Paleo Banana Muffins

I love easy breakfast food.  I need easy breakfast food in my life.  I am not an early morning eater and I work shift work.  That means anywhere from 5:15 am to 10 pm could be my start time.  I need recipes that are simple.  Cooking and baking are not not my favorite things to do.  Mainly because I usually make a giant mess and I don’t like the clean up.

That being said, eating paleo has caused me to become more of a cook and a baker and I am enjoying it more and more. I like finding simple recipes that taste amazing and I found a great one on my paleo flour bag from Bob’s Red Mill.

I think this muffin recipe is amazing.   What I love about this recipe is that it gives you direction about adding fruit or any other add-ins you might desire.  They are simple instructions but at least they gave me a clue about how much to add.  When I experiment or am not sure about a step the ending can be disastrous.   I also love recipe’s that come with pictures of the step by step process.  So helpful when I panic and think is this what it is supposed to look like at this point?  This recipe doesn’t come with step by step pictures – that’ just a little extra info for you.

I am a really picky banana eater.  They have to be just ripe enough to eat.  If it is anywhere past this stage I can’t eat it.  It’s a texture thing.  My husband and son are the same way.   Anyway, I had some banana’s that were well past the eatable stage so I mashed them up and added about a cup to this recipe.  They turned out really, really good.  I not only used them as my breakfast but they were sweet enough (no sugar added) that they worked great as a dessert too.  A multi use muffin that is simple to make!  Yum!

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Sometimes You Just Want A Cookie

Sometimes you just want a cookie.  A cookie that doesn’t taste like sawdust or take you 15 minutes to chew one bite.  You want a cookie that says you are making good choices and here is a little something tasty for you.  A cookie that tastes like something you shouldn’t be eating.

That’s what I was wanting the other day.  So I jumped on google and was searching  for a cookie that looked like something I shouldn’t eat but that was  compliant with my  Paleo lifestyle.

That’s when I came across allergyfreealaska.com.  I am so thankful for other bloggers. Allergyfreealaska.com’s  Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are so delish!  They truly taste like I shouldn’t be eating them and yet I can!  I love them.  I make them and put them in the freezer in 2 packs to have on hand for those days when I just need a cookie.  A good cookie.  Mine never come out looking like hers do but they always taste amazing. IMG_4912

So, if on your  journey you are having a day where you just need a really tasty cookie, try these!

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/03/12/ultimate-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Quick and Tasty Paleo Breakfast

My favorite breakfast pre-paleo was eggs Benedict.  The English muffin, the sauce, the eggs.  Delish! One day near the start of this life style change I was really craving eggs Benedict so I googled paleo English muffin.  I was not expecting to find anything but to my great delight I did!  I’ll share the link to the recipe at the end of this post.

My favorite thing about this recipe is how quick and easy it is! Here is the cast of ingredients required.paleo breakfast 4

The English muffin comes out light and fluffy and looking like this.

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Sometimes I toast it and put honey on it but today I made my version of eggs Benedict.  I added some ham and made a couple of over easy eggs and put those on top.  The yoke of the eggs acts as the sauce.  Delish!

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Here is the link to the recipe.  The original recipe calls for coconut flour but I prefer to use almond.  It takes 3- 4 Tablespoons of almond flour to get the consistency of the 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour.  Thank you beautyandthefoodie.com for this great recipe!

http://beautyandthefoodie.com/quick-paleo-english-muffins/

The Paleo Life…

I have started a new adventure, journey, lifestyle…whatever you want to call it.  Just don’t call it a diet.  To me diet means a temporary change you make to lose weight.  Though when I googled what it means none of the definitions said the word temporary, but that’s what the word diet means to me.

I started transitioning to a Paleo way of life about 3 months ago.  I say transitioning because I didn’t want to waste the food I had in the house.  So instead I ate it all and as I ate it I replaced it with Paleo approved food.  I’ve been completely compliant for 4 weeks! Yay!

Now my boys are still eating what is normal for them and I am the only one eating Paleo in my house. This can make it super hard, especially that first few weeks when your body is going through withdrawal from the sugar and grains.  Watching my son munch on Cheese Its and my husband enjoy a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup made me realize I needed to have some Paleo go to foods that would curb that cravings and help me not to grab the box of Cheese Its out of my son’s hands and run to the bathroom, lock the door and eat the whole box.
I don’t eat these products everyday – but in the emergency moments where I am craving something salty or sweet these are my go to’s.
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Roasted Plantain Chips from Trader Joe’s
When I am craving salty, crunchy goodness I used to turn to potato chips or the fore mentioned Cheese Its, now I turn to these and they are amazing.  They totally knock out that craving for salt and crunch.  The only problem with them is that I could probably eat the whole bag.  I’m obviously working on my portion control issues too.
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Lemon Larabar’s are my sweet go to.  They have other Paleo compliant flavors too like apple pie and pecan pie but I LOVE lemon. Lemons, lemon curd, lemon bars with that flaky crust, anything lemon. The sad fact is that most lemon stuff that I love has something in it that isn’t Paleo compliant so finding these Lemon Larabar’s was a huge win for me.  So now when my hubby is munching on a Reese Peanut Butter Cup and that super strong craving for something sweet hits I run and grab a Lemon Larabara.
Stay tuned for more on my Paleo life.  Next time: Why Paleo?