Since I was laid off in December, I have been doing all kinds of little “projects” and one of my favourites has been baking! I have been experimenting baking, gluten free, sugar free, egg free… It’s been super tasty! Plus with The Open going on, each Sunday I have been bringing in treats for all my awesome Crossfit athlete friends!
Here’s some of my recent findings:
- Eggs are a major staple in baking, but they CAN be replaced!
- Gluten free baking is not so challenging once you start understanding how it cooks differently!
- Gluten free baking is DELICIOUS! (Find the right recipes)
- Baking can be guilt free and become a valuable protein!
- You don’t need white sugar or brown sugar.
- Coconut flour is NOT an equal substitute for flour.
- Coconut sugar is an amazing substitute for white sugar!
- Almost all recipes use too much sugar!
- You can make “cream cheese” out of nuts! (Seriously)
- THE BEST thing about baking is having other enjoy the result!
Last week I made these Protein balls that I loved! So I thought I would share!
Lime Protein Bites (click for link)
I slightly modified her recipe, I used regular limes, “normal dates” and only used almonds and they were just as awesome as I think her recipe would be!
This next recipe I sorta created! I was trying to make some more protein bites, but somehow screwed up and the mixture was too dry. So I turned it into Protein Cookies that turned out surprisingly well!
Almond Chocolate Protein Cookies (there are eggs in this one)
I forgot to take a picture of these… But trust me the looked and tasted great!
- 2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 cup almond meal/ almond flour
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup nut butter (ie: almond butter)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (i used a little less as my protein powder is fairly sweet)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Place protein powder and almond meal in food processor (or use crushed nuts and just mix everything well in a bowl)
- Then, add in nut butter, eggs and maple syrup, almonds, coconut, baking soda and baking powder and mix again. At this point the batter should be just like cookie dough.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough place on cookie sheet bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. These cookies don’t change shape much or spread out so you can place them fairly close together.
- Now try not to eat them all in one sitting (#toomuchprotein)
I have also made these No bake Chocolate Latte Protein Bites
- ¼ cup chopped nuts (I used almonds and Pecans)
- ⅓ cup almond meal or coconut flour
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1- 2 tbsp ground coffee (I put a little more because I LIKE coffee!)
- ¼ cup Chocolate Protein Powder (I used SFH Chocolate)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup. You can also use honey if maple syrup is not available. (I used a little less then a 1/3 as the protein powder is sweet enough!)
- Chop nuts in food processor if they aren’t already chopped . Transfer into a large bowl and add in all the remaining ingredients with the honey/maple syrup being the last . Mix well and roll into bite size balls. Coat bites with extra protein powder and/or coffee. Makes about 20 balls. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.
- Eat! EASY!
Banana Bread has become a staple in our house! Wade loves it with coffee in the morning. Here are a couple of my favourite, GF Banana Bread recipes! I have yet to come up with an egg free banana bread recipe. But I will admit I haven’t tried very hard, since Wade and I eat eggs.
I have made this recipe exactly, but I also regularly make it without the “chocolate swirl”. I simply follow the recipe, but add the cinnamon directly to the batter and add chopped walnuts (about 1/2 – 1 cup, depending how much you like walnuts). This is Wades favourite! It works great to pour the batter into muffins instead of a loaf. You just bake for slightly less time!
This is a recipe where I think Julie might be a genius! I made this for a couple girl friends and man it was GOOD! The loaf itself was amazing as french toast of just on it’s own with a cup of coffee! I forgot to take a picture of this one, but mine looked just like Julie’s.
If you have never cooked or baked using Julie’s from paleomg.com recipes, then you should! Wade and I have tried many and enjoy a lot of her recipes. We have 3 of her cookbooks! (www.paleomg.com)
All this baking talk and I’m hungry! So I will leave you with all those treats! Happy Baking!