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2.16.2013

Grain-Free Coconut Donuts

They are fluffy, they are edible, WINNER!  Well 4 out of five of my family likes them.  You can't make every one happy all the time, that would be heaven. 
 I came across this muffin recipe on PINTEREST to visit the recipe site CLICK HERE., needless to say they didn't make very good muffins.  The middle never really cooked while the outside got all brown.  DING, light-bulb moment.....DONUTS, there is no middle to be uncooked there!  The most amazing thing was that they worked, and they are super low in carbohydrates for all you diabetics out there. 
 Just look at the fluffiness there, yes it has a cake-like consistency. 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil melted
 1/4 cup honey

Sift your coconut flour first to prevent any lumps.  I just press this 1/2 cup through a small mesh strainer.  Mix all the dry together then the wet ingredients into the dry.  To get your batter into the donut pan mess free simply use a pastry tube.  Fill each cavity half full, they will rise believe it or not.
Bake at *350 for about 6 minutes or until slightly brown. Be careful they can over bake quickly.
 Alone, without the chocolate glaze it comes out to about 9g of carbohydrates per donut if you make 9 donuts.  If you put the chocolate glaze on (thus making it more of a donut and not a round muffin with a hole in it) you will have 17g of carbohydrates in your donut. 
 To add the chocolate glaze simply melt a handful of dairy-free chocolate chips in a glass bowl for about 2 minutes.  Dip each donut top into the chocolate and then into the coconut topping.  The contrast of the white and brown makes it more appealing to my kids.  You can use nuts, sprinkles, or colored sugar if you wish.  The coconut doesn't have any carbs so I chose that as a topping.


 As you can see the topping makes a huge difference, especially if you are trying to encourage a new food that is healthier than your average donut.


2.06.2013

PALEO Bread, Friend or Foe?

paleo-coconut
My good friend bought a loaf of PALEO bread.  She took it home and excitedly opened the package, she toasted a slice and put a dab of butter on it.  As she continued to add butter to this slice of bread she began thinking of the taste and consistency.  Here is what she came up with.


Paleo bread is is a lie.




Paleo bread is what's left over from the
cardboard factory.




Paleo bread could very well be the next eco-building material for houses.




Paleo bread could be attached to a stick and used as a ping pong paddle.





I can't believe this bread made it to a store, and that I bought it.






I want to be fair, I want another opinion.  If you have tried it before, what did you think?
Here is a link to a site with more information
http://www.julianbakery.com/paleo-bread/

Here is another review of Paleo Bread that you might find helpful.
http://paleonick.com/articles/The-Paleo-Bread-Review


Lettuce Tacos

Yes, the name says it......I am cutting out the corn tortilla in my slow move to cut out the grain in my families diet.  I find that a slow move away from grain is my best option.  I start replacing my grain laden recipes and meals with new or improved dishes.

The ingredients are simple: Romain Lettuce, guacamole, bell peppers, cilantro, chopped onions, meat, and salsa.  You can add beans, olives, and sliced avocado too.  BE CREATIVE, HAVE FUN WITH THIS.
 A little word of warning, you will tend to fill your lettuce taco too full, so remember you can have multiple tacos, don't fill it too full.  STEP #1 use refried beans or guacamole as your first layer so you can stick the remaining ingredients to the bottom so they don't slide out.  STEP #2 add your meat and smaller chopped ingredients.  STEP #3 add your garnish.  And have another, and another, and another.

 I served these little gems to my dad, he liked them.  He did comment that they were a little messy.  Yes, you will need to have a few napkins handy for each person.  We are still doing some corn chips as you can see.  My family needs a little crunch with their meal.........

My Type 1 diabetic daughter likes these lettuce tacos.  These are virtually carb free if you omit the beans. It is nice to give her free reign to have as much as she wants for at least one meal.   Not that any meal can't be covered, but that she doesn't have to count any carbs and worry about insulin for this one. 

2.04.2013

Grain-Free Granola


WOW, this one is a keeper.  You have to try it. This recipe is easy, fast, and low in carbs.  My friend April brought this recipe to my attention.  It all started on this site  Paleo Diet Lifestyle.

You can make the chocolate version from the web site referenced above but I (not liking chocolate) had to change the recipe to make a nutmeg spice granola mix.  My non-chocolate granola has a taste similar to that Go Lean Crunch Cereal!!! 



 GRANOLA NUTMEG CRUNCH

2 cups lightly ground almonds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons finely chopped dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
pinch of salt

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons Earth Balance soy-free spread
 
Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Melt the honey and Earth Balance (butter) in a sauce pan until combine.  

Pour the honey mixture over the dry mixture and stir until everything is fully coated.

Spread the granola mixture thinly onto a baking pan.  Bake for about two hours in a 200* oven.  I used a baking stone and this seemed to keep the bottom from being burned. You will know the granola is done when it becomes kind of hard. This recipe has a crunch to it.  Break it up into smaller bits and store in an air tight container.  

We use this granola in trail mix recipes, on top of yogurt, a topping for muffins (don't bake the granola for muffin topping) What are you going to use it for?

Total carbs 93g Not too bad, not too bad at all.  It is just the honey and a small bit of the almonds making up the carbs here.