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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:

Ingredients:

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:

  • Ingredients:
  • 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….

 

Happy Cooking!

I don’t really know where the saying “easy as pie” came from. If you have ever actually made pie it’s not really all that easy…its kind of a pain in the bum actually. Baking requires a little thing called patience..something I don’t have a whole lot of. However, the finished product is usually worth the wait…even if I am not going to eat it.

Bon Appetite

Can you tell the people in our group are all savory students? The one the left is mine.

Most of these pies went into the garbage afterwards. I would say that it is a sad waste of food but come to think of it, they are all empty calories anyways…they are not really capable of nourishing any hungry stomachs.

Onto the real food!

Breakfast

My new favorite breakfast

I am kind of stuck on the smoked salmon in the eggs breakfast, try it and you will see why. :)

Lunch

only cool people eat salad

I was running a bit low on time and ingredients for lunch today. I settled for canned tuna and a salad with olives, green onion, tomatoes, and mango. Honestly, I wouldn’t really recommend this salad. Here is an example of what NOT to eat… even though you can. Okay, so it wasn’t that bad, but its not something I would go out of my way to make. It could be that I am just not a fan of canned tuna.

Dinner

Whole Foods Dinner

I had a few things to pick up at Whole Foods on my way home so I decided I might as well pick up dinner while I was there. It is great that they have a food bar but when it comes to sticking to Paleo 100% it is pretty darn near impossible. Most everything they have has some sort of canola or soybean oil in it. Whole Foods, why must you fail me? I did what I could to make my dinner as Paleo friendly as possible with some sort of chicken curry, fruit, sauteed veggies and a spring mix salad.

On that note, pay attention to the oils you are using folks. Here is a good article on which fats to use, and which to avoid. Click Me.

Happy hump day!

Once again today was filled with making some awesome gluten bombs…

Cookies, brownies and pita bread for today

Onto the real food

Breakfast

Cabbage sautee with mushrooms, onion, chicken, avocado and mango... I put mango in everything these days.

Dinner

Don't judge me

I really didn’t feel like cooking so as soon as I got home I sliced up a few bananas, covered them with almond butter, and called it dinner. Yep… I have my lazy days in the kitchen too. However. I was in a kitchen all day baking a paleo nightmare.

What did you eat today?

Its Day #5 of Paleo food which also happens to land on my baking and pastry class….

Paleo Nightmare?

Taking a baking and pastry class is probably one of the biggest challenges you can have in a Paleo world. The smell of fresh baked bread looming through the kitchen… its temptation at its finest. Onto the more Paleo friendly foods…

Breakfast

My Go-to breakfast...this won't be the last time you see this breakfast menu. Its quick and easy...Oh and surprisingly delicious.

Lunch

Sauteed chicken thigh, sweet potatoes and zucchini with a little sauerkraut ( it is good for digestion..just in case you didn't know ).

Yesterday at lunch I cooked two chicken thighs so that I could save one of them for later. It made lunch extra easy having a protein already cooked. All I had to do was saute the veggies and I was good to go. For those of you strapped for time this is a good way to plan ahead :)

Dinner

Pan fried salmon and a salad with spring lettuce mix, mango, avocado, tomato, carrot, and balsamic vinegar.

I don’t get home until about 8:30pm on days I have class so a quick salad is usually my go-to meal. Its quick and easy.

So now that you have seen my biggest hurdle in Paleo eating ( baking and pastry class ) what are your struggles or hurdles towards eating Paleo?

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