Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of roasted pumpkin or organic canned pumpkin
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

For the Caramel Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons pure honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (for dairy free use coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk or any other milk of choice
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon arrowroot powder

 Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all liquid pumpkin bread ingredients.
  3. Stir in your dry ingredients, except the pepitas.
  4. Spread into a lightly greased standard size bread loaf pan (use butter or coconut oil for greasing).
  5. Top the pumpkin batter with the pepitas.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is cooked through.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes.
  8. Pour the caramel glaze all over the bread.
  9. Enjoy!

 For the Caramel Glaze:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat.
  2. Stir together the coconut milk and arrowroot powder and pour that in with the butter.
  3. Add vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt.
  4. Stir until it starts to simmer and gets a little bit thicker.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the honey until well mixed (by removing the pot from the heat, it preserves the enzymes of the raw honey).
  6. Let the glaze cool for 10-15 minutes before pouring over the pumpkin bread.

Notes

If you decide to make this without the glaze add the extra honey/maple syrup and cinnamon that were called for in the glaze to the batter.

POTATO PANCAKE

potato-pancake

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups peeled and shredded potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp grated onion
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp almond meal
  • 1 ½ Tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
  2. In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, almond flour and salt together.
  3. In a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot.  Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form ¼ to ½ inch thick patties.  Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other.
  4. Let drain on paper towels.

Serve hot with hot apple sauce

Makes 10 to 12 pancakes

PEACH COBBLER

peach-cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 8 Peaches
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot
  • ¼ cup of pure date sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 Cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut flour
  • 7 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Wash the peaches then cut into slices. Transfer to a big bowl.
  2. Mix the tablespoon of arrowroot, date or coconut sugar together and toss with peaches.  Place in a buttered baking dish.
  3. Place almonds in food processor and process to a powder. Transfer to a bowl.  Soften the 7 tablespoons of butter with the tablespoon of honey.    Add the butter mixture, the 1/2 cup coconut flour, vanilla and salt to the almond powder and mix well.
  4. Crumble this mixture with your fingers on top of the peaches evenly.  You can double the recipe for the crumble if you desire more topping.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to 1 hour

Serve with homemade Ice-cream

PUMPKIN PIE

pumkin-pie

CRUST-

  • 2 Cups ground almonds (more for a thicker crust).
  • Note:  Preferably the almonds are raw and have been soaked in salt water at least 12 hours, then dried.
  • ½ Stick of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

Mix together and press firmly to side and bottom of 9’ pie plate.   Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Other nut meals/flours can be used.

PUMPKIN FILLING-

  • 1 15oz Can pure natural pumpkin puree
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¾ Cup Dehydrated cane sugar (raw sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger, or ½ Teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon powdered cloves
  • ¼ Teaspoon nutmeg
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1 Cup cream or (coconut milk for people allergic to milk products)

Cream eggs with cane sugar (use electric beater for creamier texture).  Gradually blend in other ingredients.  Pout into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.  Serve with freshly whipped raw cream.

Put an aluminum sheet at the bottom of the oven for easier clean-up in case of spills.

SUGAR COOKIES

Star cookies on the wooden table

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, ghee, or palm shortening, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or date sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extract, mix until incorporated.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, salt, almond flour, and coconut flour. With the mixer running on low, add the flour mixture to the creamed ingredients 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Form the dough into a ball with your hands and place on a piece of plastic wrap. Form the dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle a clean, flat surface with coconut flour and roll the dough out until it is 1/4 thick. You may have to rub the rolling pin with coconut flour to do this. Cut out the cookies using your choice of cutters. Using a spatula, transfer the cut cookies to the baking sheets.
  6. Gather the remaining scraps back up into a ball and roll out again. Repeat rolling and cutting out cookies until you use all the dough.
  7. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes, until lightly golden. These cookies need to bake longer than typical sugar cookies. They will stay soft and just get a little crispy, which is just what you want!
  8. Cool on a baking sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Homemade Barbecue Baked Beans with pork in a bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white beans (soaked 12 hours in water with 2 tbsp of lemon juice or homemade whey, then rinsed)
  • 1 medium onion chopped (1/2 cup)
  • ¼ blackstrap (unsulfured) molasses
  • 2 Tbsp ground mustard
  • 1 pound uncured bacon cut up in small pieces

Directions

Mix all ingredients in Crock Pot.   Add filtered water to cover completely.   Add Sea salt and pepper to taste.  If you would like a little spicy, add a dash or two of hot pepper sauce.

Turn crock pot to low setting and cook 6 to 8 hours.   Watch the water level after 4 hrs of cooking and add a bit of water if getting dry.

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Bananal chocolate chip muffin

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark 100% unsweetened chocolate pieces.  (use 1 baking bar and put in food processor to break into small pieces)

Directions

  1. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix until well combined.
  4. Fill liners with batter about 2/3 of the way full.
  5. Top with chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy the first heavenly bite!

CRANBERRY & ORANGE BISCOTTIS

Italian biscotti cookies and tea on a table in Christmas and New Year

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ¼ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup coconut sugar or date sugar
  • 2/3 cup egg whites (4 egg whites)
  • 2 Tbsp Organic vanilla extract
  • 40 drops organic orange extract
  • ½ cup organic dried unsweetened cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds (soaked & sprouted first)
  • 12 Tbsp butter, melted

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat over to 350oF.  Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whick together wet ingredients.  Pour in almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, baking soda and sugar. Stir well to combine.  Fold in cranberries and almonds.
  3. Shape dough into a flattened oval that is roughly ¾ inch tall, 4 inches wide and 7 inches long.  Place on parchment and transfer to oven.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cookie loaf should be firm but not hard.  Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 hours or chill until the loaf has set.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut the cookie loaf into ¾ inch slices (NOTE: the loaf should be firm enough that the pressure from the knife doesn’t compress the cookie when slicing)
  6. Turn oven down to 250oF.  Place the slices onto a wire rack and bake for 25 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  7. Let cool for 1 hour.  Biscotti slices will continue to crisp up.
  8. To store, ensure biscotti are fully cooled.  Store in an airtight container.  If cookies soften, re-crisp in a 300F oven for 10-12 minutes.

The Best Damn Paleo Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry cake with whipped cream on white wooden table

Yield: 9 servings

CAKE Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing the pans
  • 5 cups blanched almond flour or almond meal
  • 8 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Lightly grease 2 9-inch cake pans.  Cut 2 circles or square (whatever shape your pans are) of parchment paper and fit them to the bottom of the pans.

Place the oil, flour, eggs, honey, lemon juice and vanilla in a food processor.  Process for 45 seconds, until smooth.  If necessary scrape down the sides and process again.

Add the baking soda, sea salt, and strawberries.  Process for 15 seconds, to create a smooth batter.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans, place in the oven on the center rack, and bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then loosen the sides and invert onto the rack.  Remove parchment paper.  Cool completely right side up before topping with whipped cream in between both cakes and on top.

STRAWBERRY Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic strawberries, quartered
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar or date sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Place strawberries in a non-reactive bowl and sprinkle with Coconut Sugar or Date Sugar. Pour in lemon juice and toss to coat (this lets strawberries macerate). Set aside

RAW CREAM or COCONUT Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cream

OR

  • 1 can Organic Coconut Milk (full fat!)
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator and chill overnight.

Place a medium-sized, deep metal mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer and chill.

Remove coconut milk from refrigerator, but do not agitate – you want it to remain separated. Open the can and scoop off the cream layer that has risen to the top.

Place cream in chilled bowl. Beat the coconut cream on high speed for 2-3 minutes or until fluffy peaks form. Add honey while mixers are going to incorporate. –

Add 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract or lemon extract for a flavorful twist.