So you know bacon…yeah, you’ve been doing it wrong. I know what you’re thinking. “How can I be doing bacon wrong?” I was once just like you, until I tasted pure bliss. I went out to brunch a few weekends ago with Stacy LaLa and we ate at one of my favorite farm to table restaurants ever, Sea & Smoke, and I ordered a side of their Brown Sugar Bacon. Little did I know that I had just ordered a side of Heaven. “Wait did she just say sugar? I thought this was a clean eating blog?” I hear the Paleo Police sirens in the background. I think it’s a Paleo felony to deface bacon with actual gasp sugar. So I’m gonna make a run for it, but not before I share my Paleo-ized version of the Brown Sugar Bacon and these Skillet Brownie Sundaes with you. Oh did I forget to mention Skillet Brownie Sundaes? Yeah, that’s how good this bacon is, I kid you not.
Paleo(fx) is just around the corner. Are you guys going? It will be my first time in Austin. I really just want to eat everywhere. Especially at Franklin’s Barbeque. I read this whole article about Franklin’s and how it’s the best barbeque in the world. Anthony Bourdain ate there once. Franklin’s is famous for more than just their beef brisket, they are famous for their line to just get in the door. Every single day, except Monday’s because they are closed, there is usually a 2-3 hour long line outside just to get into the restaurant. They even have a chair guy who rents chairs for $5 bucks a pop. Genius. That guy probably drives a Mercedes and is living the high life. Then there is a CVS across the street where you can buy booze to make your line waiting a bit more enjoyable.
I told Brad about this whole thing and he proceeded to tell me he would never under any circumstances wait in a 3 hour line for food, even if it is supposed to be the best barbeque in the world. I then had to explain my stance. First of all, you should know by now, I’m a full fledged foodie. Obviously. A 3 hour line doesn’t scare me in the slightest, pssh, bring it. I LOVE food. Not just any food, but GOOD FOOD. You know what I like even better than good food? THE BEST FOOD. Obviously if there is a 3 hour line everyday, they are doing something right. I explained to Brad, look, this is how I see it. It’s all part of the experience. The Franklin’s Experience. It doesn’t start with your first bite, it starts in line. First of all you’re on vacation, what else do you really have to do? So you bring $5 and rent a chair from the chair guy, and buy some booze at CVS and then mingle with the fellow line waiters, after all you’re all in the same predicament, so why not have a good time! Get to know the locals, start up conversations, play “Head’s Up” on your iPhone (my new favorite game btw). Make it an experience! Then guess what, when you come home you get to tell everyone about your entire experience of eating the worlds best barbeque, waiting in the world’s longest line and how it all started with renting a chair from the chair guy for $5. After I finished my rant, Brad looked at me and said, “You know what, I’ve never looked at it like that, you’re absolutely right. What a jerk I must sound like complaining about a 3 hour line.” Do you see why I love this man? He’s the best. I really just liked that he could see my point of view and didn’t think I was bats*** crazy. So what else do I need to see and do in Austin guys, tell me, tell me, I’m so excited!
I’ll be staying in a blogger house with Juli from PaleOMG, Bill and Haley from Primal Palate, their assistant Kara, and Stacy LaLa, who will be there as a fellow foodie and for moral support. It’s going to be like the Paleo Real World you guys. It’s going to be so awesome. I seriously can’t even wait. I’m actually really excited to meet other fellow bloggers who I know so well on the interwebs but have never met in real life. Yay. You know what else is yay? The “Brown Sugar” Bacon crumbles on top of these Paleo Skillet Brownie Sundaes.
“Brown Sugar” Bacon
1 pack of organic bacon, 8 ounces
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 tablespoon maple sugar
few dashes of chili powder
1. Pre-heat over to 400.
2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place a metal cooling rack on top of the foil lined baking sheet.
3. Pour the coconut sugar, maple sugar, and chili powder on to a large plate and mix together using your hand. Drag each slice of bacon through the ingredients on the plate until both sides are coated lightly and evenly. Place each slice on the metal rack, spaced evenly.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. While the bacon is cooking, go ahead and start preparing the brownie batter. Once the bacon is done, remove from oven and set aside to let cool. While your brownies are cooking, take desired amount of bacon and dice into bits to crumble on top of the finished skillet brownie sundae.
Paleo Skillet Brownies
*Makes 2-4 servings
3 ounce dark chocolate bar (I used Alter Eco)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, grade b
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 organic cage free eggs
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1. Set oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium sized metal bowl, melt the dark chocolate bar using the double boiler method by placing the bowl over a simmering pot of water and stirring intermittently until melted.
3. Once the chocolate is melted, slowly stir in the liquid coconut oil.
4. Then using a whisk, stir in the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs.
5. Now whisk in the dry ingredients, the coconut palm sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
7. Grease 2 mini skillets or one standard sized skillet with coconut oil and pour in the brownie batter.
8. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. While your skillet brownies are cooling go ahead and make your magic shell coating. Once brownies are cooled, garnish with ice cream, magic shell coating, and “brown sugar” bacon crumbles.
Magic Shell Coating
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1. Melt chocolate using the double boiler method by placing a large metal bowl over a simmering pot of water and stirring intermittently until melted.
2. Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil until combined. Use a spoon to drizzle over ice cream.
1 scoop of preferred ice cream
1. So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream
2. So Delicious Almond Milk Ice Cream
or make your own at home:
Paleo Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
2 cans coconut milk, full fat
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, grade b
pinch of sea salt
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined.
2. Pour mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker and follow the instructions according to the manufacturer. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a metal loaf pan, cover with saran wrap, and freeze for at least 6 hours. For firmer ice cream freeze overnight.
1. Jeni’s Grass-Fed Ice Creams
2. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
The recipe asks for you to prepare more bacon than you will actually use for the sundaes. The reason behind this is, well just taste the bacon, then you will know and I won’t have to type out an explanation. I have already made this bacon in several other recipes like, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon, etc. etc. and I’m sure you will see it pop up in many more of my recipes to come. It’s literally my favorite thing on planet Earth right now.
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I have to know what you think of the bacon. Speaking of things that are as awesome as bacon, I need to give a shout out to my girl Krishy! I recently met up with some old CrossFit friends for drinner (no, I didn’t spell dinner wrong, drinner is short for drinks and dinner, or drunk dinner. What? If breakfast and lunch is brunch why can’t there be drinner?) anyways as I was saying, my friend Krishelle was there and I haven’t seen her in forever and she told me how she literally reads every single one of my blog posts. She really does you guys, I tested her even (here is a #2 pencil for you, I’ve got my scan-trons in my purse somewhere, let me find one for you). It really meant a lot to me because I know how busy people get in life and it’s not always easy to find time to read stuff, even your friend’s stuff, especially a food blog, written by someone with no formal writing experience, who blabs on about a lot of random things. So thank you to everyone who reads this on a weekly basis. All two of you. You know who you are…Krishy and TSL…and you, yes you who are reading this right now, I’ll try to keep it interesting for you!
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tabithasglutenfreedishes.comMarch 24, 2014 at 10:40 am (9 years ago)
Wow chocolate and bacon what a fantastic combo!! I too have not cooked bacon that sounds and tastes as good as this, Leaving computer to find Bacon!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 24, 2014 at 11:35 am (9 years ago)
Smart move! This bacon is life changing! 🙂
LyndsayMarch 24, 2014 at 10:57 am (9 years ago)
ashcovellMarch 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm (9 years ago)
I cannot wait to make this!
This Sydney LifeMarch 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm (9 years ago)
You know I’m just the teeniest bit in love with you, V. Not in a girl-on-girl, single-white-female kind of way. More like ‘your enthusiasm is just so gorgeous’ kind of way. Just sayin’.
What I’m NOT in love with, is all these awesome un-AIP recipes that tempt me to the dark side. I will not be swayed! I remain resolute….
Vanessa BarajasMarch 25, 2014 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)
TSL! Love you too! You’re the bestest. I know you will stay AIP strong since you are now the “Legend”. How are you feeling on AIP by the way? I’ll have to make you something AIP friendly! I’ll get my thinking cap on 🙂
OneMotherofaDayMarch 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm (9 years ago)
Oh god! I may just have to make the bacon right now! I’m like drooling over here 🙂
Vanessa BarajasMarch 25, 2014 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)
I made the bacon again for dinner last night! I can’t get enough. Seriously. It’s INSANE!
Aimee & ClintMarch 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm (9 years ago)
So this looks too good to be true! We’ll have to make it just to be sure it’s possible!!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 25, 2014 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)
That really is the only way to be 100% sure! Your taste buds will thank you. Enjoy! 🙂
lateraleatingMarch 25, 2014 at 2:00 am (9 years ago)
There’s no such thing as too much bacon. 85% Alter Eco is probably my favourite dark chocolate at the moment.
Vanessa BarajasMarch 25, 2014 at 8:52 am (9 years ago)
OH EM GEE, I die for Alter Eco! It’s amazing! They just came out with a new browned butter flavor that I’m DYING to get my hands on! Haha right, I was like I could just tell you to make two slices for your sundae bacon crumble, but let’s get real, you’re gonna want more. 😉
My Life of SpiceMarch 25, 2014 at 7:06 am (9 years ago)
This post cracked me up! Love your reference to the “paleo police.” So so true though! This looks amazing! I am up for anything that has bacon and chocolate!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 25, 2014 at 8:51 am (9 years ago)
The Paleo Police are always on my trail cause I’m ridin’ dirty. haha I just felt so ridiculous typing that but it’s true. 😀
HeatherMarch 26, 2014 at 5:44 am (9 years ago)
I ONLY bake my bacon with brown sugar(pre-paleo) or coconut sugar. It is the absolute best. Like bacon candy!
But omg to put it on top of ice cream?! You are a flipping genius.
Even though for some reason it feels like winter again today, I’m pretty sure I’m going to go make some ice cream just so I can whip this up for dessert tonight.
I can’t wait!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm (9 years ago)
Let me know how you like it! I’m SO excited you are on the bacon candy train too! It’s incredible! It’s like there was a whole world I never knew existed. I am Dorothy when she opens the door to Oz and everything is in color! 😉
Erin CMarch 26, 2014 at 6:06 am (9 years ago)
“Drinner” just happens to be my most favorite meal…ever!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm (9 years ago)
Isn’t it the best! I’m a huge fan of Brunch and Drinner! Basically any meal where it’s socially acceptable to get a sweet buzz with your friends and eat good food. 😉
KierstenMarch 26, 2014 at 11:36 am (9 years ago)
You MUST got to Picnik when you’re in Austin! It is uh-freaking-mazing! The owner, Naomi is basically the sweetest person ever! And their blondies are like heaven in your mouth..being a dessert fiend (like myself) I’m sure you will appreciate them. And obvs you have to get a butter coffee because it’s butter coffee. Also, this looks super scrumptious and if I was eating tree nuts right now I would be all over it. Guess I’ll just have to make the bacon, darn…NOT!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm (9 years ago)
OH yay! Thanks for the suggestion, I will totally check it out! Butter coffee?! I’m ALL over it! And you should get all over this bacon asap. 🙂
KikiMarch 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm (9 years ago)
This looks great! Is the brownie more like a souffle? No coconut or almond flour?
Vanessa BarajasMarch 28, 2014 at 8:12 am (9 years ago)
No flour what so ever! They are the texture of regular brownies. It’s magic! 🙂
SherriMarch 30, 2014 at 10:49 am (9 years ago)
I love your blog… and the name.. perfect!
Vanessa BarajasMarch 31, 2014 at 8:11 am (9 years ago)
Thank you! Happy to hear 🙂
Jill S.April 6, 2014 at 8:47 am (9 years ago)
Hey Vanessa, Quick question about the ice cream. The paleo ice creams I’ve made have all called for egg yolks. When you make this recipe, does it come out creamy? Or is the texture a little more on the icy side?
Looking forward to making this entire recipe!
Your loyal groupie –Jill 🙂
Vanessa BarajasApril 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm (9 years ago)
I would say the texture is a little more on the icy side so add egg yolks, maybe 2? Pouring the magic shell on is my favorite part (besides eating it), hope you enjoy it too! 🙂
Jill SNovember 16, 2014 at 8:40 am (9 years ago)
Vanessa, I made this ice cream as is (I did add some pecans right at the end though) and we loved it; I have decided that there is definitely no need to add egg yolks! This ice cream is awesome as is! Thanks for this recipe!
Vanessa BarajasNovember 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm (9 years ago)
Oh good to know Jill!!! I’m toying around with some egg versions and some with gelatin, they will be in the book! I’m glad this one was a hit!
reliablerecipeApril 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm (9 years ago)
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Dianne LivingstoneAugust 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm (9 years ago)
Sounds divine! Bacon and dessert – delish! #eatdessertfirst #mcdonalds
JessicaSeptember 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm (9 years ago)
So I tried cooking this in 2 ramekins and it was foamy mess. Not sure what went wrong but it was like a volcanic brownie. No bueno.
Vanessa BarajasSeptember 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm (9 years ago)
That’s strange. I wonder if the ramekins didn’t get hot enough to bake the batter? I’ve only ever tried this recipe in a skillet or an 8×8 glass dish. This recipe is based off of my Triple Chocolate Mint Brownie recipe and everyone seemed to have a great experience making them. I’m sorry yours didn’t go quite so smooth. 🙁