On Sunday I had a huge coconut flour pancake FAIL! I realized that since I first purchased coconut flour a while ago, I failed at the couple of recipes I’d tried with it! HA! I figured there must be some sort of conversion trick that I was missing, whatever…I’ll figure it out. Just preparing you that this is the first of what will likely be many more coconut floured recipes!
Why, you ask?? I decided to try and cut out grains, except for my morning oats, for this week and see how I feel. I’ve been on the Paleo fence for a while now and just can’t seem to take the plunge! I’ve done some research and have seen so many people strongly advocate this type of lifestyle. I’m still desperately searching for the source of this annoying bloat that I’m always getting. I barely eat any dairy, I’ve gone gluten-free (which has helped some), I use both probiotics and digestive enzymes, but I still can’t seem to banish it. I’m convinced that my stomach is the size of an egg and that as soon as I consume anything with actual substance it blows up, fills my whole abdomen and with no where else to go, pushes outward instantly making me appear as though I’m somewhere in my second trimester. Let me be clear, I am NOT pregnant.
Just to clarify, I’m not against Paleo or anyone’s eating habits. I’m actually quite intrigued by it. In fact, I think the logic behind it makes a lot of sense. So what’s been holding me back? I just take issue with basically eliminating entire food groups, i.e. dairy and grains. I can’t even really explain why. It just bugs me. That being said, I wonder if my issue is what people classify as “grain belly”. I don’t think so, but I’m just trying to rule things out at this point. My doctor has told me that whatever is (has been for almost four years now) going on with my stomach is likely some sort of food intolerance. I’ve been really trying to pay close attention to what I eat and how it affects me, but I can’t seem to find consistencies. I’m open for suggestions!!!
So, I’ll cut out grains for a week. If it seems to make a difference than I’ll begrudgingly lose the oats for a week as well and see what that does.
In the meantime, I searched for some grain-free muffins for my M2 each day this week. I found these little gems on Elena’s Pantry and you can find her original recipe here. I didn’t change too much, but I did add Greek yogurt, which kind of negates the Paleo-ish-ness so I changed the title as well…Grain-Free Banana Walnut Muffins!!
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg whites
- 6 oz plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large ripe banana
- 3 dates, pitted and chopped
- 10 drops stevia
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- chopped walnuts, for topping
- Place eggs, oil, bananas, dates and stevia in a blender until combined. Add Greek yogurt, applesauce, coconut flour, salt and baking soda, continue blending until smooth. Line muffin pan and fill liners evenly. Top with a few chopped walnuts. Bake at 350F for 21-23 minutes, depending on your oven. Place muffins on wire rack to cool.
Note: I really enjoyed these, but it is a different consistency than I’m used to and I don’t feel like it made much. My liners were probably only filled about 1/3 of the way up and did not rise, so they are more like a tasty little grain-free amuse-bouche, which is perfectly fine by me. Just wanted to let you know ahead of time in case you wanted to double the batch!
Great, healthy snack though…and quite family friendly. My son helped me bake them and my daughter came home, grabbed one off the counter and MUCH to my surprise popped it in her mouth and demanded seconds!! You bet your as$ I’ll be making these again
p.s. Why, oh why does my camera suck?