Banana Bread: Paleo Friendly

What is better than some warm banana bread right out of the oven? Today I am sharing a new recipe I recently tested out for some delicious banana bread… it might just happen to be healthy version (of course) and paleo friendly! The recipe is very easy and takes minutes to prepare…

Paleo Banana Bread

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup of coconut flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 large eggs
2 very ripe medium to large bananas, mashed
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
optional: chocolate chips, blueberries, walnuts/pecans

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray/line a small bread baking pan and/or muffin tins with coconut oil
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Add in the wet ingredients and mix well
  • Pour the batter into your baking pan/muffin tins
  • Top with crumbled walnuts (optional)
  • Bake in the over for 15 minutes or until golden brown 🙂

Bite Size Superfood Treats

I am very excited to share with you a new recipe that is the perfect fix to every sweet tooth craving. The process start to finish takes all of ten minutes; super easy! These little bites are PACKED with Superfoods and can be used for a snack, breakfast treat, or a post meal dessert! Below are just some of the benefits of all the Superfoods involved in these little treats:

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Chia Seeds = These little seeds are LOADED with antioxidants & minerals and a GREAT source of healthy fats: Omega 3’s and 5’s. Chia seeds are filled with fiber (one serving contains 11 grams!) and high quality protein. Chia seeds aid in weight loss because they keep you fuller longer. They are known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and are gluten free!

Hemp Seeds = These seeds differ from chia seeds in many ways. Hemp seeds are know to be high in Magnesium, Iron & Zinc. They also have high levels of protein (about 10g per serving). Hemp seeds are best known for containing 20 amino acids; including ALL 9 of the essential amino acids our body needs to survive. Hemp seeds also contain the perfect ratio of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. They are high in fiber and easily digested!

Goji Berries = These little red berries are known for their strength building properties and their ability to increase one’s longevity. Goji Berries contain 18 different amino acids (including the 8 essential), over 20 different minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron and B& E vitamins.

Cacao Nibs = This is the nut/seed of a fruit in the Amazon. It is RAW chocolate and is the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium on the planet! Cacao is known to improve cardiovascular health, improve bone strength, boosts mood and energy levels, and increases longevity. Yes, eating chocolate can help your chances of living longer (with other good healthy habits of course).

Raw (No Bake) Superfood Bites

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Ingredients:
1 cup of dates
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1/2 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
½ cup of hemp seeds
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup goji berries
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Chop the dates into smaller pieces and make sure to remove all pits then add to your food processor and/or blender along with the water and vanilla extract and pulse until they create a paste form.
  2. Add all the remaining dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together. Pour over the date puree and almond butter and mix thoroughly.
  3. Roll 1 inch size balls and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Enjoy : )

recipe adapted from VeggiesDon’tBite

Recipe: Almond Joy Heaven

Craving something sweet for breakfast or looking for a healthier alternative for dessert?
Try this amazing Almond Joy Chia Pudding. Feel free to sub out the almonds for berries or another fruit or nut as desired 🙂

Almond Joy Chia Pudding:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup coconut or almond milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon 100% maple syrup or organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, plus a little more for topping
  • ⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
  • cacao nibs for topping
  • almond slivers for topping

Directions:

1. Combine chia seeds, coconut milk, maple syrup, shredded coconut, cacao powder and vanilla extract into a mason jar or small bowl.
2. Cover mixture and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Top with cacao nibs, shredded coconut, and some almond slivers in the morning and enjoy 🙂

Holiday Baking: Paleo Style

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Baking!

I do not follow the Paleo diet per se, but I do however, always like to search for Paleo dessert recipes. Why? Usually all Paleo recipes do not contain dairy, added sugars, or carbohydrates. The diet focuses on eating whole foods and nothing processed. The ingredients are always natural and the recipes always come out tasting just as good as if you made them with flour, sugar and butter. It also makes it a lot easier on your stomach after you have had one or two too many 😉

I have tried these first two recipes and loved both; especially, the Dark Chocolate Walnut Chip Cookies. These cookies have become a new staple in our house ever so often. The Chai Pumpkin bread is also delicious and ended up being a nice breakfast treat and snack. I highly suggest spreading some pumpkin butter or almond butter on top after you heat up your slice for a few seconds.

Dark Chocolate Walnut Chip Cookies:

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Recipe Fed & Fit Cookies: http://fedandfit.com/2013/01/30/paleo-dark-chocolate-chip-walnut-cookies/

Chai Pumpkin Bread:

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Recipe Team J & A Chai Pumpkin Bread: http://www.teamjanda.com/chai-pumpkin-bread/

These next two recipes are on my baking bucket list; Pumpkin Pie this week just in time for Thanksgiving, and then I will save the Gingerbread loaf for some christmas baking in the coming weeks!

Pumpkin Pie:

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Recipe Sweet Roots Paleo Pumpkin Pie: http://wellandgood.com/2014/11/13/recipe-sweet-roots-paleo-pumpkin-pie/

Gingerbread Loaf:

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Recipe Primal Bites Gingerbread Loaf: http://primalbitesblog.com/2013/11/29/paleo-gingerbread-loaf/

Note: Trader Joe’s is the best place to find bags of all the different types of nut “flours” and meals!