[paleo] coconut cake with lemon frosting _

Paleo Update: Jon and I are officially 17 days into our Paleo challenge! Although there have been some temptations and many cravings, we haven’t even come close to our “breaking points.” Good news, right? ?? Here are a few of our insights:

• I don’t feel noticeably different. Buttermilk banana bread recipe I was hoping to feel like I had extra energy on Paleo since a lot of people have had that experience. Banana bread food network Nope…


I feel the same. Banana bread donuts BUT, Jon astutely pointed out that that’s a good thing! We are functioning just as well on about half of the calories we used to consume!

• I didn’t lose any weight for almost the entire 2nd week – I just stayed flat. Banana bread recipe using sour cream After losing almost 5lbs the 1st week, it was pretty disappointing especially since I had worked out FIVE times and eaten really well. Banana bread with sour cream and oil Jon thinks I’m gaining muscle and he swears my face looks slightly thinner but my clothes haven’t been fitting any differently. Original betty crocker banana bread recipe However, a couple of days into week 3 and I’ve dropped a pound!

• After about two weeks, a Paleo lifestyle starts to feel fairly “normal.” In some regards, it’s a lot more satisfying. Banana bread 1 egg I used to eat a Chobani greek yogurt every morning but now I have a piece of frittata or egg whites and bacon. 4 ingredient banana bread Warm meals feel so much heartier!

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Who’s says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?! We may be on a diet but we can still eat cake ( best.diet.ever)! Granted, there are some ingredient modifications but nothing that I couldn’t find in my local grocery store (Wegman’s). Moist banana bread recipe with sour cream If you’re a skeptic, you may be thinking, “ Yeah, but I bet it tastes funny or has a weird consistency.” I had the same thoughts but trust me, this cake is deeeelicious. Banana bread sour cream recipe If I had to compare it to a “normal” cake, I would say it’s more dense (similar to a pound cake) and the frosting doesn’t have a super smooth consistency. Chocolate banana bread pudding But other than that, it’s oh-so-good and filled with “good” fats!

I came across the recipe on Paleo in PDX and pinned it immediately! I couldn’t wait to try my first Paleo-friendly dessert and I don’t even like coconut! Luckily the flavor is very faint. Banana bread recipe taste This was my first time working with coconut flour and it smells amazing. Betty crocker banana nut bread recipe (Look for it in the gluten-free section)

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees (F) and lightly grease two 9? cake pans (or one 13? x 9? cake pan).

We’re actually going to make the frosting before the cake and we’re going to make the frosting in a blender! I know, I know – I’m really switching things up today but there’s a method to my madness. Banana bread recipe buttermilk We’re making the frosting first because it needs set to firm up in the fridge.

Once you’ve pulled out your blender, add the coconut oil, coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, coconut flour and lemon juice – aka all frosting ingredients.

Tip: Alisa mentioned that you should carefully measure your coconut flour because it’s so dense that a little extra can have a big impact.

Tip: When you first open your coconut milk, the contents will be separated. Best moist banana bread Make sure to combine them again before measuring and adding to the blender.

Blend the frosting for 20-30 seconds and pour into a bowl. Banana bread muffins with applesauce Don’t be alarmed if it’s pretty runny – just look at mine:

Set the bowl in your fridge and we’ll come back to it in a little bit.

In a small bowl, sift your coconut flour, salt and baking soda.

In a large mixing bowl (like your Kitchen Aid bowl), combine your eggs, honey, vanilla, and melted coconut oil.

Tip: Coconut oil is sold in jars and is a solid at room temperature. Banana bread with 2 bananas To melt it, I simply placed the jar in a bowl of hot tap water.

Once everything has been combined and the batter is smooth, fold in your shredded coconut flakes.

Tip: The original recipe calls for one cup but I don’t like coconut that much so I only added 1/2 cup. Banana bread and butter pudding I couldn’t really taste it at all. Banana bread recipe without baking soda Next time I will probably omit it all together.

Fill your cake pan(s) with the batter and bake for 25-30 minutes.

I checked mine at 25 and the centers weren’t quite set so I let them bake for another 5 minutes. Banana chocolate bread pudding Once the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely.

Once the cake(s) have cooled, remove them from the pan and set on a serving dish.

Take out your bowl of frosting from the fridge and give it a good stir. Banana bread with chocolate chips recipe If it’s too thick to spread, microwave it for 10 seconds and stir it again. Super slice banana bread Frost away! Since I did two cake pans, I frosted a layer between the two cakes and then added another layer of frosting on the top. Frozen bananas for banana bread Yum!

• 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted (place jar in a bowl of hot water)

• 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk, room temperature with layers combined

• In a small bowl, sift the coconut flour, salt and baking soda together.

• In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, honey, vanilla, and melted coconut oil.

• Once everything has been combined and the batter is smooth, fold in your shredded coconut flakes.

• Fill two 9? cake pan(s) or a 13? x 9? cake pan with the batter and bake for 25-30 minutes.

• Once the cake(s) have cooled, remove them from the pan and set on a serving dish.

• Take out your bowl of frosting from the fridge and give it a good stir. Whole wheat banana bread muffins If it’s too thick to spread, microwave it for 10 seconds and stir it again.

• Frost a layer between the two cakes and then another layer on top.

This sounds AMAZING! I’ve been dying to bake, but because I’ve been trying to omit sugar and butter from my diet, I can’t think of anything to make. Banana bread with applesauce and honey I will DEFINITELY be trying this, though probably in cupcake form. Banana bread with applesauce recipe So excited! Writing this down so I don’t forget. Banana bread without baking soda Thanks!! ??

Awesome! I can’t wait to see your cupcake version. Banana bread no baking soda I know what you mean – it’s definitely a challenge to find sugar/butter-free baking recipes. Easy banana bread recipe without baking soda Buuuuut if you get “creative,” you can substitute honey and coconut oil. Hawaiian banana bread recipe ??

I have a Paleo banana bread that I’ll be sharing soon and if you feel like baking, I recommend that. Banana bread with coconut oil It’s super simple and DELICIOUS. Banana bread with honey You can’t tell it’s any different from “normal” banana bread.

great job on keeping up the Paleo lifestyle!! it’s incredible that you are still feeling normal despite only consuming half the amount of calories. Banana bread with brown sugar this cake looks fantastic and definitely quite the treat!!

I think Jon is right! I’m sure you’re gaining muscles ;). Chocolate chip banana bread muffins Keep up the good work and you’ll start to see those pants getting baggier. Calories in banana bread slice I had to laugh when you mentioned Jon telling you that your face looks thinner. Can you freeze bananas for banana bread I don’t care what the scale says. Banana bread without baking soda or powder If my face looks thinner that’s all that matters hehe.

I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes with coconut flour, and I’m dying to try it!

Thank you for your support! It’s definitely been a challenge the first couple weeks but once you get into the swing of it, it’s not so bad (except the sugar cravings). Easy banana bread without baking soda After we complete the January challenge, we don’t plan on keeping a strict Paleo diet. Calories in slice of banana bread Our goal is to stay 75-80% Paleo so I think incorporating some elements is a great idea!

Yes, I’m so excited since I figured out Paleo recipes are always gluten free. Banana bread yogurt I’m excited to start using more coconut – like in this recipe! I’ll be sure to let you know if I try any other Paleo-approved recipes!

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