Paleo is a great diet to follow, but with it comes a lot of nut flours and nuts. At the moment I don’t tolerate nuts well. I love baking, so, finding ways to modify recipes to make them gluten free and paleo are a necessity in my book! So starts my love affair with coconut flour!
Yes, coconut flour can be dry but for a recipe like biscotti, it doesn’t seem too dry at all. In fact coconut flour makes the consistency of the biscotti similar to gluten filled biscotti. I have experimented with this version a few times and every time it comes out perfect! Well, the first time, they could have used a few more minutes in the oven the second time around to get crispier but they are still scrumptious.
Biscotti is great with coffee, tea or just on its own. My husband and I get coffee often and all the places we go have gluten filled coffee treats. We live in a smaller town with few truly gluten free options. Most places have gluten free options but not a specific gluten free kitchen area. Through trial and error, I have found no place to be safe enough for me (having celiac disease) when it comes to most food.
Enter my own gluten free baking kitchen where I know for certain that I won’t get contaminated with gluten. Recently I have had problems tolerating many gluten free flours (buckwheat, millet, rice, etc) so paleo baking has been perfect. Plus the paleo diet uses natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar! Low glycemic sweets and baked treats are my jam!
Like many people I have battled the sugar addiction but now that I have cut it almost completely out of my daily consumption, I have adverse side effects when I eat something with regular sugar. I get the feeling of my heart racing, headaches and sometimes feel really sick to my stomach. At this point in my life, sugar is not worth it. Additionally there is so much research out there proving that sugar is killing our bodies. No thanks! I will stick to my natural forms or none at all.
Grab some coffee or tea and give my paleo biscotti a try. I know you will love this version of a timeless treat!
*this recipe was inspired by an Allrecipes and Against All Grain recipes.
Chocolate, raspberry and a smoothie all rolled into one? Yes please!! Smoothies are the best! They are so versatile. I drink them for breakfast, with lunch or as dessert. Let’s be honest, they are great anytime of day. This chocolate raspberry smoothie recipe has protein, omega 3’s, vitamins and minerals and tastes too sweet to be healthy.
Getting a daily intake of a variety of vitamins and minerals is essential to healthy living. The body must be fueled properly in order to perform. Working out, walking, talking, gardening, sitting at a desk, and much more require the body to function well. If the body isn’t nourished, it cannot do much. Drinking a smoothie is a great way to ensure the body is getting vital nutrients.
This chocolate raspberry smoothie has protein, healthy fats, manganese, potassium, vitamins C, E and K, folate, omega 3’s and many other vitamins and minerals. The most important part is it is chock full of antioxidants. All of these things help ward off cancer and make the body glow from the inside out! Why not give the body the gift of vital nutrients as well as a treat?
Look at how delicious this smoothie looks. It tastes as great as it looks too! It takes a snap to make and can be devoured with in a few minutes. Such a quick and easy way to get protein, vitamins and minerals and healthy fats.
Make, enjoy and live healthfully.
As you may know, I am obsessed with smoothies, especially superfood smoothies! Any excuse to put some fresh (or frozen) fruits and greens together in a refreshing drink is my jam! This Chia superfood smoothie is full of creamy goodness.
Lately I have been using both flax and chia seeds in my smoothies. Flax seeds are a GREAT source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels. Omega-3’s can also help reduce the risk for depression, dementia and arthritis. Many American’s have a higher intake of Omega-6 fatty acids which are important for brain function however we should be consuming more omega-3’s.
The ratio of omega-3’s to omega-6 should be higher due to omega-6 fatty acids cause some inflammation in the body. Inflammation is not a good thing. When the body has excessive amounts other side effects like chronic inflammation, cancer and autoimmune diseases. The reason most American’s have a higher omega-6 and lower omega-3 intake is due to many companies using vegetable oils (canola, corn, soybean, safflower and sunflower oils) and over processed grains in packaged and fast foods. It’s a huge epidemic.
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Chia Superfood Smoothie, Gluten free & Paleo
Superfoods are a huge “buzz” word right now, especially if you are into health and fitness. Superfoods are filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are all important for the body. It’s also crucial that we ingest antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in their most natural state, through whole foods. Smoothies are an easy way to include many of these superfoods in one drink!
This Chia Superfood Smoothie that is gluten free & Paleo is amazingly satisfying and you can drink it for breakfast, lunch, a snack or even dessert!! Making a smoothie for dessert is a great way to stay out of trouble for me. I love desserts so eating something super healthy is always a better choice.
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This Paleo Antioxidant & Protein Smoothie Recipe is perfect for the colder months when it seems difficult to stay healthy. Take care, rest and drink up some yummy antioxidants! The added healthy fats and proteins help give the body extra strength to help fight illness.
This Paleo Antioxidant & Protein Smoothie is a great way to get in antioxidants and a snack! Smoothies have been my go to when I feel like I need a little pick me up. They are also great when I want something sweet with out the “guilt” of eating sweets. Most people think of smoothies as a warm weather drink but they don’t have to be. I love them even when the weather is super cold! The best thing about smoothies is you can make them with ingredients according to the season. If you are using fresh ingredients. So if you feel cold from the weather outside you can add vegetables or fruits that are warmer and more hearty.
This smoothie recipe is my go to any time I don’t want to get creative or just need a quick drink on my way out to teach yoga or run errands. It is also a great smoothie to load up on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals your body may be needing due to the colder season.
Whenever I feel a cold coming on or need an immune system boost, loading up on antioxidant rich foods is a must!
Happy Holidays and happy smoothie drinking!
This Paleo, refined sugar and gluten free banana bread recipe can also be coconut free. I have been working on different recipes that call for coconut flour and altering the recipe to be free of coconut.
One of the best parts about this Paleo Banana Bread recipe is its made with out using coconut flour! A big reason to cut the coconut flour is that if I have too much coconut I develop a mild allergy (my ears start burning, which is no fun!). So if you have a problem with coconut or want a break from it, I have added a modification in the recipe to make it completely coconut free.
Most Paleo baking recipes call for coconut flour and I’ve read from numerous blogs and cookbooks that nothing can be substituted for coconut flour. However, I have found a great substitute. Cassava flour! It cannot be substituted cup for cup when coconut flour is called for in a recipe, but I’ve found doubling the amount of cassava flour works well. (For example, a recipe calling for 1/4 c coconut flour, use 1/2 c cassava flour). Now this isn’t completely fool proof and I’ve had some botched bread recipes but using cassava flour in place of coconut flour can work!
Recently, I’ve hopped on the Paleo wagon and won’t be hopping off any time soon. I love Paleo because it is low carbohydrate, refined sugar and gluten free and usually has minimal ingredients, which I am a huge fan of! I had a baby a few months back and this diet has helped me get back into shape, along with running, interval training and yoga! It has also made me feel a lot better, as I have struggled with feeling 100% since I can remember.
Having been diagnosed with celiac disease about ten years ago, I have tried a slew of gluten free baked goods spanning from store bought to homemade and have found that homemade is the way to go. The store bought, pre-made gluten free products can be so unhealthy and sometimes have just as many preservatives and GMO ingredients as its gluten filled counter parts. Homemade is great because you know exactly what goes in it! Although the benefit of knowing what is in each recipe far out weighs the unknown for me, it has become somewhat of a problem for me. Let me explain a bit.
I love Banana bread and this was one thing I really missed when I had to go gluten free. In order to have banana bread or any bread for that matter I have used homemade baking recipes that call for gluten free flour mixes from the store (i.e. Pamalas, King author, etc.) and homemade gluten free flour mixes using at least four different types of flour like brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch and potato starch. The problem with all of these is most have xanthum gum or call for some type of “gum” to help hold all the bread ingredients together. Here’s my problem, I also have a potato intolerance. Xanthum gum and most of the “gums” out there are derived from potato. So using store bought or homemade versions usually won’t work. That’s why I’m so excited for my version of Paleo Banana bread!
The following paleo Banana Bread recipe has been modified from other recipes I’ve found online. It has been tested many times using the ingredients and the alternate ingredients listed in the recipe. I hope you enjoy the bread! Happy baking!