Hope you had a great weekend?
I was playing around in the kitchen this weekend with a few ideas I had and got some interesting results
If you’ve been around for a while you know that I wanted a BLT a few weeks back to made one from scratch https://paleoliving.org/paleo-blt-leading-you-astray-again/
I was playing with the basic bread recipe and was looking to make some Pretzels while I was testing my mind took the obvious leap… Doughnuts!
Ah, doughnuts! A staple snack or breakfast we see in cop movies along with a hot cup of coffee. And when we talk about Paleo, doughnuts may not pass as acceptable. But wouldn’t it be nice to have Paleo doughnuts? Last weekend I was so engrossed with the idea and I ended up making a Paleo diet approved doughnut that everyone enjoyed!
Doughnuts are one of those sweets that you can’t seem to get enough of and just having a piece is not satisfying. Adults love it as much as adults do that it has even become a staple in some genres of movies. Doughnuts are so popular even in other countries, and there are a lot of variations of the flavour, from the simple glazed doughnuts to doughnuts with more toppings than you can imagine. Since most doughnuts are made in products with gluten, you may think it can’t be Paleo approved. But like they say, when there’s a will there’s a way.
And luckily there are ingredients in your Paleo diet food list that fit right for making doughnuts, from simple to doughnuts with toppings. I was able to find good ingredients for the Paleo doughnuts, and here is the Paleo recipe I made which instantly became a hit!
For Your Flour
The only rule in choosing flour is easy for your Paleo diet recipes. Choose flour that is not made from any grain. The most common flours you will always encounter in Paleo baked goods are almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour and tapioca flour. You’ll also find some recipes with baking soda. These flours may not seem common, but these four can be bought and are very much available even in your local supermarkets.
Sugar is one ingredient that you will rarely see in any Paleo diet recipes with sugar. But cakes and other baked goods are just not as good if not sweet, yes? It’s not actually a big problem because Paleo recipes have a healthier alternative for sweeteners. First on the list is honey, a natural and perhaps one of the healthiest sweeteners you’ll be able to use in Paleo baked recipes.
If you want something fresh, a little sweet and sour, try adding fruits and berries. These are naturally sweet and are very healthy. The freshness and colours of fruits and berries also add to the appeal of your baked Paleo foods. If you are into chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate are your best choices.
Your Butter Or Oil
Most baked products will need oil (mostly for greasing pans) and butter. Coconut oil is the most common oil you can use for greasing your pan and may even be used for these Paleo lifestyle recipes. If you opt for butter, any nut butter can be used such as almond butter. Coconut butter may also be used if you are more used to that type of butter.
The Dairy Alternative
Dairy may be used for Paleo baked products, but a lot of people practising the Paleo or Caveman diet opt not to have it in their foods. If you are into dairy, always choose raw dairy products or organic, pasture raised or grass fed dairy products. But if you have a dairy intolerance, you may use Paleo approved alternative for dairy. Coconut milk is one that is most often used as an alternative. Just keep in mind that coconut milk will give your baked products a certain taste.
To Add Eggs Or Not?
Eggs are fine, so long as you choose free-range eggs. If you try not to have eggs in your diet or use them as little as possible, try adding unsweetened applesauce in with your baked foods instead. This will give the same moistness and is also a great binder for your baked products. You may even make your own applesauce and store some for later.
Other Baking Needs
Want to make your Paleo baked foods fancier? It is possible and easy. Dark chocolate chips can be sprinkled over your baked products. I made the recipe above fancier by adding shredded coconut. If you want your pie fillings or puddings smoother, you can also use unflavored gelatine. Sea salt can also be used as it can bring out the flavours of your ingredients.
Paleo baked products are definitely healthier and are easy to make. This recipe and the tips I gave will surely make you want to bake more, but keep in mind that you must still practice moderation even if these desserts and other baked products are Paleo approved. Eating these sweets every now and then can actually make you feel satisfied and can be a great treat for yourself on doing a great job on your Paleo diet journey!