|Paleo Pancakes: Just 5 ingredients! Seriously!|
The first recipe I tried was for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from the blog Delighted Momma. Well, the recipe was for Chocolate Chip Cookies, but honestly, they should have been called Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies, as they include shredded coconut and have a detectable coconut flavor. I've come to realize that a lot of Paleo baking relies heavily upon coconut products, so whoever you're baking for should be a fan. Although, I did make these cookies & bring them into the office, and a co-worker who doesn't like coconut liked these. Another thing I noticed is that Paleo baking items cook VERY quickly, so be mindful of cooking temps & times and keep a vigilant eye on things. I just burnt a batch of cookies (a different recipe) last night and was really irritated. So even if a recipe calls for a certain cooking temperature & time, make sure and check in on your cookies a few times to make sure you don't ruin yours like I did mine! Overall, I really enjoyed these cookies. I like to slightly underbake things, so I baked these at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (I also have a crazy hot oven, though, so adjust as needed). They were moist with a nice crumb. I also didn't have any dark chocolate chips on hand so I used semi-sweet (not Paleo, I know, but whatevs) as well as sweetened shredded coconut (again, I didn't have unsweetened on hand. Don't call the Paleo Police on my ass. I'm learning).
|Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies|
I also made Paleo Pancakes for brekkie on Saturday morning, courtesy of a recipe on the blog Courtney's Craftin' & Cookin'. I feel like they're more of a cross between a pancake and a crepe, because they don't have any kind of rising agent, so they're pretty flat...but they were really good! They couldn't be any simpler either—just 5 ingredients. That's right. Banana, almond butter, eggs, cinnamon, and blueberries. Well, you don't have to add the blueberries, but I had some handy. I also added vanilla because...vanilla is awesome. Duh. The recipe was a good one, and it's nice to eat something that feels carb-y and satisfying and know it's good for you too! If you really want to get cray, top them with these Honey Fried Bananas (also Paleo and seriously sinful). Clearly these are high in sugar, but damn, once in a while it's okay to indulge. And these bananas atop the pancakes...serious heaven.
Overall, a great start to my Paleo recipe experimentation! I'm very pleased. I'll keep you updated on other winning recipes as I go. I encourage you to give these recipes a try—it's fun to challenge yourself with a whole new style of cooking (and it's yummy too!)