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Homemade Coconut Butter

flakesHow crafty am I today? Yes, I made homemade coconut butter. What do you do with coconut butter? Anything you would do with a chocolate sauce or peanut butter. You can put it into smoothies, eat it out of the jar, warm up and drizzle over fruit, combine with a little cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey- refrigerate and you have a yummy treat. Really anything you want to do with it.

Why is it good? Well according to this book: “Eat Fat, Lose Fat,” it is “a proven antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal agent that’s also found in mother’s milk. Converted in your body to a substance called monolaurin, it helps you defent against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens and strengthens your immune system, protecting you from a wide range of diseases.” So there ya go! It’s a great immune booster so if you get sick a lot or even get those nasty cold sores on your lip- this is perfect to have. And it tastes like a treat but less then 1 gram of sugar.

Oh, its also gluten free, vegan, and of course… paleo!

Probably the easiest ‘recipe’ there is known to man.

Ingredients:
* Organic Coconut Flakes
* Food Processor

That’s it! I was amazed at how easy it is to make this stuff! Just put the bag into your food processor and put on high for about 8-9 minutes. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the sides every so often.
When your done, just put in a jar and seal it. Store at room temp and enjoy however you want!

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Sauces, Sides, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo (and sugar detox) Banana Bread

banana-bread-oh-1732689-x_1_I think when I am on these kind of diets, I end up cooking so much more then when I am just doing some regular eating routine. I think because NOTHING is quick, so I always feel like I am in the kitchen. There is no easy snack or meal when you are not having anything processed so days off, what do I do… cook! I also don’t want to be starving and there is nothing around to eat then I eat some crap food on accident! I am also pretty stoked about cooking though because my soon to be Mother in Law got me a full set of All Clad pots and pans for Christmas. Talk about a awesome present! Those are my dream pots. Did you all know they come in individual black satin bags? Yeah, pretty fancy. So love her, love my pans, happy girl.

Okay, so saw this from Civilized Caveman, which was featured on the Sugar Detox FB site. So its in the oven right now, waiting for me to try it. But I couldnt stop licking the batter off the spoons, so I have a feeling this is going to be good. Whenever I made breads of anykind it seems like I use a ton of Almond meal, but this one has none. You could add some things to this to make it really yummy, like nuts or blueberries, or chocolate chunks would be amazzzing. For now, just strict banana bread. There are no sweeteners at all in this, except the banana- which I used not quite ripe ones too.

Ingredients:
* 4 banana’s. For sugar detox- use banana’s that arent quite ripe.
* 4 eggs
* 1/2 cup of any kind of nut butter. I used sunflower seed butter- because its amazing.
* 1 tbls cinnamon
* 4 tbls grass fed butter (melted) Or coconut oil
* 1/2 cup of coconut flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* pinch of salt

1. Mix all your wet ingrients together in a food processor or with a hand mixer (Bananas, butter, nut butter, eggs, vanilla)
2. Combine your coconut flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, and salt together in the mixer. Combine until nice and creamy.
3. Grease a bread pan 9×5 with butter or coconut oil and pour the ingredients in the pan.
4. Cook at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. Check after 40 minutes with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
5. Slice up and enjoy with butter, honey (not I!), or plain!

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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Coconut Pudding- sugar detox approved!

Apple_CinnamonOkay, day 2 of Sugar Detox and Whole 30! It always seems so easy in the beginning or even the beginning of the day. 7pm rolls around and I just want to snack or have a sweet something! This supposedly will help with having a treat at the end of the night. So its Sugar Detox approved and Whole 30 approved too.

Ingredients:
* 2 Green Apples- peel off the skin and cut into cubes
* 1 Can Coconut Milk- Not light
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 2 tbsp coconut oil
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients together in a sauce pan and cook on medium, then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the apples become soft.
Pour mixture into food processor or blender until completely mixed together and smooth
Refrigerate a few hours until it becomes more solid and not a liquid texture.

Enjoy! This would also be good with a couple crushed almonds or walnuts on top.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo pesto zucchini spaghetti with chicken, mushrooms, and tomatoes

homemade-pestoI just got a new food toy, a julienne peeler so now I can make some great pasta out of zucchini’s! I love spaghetti squash but it just takes so long sometimes to make and this is quick and easy!

Just make whatever sauce you like and throw it on top and BAM spaghetti!

Ingredients:

•For the pesto, just throw in a food processor a ton of basil, some olive oil, pine nuts (or walnuts because pine nuts are ridiculously expensive!) garlic, and salt and pepper. Just taste and add more of anything till it fits how you like it to taste.

• Chicken- just cut up about 2 breasts into pieces and toss them into a pan with some olive oil and garlic.
• When chicken is almost done, add chopped mushrooms and the pesto you just made. Add cut up cherry tomatoes a minute or so before serving.

• Zucchini – just slice it up with your peeler and add to hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain and serve with the pesto chicken mixture on top.

Delish!

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Dinner

 

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Paleo Almond Meal Banana Cookies

bananaI have no idea how these will come out. I will give my thoughts when they come out of the oven. I am starting to get a sence of what should go into certain things and about how much to make recipes work. Or at least I think I know… we will see after these are done! So this is the first recipe that is all my own! And with that, this means I dont have any true measurements since I just estimated on most of it. If these turn out good then you could also add walnuts, chocoloate chips, sky’s the limit. So if you make these, if they are a little runny, then just add more almond meal or coconut flour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Almond Meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 small banana’s
  • heaping spoon full of almond butter
  • a big spoonful of raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a splash of vanilla extract
  • a couple tablespoons of coconut flour
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor. You want the batter to not be runny, more like creamy peanutbutter consistency.
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon out with a large spoon dollip’s of the mixture
  3. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes. Check and make sure they dont burn, I have a habit of burning the crap out of cookies.
  4. Cool and eat!

Okay, I made them and they were a hit! My dad said they tasted like little banana bread disks. So that is its new name. It official guys, I am a chef. I create recipes. Now maybe I can quit my day job and do this full time. Dream on….

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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Paleo Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chunk Cookies- Gluten and Nut free

vanilla beanWell, I am pretty sure these would have been good if I hadn’t burnt the crap out of them. But it’s okay because I am doing that sugar detox thing again and I am on day 5. Except I dont feel any skinnier or healthier, just annoyed that I cant eat sugar and that I burned $10 worth of Whole foods stuff. I was attempting to be a nice festive Account Executive tomorrow for my stores and while I delivered Christmas gifts I was going to give them cookies. Instead now I am just an annoyed Bah humbug fat feeling grouch. Maybe I will still give the burned cookies to the stores that arent making their numbers. hahahahaha. Thats mean. hee hee.

Also I think the fact that I havent been working out is starting to get to me. I hurt my shoulder recently and can’t do crossfit for a month so I am a little stir crazy. I have tried to do other things, but without the use of shoulders it gets kind of dull and my legs and bootie are thick enough, they don’t need any more squats. Damn shoulder. Damn cookies.

Okay, on to the recipe. Just dont burn them and I am sure they will taste good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunbutter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean (without the seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 3/4 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunk Chips
  1. Mix all the ingredients minus the chocolate chips in a food processor. Add the chips at the very end but I mixed them in with a spoon. If you hit the button it chops them up.
  2. Put about a large spoonful of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets and each one held about 8 cookies.
  3. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. NOT 16-18 minutes. Unless you like charcoal bottom dry ass cookies. Then go ahead and forget about them a few minutes. I would personally take them out a little on the chewy side if I ever make these again, so there is my advice on that!

Now hopefully yours come out much better then mine! You could probably add some walnut pieces in these and they would be super good. Oh, and props to PaleOMG for the recipe. That is like my paleo cooking bible website. Love it.

(Okay I made them again. This time I put walnut pieces in it and baked them for 12 minutes, and as I thought…they are great!)

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Egg and Avo Mash

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Okay, this may seem too easy to put on here but its one of my favorite breakfast’s when I don’t have a lot of time.

Ready…

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 avocado

Mash them up together add salt and pepper and you have your protein and healthy fat to start your day! If you dont even have time to hard boil eggs, Costco has this great pack of 24 pre hard boiled (Cage Free) eggs you can get for like $5.00. What a deal. But this is by far my favorite pre- workout meal or post workout meal because its so easy and you get all the essentials in!

Oh, and can I add my favorite seasoning of all time is called “Slap ya Mama” cajun seasoning. This is the best for eggs or to spice up vegitables, especially when roasting brussel sprouts. www.slapyamama.com Has awesome hot sauces too.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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