So my CrossFit box is currently undergoing a 30 Day Paleo Challenge. How exciting! I say exciting because I think it’s so amazing to see people transform their health and well being, who really want to challenge themselves and reinvent the wheel by making healthier choices. It’s also super inspirational to see the progress they make from Day 1 to Day 30. Most of all I find it exciting because, well… it’s funny! I see them all go through what I call:
“The Five Stages of Paleo”
1. Panic. “What? I can’t have any bread? Well what am I supposed to eat then?”
2. Denial. “How can fat be good for you? I already have enough on my thighs, thank you.”
3. Bargaining. “Well what if I only have milkshakes on the weekends? Or days that end in ‘y'”
4. Googling. “What’s a legume?” “Is peanut butter Paleo?” “What celebrities are on the Paleo Diet?”
5. Acceptance. “I’ve decided no more Pity Party for me, I am going to embrace this Paleo Challenge!” (CrossFit Jen just texted those exact words to me! Happy dance!)
When I first started my Paleo lifestyle it’s wasn’t pretty. The first two weeks I was so irritable it made my PMS look like a good mood. I was tired, I was cranky, I had no energy, I would have cut a b!tch for a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup… not even the whole thing…just a bite! I was…detoxing. My body was going through withdrawals from gluten, sugar, lactose, preservatives and who knows what else, probably some chemical food additive with 42 syllables. And let’s not forget beer withdrawals! Beer!!! Sigh, don’t get me started. Then all of a sudden, completely out of nowhere, the sun comes out from behind the clouds and you arrive at what I call “The Magic Day”. It’s usually around day 12-14 and it’s like a runner’s high but better. You wake up and… wait, what’s this? I feel so rested. I have so much energy I feel like bouncing off the walls. I’m in the middle of a crazy intense CrossFit WOD and wait what? My body wants to go faster! And what about you, you complete and total stranger in the elevator, you held the door for me, I love you!!! I hope you have the most glorious day ever! Oh, it’s rush hour traffic and you just cut me off? No worries, in fact why don’t the other 3 of you jump on in to my lane too, we’ll make it a party up in here, I got you! Then I get to work, and what a full Inbox? Good thing Multi-tasking’s my name and Email is my game! These are based on actual events people.
But anyway I digress, where were we? Ah yes, how could I forget? Cookie Dough! Oh cookie dough, how I could eat you by the pre-packaged Pillsbury sugar coated gluten spoon full and never grow weary! Salmonella? Eh, I’ll chance it… I think it’s funny how delusional I was is my yester-months! There’s a better way people! I’ve got it for you right here! No chance of Salmonella in sight, just pure raw delicious delight. Whoa, that totally rhymed! Here is my go to Cookie Dough recipe. I found it here but I’ll type it out for you below with my notes.
Paleo Cookie Dough
1/2 cup Kerrygold grass-fed butter
1 cup nut butter (Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Macadamia Butter, Sun Butter…)
3 tablespoons coconut flour
3 tablespoons raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
A dash of nutmeg (optional)
3 tablespoons Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips or more
1. Brown the butter by heating it up in a sauce pot on low heat until it becomes golden brown. Take the butter off the burner right after it reaches this point to prevent burning.
2. In a medium sized bowl add the melted browned butter, nut butter and coconut flour and stir. Next, add the honey, cinnamon, sea salt, vanilla, nutmeg and stir. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 1 hour. Take out of the fridge and add the chocolate. If you add it before going in the fridge it will settle to the bottom. Lastly, store in a mason jar or an air tight container.
Enjoy by the spoonful!
I found that the best nut butter for this recipe is Cashew Butter (yes, I’ve tried them all, what? Don’t judge!) It’s the right color, consistency and it’s lighter on the palate so the rest of the flavors can come out. Do yourself a favor and go to Trader Joe’s, grab a bag of their raw cashews, it’s like $6 for a huge bag. Throw about 2 cups in a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes, after it becomes smooth add a tsp. of melted coconut oil, blend again and voila you have homemade cashew butter! It’s so easy! The store bought kind can be pricy, but if you don’t care and you want convenience, go for it!
I tried this recipe with Ghee (for strict Paleo) and with Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter. I’m not gonna lie, you gotta listen to the author on this one and GO FOR THE GOLD, Kerrygold that is. When you brown it, it becomes this rich toffee like flavor and that’s what really makes this recipe truly like cookie dough. If you need to remain completely dairy free, I feel you. Use Ghee BUT don’t use anywhere NEAR the 1/2 cup suggested. I would go for 2-3 Tbs or so of melted Ghee. Oh and just so you know, Ghee doesn’t brown, so don’t try it. Not that I did or anything….For like 20 minutes until I had to refer to “Paleo Step Number 4″ and Google “Can you brown Ghee?” to which Google replied, “No dumbass, Ghee is butter that has already been melted down and clarified, so no, you can’t.” Geeze, sorry Google, why you gotta get an attitude? Ghee has a super rich butter flavor as is. I call it ‘popcorn butter flavor’, it comes on mega strong. I also let my “dough” cool in the freezer instead of the fridge. It’s faster and who has time to wait for cookie dough!?! I mean really!?!
My better half Stewart (Brad) did not get around to trying any one of the multiple versions I made (hey, still no judging!) which is okay because according to him, “You know I don’t like sweets, especially not Paleo ones. Make more dinner food. I like dinner food.” And there you have it folks!
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