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Blueberry Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping

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Our springtime tradition is to head out to Beck Brothers U-Pick farm with some homeschooling friends and pick buckets full of blueberries. This year we ended up with a little over 15 quarts, most of which are now in the deep freeze. I’ve kept out enough to snack on this week plus make some yummy blueberry treats like this coffee cake which was a big hit with my daughter and my husband. I was surprised because it isn’t very sweet and they both have quite a sweet tooth sometimes.

The cake was good warm from the oven and even better with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top. (Get our ice cream recipe e-book for free when you subscribe to our newsletter – use the link on the right side of this page.) I adapted the recipe from one on the Zenbelly Catering website. I’m impressed with the new Zenbelly cookbook.  Chef Simone’s recipes are well written and come with beautiful illustrations, but the best part is they taste so good while still being mostly Paleo. This means grain free and no refined sugars which makes me feel good. So I can have my cake and eat it, too. Plus waffles, biscuits, and pizza…

Blueberry Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping

topping:

1 1/2 cups pecans (raw or crispy)

1/2 cup blanched almond flour

4 Tablespoons melted butter

2 Tablespoons coconut sugar or sucanat

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

cake:

1/2 cup blanched almond flour

1/4 cup arrowroot starch

2 Tablespoons coconut flour

1/3 cup coconut sugar OR sucanat

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 Tablespoons cold butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup whole milk kefir or buttermilk

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

additional butter or coconut oil for greasing the pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8″ square pan, or a 9″ round pan.

To make the topping chop the pecans in a food processor until they are crumb-sized. Add the almond flour, melted butter, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt and pulse a few more times until everything is well mixed. Place the topping in a bowl and set aside.

To make the cake place the remaining 1/2 cup almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in the food processor and pulse several times to mix. Cut the 2 Tablespoons of cold butter into small pieces and add it to the food processor. Pulse several more times to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly. Mix the eggs, kefir or buttermilk, and vanilla in a small bowl, then add to the food processor and pulse until well mixed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and then scatter the blueberries evenly over the top of the batter. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the blueberries. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Blueberry Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping
 
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Recipe type: dessert
 
Grain-free cake filled with juicy blueberries and topped with crunchy pecans are featured in this not-too-sweet dessert that can also be breakfast.
Ingredients
  • topping:
  • 1½ cups pecans (raw or crispy)
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar or sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • cake:
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar or sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk kefir OR buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • additional butter OR coconut oil for greasing pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and butter an 8" square OR a 9" round pan.
  2. To make the topping: Chop the pecans in a food processor until they are crumb-sized. Add the almond flour, melted butter, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt and pulse a few more times until everything is well mixed.
  3. Place the topping in a bowl and set aside.
  4. To make the cake: place the remaining ½ cup almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in the food processor and pulse several times to mix.
  5. Cut the 2 Tablespoons of cold butter into small pieces and add it to the food processor.
  6. Pulse several more times to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.
  7. Mix the eggs, kefir or buttermilk, and vanilla in a small bowl, then add to the food processor and pulse until well mixed.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and then scatter the blueberries evenly over the top of the batter.
  9. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the blueberries.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

This coffee cake isn’t overly sweet, but it’s just right for a cup of tea and you won’t feel horribly guilty actually eating the leftovers for breakfast. Or try it with some homemade ice cream like we did. Tell us about it in the comments, or come share with us on Facebook.

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Mythbusting Ideas About Fat and Cholesterol and Wellness Wednesday

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I’ve started reading Grain Brain by neurologist David Perlmutter. The focus of the book is brain health. Have you ever heard that there’s a connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease? This book shows you that connection as well as many other lifestyle causes of neurological disease and dementia.

Grain Brain also lays out just what lifestyle choices people are making that can lead to developing Alzheimer’s disease. These include living with chronic high blood sugar levels (those in the “high normal” range) even without diabetes, eating too many carbohydrates (especially refined ones), trying to eat a low fat and low cholesterol diet, and having an undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten. Dr. Perlmutter says up to 40% of all people can’t properly process gluten.

Even if you have a family history of brain disease and Alzheimer’s or dementia you can turn the train around. But he says you have to bust a few myths first. The biggest myths you have to wrap your head around? 1- a low-fat/high-carb diet is good and 2- cholesterol is bad. According to the results of the Framingham Heart Study report from 2005 “people who had the highest cholesterol levels scored higher on cognitive tests than those with lower levels. Evidently there is a protective factor when it comes to cholesterol and the brain.” What most people don’t realize is that cholesterol is a building block for cell membranes and a critical brain nutrient necessary to fuel your neurons.

For more great information on cholesterol you can also read Jimmy Moore’s recent book, Cholesterol Clarity. I reviewed that book here.

Do you avoid fat? What have you always heard about cholesterol? How hard is it going to be to change your habits? Leave us a comment with your thoughts, and then check out the other posts here at Wellness Wednesday.

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Savory Paleo Waffles with Chicken Gravy (GF)

paleo waffles with chicken gravy titlesIt’s the beginning of a new year as I write this post, and I was able to convince my husband to go on a Paleo diet with me. (We’re following Chris Kresser’s Paleo Cure)  Yesterday he told me he was already missing bread – mostly to sop up all the great sauces and pan juices from the delicious Paleo food we’ve been eating! So I made him happy by fixing waffles for lunch today. And I made me happy by finding this great Paleo-friendly waffle recipe from Eat Beautiful that  uses green plantains instead of flour.   The original recipe had the chicken cooked right into the waffles, but I wanted to be able to have a chicken gravy to go over top ’cause that’s how I like ‘em.

These waffles are definitely main dish worthy – brunch, lunch or dinner – with a little south-of-the-border spice added to make them extra good. The gravy is made with nourishing homemade bone broth and thickened with arrowroot powder so it’s gluten-free and allergy friendly. I’ve even given a substitute to make this dairy-free, too.

green plantain waffles titlesIf you’ve never purchased plantains before – they are like giant, thick bananas. They can be used green (like here for these waffles) or almost black-ripe (like for these pancakes). When they are green they are a good source of resistant starch which feeds the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.

Savory Paleo Waffles with Chicken Gravy

for the waffles

2 green plantains

8 eggs (preferably from pasture-raised hens)

1/2 cup melted healthy fat (such as lard, coconut oil, ghee, butter)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon raw honey

for the gravy

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/4 cup minced onion

2 Tablespoons butter, preferably grassfed (for dairy free sub lard or coconut oil)

3 cups chopped or shredded, cooked chicken

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cups homemade chicken bone broth

1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder

1/4 cup water

To make the waffles:

Preheat your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Using a sharp knife, cut the tip ends off the plantains, then cut in half across the middle, then cut each half lengthwise. This will leave you with quartered plantain sections. Now you can slip your finger between the thick green skin and the yellow flesh. Peel off and discard the skin. Place the plantain quarters in a blender. Add in the remaining waffle ingredients, the eight eggs through the teaspoon of honey. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Yes, it will be pretty runny and you won’t understand how this could possibly make waffles, but it will work!

Brush the waffle iron with a little coconut oil or butter and then ladle the batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Use the amount of batter directed by your waffle iron manufacturer. Mine says to use 1/3 cup, but I actually ended up needing to use closer to 1/2 cup to get a waffle without holes. So adjust your batter accordingly. The baking time will be as directed on your waffle iron directions. Mine is 3 minutes. That worked just fine.

To make the gravy:

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute for about three minutes until the onion begins to get translucent. Then add in the shredded chicken, chicken broth, salt, cumin and oregano. Stir until everything is simmering and hot. Combine the arrowroot with the 1/4 cup water until no lumps remain, then stir the arrowroot mixture into the simmering broth. Stir for just a little until the gravy begins to thicken, then reduce the heat to very low to keep warm until the waffles are done.

To serve: Place one waffle on a plate, top with butter if desired (and who wouldn’t desire a little more butter?!) and then ladle over about 1/2 cup of the chicken gravy.  This whole recipe made about 8 waffles in my waffle iron, but yields will vary depending on the size of waffle your machine makes. I’d say all in all about 4-6 servings of waffles and chicken gravy.

Savory Paleo Waffles with Chicken Gravy (GF)
 
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Recipe type: main dish
 
Savory waffles with a little kick are smothered in rich chicken gravy for a hearty lunch, brunch or dinner entree. The waffles are made with green plantains, making them gluten-free and a great source of resistant starch for a healthy digestive system.
Ingredients
  • for the waffles:
  • 2 large green plantains
  • 8 eggs (preferably from pasture-raised hens)
  • ½ cup melted healthy fat (such as lard, coconut oil, ghee, butter)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • for the gravy:
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, preferably grassfed (for dairy-free sub lard or coconut oil)
  • 3 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups homemade chicken bone broth
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. To make the waffles:
  2. Preheat your waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the tip ends off the plantains, then cut in half across the middle and cut each half lengthwise.
  4. This will leave you with quartered plantain sections.
  5. Slip your finger between the thick green skin and the yellow flesh.
  6. Peel off and discard the skin.
  7. Place the plantain quarters in a blender.
  8. Add the remaining waffle ingredients, the eight eggs through the teaspoon of honey.
  9. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  10. The batter will be thin.
  11. Brush the preheated waffle iron with butter or coconut oil, and then ladle the batter onto the preheated waffle iron using the amount directed in your waffle maker instruction book.
  12. Bake according to manufacturer's directions - about 3 minutes or until golden.
  13. to make the gravy:
  14. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute for about three minutes until the onion begins to get translucent.
  15. Then add in the shredded chicken, chicken broth, salt, cumin and oregano.
  16. Stir until everything is simmering and hot.
  17. Combine the arrowroot with the ¼ cup water until no lumps remain, then stir the arrowroot mixture into the simmering broth.
  18. Stir for just a little until the gravy begins to thicken, then reduce the heat to very low to keep warm until the waffles are done.
  19. To serve:
  20. Place one waffle on a plate, top with more butter if desired, and ladle about ½ cup of the chicken gravy over top.
  21. This recipe yields approximately 8 waffles and 3 cups gravy.

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Going Gluten-free: Fad or Necessity?

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I went gluten-free a little over a year ago. More than one person thought I was crazy, but since then I no longer have brain fog (that feeling of rusty steel wool scratching around my head while I’m trying to think), bloating, heart palpitations, or dizziness after eating things like pancakes, French toast, and pizza.

I’ve heard gluten-free eating called a “fad”. One recent article in a well-known traditional foods journal called it a “gluten-free craze” that lacks common sense, hurts the wheat industry, and randomly condemns an entire food group. The article also came pretty close to accusing parents who put their children on gluten-free diets of committing dietary child abuse…..(read more here)

You can read the rest of this article at my GNOWFGLINS guest post! Please leave a comment on whether you agree or disagree, or where you are in your own gluten-free journey.