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Paleo Cinnamon Roll Recipe Review

I know I mentioned before how we used to not think too much about what our children ate, as long as it wasn’t too bad for them and they were able to get full. But now that our mindset has changed, it is still hard to get the thoughts of cinnamon rolls and monkey bread out of the mind of my daughter as she still thinks about the tasty packaged food that we used to partake in multiple times a week. One thing that I hadn’t found as a good option was a good Paleo cinnamon roll recipe. There is the anti-paleo gluten free cinnamon roll recipe that I use from time to time that uses the Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Dough mix as the base, but it obviously isn’t ideal. I somehow came across a recipe for Paleo Cinnamon Rolls sometime back and decided to give them a shot. It was from an email newsletter that my dad had forwarded to me since he knew this was one recipe I had been looking for. I am very happy with the results. Unfortunately it isn’t on the site and I don’t feel comfortable posting it since it is part of an overall book, but I’ll link to the site and to the site that sent out the original newsletter in hopes you can find the recipe.

paleocinnroll

I know it isn’t perfect, but goodness they were tasty. Again, not the exact same as the cinnamon rolls we used to get, but very tasty and the kids thought they were in heaven!

The next time though, I need to remember to roll them tighter so that I don’t have them fall apart at the bottom like you can see in the pictures. Leaving room in between layers does not do well for shaping the Roll.

Paleo Cinn Rolls

Paleo Pals Anytime Cookies Review

My daughter is almost 5 years old and for the first 4 years of her life, we allowed her to have a lot of sweets and a lot of standard fare, but this past year we have really tried to focus on nutrient density in a lot of her foods, and if the food doesn’t have a nutritional benefit, then we try to stay away from it. I know this is hard for her as she has seen both sides of the fence, so I am trying any way I can to get her to understand why we are making the choices that we are. And one of the ways I am doing this is by introduction kid oriented Paleo books, Eat like a Dinosaur and Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship.

In each book, there is a good assortment of recipes specifically for kids, where they can help with most of the steps for preparation. My daughter especially loves the Paleo Pals book because it is about super heroes and has lots of good recipes. One of the recipes is a cookie called an Anytime Cookie that is made of whole foods, and isn’t overly sweet. So it truly can be consumed anytime without fear of blood sugar drops hours later.

anytime cookies

They really didn’t take much time at all to put together since it was just a mix and cook process. I really thought they were good, and the rest of the family did too. Now, the next day they weren’t near as good because they were a little mushy from the moisture trapped in the container. Still had the same flavor, but the texture turned my kids off as it was too squishy to be a typical cookie. We actually had these and some bacon for breakfast while we ran out to yard sales.

We will definitely make these again, but I need to try and find a way to keep them crunchy, as I think this would make it an even bigger hit with the little ones.

Paleo Monkey Bread Review

So, pre-Paleo, Monkey bread was a standard at our house. We would have it around once a month, and our entire family would engage in the tastiness that is Monkey Bread. Unfortunately a typical Monkey bread recipe calls for 3 cans of standard biscuits broken into pieces. Obviously that isn’t going to fly in a Paleo diet where you are trying to use real foods, plus the vast amounts of gluten would likely cause me to not feel good for a couple of weeks afterward!

So, what did I do? I combed the ‘nets to find a Paleo Monkey Bread recipe. Luckily I didn’t have to look far since Paleo Parents had one ready to go.

Monkey Bread

This was something we have done without for some time, but will now be available to us when we want it. It was really fantastic and we were really happy with the results. The kids thought it was awesome. It is not health food since it does have a combination of dates, honey, and sugar, but it is a much better option than the original version. I told my wife it was kind of like eating dark chocolate when you are used to the standard milk chocolate. It’s very tasty, and very rich, just not as mouth-puckeringly sweet.  We even did the no-egg version noted below the recipe of using coconut milk and baking soda for the fluffiness and it was fantastic!

One thing I will do differently next time is, in steps 7 and 10 call for you putting the “icing” mixture on the bottom of the pan, and then put more on top of the bread mixture. I will probably put it between the various levels of batter to give a more even taste. Otherwise you might end up with a caked mess that is of no use to you in the bottom of your bundt pan even after your bread has come out, kind of like I did.

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Babycakes Donut maker and Cake Donuts Review

Glazed Donuts
Notice there is already one missing…

I’ve said from the beginning, we are paleo, but that doesn’t mean we don’t do things from time to time that aren’t paleo, but still gluten free.

When my family went to Orlando last year, we stopped by Downtown Disney and got a few things at Babycakes NYC. Babycakes is a vegan bakery, and the majority of their items are gluten free as well. My wife raved about the donuts, so, of course, i was on a mission to find her donuts that met the same standards. Up to this point, I have failed. But a couple of weeks ago, Walmart had their Babycakes mini donut maker for less than $10, so that was the last straw in deciding to buy the actual Babycakes Cover the Classics cookbook, that contained the recipe. They were heavenly. I made mostly vanilla glazed, but some chocolate ones too. Both glaze recipes were from the babycakes recipe book.

Chocolate DonutsThe kids thought they were awesome too and have been having them as their snacks for the past few days. We even had family over and they liked them! It is definitely a hit. And they were so easy with the little maker. Baby girl helped me mix the ingredients together, then I simply stayed in the kitchen area to drop more batter in every few minutes when a batch of donuts was finished. The easiest baking I think I’ve ever done. Even if you don’t do gluten free, you should try the recipes from this cookbook. They are great and I’m sure I will be doing more sooner than later.  Now, to find a good Paleo donut recipe to put this maker through its paces…

 

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Review

BC gluten free cookie

Sometimes I get a little lax on what I eat, and then I eat it and remember why I eat the way I do.

A few days ago, we made chocolate chip cookies for my wife and I using the mix above. . We do it every now and then, and it seems like I forget just how bad an idea it is to use this mix. Here is the problem.

The cookies taste great, but they don’t like me.

All it calls for adding to the mix is an egg, some butter, and some vanilla, you mix it all up, throw it on the pan, and you’re set. Now, look at these ingredients.

Rice Flour, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Brown Sugar, Sugar, Potato Starch, Potato Flour, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Xanthan Gum, Salt.

That isn’t a bad list of ingredients, and fairly minimal, but considering it has chocolate chips, brown sugar, and white sugar all only directly after rice flour in terms of the the amount in the mix, it is like a sugar overload. I had a couple of cookies. Okay, 3, and they were really good. But as soon as I finished the third one, my stomach didn’t feel right. It wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t right.

The next day, it was time to bring the pain. My stomach was all messed up and just did not feel good. I seem to forget that as you clean your system out and minimize the items from your diet that cause problems, when you do come in contact with those items, especially large amounts, it messes you up. My stomach was extremely unhappy, which made me feel exhausted for the rest of the day.

So, this is my reminder to never eat these cookies again, and think about the amounts of the ingredients, not just the ingredients in something. A little bit of sugar goes a long way, especially when you aren’t used to taking it in that often. I forget that since the majority of America eats it by the spoonful, but this is my wake up call, otherwise I’ll have to move my office to somewhere with running water.