Bacon Jalapeño Bread

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I’m sure most of you have seen the Pinterest pins on cooking bacon in the oven. I have been skeptical of this ever since I first read about it. There is no way you can get crispy bacon this way- it will end up being a disappointment, and who wants to be disappointed with bacon? A friend of mine posted a recipe for this bread last week. It just sounded delicious and definitely something my husband would love (the man eats raw jalapenos!). It also has this “oven bacon” in it. I was in an experimental mood, so I thought I would give it a shot and…it worked! I’m a fan! I also like that the jalapenos get to cook in the bacon grease…yummo! This bread kind of resembles a corn bread, so be sure to pair it with my White Chicken Chili. My husband tore it into pieces and threw right into his bowl!

Bacon Jalapeño Bread by Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers

Tweaks: I used grass fed butter instead of ghee mainly because it’s what I had. I also baked mine in an 8×8 glass baking dish. It only took 30 minutes this way. I cut it into squares- it gave it more of a cornbread appearance! I wonder if I could do muffins…


Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing

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Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing by Food Renegade

This is one of those Paleo desserts that you can serve to anyone. I have tested this theory several times. My husband claims this dessert as THE BEST dessert I have ever made. I think I have a clue as to why…Bees all over the world are praying that this recipe doesn’t take off because it uses about an entire bee hive’s worth of honey! So-delicious? Yes! Should it make an everyday occurrence? No! (or yes, but don’t be surprised when your jeans don’t fit after about a week!)

It’s a pretty simple recipe to whip up. Throw all your cake ingredients in a bowl and beat it with an electric mixer. While it’s baking, throw all your icing ingredients into a bowl and beat that. Yes, you can use a whip, but make your life easier and use a hand mixer!

Tweaks: I added 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to icing


Banana Bread

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Ok, so banana bread is one of those carb items that makes me misty-eyed at the thought of never having it again. It is just a comfort food item that is a must for me. That’s why I was so pumped to find this recipe! Then PaleoMG finds a way to make French Toast with it too…shut the front door! I am in heaven! My kids break into song and dance when they smell these heavenly loaves baking! I never bother only making 1 loaf- I always make 2! In our house, the first loaf goes as straight up banana bread and I make the French toast for breakfast the next day. If your family doesn’t burn through them like mine, I still suggest making 2 and freezing one. Wrap it in wax paper, then foil and then place in it a ziploc baggie. It will defrost tasting super fresh!
Note: If you don’t have 2 loaf pans, make muffins with the extra….and if you are having an extra sweet tooth craving, toss in some dark chocolate chips. Yum!

Paleo Brownies

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I found this brownie recipe at http://paleomama.com/. It uses walnut butter rather than the typical almond butter. I like the flavor that the walnut butter brings, plus you’re getting your Omega-3′s this way, right? I was a little skeptical about actually being able to create walnut butter by simply using your food processor and some walnuts, but it worked! You just need to be patient. It took at least 5 minutes on high to reach that creamy consistency.

 

Paleo Brownies

Walnut butter consistency

 

16 oz of walnuts

1 egg

1 cup honey

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1 tbs pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 oz unsweetened dark chocolate chopped

1 – 2 tbs coconut oil

 

Directions

 

1. Preheat oven to 325.  Grease a 8 x 8 baking dish with coconut oil.

2. Pulse walnuts in food processor until smooth and creamy.

3. In a large bowl, beat an egg.  Add in the nut butter and vanilla and honey and stir to combine.

4. Add in cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.  Stir in chopped chocolate.

5. Pour batter into greased baking dish.

6. Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes.  It will puff up in oven and settle when it cools.  To check doneness, insert a toothpick or knife in the center.  It should come out clean.

Cool for 15 minutes and then cut and eat.