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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Good Morning and Happy Easter!

I just wanted to pop in quickly this morning before I head out to church and to spend time with the family.

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Isn’t this such a pretty flower!?  I love it.

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Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday, which is today!

Christians believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is honored on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, thus giving eternal life to those who believe.

However you spend your Easter I hope it is a good one!

I’ll be back later!

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What Kind Of Sweeteners Are Considered Paleo?

I’ve really been into Paleo dishes lately.  Now I do not follow 100% thats for sure, like I mentioned before.  I mainly love Paleo dishes because I feel like I can eat desserts, still in moderation of course!

Whenever I make something my family always jokes around and says, “Is this Paleo?”   I like to use Stevia in dishes, and this sweetener is supposed to be used in moderation according to Paleo, but raw unprocessed honey is acceptable too.  If I can get away with out using sweetener at all, like in my tea I will try to do that..but in baking I think a little sweetness is needed.

Just Like Sugar Table Top – Natural Chicory root fiber” is an accepted Paleo sweetener also but I have never seen or heard of it until now.  You can buy it on Amazon or Vitacost.  I really want to check it out!

For sweetness is this bread I’m about to tell you about, I used 1 tbsp honey, and 2 drops liquid Stevia.

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I made this bread on Wednesday and It was gone by today!

Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread (Adapted from Live Love Train)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated zucchini water squeezed out
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted

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Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • Spray Loaf Pan with Non Stick Cooking Spray (coconut oil if you have it)
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl and wet in another medium sized bowl.
  • Add your dry to your wet and make sure all your ingredients are nicely incorporated.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, Until a toothpick comes out clean.

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** Almond flour absorbs moisture more than normal flour- therefor squeezing out the excess liquid from the zucchini is essential.  Baking times may vary.

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A lot of whole wheat recipes can be made Paleo by using almond flour instead of whole wheat flour but A cup of almond flour also differs significantly in weight from a cup of wheat flour.  It is not a complete 1:1 Ratio.  Don’t get me wrong I still like using whole wheat flour in some recipes.

“Almond flour is ground nuts, full of fat and moisture, entirely without gluten and not nearly as powdery, fine and dry as wheat flour.  So there are a whole range of factors you need to account for when adapting a wheat-based recipe to low carb and gluten-free. ”  Source

Prep– 10 minutes      Bake– 35-40 Minutes     Servings – 8       Happiness– Lifelong!

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Top with Coconut Butter, Almond Butter, or whatever your heart desires.  Or enjoy simply plain- delicious!

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Check out this article that talks all about almond flour including baking, storing, and other tips 🙂

What’s your favorite Paleo Dessert?

If you’re not a fan of Paleo, what’s your favorite NON Paleo Dessert?



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