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Almond Flour Pancakes with Cinnamon-Maple Pecans

Almond Flour Pancakes with Cinnamon-Maple Pecans

I have been wanting to try out a fantastic Maple Glazed Pecan recipe by My Whole Food Life. I added all the ingredients plus a tablespoon of cinnamon and in 2 hours we had hot, sweet pecans! Now I could have simply eaten the whole batch by the handful – but refrained and cooked some almond flour pancakes instead!

Almond Flour is a great grain-free alternative to regular flour (not something to consume daily but great substitute for the odd sweet treat or to crumb fish and meat). It also has a softer consistency than coconut flour which is great for baked goods. I saw a recipe ages ago but I can’t remember where so I just threw these ingredients in and it worked (sometimes I get lucky).

Throw the nuts on top of the pancakes serve with some maple syrup and sliced banana and you have a delicious (naughty) Monday morning breakfast!

Almond Flour Pancakes with Cinnamon-Maple Pecans (My version of recipe by My Whole Food Life )

Ingredients

Cinnamon-Maple Pecans

3 Cups Raw pecans

1/4 Cup Maple syrup

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract)

1 Teaspoon Sea salt

1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Almond Flour Pancakes

1/4 Teaspoon baking soda

2 Cups Almond flour

1/3 Cup Almond Milk (Water, coconut milk, normal milk would work also)

3 Eggs

2 Tablespoons Maple syrup

Directions

Cinnamon-Maple Pecans

Umm put in the slow-cooker and cook for 1-3 hours, stirring often until your house smells amazing! Eat while hot and allow any remaining to completely cool before sealing in an air-tight glass jar.

Almond Flour Pancakes

 

1. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and maple syrup.

2. Add flour and baking soda slowly, stirring well until smooth.

2. Add a little coconut oil to a fry pan and cook on low-med heat in batches with only 2 heaped tablespoons of mixture per pancake (they are very delicate little things and burn easily so keep your eye on them).

Makes 15-18 mini pancakes!

Next time I will be cooking up a side of bacon to add to the plate – maybe for Boxing day breakfast??

 

 

The BEST EVER Chocolate Muffins

Yesterday I accidentally made the BEST EVER Chocolate Muffins. I planned to make coconut flour chocolate cake, but was out of coconut flour. Using almond flour instead and adjusting the liquid quantities resulted in a fantastic grain-free, dairy-free, low sugar recipe that I could not wait to share!

Ingredients

4 cups Almond Flour

2 Tablespoons Cacao powder

1 Teaspoon Baking soda

1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Rock Salt

1/2 Cup Coconut oil

1/2 Cup Raw local honey

4 Organic Eggs

2 Tablespoons Organic Vanilla Essence (yes it is a lot but just trust me)

1 Cup Dark Chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Dairy Free but you can use anything you like)

Directions

1. Heat oven to 170 degree (c). Line a muffin tray with papers.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients until well combined and all lumps of flour have broken up.

3. In a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients with a fork – beating well.

4. Add dry ingredients gradually to the wet ingredients mixing until just combined.

5. Add chocolate chips and stir through.

6. Divide between the muffin cases and bake for 25minutes.

Yum! They are so delicious – we only have 2 left from the batch I made yesterday and I think I deserve dessert tonight……..

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Whole30 Summary

Well I need to update you all on our Whole30 progress or lack thereof! We were going so well with our experiment but we had one major downfall that saw the challenge unravel – communication.

Before my crazy month started I would speak to Michal each night to gather information on his food choices, exercise and temptations. If he had taken any photos he would send them to me after we had spoken for the evening. I would then write it up after putting the kids to bed and post on the blog. This was working relatively well until my nights began to be filled with business plans and study for my exams until the wee hours and my conversations with Mike were few and far between. I did try to ensure that I at least sent him a text goodnight. He responded to my lack of attention by stopping taking photos or recording what he was eating – oh my poor neglected husband. It was not all bad though! We estimate that he lost a total of 6kg based on scale measurements at the commencement of the experiment and just last week! Pretty amazing effort – I wish I could lose 6kg in 3 weeks! Here is a summary of the findings of the experiment:

Experimental Findings: It was found that it is possible to undertake a Paleo lifestyle in a workers’ camp environment. However, there are significant restrictions on the variety of food available and the quality of the choices that are. The level of will-power needed to sustain this lifestyle under these conditions is significantly higher than in a home based scenario whereby you have control over your pantry, fridge and grocery shopping to minimise temptation. The subject reported that adjusting to the removal of added sugars and dairy was rather easy but cravings for starchy carbohydrates were intense and hard to manage. The subject combated these cravings with a dried fruit and nut mix, but when this option was not available or he had a particularly physical day at work the cravings were overwhelming and the subject would succumb to temptation. The subject reported that he felt lighter and less weighed down within the first few days of the challenge. He also reported that his skin was clearer, he was less bloated and had improved digestion. The subject did say that he often felt hungry and if completing the whole30 at home would have made sure there were more options available to satisfy his appetite.

Conclusion: Although the whole 30 days were not completed, the experimental findings showed clear benefits of the diet and described the pros and cons of following a Paleo lifestyle in a camp environment. The physical weight loss and improvement in his skin, digestion, and general feeling of wellbeing are great results to have observed in such a short timeframe. The main objections to successfully completing a whole30 in camp were the lack in variety of compliant food sources and the constant battle with temptation. The subject is keen to participate in another Whole30 but feels he needs to gather more information on managing cravings and also broaden his understanding of the process the body goes through when significantly reducing sugars and carbohydrates to better understand the way he was feeling during the 3 week study.

Thankyou for following on the journey! And I am sure the new year will bring a new challenge.

Whole30 Challenge Day 12, 13, 14

What a relief – one exam down today, and one to go next week! That will bring an end to this semester and the start of University holiday’s. Words cannot describe how excited I will be to finish exams next week, this last month has been crazy. And besides I am going away with my best friend to Melbourne for a week…double win! SO….lots to update in this evenings post. I have had my head in the books over the past three days and promised myself I would focus and not get distracted with the blog and my new shipment of beautiful skincare. So here is Michal’s update, I have spoken to him all of about 10 minutes total in the last week so I am sure when I get a longer conversation I will be able suss out the temptations he has faced and hey I might even enjoy just having an actual conversation with him…he is my husband.

Day 12

Breakfast: Bacon, 2 poached eggs & banana (good, great, good)

Lunch: Roast Beef & Rocket (great)

Dinner: Baked Ham, peas, carrot & steak (good)

Snack: Apple, shake (good, ok)

Day 13

Breakfast: Bacon, 2 poached eggs & banana (good, great, good)

Lunch: baked ham and salad of rocket, cucumber, red onion (good)

Dinner: Sweet and Sour Pork and Rice (BAD)

Snack: Shake, nuts, pear (ok, good, great)

Day 14

Breakfast: Boiled eggs & banana (great, good)

Lunch: Ham and egg with carrot and lettuce (good, great, great, great)

Dinner: Turkey breast and steamed vegetables (great, great)

Snack: Mixed nuts, shake (good, ok)

Temptation of the day(s): Have not completed full interview with the subject but it can be observed that the temptation of Chinese for dinner was the biggest temptation faced over the designated period and it resulted in a breach of the Whole30 guidelines

Experimental Findings: When conducting a scientific experiment the researcher i.e me should choose a time to commence experiments that does not involve launching a new business, completing exams, nor burning her foot.

Conclusion: The subject has done a great job so far. My progress has been lacking over the last few days with skipped meals, late night dinners, snacks and way too much coffee! I will be sure to do some meal preparation this weekend to ensure next week runs smoothly.

Whole30 Challenge Day 11

Well today has been a little more relaxing than the last week has been! I spent the morning meeting with my new Arbonne Consultant which was really exciting! She is going to be a fantastic team member! I then got nearly 30min on the phone with my best friend to discuss her wedding. She lives 700km away, and this too was very exciting as I usually have to hang up because of ratbag kids or alternatively suffer through a conversation being interrupted every 5 seconds. It is true what they say ‘ how do you get your child’s attention? Sit down to a cup of tea or pick up the phone’. I then spent the afternoon and this evening studying for my exams getting up to hang out loads of washing. So actually now that I diarise today…..it was still rather busy! Oh well, I felt relaxed so that is an improvement. I ate pretty well today which is particularly hard for me during exams – handfuls of cashews and extra meals are usually unnecessary calorie additions. But not today! Lets see how Mike went for day 11:

Day 11

Breakfast: Bacon, 2 poached eggs & banana (good, great, good)

Lunch: Lamb Chops and Rocket salad  (great)

Dinner: T-Bone Steak, Pork Chop, Sweet potato and broccoli  (great)

Snack: orange, pear (good, good)

Temptation of the day: Subject reported that there was no temptation today. That he looked forward to his next meal and did not feel like he was missing out on anything. He was able to face the dessert buffet with minimal temptation.

Experimental Findings: It seems day 11 may have proved to be the turning point. In under 2 weeks the subject is now feeling satisfied with a Paleo diet and cravings for sugar and carb have been reduced.

Conclusion: It is important that the subject does not revert back to old eating habits as this stage. New eating patterns are beginning to form, cravings are reducing and energy levels are stabilising.

Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

Well my Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes were a hit at my birthday party, so for my business launch last night I decided that this variation would suit the occasion perfectly!  I think I may have found my signature dessert!

Ingredients (makes 12 cups)

Crust

1 cup macadamias (processed until a mix of small chunks and some flour)

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pitted dates

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Pink rock salt

Cheesecake Crust

Cheesecake Layer

3 cups cashews soaked overnight

1/4 – 3/4 cup coconut nectar (I only use a 1/4 cup but think you may like it sweeter than me so just test the cream and add to suit your tastes. You can also use pure maple syrup or raw honey as a substitute)

3/4 cup organic coconut oil

3/4 cup of lemon juice

1 tablespoon organic vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

Cheescake Layer

Raspberry topping

2 cups frozen organic raspberries

1/2 cup pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 15min then drained)

Raspberry Topping

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (c) and line cupcake tray with 12 liners. I bake the base to give a little crunch but this recipe can be raw by simply throwing the base in the freezer to set!

2. Combine crust ingredients and press a large teaspoon of mixture into each liner. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool.

3. Drain your cashews and place in food processor with other cheesecake topping ingredients and process until creamy. This will take several minutes. Stop and test consistency – should be smooth and light. Spread evenly into each cup and freeze for an hour.

4. For the raspberry topping blend dates with a tablespoon of water to form a paste. Add raspberries and blend, blend, blend, until the consistency of soft sorbet. Spread evenly into each cup and let set in fridge for at least 2 hours!

Enjoy 🙂

Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

Whole30 Challenge Day 8, 9, 10

I apologise for my lack of posts over the last few days!! It has been a such an exhilarating, exciting and yes, very exhausting week! There are 3 days to catch up on, so I am going to keep it to a minimum so that I can post a delicious recipe tonight and tomorrow I will let you all know what has been happening!

Day 8

Breakfast: Bacon, 2 poached eggs & banana (good, great, good)

Lunch: Turkey and Salad (great)

Dinner: Fish and salad (great)

Snack: apple, shake, orange, pear (good, ok, good, good)

Day 9

Breakfast: Bacon, 2 poached eggs & banana (good, great, good)

Lunch: Ham and salad of rocket, cucumber, red onion (good)

Dinner: Steak, Cucumber and lettuce (great)

Snack: Roast beef and carrot (great, great)

Day 10

Breakfast: Bacon, 2 poached eggs & banana (good, great, good)

Lunch: Roast beef and salad (good)

Dinner: Steak and cashew salad  (great)

Snack: Mixed nuts, shake, apple, pear (great, ok, good, good)

Temptation of the day(s): The chocolate in the nut mix has been hard to resist. But subject has found that a couple have made it past this filtering and when they do it makes the subject feel ill.

Experimental Findings: Even with the researcher i.e. me is out of action for a few days, the subject has continued to be in control and make good decisions.

Conclusion: The subject is now self motivated and leaning to understand the effect different foods have on his body. This is an important learning function that will change his approach to what he puts in his mouth long term.