Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Paleo Banana Brownies

I had a chocolate craving.  We all know what that feels like.  I specifically wanted brownies.  I did a quick google search of paleo brownie recipes.  Each one contained at least a cup of honey or maple syrup, plus added chocolate chips!  A cup!  I couldn't stand to make brownies with that much sweetener when I absolutely love bitter chocolate.  Then another thought struck me, I love chocolate with bananas.  Bananas are naturally sweet and what do you know I have some perfectly ripe ones sitting on the counter.  So I set out to make a delicious fudgy and cakey brownie.  I think I nailed it on the first try.  There is an awesome banana flavor, a nice strong chocolate and the perfect moist texture in these brownies.  I hope you enjoy my version of paleo brownies, which I think are some of the lowest sugar out there.

Paleo Banana Brownies
3 ripe bananas
6 eggs
1/2 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips (about 5 oz), melted
2 tbsp maple syrup/honey
1/4 cup ghee/coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup almond flour
pinch of salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 bag Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x11 inch with coconut oil or ghee.  In large bowl beat bananas until pureed (best done with an electric mixer).  Add eggs and mix until well combined.  Add melted chocolate, maple, and ghee.  Mix until well combined.  Add flours, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda.  Stir until lumps are just dissolved.  Gently fold in the remaining chocolate chips.  Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.  A toothpick inserted into the center will come out mostly clean or have some crumbs attached to it.  Don't overbake!  Serve and enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Paleo Fried Cabbage

Well between my whole30 and my world travels my blogging took a hiatus. I'm currently up in Maine for a couple of weeks enjoying the cool weather. Florida is going to feel painful compared to the 60s and 70s we are getting here. We had an absolute blast on our cruise through the Baltic. I fell absolutely in love with Porvoo, Finland and Talinn, Estonia. And if I never go back to Russia, it will be too soon.

Ok so enough chit chat, I have a recipe to share. This recipe has become a breakfast favorite, but it also works well for lunch or dinner. It's so incredibly filling, which is part of why I love it for breakfast. I made this twice while in London a few weeks ago and it helped my hubby and I to stay full until lunch, which was tough to do with all of the walking. For breakfast, just fry up a few eggs to your desired doneness and enjoy! (I use ghee in this recipe, I love the flavor, but feel free to use coconut oil).

Paleo Fried Cabbage

3 tbsp ghee
3 strips bacon (pasture raised, sugar free is the best), cut into bit sized pieces
1 onion, minced
1 small head of cabbage, cut into thin strips
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

In large frying pan, heat the ghee. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Add onion, cabbage, salt and pepper. Cook until cabbage is soft and just starts to brown. Serve and enjoy!

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