Recipes

Last weekend I had a serious craving for muffins, but have been very dedicated to avoiding gluten, so I did a little research on paleo recipes for muffins, combined some ideas based on what I saw online and what I had in my cupboard, and went for it.Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 8.29.51 AM
Let me tell you these came out so darn good, a batch of 12 only lasted in our house for about 3 days! Even Phoebe wanted in on the paleo muffin action! 🙂

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients…

Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground ginger (next time I kinda want to try fresh ginger!)
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Then add the wet ingredients to the bowl…

Wet Ingredients:
6 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup nuts of your choice (I used pumpkin seeds because that’s what I had available)
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Fill a 12-muffin pan with foil muffin cup liners (I used paper, and because there is literally no oil in this recipe, the muffins kind of stuck to the paper liners) and fill each cup about 3/4 full, and bake those babies for about 30 minutes. Add some grass-fed butter or almond butter to the muffin and enjoy! 🙂IMG_4598
1 muffin = 153 cal, 7.5g fat, 15g carbs, 6g protein, 4g fat!

Last night I got the urge to make some paleo Christmas cookies. I found a recipe in my favorite cookbook, and gave it a go. Luckily, I had all of the ingredients and only had to run out to get some festive cookie cutters! (By the way, I am officially DONE shopping at Target until this holiday season is over – what a mad-house!)

Anyways, once I had the cookie cutters, I was ready to go. The great thing about sugar cookies (even the paleo kind) is that the ingredients list is fairly small.

Here’s what you need:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ÂĽ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ÂĽ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour – for dusting
  • Parchment paper
  • Dough roller (if you don’t have one, I’ve used a wine bottle in the past)
  • Festive cookie cutters
  • Kitchen Aid standing mixer (You CAN mix the dough by hand, but the mixer is always better)

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Add all the ingredients into the mixer, except the coconut flour (which is for dusting your cookie dough and cookie cutters) until the dough forms a ball. Between two sheets of parchment paper or siran wrap, roll the dough into a 1/4 inch flat disc, and place in the fridge for 20 minutes to cool. While the dough is cooling, make your frosting.

HERE IS WHERE I FAILED.

I won’t share the frosting recipe with you, because honestly it was a disaster. I tried to make a simple frosting out of confectioners sugar, honey and a little bit of coconut milk (Instead of regular milk and corn starch – I thought I was a genius) – WELL, it looked great, and tasted great… so I put it in a ziploc bag, and set it in the fridge until I needed it later after the cookies cooled off. 

BACK TO THE COOKIES….

When the cookie dough is ready, take your cutters and dust them with coconut flour, and cut out your shapes. Peeling back the excess dough to re-roll and cut more shapes later. Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

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NOTE: If your cookie cutters cut out small cookies like my stars keep a close eye on your cookies – you may need to cut your time to 6 or 7 minutes for smaller cookies. My stars were a teeny bit crispy on the ends!

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These cookies were great! They were slightly sweet and delicious – they would have tasted amazing with frosting… BUT my frosting never hardened and I didn’t realize it after it was too late, and I had frosted ALL of my cookies. I waited, and waited and waited some more… and the frosting never hardened. It stayed very sticky – like honey. I was so bummed.

I’m still on the hunt for a great paleo frosting recipe, but these cookies are definitely approved. 🙂