Easy Delicious Breakfast Hash from PaleOMG

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Easy Delicious Breakfast Hash

I love breakfast. It makes me happy. Some people aren’t big breakfast eaters, but I am. I love everything about it, and when I don’t get it, I am kind of a grumpy pants. So, when I saw this recipe for Easy Delicious Breakfast Hash from PaleOMG, I  wanted to make it right away.  I did make a few changes to the recipe. Instead of a poblano pepper, I used a jalapeno. I also left out the mushrooms, because my hubby is allergic. For the sausage, I used these guys…

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Here is a shot of the ingredients. It looks pretty good, until you see sugar mentioned. (My bad for not checking in the store…) I also tend to be a bit weary of  “natural flavorings.” If they are so natural, why can’t you just tell me what they are…..wpid-IMG_20140104_114538002.jpgRegardless, it was delicious, and the little bit of sugar in there didn’t kill us. Although, I will check more carefully next time I’m buying ingredients. It did take me longer than the 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cooking time that Juli mentions in her recipe though. I’m going to guess it’s because I cooked my eggs to be over hard, not over easy, like she recommends. I’m also a bit slow with my chopping skills.

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Three Ingredient Banana Pancakes

banana pancakes 2I have been craving pancakes for a few weeks now. The problem is that my husband isn’t a huge fan of pancakes, so I rarely make them. This recipe floated around facebook one day, and it’s so easy that I didn’t mind making them just for myself. (The recipe was on a bunch of Paleo Pages, with no credit to who came up with it. I didn’t create the recipe).

Ingredients:

1 Banana, mashed

2 eggs

A few shakes (maybe 1/8 – 1/4tsp) cinnamon

Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Pre-heat a skillet on medium heat. Add some coconut oil, or grass fed butter to the skillet. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet. Once the bottom side firms up, flip and cook the other side. Once both sides are browned, put it in your belly.

 

It’s time to make the donuts…

wpid-IMG_20131123_190954335.jpgWe were lucky enough to move home in time to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. The family was throwing her a surprise brunch, and people were bringing food to share. I figured that there would be some eggs there and probably some bacon, but I wanted to bring along a paleo friendly treat. I had found a grain free donut recipe from Primal Palate on pinterest awhile ago, but never had a good reason to try it, so I figured that this would be a great excuse.

I don’t own a donut pan though, and to be completely honest with you, I am worried that if I actually own one, it will be much too easy for me to justify making donuts more often. I like donuts, but lets be honest here, paleo or not, a donut is a donut is a donut. It’s not a healthy choice. So, I needed to come up with a way to make a donut shape without a donut pan. I found a tip on pinterest where you make the donuts in a muffin tin. You make little balls of aluminum foil and place one ball in the center of each open spot. The batter then goes around the aluminum foil and you simply pop it out once the donuts have finished cooking. I decided to give it a shot.

wpid-IMG_20131123_161943320.jpgIt didn’t work well, at all. So I needed to figure out another plan. The muffin tin made the right shape and size that I was going for, it was just the donut hole that wasn’t right. So I ended up using an apple corer to punch a hole through the middle. This method worked really well. Then I simply made the chocolate ganache to top the donuts with. The next morning, we brought them to the party. I was, of course, not sure how my extended family would react, but they devoured them. I’m still getting requests to make more months later. wpid-IMG_20131123_191541007.jpg

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Sliced Cinnamon Raisin BreadI am a breakfast eater. I love it. Back before I was Paleo, I would eat a bowl of cereal, usually with some fresh berries added every morning. After going paleo, I’d usually eat some eggs, usually hard boiled, with some fruit. Fruit never bores me. I love it. Eggs, however, bore me. I don’t even like hard boiled eggs most of the time, either. I just don’t. However, I can hard boil a bunch of eggs at the beginning of the week and have breakfast already made for me in the morning. I like things to be easy more than I dislike hard boiled eggs. With that said, here in NH, fresh fruit isn’t in season any more, and being that we’re living with family, I’ve not been good about eating breakfast. To fix that, I made a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread to have on standby for a quick and easy breakfast. (Again, as with pretty much any baked good, this isn’t a good choice for all the time. It’s still a cheat food, paleo or not….but it’s delicious.)

Cinnamon Raisin Bread This recipe is from Taylor Made it Paleo. If you aren’t familiar with her site, go check it out. She has a lot of delicious goodies on her site.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey (I used raw, local, wildflower honey)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (optional- ( skipped them)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a bread pan with parchment paper, so that some sticks out on either side (to help with removal). -I actually find this to be kind of a pain. I’m not sure if coating the pan with a little coconut oil would make it easy to remove, but lining it with parchment paper always means that I have wrinkles in the finished product.
  3. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Combine eggs, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla in a stand mixer until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet, and continue mixing.
  6. Once everything is well mixed, add raisins and walnuts (if you use them)
  7. Pour batter into bread pan.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.

I served mine with some grass-fed butter, and just a touch more of the local honey. This bread was even a hit with the not Paleo family.

Vanilla Waffles

Vanilla WafflesWe got one of those fancy double waffle makers for Christmas one year, and when we made the transition to Paleo, I thought it had seen the end of it’s days. Luckily, the awesome folks over at the Food Lover’s Primal Palate have an awesome Vanilla Pancake recipe that works really well for waffles. I just add a few shakes of nutmeg and cinnamon to their recipe, and pour it in the waffle maker. (These waffles are incredible, but they are sweet). A lot of paleo pancake recipes that I have tried tend to be a bit dry, but these are moist and delicious as pancakes and as waffles.

Banana Bread Coffee Cake

I’m not a morning person at all. I’m that person who can barely function enough to set the coffee maker without injury in the morning, so I do it the night before, so that all I have to do in the morning is stumble into the kitchen and push one button. (I could program the darn thing to eliminate that step, but there are too many steps involved in that for my brain to process…..) When you add in a baby that needs to be changed and fed, dogs that need to be fed and let outside, easy is the name of the game for me. Generally, I will hard-boil a bunch of eggs for the week, bake some bacon in the oven, and breakfast will be eggs, bacon, a piece of fruit if we have any, and coffee. The problem, however, is that I don’t really enjoy hard boiled eggs. I get sick of eggs in general, after awhile. Eggs were, in fact, the only food that I could not have during my entire pregnancy. It didn’t matter how I made them, they just didn’t work for me. With that said, I’m always in search of something that I can make ahead of time that I can just grab and eat in the morning. So, when this recipe for Banana Bread Coffee Cake from Taylor Made it Paleo came across my news feed, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Banana Bread Coffee CakeThe result was good. Different, of course than what you come to expect from Coffee Cake, since there’s not a crapload of brown sugar crumbled all over the top, but my husband and I enjoyed it. It was easy for me to grab a piece to eat, with my coffee in the mornings. Although, I wasn’t sure how to store it, so I just stored it on the counter. I do think that next time, it should be stored in the fridge, since it got kind of funky pretty quickly. 😉