Dark Chocolate Chip Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

Paleo Banana Bread RecipeBanana bread takes me back to my childhood. I love it. It reminds me of my grandmother. And it’s also one of those desserts that for whatever reason it’s totally acceptable to eat it for breakfast. Love that.

This Paleo banana bread recipe is a lot cleaner than the Entenmann’s boxed banana bread that my grandma always had on hand, but it is still delicious. The dark chocolate is optional if that isn’t your thing, but I love, love, love the combination or dark chocolate and banana. Yum.

Eat this with a cup of coffee in the AM or with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream in the PM. It knows no time-appropriateness, which only makes it more appealing. Eat up.

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Warm Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Brussels sprout sweet potato hashWhen the temperature drops and the leaves begin to turn that’s my cue to make a switch from cooking my light summer salads to making entrees that are warmer, fuller and more conducive to the weather outside. This root vegetable hash is like a warm sweater. It warms my soul — or at least my belly.

It’s the perfect fall dinner — or breakfast — in my humble opinion. It’s hearty — with or without the chicken if your a vegetarian or would just rather nix it — and it is just the right amount of slutty without going completely off the reservation, thanks to the bacon and pouched egg.

So. Yum.

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Healthy Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

healthy pumpkin spice latte, paleo pumpkin spice latteTis’ the season for putting pumpkin spice flavor on every. dish. imaginable. And I love it. Well, within reason. I’ve seen pumpkin spice-flavored popcorn. I just can’t get behind that one. But coffee, more specifically, lattes, I’m in love.

Nothing reminds me more of fall — which would be my favorite season if it only lasted longer — than a hot, creamy pumpkin spice latte, and a flannel; I love a good flannel, too. The only problem? If you get a pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop there is really no pumpkin in it — or anything else that isn’t processed sugary crap.

So, I make my own and enjoy it on the reg for breakfast or dessert. And I don’t miss the Starbucks version. Truth.

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5-Ingredient Dairy-free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

dairy-free ice cream, paleo ice cream, Ice cream. Yum.

I have a little bit of a sweet-tooth, and as a result of that, I’m always on the lookout for a non-dairy ice cream copycat. And, yes, you could do a coconut milk or almond milk version — I know you’ve seen them in your supermarket — but they are still loaded with refined sugars. Not feeling that.

This dairy-free chocolate banana ice cream recipe is actually healthy. Minimal ingredients, only natural sugars, no crap. It’s not as sweet, of course, but it’s still delicious and it is 100 percent clean eating.

You can make this your own by throwing in whatever toppings you’re craving. I sometimes add dark chocolate chips for a little added crunch and sweetness. Dried cherries and chopped nuts are also delicious.

Yum. Pass me a spoon.
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Crunchy Paleo Granola Cereal Recipe

paleo granola, grain-free granola

I’ve taken a little cooking and blog-writing hiatus that comes along with having a newborn, but as my little one is getting bigger — and as I’m getting the hang of this whole “new mom” thang — I’m getting back in the kitchen.

Staying Paleo with a newborn turned out to be more difficult than I originally thought. I figured since I managed to stick to my clean-eating ways throughout my entire pregnancy, doing the same post-pregnancy would be cake, right? Wrong.

My little dude doesn’t like eggs. I love eggs. Eat-them-every-morning-of-my-life kind of love. But no egg is worth a fussy baby, so the minute I was able to pinpoint them as a “gassy food” for him they got nixed for my morning routine. Sigh.

I needed a new — and easy — breakfast food, and when you’re Paleo a lot of those easy breakfast meals — cereal, bagels, yogurt — are off the menu. This Paleo granola recipe saved my life.. well… my mornings, at least.

Its basically just dried fruit and nuts, which make it very filling. The key is to use a large variety of nuts to give it good texture and flavor. I enjoy it every morning with some chilled almond milk. Yum.

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‘Fill Me Up’ Paleo Avocado Smoothie

paleo avocado smoothie, avocado shakeI’m no stranger to a smoothie recipe. They are quick and convenient for breakfast or a filling snack, and they remind me of eating ice cream. Yum.

This one is particularly reministant of ice cream thanks to the avocado. Its super creamy, and give it a few extra minutes in the freezer after blending and you can enjoy it with a spoon as opposed to a straw. I sometimes keep a batch of this in the freezer for an after-dinner treat.

Avocado aside, the raw almonds amp up the “filling” factor even further, in addition to giving this a nice balance of healthy fats and protein in combination of the sweetness of the fruits.

You can top this with some bananas, Chia seeds or chopped raw almonds for a little texture.

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Early Bird Goat Cheese and Cauliflower Frittata Recipe

Cauliflower Frittata Recipe, Paleo FrittataI’m a breakfast girl.

It really is my most important meal of the day. If 10 AM hits and I haven’t had it, I’m hangry.

It’s necessity aside, it can get a little boring. I’m big on omelettes and smoothies for my first meal of the day because you can switch up the flavors, but every once in a while I like to throw in a frittata. I used to love frittata’s before my clean-eating days, and this version takes me right back, only switching up the potato with cauliflower, as the textures are similar. I know this isn’t a far stray from an omelette, as it’s essentially just eggs and veggies, but it just feels  different. Plus, I keep the slices in the fridge and heat them up for a quick snack or breakfast throughout the week.

While this version uses spinach and goat cheese in addition to the the cauliflower, you can do this with any cheese-veggie combo; I sometimes throw some sliced black olives in here as well with the spinach; it’s delicious.

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Dairy Free Smoothie Recipe: Raspberry and Chocolate Hazelnut

dairy free shake, dairy free smoothieWe all need some sweet in our lives.

And if you can feed that craving without processed sugars or artificial ingredients, you are doing something right.

Ever since I made my diet “clean” I always turn to the natural sugars in fruits, raw honey and maple syrup to sweeten treats, and this recipe is no different. It incorporates chocolate hazelnut butter and an added almond butter “sauce” topper, so it is just the right amount of sweet and is super filling.

As with all my smoothie recipes, using frozen fruits is a must. When you add ice you are essentially adding water; and who wants a watery shake or smoothie? Ick.

I usually make small portions of this, serving in a small glass; this recipes makes about 3 small portions.

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So Yum! Dairy-Free Raspberry Banana Shake Recipe

dairy-free shake, raspberry banana shake, healthy dairy-free shakeSmoothies and shakes are an easy and healthy breakfast or snack option for me.  I love the convenience of simply throwing a few fruits in a blender and pressing a button; easy clean up too.

I have a slew of different smoothie and shake recipes, but one common player in every individual recipe is using all frozen fruits — you can either buy them that way or buy them fresh and freeze them yourself. I often make fruit salads in the summer so I usually just freeze whatever I have left over. Using all frozen fruit and no ice makes these smoothies perfectly thick; I hate a watery smoothie or shake. Yuck.

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‘Rise and Shine’ Healthy Egg White Scramble Recipe

egg white scramble, healthy egg white, paleo egg recipeBreakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

I always tend to be the most hungry in the early AM after my morning workout, making my breakfast the most anticipated — and important — meal of my day.

A fresh juice and egg white scramble is my common morning eating routine. I normally throw an additional full egg into my scramble as well to add more flavor and fat.

My scrambles always come with some sort of veggie. Shaved Brussels are my favorite, but I try to switch it up as often as my pantry allows.

This egg/veggie combo makes me feel a little fancier than I am — like I ordered it from an adorably trendy farm-to-table brunch spot. I think its the garlic and fresh herbs that give it that effect. I also always throw in some Chia seeds to give it a nutritional boost. Its super yummy, healthy and always sets a nice tone for the day. Eat up.

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