Paleo Crunchy Granola

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Paleo Crunchy Granola

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My sister sent me the link to this recipe from Epicurious.  I had made a paleo granola before that was fair but not really good.  Well, this recipe from Epicurious is not only really good, but it is DELICIOUS!  In fact, this is akin to a nut brittle in a few ways….it is crunchy (once it is cooled), sweet and a little bit of salt adds to the brittle flavor.  This Paleo Crunchy Granola is so good on its own, but I am going to use shards of it as a dessert garnish along side my Pumpkin Chunky Chocolate Bars tonight.  (Also, for the chunky chocolate, I used 73% cacao with roasted almonds, for an even nutty, crunchier effect!)

This crunchy granola can be crumbled over fresh fruits for a light dessert, too.  For breakfast, some sliced fresh bananas on top of this would be a nice start to the day.  Oh, and by the way, you will not miss the oats!!

I made only a few slight changes in the original.  For one thing, I did not have cardamom so I substituted Chinese 5 spice powder, which added a nice flavor to it.  The other changes were that the original recipe called for some raw nuts and seeds that I could not find.  Instead, I used dry toasted of several varieties and they worked out great.

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New Ninja Paleo Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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New Ninja Paleo Smoothie

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I just got a new Ninja Blender!  It is so awesome!  I can’t wait to try some recipes with it…like Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup or Asparagus Soup!  But just to test it out today, I made a kind of basic smoothie…well, it was anything BUT basic.  The texture was smooth as silk, not too thick, not too thin and had just a tiny hint of strawberry pulp, which looks so pretty!  I think you will like this New Ninja Paleo Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

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Breakfast Cake

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Breakfast Cake

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Facebook was running a hot Blueberry Lemon Cake video that was all the rage last week.  Of course, it looked wonderful, but, alas, it was not clean.  Not a bit.  It had everything on the “Do Not Eat” list:  dairy, grains, sugar. We had no choice, but to give this a clean up job.  Sooooooo glad we did!

I also used a new flour:  Banana Flour!  It was a gift from my friend Michele.  I have not checked to see if it is available at local grocers yet, but it is available on the internet. If you can’t find it, substitute coconut flour or more almond flour.

My first reaction to tasting this was that it reminded me of a breakfast coffee cake, but a lot more moist!  The fresh blueberries practically melted into the cake, yet there were many of them still round and juicy! The Breakfast Cake is a must try, for breakfast or dessert!

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All New Paleo Pancakes From Shutterbug Chef

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All New Paleo Pancakes

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For over 2 years, I have been making “clean” pancakes, and they have been great!  The Pumpkin Pancakes have been especially delicious.  Since March 7 was National Pancake Day, I decided to try another recipe that did not include bananas or pumpkin….rather traditional, I’d say.  My new go-to breakfast is my All New Paleo Pancakes.

Great results!  Serve these with pure maple syrup and your family will be pleased! Don’t forget to make the amazing Mixed Berry Compote as an alternative to syrup.

The 2 main things to keep in mind with these, is first to let the batter rest for 15 minutes before cooking.  Secondly, make sure your non-stick pan is heated to just under medium-high heat.  Like with all pancakes, if the heat is too high, they burn, too low they don’t brown well and dry up. Continue reading

Paleo Raspberry Jam

Paleo Raspberry Jam

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Recently I made a batch of my clean biscuits.  They are basically a vessel that good things can spread on or to use as a dunker, like into chili or thick soups.  They are also good for toasting to eat with scrambled eggs.  What I really wanted was to spread some jam on one for breakfast!  They don’t rise up like traditional ones, but they are darned good!  Anyway, I made some fantastic thick Paleo Raspberry Jam this weekend and am thrilled with the result!  There are only 3 ingredients and the jam takes less than a half hour to make! Continue reading

Banana Blueberry Pecan Muffins

Banana Blueberry Pecan Muffins

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School starts next week after a long winter’s break!  These Banana Blueberry Pecan Muffins will be a welcome breakfast for these cold mornings and a nice treat in the lunch box!  The warmth of cinnamon and the juicy blueberries make for a delicious snack any time of day.

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Paleo French Apple Custard Cake

Paleo French Apple Custard Cake

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The first time I ever had French Apple Custard Cake was actually in France!  Several years ago while in Paris our hotel served a delicious one for breakfast!  This wonderful cake was moist and more like a custard type of cake than a coffee cake, which is often a bit drier.  But, oh this cake was divine and I had to come up with a recipe for it.  After much searching through cook books, magazines and the internet, I finally came up with something VERY close to the French Apple Custard Cake I had in Paris for breakfast!! (Eventually I served it as a dessert, too.  It seemed a little too decadent for breakfast back at home….somehow on holiday in France it seems acceptable to have a sliver of French Apple Custard Cake for breakfast!)   😉

So that was a few years back and since January 5, 2015, I have given up sugar, dairy, grains and anything artificial in my diet (and lost 22 pounds in doing so!) This recipe was no longer working for me.  🙁 Continue reading

Very Banana Very Blueberry Smoothie

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Very Banana Very Blueberry Smoothie

Oh this is so refreshing and a great way to start your day! A very banana very blueberry smoothie has only a few ingredients, whipped up in a blender and you’re good to go! A mix of fresh and frozen bananas and blueberries makes this frothy and fresh.  A few blackberries might be nice too, as long as they are not too tart.  You want this to be sweet, but naturally sweet from the bananas, mainly. Continue reading

Paleo Carrot Muffins

Paleo Carrot Muffins

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A yummy breakfast treat or an afternoon snack, these paleo carrot muffins are nutritious, delicious and will satisfy your hunger any time of day.  This is a healthy version of a popular spicy muffin from several years ago.  Like everything else, somehow it comes back into vogue and I am doing just that…except “cleaned” up of dairy, flour and refined sugar!

This recipe comes together quite quickly, too.  If you have the right ingredients on hand, recipes like this are a snap!

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Clean Strawberry Scones With Strawberry Coconut Cream Glaze

Clean Strawberry Scones With Strawberry Coconut Cream Glaze

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Summer weekend mornings never tasted so good:  Beautiful, fresh and juicy red strawberries folded into an almond flour based scone dough, spiced with a bit of cinnamon, sweetened with honey and THEN topped with a delicious strawberry coconut cream glaze!  Oh, these clean strawberry scones with strawberry coconut cream glaze are great!  Continue reading