Whats This?

This recipe blog is an extension of my original blog Motivation... Determination... Drive. Having been asked numerous times what is involved in paleo eating and the simple question "so... what can you eat?" I have decided to put this collection together. Some of the recipes will be original, and some will be modifications (or replicas) of recipes I have found in cookbooks books or on line. Every recipe listed will be something I have tried, nothing that I think just looks good and want to attempt. As a disclaimer, I will not take credit for those found at other sources, if you are to use one listed with a link attached please give credit to the original site. Thank You and happy eating!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Scones (Nut Free & Paleo)

The fifth and final week of the Open 2014…

Recipe made 56 scones (tripled the original recipe found HERE). I  am not sure if it is because I tripled it that they came out really soft, but when I think of a scone, I think of them being a little drier. This boggled my mind because of the amount of coconut flour in them which I find always dries things out. Oh well, lesson learned I will bake them a little longer next time… and I don’t think there was one complaint about them at the gym…

I did also have to pry them out of Hubs’ hands to take them there… he was happy to have the first taste fresh out of the oven!

I logged it as written below into my fitness pal and got the following facts: 58 Calories, 1g Carb, 2g Fat, 1g Protein

What You Need:
9 Eggs
Zest from 3 Lemons
3/4 C Lemon Juice (I squeezed the lemons I zested and than one more)
3/4 C Coconut Milk
1 1/2  Tsp Vanilla
3/4 C Raw Honey
1 1/2 C Coconut Flour
1 1/2 C Arrow Root Powder
3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
3/4  Tsp Salt
18 oz Fresh Blueberries

What You Do:
- Preheat Oven to 350
- Mix eggs and wet ingredients in large bowl
- Add dry ingredients (I put it all through the sifter and added it slowly to the wet batter)
- The batter should be pretty thick, if its not, let it stand for a few minutes and let it thicken a bit
- Fold in blueberries
- Spoon (with heaping tablespoon) scones onto parchment lined sheets
- Bake for about 15-18 minutes
- Remove from cookie sheet and cool

Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

Week four of the Open 2014… these came out pretty good. They were liked at the gym, but I though they were a little dry. Not sure what the fix would be, maybe leaving out the melted chocolate? Not sure. Either way, CFW didnt leave a crumb for me to take home!!

Recipe made 36 cookies (doubled from original recipe HERE). I logged it as written below into my fitness pal and got the following facts: 71 Calories, 3g Carb, 8g Fat, 1g Protein

What You Need:
2 C. Almond Flour
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/2  C. Cacoa Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2  Tsp Baking Soda
2 Eggs
10 Tbsp Coconut Oil Melted
6 Tbsp Raw Honey
2 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 C. Dark Chocolate Chips, melted
2/3 C. Chopped Macadamia Nuts
1/2 C. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

What You Do:
- Preheat Oven to 350
- Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl
- Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl
- Slowly mix dry into wet
- Fold in nuts and chocolate chip
- Spoon (with tablespoon) cookies onto parchment lined sheets
- Bake for about 15 minutes
- Remove from cookie sheet and cool

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Paleo Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

If these tasted as good as they smelled when they where baking I knew I was going to have a big hit on my hands! Always looking for a yummy bite size snack that is delish and not filled with sugar.

I made these for week number three of the Open 2014 for CrossFit Wachusett. Cant wait to see how much everyone likes them.

The original recipe is HERE. They made 9 large muffins with the recipe. I wanted to make mini muffins to share with the gym peeps... plus I think its more fun to have bite size goodies!! The recipe mad 48 mini muffins.

I put the recipe into My Fitness Pal and this is the result of one mini muffin:  Cal. 63, Carb 8g, Fat 4g, Protein 2g.

What You Need:
3 Bananas
3 Eggs
1/4 C Maple Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Almond Butter (I used salted)
1/4 C Coconut Flour
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
Chopped Walnuts (however much you want)
Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (however much you want)

What You Do:
- Preheat Oven to 350
- Mash bananas with a fork so they are still slightly chunky
- Add eggs, syrup, almond butter and vanilla and  mix with hand mixer
- Sift coconut flour into mix than add cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder and hand mix together
- Add chocolate chips and walnuts, I grinded my walnuts in the food processor to make them really small
- Use mini muffin cups or coat the inside of a mini muffin tray with coconut oil (really really well)
- Fill cups/tin with a tablespoon each of batter
- Bake for 10 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean), leave in pan to cool to touch and than flip out of pan onto cooling rack.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Paleo Coconut Brownie Bites

Week two of the Open 2014 I decided to bring this treat with me to share...

The original recipe is from HERE. I am really excited to explore the website for some more paleo deliciousness...

What You Need:
1 1/3 C Walnuts
2/3 C Cacao Powder
40 Pitted Dates
2 Tbsp Vanilla
4 Tbsp Coconut Milk
1/2 C Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

What You Do:
- Process coconut in food processor and set aside in a small bowl. This is for rolling the balls in at the end.
- Process cacao powder and walnuts (this makes that wonderful powdery mess so be careful when you open it, also don’t over process or your walnuts will be too fine)
- Add dates and vanilla to processor (you might want to soak the dates in water for a few minutes before adding them to soften them a bit)
- Add coconut milk and vanilla and process until a dough is formed in the processor. This is where I thought the dough was going to kill my precious food processor, stop before it starts to wine at you, it gets pretty thick.
- Put dough in a bowl and put it in the fridge for about 2 hours, or overnight… or I put it in the freezer for about an hour… it just has to be cold.
- I chose to make 1/2 inch balls… more to share and more bite size. I rolled the balls than rolled them in coconut.
- Keep them cold until you serve!

Again, I doubled the recipe that is listed on the website link because I was making them for a large group. I rolled 1/2 inch balls and the recipe made about 80 of them. I put the recipe into My Fitness Pal and this is the result of one serving:  Cal. 53, Carb 10g, Fat 2g, Protein 1g.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Week one of the Open 2014 I brought this tasty treat to CrossFit Wachusett to share! They went over pretty well so I thought I would repost the recipe.

The original recipe is from HERE... seriously, check out this amazing food blog. Its called "Living Healthy with Chocolate," I mean, how can you go wrong with that!?!? Of course be careful with the word "paleo" as the chocolate is not exactly 100% paleo and dependant on the brands and types of ingredients you use. 

Also, I doubled the recipe that is listed on the website link because I was making them for a large group. I divided the pan up into 60 small servings. I put the recipe into My Fitness Pal and this is the result of one serving:  Cal. 103, Carb 5g, Fat 8g, Protein 2g.

What you need for the Base:
2/3 C. Pecans
1 C Almond Flour
8 Tbsp Cacao Powder
10 Pitted Dates
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil

What you need for the Top:
1/2 C. Melted Coconut Oil
6 Tbsp Full Fat Coconut Milk
3 Tsp Vanilla
2 Tbsp Honey
3 C. Almond Flour
1 C. Enjoy Life Chips

What You Do:
- In a food processor grid up pecans, put them in a small bowl and set aside
- In the same food processor grind up dates (with no pits) into a paste, might need to add a little water to get it to loosen up.
- In a bowl using a spatula mix together the pecans with almond flour, cacao powder, dates, vanilla and coconut oil. This is not an easy process and will look like it is going to take forever to come together. Don’t add more water just keep working it, it will happen.
- Line a 13X9 pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the bottom. Set it aside
- Mix together coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and honey in a large bowl.
- Add almond flour, do not over mix
- Fold in chips.
- Spread “cookie” over base and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Enjoy!
 *this pic also came from her website, I forgot to take a good pic before they got devoured!!