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Friday, November 18, 2011

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 eggs
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup butter, softened (or coconut oil)
25g 80% dark chocolate (about 1/4 of a bar), roughly chopped*

1) Preheat the oven to 350°.

2) In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda.

3) In another bowl, beat the eggs, coconut milk, butter and banana with a hand mixer.

4) Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and blend again with the hand mixer.

5) Fold in the chocolate chunks.

6) Pour into a greased loaf pan and sprinkle with cinnamon

7) Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*I'm thinking you could easily leave out the chocolate chunks and replace with walnuts or pecans for a lovely banana nut loaf

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 Cups Almond Flour
1 Cup Coconut Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (half of a bar, the less sugar the better)

1) Preheat the oven to 375 F

2) Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl

3) In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla and beat with a hand mixer

4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until dough begins to form

5) melt the butter and add to the batter

6) Fold in the chocolate chunks

7) Form dough balls into cookie shape and place on a well greased cookie sheet or use non stick foil. The cookies don't rise or spread so form them into the shape you want and line them up as close together as you like.

8) Bake for 15 minutes until slightly browned at the edges.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Honey Nut Granola Cereal

mmmm.... cereal

1 Cup whole almonds
1 Cup sunflower seeds
1 Cup pumpkin seeds
1 Cup sliced almonds
1 Cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins (or cranberries or dried blueberries)
1/4 cup ghee*
1/4 cup honey
1 egg white
1.5 tsp cinnamon

1) pulse the first three ingredients in the food processor

2) combine the food processor ingredients with the sliced almonds, coconut, and raisins. Then stir it up (little darling).

3) Melt the ghee and honey together and drizzle over the mixture

4) pour in the egg white and mix until well coated

5) sprinkle on the cinnamon

6) Pour evenly onto a large cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 min at 400 F, stopping frequently to stir

Enjoy with almond milk or coconut milk and you'll never miss regular cereal again!

*Ghee is just clarified butter, usually available with the Indian food in the international section of the grocery store. If you cant find it, just use butter.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meat Cupcakes with Jalapeño Butternut Squash Icing

I first heard rumors about Meat Cupcakes from a few of our athletes around the gym. Upon googling, I found this recipe on They were a big hit at the last family dinner hosted at my house!

For the cupcakes:
1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground pork sausage
1 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 400 and spray a muffin tin with olive oil, or grease with coconut oil. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl (using your hands works the best) and place meat mixture in to a muffin tin. You can fill up the cups to the brim as the meat won't expand out and up. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until cooked thoroughly.

For the "icing":
1 small butternut squash
1 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs pickled jalapeños (plus extras for garnish)

Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Wrap each 1/2 in foil and bake until tender. Scoop out the roasted flesh and pulse in a food processor with the coconut oil (easier to work with if you warm it up) and jalapenos until you have a smooth paste. Frost away!

  • I used 1lb of grass finished ground beef and 1 lb of ground pork. I left out the cilantro as I have some cilantro-hating family.
  • My easy cooking tip for the butternut squash (or any squash) is to place the whole thing in the microwave and hit the "baked potato" auto sensor cook button. It comes out perfect every time in about 10-12 minutes!
  • I wasn't sure how many jalapeños "2 tbs" would really be, so I used about 15 slices. It has the tangy sweetness, but wasn't too spicy. Oh and I used butter in the icing instead of coconut oil... cause, ya know.. butter makes everything delicious

Ginger Beef

Loosely based off of this recipe from, here is a delicious ginger beef recipe to satisfy any asian flavor cravings.

1-2lbs of grass finished beef
2 TB Coconut Oil

1 medium piece of ginger root
Juice of 1 orange
2 TB Wheat free Tamari
2 TB Sesame Oil
Fresh ground black pepper

1/4 Cup of beef broth
1 TB honey (optional)
1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)

Veggies - anything you want!
2 Stalks of celery
2 Carrots
1 head of swiss chard, sliced thin into "noodles"

Slice the beef into this strips. It's easiest to do this when it's partially frozen.

Peel the ginger and squeeze through a garlic press to yield mostly juice and a few small pieces. Discard the dry, fibrous material that remains after juicing. Add the ginger juice and all the marinade ingredients to the beef. Set aside to marinate.

Heat the coconut oil on high heat in a wok or large skillet. Fry the beef until cooked through, then reduce the heat and add the veggies. Stirfry for 2-3 minutes, then add the sauce mixture. Simmer until liquid is reduced.

Notes: We had this served over spaghetti squash and it was delicious. It would also be excellent over zucchini "noodles" or shredded broccoli. The only thing I left out that I would add next time is 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic in the marinade.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Morroccan Beef Stew

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 3/4 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup halved pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon lemon peel

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add beef to pan and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to plate. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, carrot, and garlic to pan. Cook until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add spices; stir 1 minute. Add broth, olives, raisins, and cilantro; bring to boil. Simmer until juices thicken, about 5 minutes. Add beef and any accumulated juices and lemon peel to pan. Stir to warm through and serve.

I made this receipe with elk and let it simmer in the slow cooker all day. The meat turned out tender, flavorful, and delicious

Double Chocolate Gluten Free Brownies

So it would definitely be an abuse of the term to call these brownies "Paleo", but they are at the very least a gluten free little treat.

½ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda2 eggs
½ cup agave nectar
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans
⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

Place ½ cup chocolate chips in food processor and pulse until the consistency of coarse sand

Pulse in coconut flour, salt and baking soda until combined

Pulse in eggs, agave, coconut oil and vanilla

Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pyrex dish

Sprinkle pecans and remaining chocolate chips over batter

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes

Cool and serve