Fall is definitely here, I try not to think about it because that means winter is coming. The chilly morning runs, and cold evenings are a constant reminder. I am not a fan of the cold…but I was also reminded about the good things that come with fall…
Yep. How about them apples?
It doesn’t get much better then apples picked fresh off of the tree in your backyard. I love that I was able to have picked them myself, and know exactly where they came from. Doesn’t get much more local than that!
So many options came to mind when I carried in my basket of apples…pie, cobbler, poached apples, apple compote for a more savory dish, apple muffins, apple turnovers, apple butter….ah yes. Apple butter. It would be perfect to bring along with the biscuits I was taking to my crossfit gyms little Friday get together.
Before going paleo one of my favorite things to eat was biscuits and jam. ( you would think I was a fat kid ). There is just something about biscuits…they taste so comforting. It is one of those foods that is wrapped in memories. With the colder weather I was in the mood for a little comfort food and decided to work on a more paleo friendly biscuit. Sure, it is still a treat, but at least it isn’t a gluten bomb that will haunt you for weeks.
Yep. Pure heaven.
I will start with the biscuits:
What you will need:
1 cup of almond flour
1 cup of coconut flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
5 Tbs. cold butter ( unsalted )
3 Tbs. Honey ( you can omit this but it rounds out the flavor…. your call! but I like it )
3/4 cup coconut milk ( the full fat canned kind )
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Mix together the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, salt )
Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the dry mixture.
Yes, I used real butter. It will work with chilled coconut oil too but seriously…what is a biscuit without butter? If you are going to have a treat. Have a treat.
Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until it reaches a corn mealy type texture like this…
Then add in the Honey and the coconut milk. Don’t be a pussy and mix it with your hands.
The dough will be a bit wet but the coconut flour is super absorbent so don’t worry. The good thing about gluten free biscuits is that you don’t have to worry about over working the dough.
After mixing, your dough should look like this…
Place the dough onto a flat surface and flatten to about 1-2 inches tall.
Cut out the biscuits to your desired shape. I have a round biscuit cutter so… that is what I used.
You can also just drop semi-formed rounds of dough onto a sheet pan to make it easier.
Bake for 15 minutes. They will be a little brown on the bottom/top but
don’t worry its not burning.
Pull out of the oven and let cool….if you can wait.
Yum. Now for the apple butter.
What you will need:
- About 5 Granny smith apples..or whatever you have, sliced
- 12 oz dates, chopped ( I put mine in the food processor until it was paste-like ) It is probably about 3/4 cups worth of dates after processing.
- 2 cups of apple cider
- 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 Tbs. Cinnamon
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
- 1 Tbs. Vanilla extract
- Generous amount of coconut oil for sauteing
Saute sliced apples until they are coated with the coconut oil. Then add in your dates.
Keep stirring constantly the apple/date mixture over medium-high heat. Your dates will start to break down.
Saute until it looks like this.
Then add in your 2 cups of apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves.
Turn your heat down to low and let simmer. Stirring occasionally. Reduce until it looks like this…
Remove from heat and let cool. Process in a food processor until smooth… enjoy.
Now if you want to be 12 years old like me, watch this video and try and read this post without laughing….