dressing

I love summer!!  And I love Tuesdays during the summer!!  My favorite part about Tuesdays is the 12 South Farmers Market !! Every Tuesday from May until November, I mosey on over to Sevier Park around 3:30 with one of my friends and her daughter, and we shop the market for fresh finds.  I LOVE going over there – from flowers to spices to farm eggs – it’s all there.

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When I really started attending the farmer’s market and using different and FRESH ingredients – I found that the difference between FRESH food and store bought is unreal.  It’s easy to say that, but until you taste a fresh egg and see that bright yellow yolk in comparison to a store bought egg…well, just go do that and get back t me.  :).

One thing that I challenge everyone to do is to go to your local farmer’s market and try to make a dish entirely or almost entirely from ingredients bought at the market.  It won’t disappoint!  You have to do very little to good food to make it taste great.

Here is a simple summer salad that I whipped up with almost every ingredient from the farmers market!! This is cranberry maple crusted chicken over fresh greens with a balsamic blueberry basil vinaigrette. (Say that 5 times really fast!) I topped it with avocado, roasted cashews, salt and pepper, and a little more basil!

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For the chicken (from Triple L Ranch) I used the cranberry maple spice rub from Galena Garlic Company and baked at 350 for 30-40 min or until done. You can throw the cashews on another baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes or so and have them ready to garnish.  For the dressing – I used 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of #galenagarlic balsamic vinegar, a handful of blueberries from Kelley’s Berry Farm, 1/8 cup of fresh basil from Delvin Farms and salt and pepper. Food process this until smooth. The lettuce is from Bountiful Blessings Farm and the beautiful flowers are from Local Blossoms!!

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So there you have it, a simple summer lunch or dinner that will make you sit on the edge of your seat until the next Tuesday comes around and you can go back to the market!  I dare you to go to your local farmer’s market and make an entire meal from what you find.  Let me know how it turns out!

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

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These are some of the easiest cookies I’ve ever invented!!  I think you could also make them as muffins because they have that muffin-like consistency!  I’m a sucker for a soft cookie, so this is right up my alley!

While on Whole30 (ish) I needed some extra carbs for all of my running, so I started throwing ingredients in the food processor and came up with these!!  (I since learned that vanilla extract ISN’T Whole30 compliant), but I really only ate these around my LONG ass runs, so I figured I would be forgiven.

I originally made them with raisins and coconut, but if you know me – you know I love me some chocolate, so I made them last night with chocolate chips!  BAM!  So easy, and so good!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tsp (or more) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins
  • 1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with coconut oil.
  2. Bake your sweet potato.  To save time, I prick mine with a fork and put it in the microwave 3-4 minutes each side depending on size.
  3. When your potato is done, add it to the food processor along with the almond meal, oil, vanilla extract and baking soda.  Process until blended.
  4. If the batter is still hot from the potato – put it in the freezer to cool down for 10 minutes or so.  When it has cooled, fold in the chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
  5. Use an ice-cream scoop to scoop out each cookie onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake 15-25 minutes until they start to turn a little golden brown on the top.
  7. I like to cool mine in the freezer as well to help them set.  They will be soft just like a baked sweet potato!!
  8. Enjoy!

 

Paleo White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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I’m always looking for quick and easy, healthy treats to make for my co-writers and friends, and that’s exactly what these guys are!!  (And maybe a little for myself too!)  I found the original recipe on Paleo Running Momma and adjusted very little!  I added in a little spice to just give it that fall flair.

These would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving dessert table!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg with the coconut oil, vanilla, and coconut sugar until smooth.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  4. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the egg/sugar mixture until fully combined and the mixture is the consistency of a dough (it will be sticky)
  5. Stir the chocolate chips and cranberries into the dough.
  6. If the dough is too sticky to roll into balls, chill first in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. Form dough into balls and flatten into cookie shape (they’ll expand but won’t flatten in the oven) and arrange on the parchment lined cookie sheet
  8. Bake in the preheated oven 10 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown – be careful not to overbake.
  9. Remove from oven, allow cookies to sit 2-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Enjoy!

 

Healthier Pumpkin Pie

img_2052I wanted to try an almost paleo pumpkin pie for the holidays, and it turned out really well!  I added in a white chocolate and coconut oil swirl to this one just to try it out, and it was great, but honestly – it doesn’t need it!!!  If you just do the pie it’s COMPLETELY PALEO!!!  I used a store bought crust which isn’t paleo, but you could always make a paleo crust!  I just wanted to try out the recipe to make sure it was good enough to post!!

I didn’t let mine cook through enough, so make sure that you do!  I tend to undertake things because I like my cookies soft and chewy, but a pie – you’ve got to bake that puppy through!

I adapted this recipe from Skinny Taste , and YUM! I bet your guests won’t even know it’s a healthier version of pumpkin pie!!  Try it!!  I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp whipped butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 frozen pie crust sheet, Pillsbury (thawed to room temperature)*

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix well.
  3. Using an electric mixer, mix in sugar, milk, eggs, egg whites, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. Bake about 70 to 75 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cut into 10 slices and serve with whipped coconut cream or whipped cream if desired.

To add in the white chocolate swirl…  melt 1/2-3/4 cup of white chocolate and 2 tbs of coconut oil over low heat – constantly stirring so that it doesn’t burn.  Before baking – add in a little more than half of the white chocolate into the pie mixture.  Pour all of the pie mixture into the pie crust then drizzle the rest of the white chocolate on top and swirl in!

Paleo Red Velvet Donuts

img_1989Anyone that knows me knows that red velvet is my everything.  And I mean EVERYTHING. Basically, I can’t have it in my house because it will miraculously disappear.  And I can attest – this is still the truth because I made these little guys tonight, and 3 of them disappeared!! WHAAAAT??!!  I dunno what happened…

But I can tell you that these are THE BOMB.  I made a white chocolate frosting to go on top.  One word – YUM.  Maybe I also took one of them and crumbled it into red velvet Halo Top ice-cream.  Stop it.  Just stop it.

I adapted it from a recipe off of Foodie Fiasco, but here’s my version… YUM.  YUM. YUMMMM.

Ingredients

For cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups GF white flour (I use Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Red food coloring – you can go natural with beet juice or food coloring

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbs of coconut oil
For cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a donut pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, sweetener, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in coconut milk, egg, vanilla extract, banana or oil, and vinegar until uniform and no pockets of dry ingredients remain. Add in food coloring until batter is desired color. (Note that it will lose some of its color during baking.) Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly among the donut pan, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.

For the frosting:

  1. In a skillet over low to medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and the coconut oil together and keep stirring so it doesn’t overheat or burn and become clumpy.
  2. Once melted and smooth, dip each of the donuts into the frosting and then let cool.  I like to put them in the fridge to set.  Enjoy!