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Paleo Banana Goji Muffins

~delicious~

Quite possibly the BEST muffins I have ever made!  I am really starting to fall in love with my new Convection oven.  It’s either the oven or it was just a good day for baking.  Either way, I think in another life I would definitely cash in on my love for baking.

I added Goji berries to these muffins; one because they are super tasty, and two, because they are a widely used Chinese herb.  Otherwise known as wolfberry, lycium fruit or  Gou Qi Zi (Chinese pinyin), these berries are good for Liver health (in Chinese medicine speak).

Without getting into it too much, Gou qi zi helps to improve vision and eye health (the eyes are strongly correlated to your Liver).  In addition they nourish the kidneys (responsible in both Western & Eastern medicine as your source of energy – otherwise known as the adrenals), nourish blood and are very moistening in nature.  To break it down even further, these tasty little berries treat blurred vision (something I definitely need help with after 3 years of graduate school), anemia, dizziness, sore back and painful knees as well as cough.  In addition, they have been useful in managing Diabetes.

Hard to imagine such a sweet, small thing packs such a nutritional and therapeutic punch… but believe it!  There is such thing as something that tastes good and is good for you at the same time!

The goods:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 organic, farm fresh large eggs
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup goji berries (re-hydrated)
  • 3 packets stevia

How to:

Preheat your oven to 350˚.

Mix all your dry ingredients (including the stevia) together in a larger bowl.  Beat your eggs and grapeseed oil in a smaller bowl.  Add this mixture to the dry mixture, mix together.  In your smaller bowl smash your bananas then fold into your batter.  Finally fold in your goji berries (pressed free of excess H2O).  Place in oiled muffins tins.

Bake for 20-22 minutes (keep in mind I’m using a convention oven, so your time will be up to 10 minutes longer in a regular oven).

Makes 6 good size muffins, eat just out of the oven with a pad of Organic butter!  Enjoy & let me know what you think!

~Erin


Chocolate-Coconut Protein Bites

A little sweet for you “primal’s” out there…  plus, it’s sugar-free and made out of only almond meal, so dig in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1.5 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Bluebonnet dual action)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 packets stevia
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup unsweetened large coconut flakes

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350.  Mix the dry ingredients (almond meal, protein, baking soda, stevia & salt) in a medium bowl.  In a smaller bowl beat the eggs, and add the Grapeseed oil.  Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix together.  Add most of the coconut flakes (leave just enough to top the ‘bites’ before baking) and mix.  

Cover your pan with parchment paper & spray with coconut oil.  Scoop the ‘bites’ onto the pan.  Then top them with the remaining coconut flakes.  Makes 12-15 ‘bites’.  Bake for 8-10 minutes (I used a Convection oven, so 8 minutes was plenty).   Your coconut topping should be just browned.

Until next time…

erin


Chocolate Maca Blueberry Scones

Craving a chocalat-ey treat?  Here is your chance to satisfy your sweet tooth without sugar & the added benefit of Maca (Lepidium meyenii).  Maca is one of my favorite herbs to supplement with.  It is an adaptogen; which means it helps you deal with stress (and who couldn’t use a little help with that)?!  It also helps with hormone regulation.  It has been said that the Inca used to eat this before going into battle to help fuel their stamina and strength and is a native herb grown in the Andean mountains.  It is a rich source of essential minerals, fatty acids and amino acids and can help normalize hormones; providing optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. Oh yeah and they are grain-free too 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 packets stevia
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350.

In a large bowl mix almond flour, cocoa, stevia, baking soda, salt & maca powder.  In a small bowl combine eggs and coconut oil.  Pour the egg mixture in with the dry ingredients and mix together.  Fold in the frozen blueberries & scoop onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy either as a breakfast with a warm cup o’ coffee or tea, a midday snack, or as dessert with a nice glass of coconut milk!

Erin

PS… The batch makes about 16 scones & be careful not to indulge too much… these babies pack a mean nutritional punch.  FYI for the 60 day challengers (at Skogg Gym)… Each scone is about 190 calories and about 16 g Fat, 6 g Carb & 7 g Protein.  The fat is mainly from the almonds & is a good source of clean healthy fats.  Hence, they should be a satisfying little treat & fit quite nicely into a Primal Diet.


A Primal Pie Crust & Apple Filling!

by, Ann@74 @flickr.com

It’s a winner.  Looking for a way to make your pie and eat it too?  Here is a purely primal option that I made for christmas morning.

Pie Crust:

Preheat oven to 350.  In a cuisinart grind:

  • 2 1/2 cups pecans
  • Add 1 tsp cinnamin,
  • 1 tsp nutmeg,
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • and 1/4 cup ginger (chopped).
  • Pour in 4 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • and 1/4 cup stevia; mix.

Press into pie pan and let cool in refrigerator for 1/2 hour.  After chilled, bake for 12-15 minutes in your pre-heated oven.  Let crust cool completely.  Fill with your choice of pie filling and bake as you would ordinarily.

ready for baking...

Apple Filling:

Preheat oven to 325.  Peel 12 medium sized Granny Smith apples, slice (either by hand or with a food processor).  In a seperate bowl combine:

  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamin
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

As you fill your pie plate, layer the sliced apples, above mixture and dot with butter.  Once you filled your pie, spread melted butter on top.  Cover pie with aluminum foil and bake for 1:15.  Bake at 325 for 60 minutes.  Uncover pie and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes at 375.

Cool and serve with whipped cream (made with stevia, vanilla and heavy whipping cream) or top with some honey sweetened Fage.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Till next time, be well,

Erin


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