Thanks, Patti! I hope you didn't feel as though I was implying you shouldn't have posted the recipes... quite the opposite... I'm glad you did!
I just wanted to keep the boundaries somewhat well-defined before someone else posted a thread asking why there is a baking recipes thread on a 'paleo' team, LOL (someone inevitably does... the last was why do we eat so much fat when Cordain doesn't promote fat... he's recently revisiting/redefining his position, BTW)!
I think the journey is about finding a healthy balance, and living Paleo/Primal in a modern world opens up the doors to options our ancestors never had. I'm grateful for the recipes because I love the challenge of finding a few 'desserty' and bread type foods (obviously Elena's always refining, too... her bread recipe is continuing to evolve keeping in mind what would make it healthier by Paleo standards... I came across her first version and rejected it, but this one I'm going to try)... right now I'm on the quest for a really good cracker recipe, and that 'shortening' used in one of the recipes below has wonderful possibilites for pie!
Like you, we don't eat this sort of food all of the time (and our taste for dessert and sweetness has really modified), but occasionally indulging in Paleo-friendly 'treats' seems reasonable to me. I think it's about using our intelligence to push the limits in the healthiest way possible. Paleo/Primal is simply my baseline for what is the healthiest way... how far or little I stray from that model depends on what my body tells me as I do.
Again, THANK YOU for the recipes! I can't wait to try a few of them... cookies are still missed in our house, and with our first Paleo/Primal Christmas coming up, I want to have some 'treats' to offer others to demonstrate that this way of eating isn't what they think!
Okay, the links are working now. I just had to re-enter them like I originally did. That was weird.
I had to come up with a paleo friendly bread for hubby. He was really missing a sandwich in his lunch box. I want him to stay with this lifestyle with me, so I needed to find a paleo bread he liked. I did.
As for the sweet treats. They are definitely a sometimes/celebration food. I got tired of making birthday cakes and treats for birthdays and holidays or dinners for family and friends and not being able to enjoy a roll or dessert. Now I can enjoy a little without the sickness, cravings, and guilt. To top it off, my family is loving this lifestyle and my daughter, son-in-law, and my mother have switched to a Primal lifestyle with hubby and I. They saw that we eat really well and the health issues we had with wheat, grains, refined sugar, and legumes are disappearing.
Personally, I love recipes and was really excited to see the thread (we're not strict 'paleo'... more Primal)... have you tried editing your post and redoing the links? Spark can be wonky at times when it comes to links.
Well, that's frustrating. I didn't copy and past. I used the "add a link" feature. Odd, in that that's the way I always add a link and it has worked in the past. If you like, I can just delete the post.
Baked goods generally aren't considered 'Paleo', but at the very least paleo-friendly!
Following are both versions of a really good and simple bread substitute!
~ PRIMAL FLAX BREAD ~
I've come across a really GOOD (tasty, Primal) 'bread' recipe (via word of mouth... I haven't been able to find the original source of the recipe). One of the things my daughter misses A LOT is toast, or a sandwich now and again. I've found a really good recipe that allows her to have this. It isn't a loaf, and it bakes in a cookie sheet, but it is SO tasty and does have a genuine bread-like texture... my girl would eat it for every meal if I let her (not a good idea because of the heavy fibre... it will give you problems if you eat too much of it, LOL). Give it a try!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
You will need: 1/2 cup water 1-2 tbsp sweetener (I only use 1 tbsp of honey) 1 tbsp. chia seeds 5 eggs 1/3 cup olive oil (I've also used coconut oil and walnut oil) 2 cups ground flax (you can grind your own in a coffee grinder) 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp salt
Line a regular cookie sheet (10" X 15") with parchment paper (for easy clean-up).
Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl, and set aside.
Dissolve honey in warm water and stir in chia seeds. You need to let this sit for 20 minutes to allow the gel to develop, stirring it a few times to keep it from clumping. Beat your eggs until foamy and lemony in colour. Beat in oil (or freggies) and chia mixture. Add to your dry ingredients and stir hard until all the egg/liquid is incorporated.
Immediately pour it onto your cookie sheet and spread evenly... if it sits too long it will get harder to spread out nicely. Pop into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. You'll know it's done when it springs back to the touch. This recipe will make exactly one regular sized cookie sheet of flax bread: 12 - 16 servings... for ease, I just trim the edges and then cut into 12 3" X 3" (approximately) pieces .
PER PIECE: 148 Calories, 15 g Total Fat, 1.8 g Net Carbs (7.1 total carbs - 5.3 g Fibre), 6.5 g Protein... pretty decent for 'bread'!
For added deliciousness with this recipe throw in raisins and cinnamon, or nuts or other dried fruit (but of course it raises the carbs significantly)... see below for other great combos!
Okay... I've been playing with this recipe, and have discovered that if I use some freggies instead of the oil, the mouth feel is more bread-like, the texture is lighter, and it's less crumbly, so here are the adjusted ingredients:
You will need: 1/2 cup water 1-2 tbsp sweetener (I only use 1 tbsp of honey... or if I want a 'sweet' bread - like banana - I use finely chopped dates instead - about 10) 1 tbsp. chia seeds 6 eggs 3/4 cup freggies (cooked or grated pumpkin, mashed banana, avocado, grated pear or apple, sweet potatoe, applesauce) - beaten into the eggs 2 cups ground flax (you can grind your own in a coffee grinder) 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt optional spices to taste (1 tsp cinnamon/vanilla, 1/2 tsp. chipotle pepper, Italian spices for a focaccia flavour) optional nuts or seeds (1/2 cup chopped walnuts - with banana, pumpkin seeds - with pumpkin, sunflower seeds - with avocado, almonds - with apples)
...in a house where nobody has actually ever liked banana bread, the banana/walnut/date is a hands-down favourite!
I posted these recipes on another board for a friend. I thought since they were Paleo friendly, but more Primal, I would post them here also. I've made them all except the apple cake and the scones. The Urban Poser has an article on her blog about baking with almond flour that you might like.
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