Thought you wouldn't see me for another 6 months, didn't you? Well, I'm trying really hard to blog more often, mainly because I miss the blogging world so much! I miss writing about my cooking and sewing adventures. I LOVE my iphone, but sometimes it makes it difficult for me to transfer pictures into blog posts, instead I end up "instagraming" them.
Today I planned to make some muffins and thought what is better than a muffin blog post. Oh, but not just any muffins, these are paleo/primal muffins! Don't know what paleo/primal is? Well, it's my new way of eating! Basically, paleo/primal way of eating is cutting out all grains (yes, even corn), legumes and processed foods and some people cut out milk as well. It really also depends if you have intolerances to anything. If you find you do, you cut those out as well.
(By the way, just skip to the end if you don't want to read my long explanation about foods and diet etc!!)
How did I decide to eat paleo/primal you ask? I have been dealing with a really intensely itchy rash under my knees for almost 5 years now. It's awful. It started under one knee and then eventually the other knee got it. Doctors said it was eczema, whatever that is. The creams only helped for a little bit and eventually they stopped working. Anyway, after experimenting with a bunch of different theories, I finally caved and decided to go gluten free. That was only after Jed found an article about this thing called dermatitus herpetiformis (note, there is a kind of disgusting picture of a guy's belly if you click the link!). It was pretty much exactly the symptoms I was experiencing. The itching was so very intense and no one could understand that I simply couldn't stop itching it! Really, I tried not itching it (that was hard!) and it still wouldn't go away. Finally I decided it was becoming ridiculous. Now, there were times when it went away if I used an expensive cream (that was hard to find) on a regular bases. But I was sick of spending $15-$20 on a tiny bottle when it really wasn't doing anything and going to the doctor was no help at all. I was planning to get tested for a gluten intolerance, but ended up going off of gluten myself instead. (I kind of hate going to the doctor because they never help and I didn't want to risk not having insurance if they did find out I had an intolerance.)
This summer I decided to go gluten free. It actually wasn't that hard, because I found there were lots of things I could eat, including LOTS of junk food! After doing that for about a month, I was thinking that I'd really like to find a better way to eat to keep me from eating so much junk foods, just because they say they are gluten free. While the rash had gone down a ton, it still wasn't completely gone yet and I was thinking maybe it would be good to cut out other grains in my diet, even some gluten free ones. So I looked up "grain-free" and found out about the paleo/primal lifestyle. At first it seemed like a lot to do, then I read more about it and figured out that a lot of people tailor the paleo lifestyle to their needs. For instance, a lot of paleo hardcores seem to cut out a lot of starches and milk etc. But I don't think they are bad in moderation. I think that's where primal comes in, as they tend to add in more of those things than the paleo diet does. Simply put, the paleo/primal diet is basically vegetables, meats and fats. Then you can add in other starches, fruit/sugar depending on your needs.
I also wanted a diet where I didn't have to always count calories, because whenever I count calories I always end up eating way more sugar than healthy foods! And I want a well balanced healthy diet, while still enjoying some healthier snacks and sweets now and then. I actually love that the paleo diet is big on fats. It makes cooking so much easier! I don't have to worry about skimping on fat or protein and I'm finding I'm eating a lot more meat and vegetables than I had before. Of course, I've only been gradually building up to this lifestyle, so I'm far from where I want to be. I'm just happy that I feel like I have some sort of a goal now, instead of feeling utterly confused at what kinds of foods I need. Now I have a better idea of the foods I should eat more of and the foods I should try to avoid. And it also helps that when I go "off" the paleo/primal lifestyle, like when going out to eat, I can just worry about being gluten free so that my rash doesn't come back. Also, I will say living in Colorado makes eating gluten free a lot easier. Almost every restaurant I've been to here has gluten free options. Not just gluten free crackers and cheese!
So after all that, I'm finally getting around to the muffin recipe! This recipe was really delicious, although I did make some changes from the original recipe, because that's kind of what I do. I listed the changes I made below:
Instructions:Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and salt, spices if you are using them. In another large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, bananas, vanilla extract, and eggs. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Divide batter among the lined muffin cups. Bake until the muffins have puffed and the edges have slightly browned, about 20-25 minutes (mine took more like 30-35 min).
P.S. I forgot to add, the muffins were outstanding! Really can't tell the difference between "normal" muffins and these. By the way, if you like coffee, these are brilliant paired with a cup of black coffee (the way I like it best). Yum!