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Over-Ripe Banana Bites

So, I had these two bananas hanging out with me for awhile and they got VERY ripe. They were, had to be 85% black on the outside. So I decided to buckle and use them for a “baked thing”. It’s really not that hard to make, and apart from the 1/2 a cup of nut flour, there’s nothing really questionable. I’d say these would make a good breakfast accompaniment. They are actually pretty mellow in flavor, they aren’t like WOAH BANANA! They are more subtle, with just a hint of sweetness,

Ingredients:

2 over-ripe bananas
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cashew meal
6 Eggs
1/8-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa nibs
1/4 cup light coconut milk
2 TBsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice

combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix together, mashing the bananas with a spoon or fork. use a hand blender or immersion blender and blend until smooth. line a large muffin pan with cupcake cups and fill each about 3/4 of the way up. Bake at 375 until they are set and start to turn golden brown.

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Like a Ninja! : Homemade Cashew Butter, and a Smoothie to try out my new Ninja Kitchen System!

Please note, I am in no way affiliated with Ninja, or any of the brands mentioned in my blog posts. I also do not get any money from you going and buying their products. I’m just sharing my own personal experience.

How have I gone this long without a blender/food processor? I have no idea. I’ve been using a hand blender for select things up until now, all while looking enviously at high powered Über blenders like the Vitamix, while sobbing at the price tag, and waiting for the day that I could bring one home. Then yesterday my parents decide to get me the Ninja Ultra Kitchen System 1200 for a gift, to congratulate me on another successful challenge completed, and for all my healthy efforts and success. Best – Parents – Ever! It’s not a Vitamix, but it’s seriously an awesome and waaaaay more affordable option. I couldn’t wait to try it out! It comes with a 72 oz Blender, a 64 oz Food Processor/Dough Mixer cup, and 3 single serve containers. My brain was racing with possibilities all the way home. Here’s a link to the Ultra Kitchen System on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Ultra-Kitchen-System-1200/dp/B00FROKCI4

If you are a member at Costco, it’s also available there for considerably cheaper.

http://www.costco.com/Ninja%C2%AE-Ultra-Kitchen-System%E2%84%A2-.product.100056570.html

The first thing I wanted to try, was making my own nut butter. In my house we LOVE Artisana’s Cashew Butter, but it’s definitely a luxury at $15-$19 a jar. We picked up some Raw Cashews at Trader Joe’s and decided to start with that! Then, being that I’ve never made nut butter from scratch, I did some research on the inter-webs.

In the end, I soaked the cashews for 3-4 hours, drained the water, and put them in the processor still a little wet. I didn’t dehydrate them or roast them first like some of the blogs. I also decided not to add any extra oil. The only ingredient I added was a little sea salt at the end. It wasn’t as sweet and creamy as Artisana, but I think it was pretty awesome for a first attempt! It definitely has a creamy smooth texture, and a nice flavor. I think it came out lovely, especially considering how EASY it was.

Raw Cashew Butter

  • 2 cups Trader Joe’s raw cashews (Soaked)
  • A few shakes of sea salt

The first link I listed outlines the process pretty well. You really just have to keep processing until it gets creamy. It takes longer than you might expect, and it definitely goes through different stages. It’s the same process for making nut meal and nut flour, but you leave it in longer to get nut butter.

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This morning, I decided to try the single serve containers, and make smoothies.The containers are built well, and have a clear “Max Fill” line. The top with the blade screws on securely, and when you’re done, they also have tops with a hole to drink out of, so you don’t even have to take it out of the container. They are also super easy to clean.

Nutty Cocoa Berry Smoothie:

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 pitted medjool date
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (approx.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries (approx.)

I put everything into the containers, starting with the coconut milk.

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Then I hit the “Single Serve” button until everything was blended.

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That’s it, super easy! I am so psyched to try more things in this. It’s a really solid machine and performs wonderfully.  It’s new, so time will tell how long it lasts, and how it handles in the long run, but I definitely am prepared to keep testing it!

While I was making the smoothies, I also got the rest of breakfast ready. I cooked some Portabella Mushrooms on the griddle, and topped them with heated Applegate Herb Turkey, Applegate Roast Beef, and Two Eggs. YUM! (Note, I know the Applegate roast beef is compliant for the WLC, but the Herb Turkey has Carageenan so it is NOT compliant)

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Easiest Paleo Banana Pancakes

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This morning I felt like putting more effort into breakfast. One of the main reasons I like hard boiled eggs, and usually stick to them, besides being quick and easy, is mostly because I’m just absolutely atrocious at cooking eggs in anything without a “non-stick” coating. Really, I know it’s a terrible excuse. I’ve tried so many different tips and tricks, nothing helps. I’m just bad at it. I can make eggs fabulously on a non-stick surface, but I just didn’t have anything in my arsenal…Until now!

I just recently bought an electric griddle, and have been dying to try it out. In addition to finally being able to cook gooey and delicious over medium eggs, one of the recipes I’ve been looking forward to making again, is this easy recipe I found for Paleo Banana Pancakes!

http://southernhospitalityblog.com/paleo-banana-pancakes/

There are so many variations out there, some using nut flours, some using a different ratio of banana to egg, but these work fantastically, and are BEYOND easy. Last time I made them, I used my little frying pan, and although with coconut oil I had no problem with sticking, I had to make one at a time. I’ve been wanting an electric griddle ever since, and pretty much avoided making them until I bought one.

Anyway, the pancakes are easy. I don’t really consider them “Paleo-ified” food, because they actually are healthy. The problem I always have with things like “Paleo Cupcakes” or “Paleo Scones” is that they often aren’t really that good for you, and they are still promoting the standard american diet that got so many of us into trouble in the first place. These are simple, no added sugars or sweetners, just egg and banana (with maybe a pinch of salt and a little cinnamon). It’s stripped down, It’s protien, it’s carbs….it’s a fantastic morning food.

I made sort of a big batch today, using 4 bananas and 4 eggs. You get about 3-4 pancakes per banana/egg so I made about 12. I like using the hand blender to make sure everything is combined evenly. In the past I’ve tried cooking them in butter, but even before cutting butter out, I liked the way they cooked in coconut oil much better. Afterwards I cooked a few eggs, flawlessly, and rushed off to work. Best breakfast I’ve had in awhile.


What’s for Breakfast?

I rush around in the morning, so I find It’s really difficult to “make breakfast”. I usually end up making a pot of hard boiled eggs in the beginning of the week and taking one or two with me to work. So usually breakfast looks like this: 20130608-174222.jpg
(Yes it does kind of look like a 4-eyed monster smiling)

Or this:20130608-174512.jpgHard Boiled Egg, Grapes

notice a trend? To answer your question, no,I don’t really get tired of Hard Boiled Eggs, I’m moving too fast in the morning to think about anything but getting food in there. That’s not entirely true – They ARE delicious. I always eat them warm…Always. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, or better yet, red pepper flakes, and we’re good. Sometimes I mix it up and make omelette muffins:Omelette Muffins

 

but usually I find good ol’ Hard Boiled Egg to be versitile enough to add protein to my every mornings. You can even get fancy and add three things to your plate like this:20130608-180146.jpgHard boiled Egg, Terra Chips (Sweets and Beets) and a blood orange….which is a bit more carbs than I usually like in the morning, but I think I only had one egg left that day.

The best breakfast though, when I have time to get reeeeaally fancy looks like this:

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Hard Boiled Egg, Half an Avocado filled with Mango Salsa, and an orange…. Ultimate morning Yum!


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