4.24.2011

Paleo Baked Goodness

 It is no secret that I love to cook.  On the other hand though, I’m pretty clueless when it comes to baking.  There are many Paleo-cooks out there that are pros at converting baked goods that are normally big ‘no’s for us into decent options that won’t spike insulin levels and aren’t loaded with sugar.  I am not one of these Paleo-cooks, but since I love a muffin or cake or biscuit as much as any guy, my lovely fiancé decided to do some work in the bake shop to surprise me last week.  With some magical ingredients and some recipe browsing, she managed to create some AWESOME biscuits.  In my opinion, as good or better than any I have ever had…guilt free!  So, naturally, I decided to share this recipe with you fine folks.  Here it is, courtesy of Ms Alexis Bessa, my resident baker!

 
First, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Ingredients:
3 eggs beaten
¼ cup coconut oil (melted, if purchased in solid form)
½ cup coconut flour
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water
Handful of blueberries


Note about the ingredients: if you have never tried the two coconut products, head to any good market (Whole Foods has it all) and pick them up.  Coconut oil is a GREAT substitute for vegetable oils or olive oil if you are looking for a subtle flavor change.  The flour is just like regular flour except a bit more absorbent (you will often use less than you would regular).  We use it to ‘bread’ fish or chicken and also as a substitute for breadcrumbs in recipes.  Both of the products have very little coconut flavor.  Okay, back to the biscuits…

First, combine beaten eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt until well incorporated with a whisk.

Next, gradually mix in the coconut flour and work into a dough.  Repeat until you have added all of the flour. 
Once the dough is established, add the berries and the water.  Mix with your hands.


Form into whatever size you’d like (keep them all uniform for even cooking), and place on a baking sheet covered in foil for easy cleanup.


Bake for about 15 minutes until starting to brown on the edges.


Enjoy with a drizzle of honey or butter or nothing at all if you’re staying strict!


Thanks, Alexis, for droppin’ some bakery knowledge on this Paleo kitchen :)

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