Dessert for Breakfast?

I’ve become an Instagram troll this week. Until I started following people I didn’t know personally (for recipes, etc.), I didn’t realize the power of seeing what posts your friends liked. By golly, it’s fantastic. I’ve found more recipes, a coconut butter company I placed an order from and some fitness Instagram accounts. The power of social media is definitely substantial.

While perusing through new accounts and photos, I found a simple recipe I had to try: Zeggs.  I had seen the idea of n’oatmeal before from a few Paleo blogs but zeggs was new. To be honest, the idea seemed a little weird to me at first. Then, a cold morning came and I was craving oatmeal. I decided to combine the fundamentals of both into a breakfast that feels too indulgent but is perfectly healthy and delicious. From now on, I think I’m going to call it Zorridge.

Zorridge

I know it looks like a bowl of mush but trust me when I tell you it tastes like chocolate pudding for breakfast.

Chocolate Zorridge

You’ll Need:

1/3 of a large zucchini, peeled and grated.
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons ground flax
2-3 eggs (today I did 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder

Less than 1/4 cup coconut milk (or almond milk, regular milk, etc.) *optional but suggested*
Shredded coconut *optional but suggested*
Chocolate chia seed pudding *optional but suggested-this would need to be prepared the night before*

Begin by preparing everything as the process moves quite fast.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the vanilla extract. Beat eggs with a fork until combined. Put zucchini, pumpkin, flax, cocoa powder and cinnamon in another bowl.

In a pot over medium heat, bring the water to a boil.

Add the bowl with the zucchini and stir to combine everything. While stirring, pour in the eggs and continue to mix.

Continue stirring for approximately 4 to 5 minutes or until the mixture isn’t as wet and starts to boil. I sometimes put a lid on the pot for an extra minute to steam and ensure everything is cooked through. When the mix is puffy and no longer as wet, transfer to a bowl. If using optional ingredients, top with chia seed pudding, drizzle with milk and sprinkle with coconut.

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Pumpkin Pancakes (Paleo)

I wish the title bar in WordPress that the option to make numbers with powers because this recipe is also known as P(3)-P to the three. P cubed.

Last night I decided I wouldn’t set an alarm to wake up on this fine Saturday so I got to sleep later than usual.  A nice, lazy, weekend morning where I had not a care in the world. I was all set to make eggs as I do everyday but I was sick of eggs and the can of pumpkin was calling to me from the cabinet.

Since my house was chilly and fall-like I decided to go all out. I attempted a pumpkin latte, made these pumpkin pancakes and made a pumpkin smoothie bowl later in the morning for a snack. I have a mild pumpkin obsession all the time but today it got weird.

Pumpkin latte

These pancakes though? Ugh. The best Paleo pancakes I’ve ever made. They had taste, they didn’t break when flipped and they looked delicious. Perfection.

Pancakes

To Make:
Approximately 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 serving vanilla protein powder (I happened to have this on hand to use as a binder. I’ve made these with coconut flour before too. Usually about a tablespoon/a little less with a pinch of baking soda). **With the “binder” I add until the consistency is not runny but not too thick. About the wetness of regular pancake batter.
Coconut oil for frying
Coconut butter+ vanilla + cinnamon for topping

Turn oven on as low as possible and place a plate inside.

Mix the pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, binder of choice in a bowl until everything is well incorporated.

Heat up coconut oil in a frying pan. When it is hot, spoon a thin layer of the pancake batter into the pan. Cook approximately 2 minutes or until the sides begin to brown and the pancake starts forming small bubbles. Flip and cook another 2 minutes.

Put pancake on the warmed plate and repeat with all remaining pancake batter.

To top, melt coconut butter in a pan with a tiny drop of vanilla (optional). When melted, drizzle over pancakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Dig in!

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Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

But really. One of the things I get most excited about since going Paleo is the occasional ice cream.

After making some chia seed pudding the other day, I had leftover coconut milk and decided to play around a little. Ice cream was born!

You Need:

3/4 can of coconut milk (I’m going to assume this is about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon almond butter
1/2 tsp. honey

To Make:

Put frozen blueberries in a pan over low heat. Cook until the blueberries begin to burst.

Meanwhile, mix coconut milk and vanilla in a freezer safe container. When the blueberries are warm and bubbly, stir into the coconut milk.

Cover the container and put into the freezer for 1 hour. Remove and mix, scraping the icy parts from the sides. Repeat every few hours.

When the ice cream has firmed up a bit, mix the almond flour, honey and almond butter in a separate bowl then sprinkle into the ice cream. Mix and place back into the freezer.

Freeze until the ice cream is your desired consistency then scoop into a bowl. If you aren’t stirring it every few hours, it might need to sit for a few minutes to soften up.

**I did not add any additional sweetener to my ice cream because I think the blueberries are sweet enough. You might experiment with adding either a banana or some honey/coconut sugar/your sweetener of choice into the mixture if you like things a little sweeter or don’t love the taste of coconut**

Choc(olate) Full of Fat (Chocolate That’s Good for You)

Today was my first day of grad school. Three classes down. Bam. So far so good. One of my professors reminds me of my grandfather which is fun. I think we’re going to get along well. He also makes fun of people which is very amusing.

After attending my classes and walking back in between to eat lunch, I realized living in a city is probably the best thing my legs have ever had happen to them. I walk so, so much. Miles a day. By the end of this year, they’re going to be st-ro-ng. 

I’m probably going to need to eat more to compensate? Really though, this is my thinking.

As I sat here munching on my own chocolate today, I got to thinking about fat.

As a person living in the United States, especially as a former overweight person, the number one thing I always read and heard was to watch fat intake to lose weight.

“Too much fat is bad,” said the magazines, TV, websites, books and every other source out there (including nutritionists). 

Well, it turns out that some fats can actually be good and those fats are better than good, they’re great. 

Coconut oil and anything coconut comes somewhere near the top but olive oil and other fats are healthy too. 

I read on a forum today that fats should make up about 60% of the calories you eat a day when following Paleo. I definitely didn’t expect that.

In celebration, I ate all the rest of the chocolate even though I didn’t really mean to.

Make your own chocolate and get some extra healthy fats in every day!

You Need:

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons 100% dark cocoa powder

1/8 to 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Optional but highly suggested:

Almond Butter

Coconut butter or manna

To Make:

Melt coconut oil on the stove over low heat. Stir in vanilla and cocoa powder.

When all cocoa is melted into the oil and combined, remove from heat and pour onto a wax lined pan. 

Swirl in coconut butter and almond butter if using.

Put in the freezer to harden. Break up into pieces when frozen and store in a container in the freezer.