Paleo Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of our go to treats (as we call them) are these cookies.  They are super easy to make and Josh is always happy when he can have a sweet snack that stays within the Paleo lifestyle.  These cookies are also Gluten Free!

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Paleo Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups Almond Flour

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt (I like to use Kosher)

1 Cup Chocolate Chips (soy free)

1/4 Cup shredded Coconut Flakes

2 Large Eggs

1/3 Cup All Natural Raw Honey

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Tablespoons melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized bowl combine all dry ingredients and stir.  In a separate large bowl add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined than add the honey and coconut oil.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to your wet mixture until combined.  Your batter will be moist but not sticky.

Spoon batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes.  I tend to make smaller cookies so I don’t feel as bad when I eat so many!  If you make larger cookies than increase your baking time accordingly.

If you try these let me know and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

 

Loaded String Beans

We had these last Sunday for dinner and they were super yummy and as usual very easy to make.

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4 or 5 slices of bacon

2 cloves garlic

1/2 a small onion (1/4 cup chopped)

EVOO, salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While the oven is preheating you will cook the bacon, onions and garlic on the stove.  I used cooking shears to cut the bacon into smaller pieces.  Once the bacon is partially cooked and some fat has rendered out add your onions and garlic and continue cooking.  When it’s all set pour it over top of your string beans in a baking pan.  Drizzle some EVOO and salt and pepper to taste and give it a quick toss with your hands.  Cover with foil and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the string beans are soft.

Hope you enjoy them and as always have fun!

Sunday Dinner

Roasted Pork, Sweet Potatoes and Loaded String Beans

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Don’t you wish you were invited to dinner today?

Ha Ha Ha!

I started the pork shoulder this morning by preheating our oven to 280 degrees and taking out the top rack.  To season the meat I made a quick marinade with green peppers, onions, garlic and rosemary.  I do a large chop of the veggies and lightly saute them with some EVOO and season with salt, pepper, cumen and Spanish paprika.  I then put it all in the blender with some more EVOO, puree and there’s my marinade!

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I poked a few holes on the bottom, sides, and top of the shoulder.  First place the meat in a roasting pan fat side down and pour half of the marinade on top and coat with a spoon or your hand.  Then flip so the fat is on top and pour the remainder of the marinade and again coat with a spoon or your hand.  Cover with a tight layer of tin foil and you’re ready to go!

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I let the pork roast for about 4 hours and then I started basting it every 20 minutes.  After 5 1/2 hours I removed the foil and left it in there for another 45 minutes.  Take it out and it’s ready to go!

This is one of the easiest recipes out there!  If you want to skip the marinade step just season with your favorite flavors and drizzle with some EVOO and you’re ready to go!  I will be posting my secret sweet potato and loaded string beans recipes later this week!  Enjoy and as always have fun!

Not afraid to admit it

My top 3 Guilty Pleasures I am not ashamed to admit to and I have no plan on stopping anytime soon!

Reality TV, I don’t even remember what TV was like before this existed and I don’t ever want to go back!  I am a reality TV fanatic.  I look forward to watching my Housewives like I miss my friends, like I’m worried about their well being!  I want to watch you try and sing, burn some food, and miserably attempt at falling in love. 

Wine, Oh how I love thee!  For me, an ideal evening is lounging on my couch, watching a good movie (or reality TV), and sipping on a glass of wine with the girls monitors buzzing in the background. 

Retail Therapy, This is something I do not get to indulge in as I would like BUT that also makes it even better when I can!

We all have our guilty pleasures, what are yours?

 

And it’s only Tuesday!

Today is only Tuesday and this is shaping up to be a fantastic week, where to begin?  My LLC confirmation finally came in the mail, as of September 9, 2012 Labor of Love is an official LLC!  Woo Hoo!  I literally did the happy dance at the mailbox which I’m sure was quite entertaining for my neighbors.  Once I received the paperwork I applied for an EIN which is like your business’s social security number.  Yet another huge step!

I’m so excited to announce the Grand Opening of an amazing new business TULA, Family Enrichment Center!  One of my bestest friends has been working so hard to put this together and has done a remarkable job, I couldn’t be prouder of her!  Please check them out!

I had a great prenatal appointment earlier today.  It’s so much fun to meet new couples and talk babies, bellies and everything else!  Here’s to hoping for a signed contract and being a part of bringing a beautiful baby into this world!

I got my 1st fix on Saturday!  StitchFix that is, ha ha!  I could not have been more excited to open that box.  I liked most of the items in my box but only decided to keep one.  I really like the some of the smaller things.  For example, attached to each clothing item was a tag that had  the item pictured in two different outfits, similar to Polyvore.  Also, each item had a handwritten tag from my stylist!  I have a feeling this company is going to very well.

I perfected my paleo coconut and mint chocolate chip cookies recipe.  We made another batch last week and added 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil this time and the results were amazing!  I wish I had more time (and more funds) to work on my paleo baking.  So many things to do and so little time!

With all of these great accomplishments and fun things going on I can’t help but feel so happy and appreciative.  I’m starting to get a taste of the benefits of all of my hard work and I want more!

So what’s new with everyone else?

Paleo Brownie Cupcakes

 

 

Here is the recipe that I used for the paleo brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  Again, the brownie recipe is from BakerGal and the frosting is Elana’s Pantry.  The below recipes include the changes that I made.  The brownies had great flavor but were a little too dense for us.  I think that I will add 1 more egg next time and bake them in a pan next time instead of cupcake liners.  The frosting was extremely rich (great for chocolate lovers) and had a consistency more like a ganache.  I’m still pondering what to do with this one?

Brownie

1 cup raw light agave syrup

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup almond butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1. Gently heat agave syrup over stove, DO NOT boil.  Stir in cocoa powder until smooth and remove from heat.

2. Whisk 1 egg with vanilla and baking powder in a seperate bowl.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients, except salt, until thoroughly mixed.

4. Sprinkle salt and fold into batter.

Bake at 325 degrees.  I did 25 minutes, if I do cupcakes again I will do 23, if I put them in a pan around 30.  This reciped only yielded 6 cupcakes, if baking in a pan I would recommend a 9×9.

 

Chocolate Frosting (ganache)

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp vanilla

dash of sea salt

2-3 tbsp Coconut milk

1. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over the stove.  Heat slowly and DO NOT boil!

2. Stir in vanilla and salt.

3. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium sized bowl.  Refridgerate for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.

4. Reove from refridgerator and whip with a hand mixer while adding coconut milk.

The recipe I was following stated that the miture would become thick and fluffy from beating.  I could not get it to, I’m thinking I may have left it in the refridgerator too long though.

All in all I was pleased with the outcome!

 

 

1st Attempt

 

 

So I’ve talked about the Hubby going paleo a few times so far.  The last few weeks I have become mildly obsessed with cooking dinners that meet the paleo requirements but also fit for the whole family.  I always enjoy a good challenge and this has been a fun one. Josh has always been a big fan of sweets and misses all the treats I used to make. So I decided to add onto the challenge by baking, caveman style!  After searching tons of blogs and websites and of course pinterest I was ready to give it a try.  So Saturday we went to a local health food store and stocked up on supplies and got some very yummy smoothies for the ride home! 

Sunday morning I rolled my sleeves up and dived right in!  I decided to make Chocolate brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  I followed a recipe from the BakerGal for the brownies and the frosting I found on Elana’s Pantry.  Here’s the finished product.

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Surprisingly they came out pretty good, Josh was a happy Caveman.  I plan on attempting these a few more times and will keep tweaking the recipes.  Next on the list is chocolate chip cookies.