Archive of ‘Paleo’ category

Note to myself

Well done for sticking with your goal for this week. Mental note – it feels good to take care of yourself. Please try to do it all the time. I know those carbs look delicious but they make you feel like crap. And bloaty. And fat.

Note for this week: Yes, dates are a much better alternitive than white bread or refined sugar. However they are still sugar, and you are a date eating machine. One date leads to VERYMANYDATES. Especially in the form of chocolate covered date and pecan balls. Om nom nom. Nom nom.

Anyone else setting themselves goals for this week? x

Paleo* Pumpkin Choc Chip Brownies

Cut into squares

1 Cup Almond Butter
3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree (homemade or canned)
2 eggs
1/3 Cup Honey
1 tsp baking soda
50g of 90% cocoa dark chocolate

Beat Almond butter and eggs together. Add remaining ingredients and beat until everything is mixed in.
Bake in a 180 degree celcius oven for 10-15 minutes until puffed and a knife comes out clean.

Lick the bowl.

*Yeah, honey is disputably not paleo. And these certainly wont be paleo if you add cream cheese, more like delicious.

Lamb Sausage Fritatta

This is a fab meal, pretty paleo (if you do dairy) or easily adaptable to be so. Add whatever meat or veges you have, toddlers pretty much all love it so it’s a great way of cramming concealed veges in and so flavourful for adults too. Super high protein. If you don’t do dairy swap the cream for coconut cream or milk, and the butter for coconut oil.

This meal may or may not have come from Reuben dropping an entire carton of eggs on the floor and every single one of them cracking :)

I want to say thanks to Waitrose for making these awesome lamb sausages, I have a mega hard time finding decent sausages in this country (no offence but I hate pork sausages) and found these at the deli counter, only 1.50 for 5! Score. Cheap meal. Well… 7 free range eggs aren’t the worlds cheapest but still.

7 lightly beaten/mixed eggs
1/2C cream (or milk, coconut cream, whatever)
5 lamb sausages – thanks waitrose
Onion
Garlic
Carrot
Thyme
Capsicum or Red Pepper sliced finely
Butter

If you have an oven proof skillet/frypan now is the time to use it. Other wise you will have to bake your fritatta in a cake pan like me which makes more evil dishes!

Fry off chopped onion, garlic, carrot and sausages in a knob of butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Put into your oven safe dish and bake at 200C for about 20 minutes until the edges are puffed and golden.

ENJOY .. with some healthy spinach leaves :) x

Paleo/Low Carb/Gluten Free Banana Cake

This

Cake

Is

AMAZING.

I try and eat paleo all the time (that’s another post in itself), and it makes me so sad because I love cake. So much. Until now everything I’ve tried to bake that loosely conforms to the “rules” of paleo has tasted either like a bit of a brick or a combination of wallpaper and baking soda. So pretty much I used to just give up and make evil refined sugar cake.

This cake is AMAZING. So satisfying thanks to the dense almond flour, the coconut gives it a real good crumb, the perfect amount of sweetness (once you eat low carb for a while then you will start to find regular baked goods way too sweet) and best of all made with completely natural ingredients with no refined carbohydrates or nasty vegetable fats. And so easy! One bowl – well two really because you have to melt the butter in something but just whack everything in and mix. You don’t even have to worry about over or under mixing. I actually prefer this to my all time favourite, white sugar and white flour packed banana cake recipe. CRA-ZY.

I’ve adapted this recipe from Paleo Gourmet

3 cups almond flour
1/2 cup desicatted coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp raw honey *this amount is up to you. 2 tsp won’t  be enough for some but I recommend starting with it and seeing how you go.
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
80g very dark chocolate chopped or chips (we use lindt 85% or 90%)
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4c raisins or sultanas (optional)

 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees/180 celcius.  Line a 8″ square tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Mix in the eggs, melted butter, honey, chocolate bits, raisins and vanilla. Add the almond flour, coconut, salt, and baking soda. Mix everything really well.

Bake for 20 to 35 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and springs back to the touch.

 

I’ve calculated the nutritional info as one cake makes 12 servings which are really very generous servings.

Each piece has 9g of protein, 25g of fat and only 7.5g of sugars. If you’re into calorie counting (you shouldn’t be) – 322 calories per serve. And those sugars are coming from fruit and a touch of natural honey, nothing else.

*Disclaimer – I know a lot of people will consider bananas to be not paleo and yes they are high on sugar/starch, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend eating a ton of them but they are a far better alternative than sugar or any sweetener ever in my books.

 

Pecan Pie Date bars / make your own nakd/lunabars

If you don’t know what these are, go and buy one. And at the same time buy 2 x 500g packs of stoned dates (£1.34 from tesco each) and some pecans (£4.49 for 300g… ouch more than I remember) and then you can make 37 of your own (pretending you make them exactly 35g each) for £7.17 opposed to £26ish.

You can  make these way way cheaper by using cashews instead of pecans – I just way way prefer pecans. There are infinate variations, add other dried fruit, add cocoa, cinamin, spices, whatever you fancy. I think this would be a great project for little ones to help out with, such a fun texture to mash up and relatively mess free. And they are making food!

You will need –

A food processor
Dates (I use 1kg of dates per 300-400g of nuts)
Nuts (pecans are our favourite, cashews work equally well)
Any extra ingredients you want – cocoa powder, chocolate chips, dried fruit etc.
A willing taste tester always helps:

Chop the nuts in your food processor. You don’t want to grind them into dust, just into nice chunky pieces that should look something like this:

Then tip them into a bowl (use a large bowl to save on washing up later, one that you can fit everything into), and put all the dates in the food processor (you might have to do this in batches, depends on how powerful your processor is.
Blend/Pulse the dates until they are really mashed up, they should start sticking together into a ball. Often you will hear a really nasty sound while doing this and it is probably because there is a pit (stone) or two in your bag of dates. Usually best to stop processing and fish it out because it can scratch up your bowl pretty bad. The dates should eventually look something like this:

Next step is to grab handfuls of the dates and knead them into the chopped nuts. It’s a bit trial and error at first but you will quickly figure out the amount of nuts you can incorporate into the dates. I just use my hands and fold/knead lumps in. You don’t want to mix too many nuts in or else it will crumble when you make them into bars. At the same time you don’t want to put too few in or else it will just be a sticky date bar. Mine look something like this when they are finished:

Mmm attractive. Insert gross joke here. Once you have incorproated all the dates into the nuts or vice versa you want to start shaping them into bars. You can really make any size or shape that you want, depending on your needs. I tend to make my bars quite large, as Reuben loves these and would quite happily eat them all day if I let him. That way I can have one in my bag as an emergency meal…

I lay out a piece of clingfilm and roll a log in between my hands, then flatten it onto the clingfilm, and wrap it up:

Then the most important step – squash it really hard with a book:

And that’s it!

I store mine in the fridge, I think they would be fine unrefridgerated but I have no idea of their shelf life… after all they are just dates and nuts. Enjoy!