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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

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LOOOONG time no post. My bad, ladies and gentlemen. Jennifer and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary recently… ok maybe almost over four weeks ago, but the important part is that I baked her an anniversary cookie cake. A whole cake?! Yeah, but no worries. It was finished off mainly by me.

Back story behind the cake. Five years ago when I asked Jennifer to be my bae, I “baked” her a cake and drove 6.5 hours from Lubbock to Austin to give to her. And when I say I “baked” her a cake, I mean my good friends from college, Jenny and Carmen, baked the cake for me (gracias). It was a chocolate cake filled with ganache and icing that read “girlfriend?” Thankfully she said yes or else that would have been an awkward and long drive home. Cheesy way of asking a girl out right? Possibly.

But every year since then, I have had someone help me bake a cake every year because my baking skills suck. Also, shout out to Matt and my sister, Jennifer for years 2 and 4. Year 3 I had midterms to study for so no cake, but this anniversary shall continue the tradition from here on out.

Cakes

This year I decided to finally bake a cake on my own. This recipe is pretty easy and straight from a paleo dessert cookbook (purchase book here) I received as a birthday present this past year. Thanks again, Jenny.

The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook - a gift from our friend, Jenny.
The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook – a gift from our friend, Jenny.

For the cake ingredients, you need to gather:

  • 2 cups – almond flour
  • ¼ cup – arrowroot flour
  • ½ cup – coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon – sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon – baking soda
  • ½ cup – palm shortening
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces of dark chocolate, finely chopped or 2 and ½ ounce cacao nibs

For the frosting ingredients, you need to farm for:

  • ½ cup – palm shortening
  • ¼ cup – honey
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons – coconut flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons – almond flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon – sea salt
  • Liquid vanilla stevia to taste

Ready, set, cake!

  1. Preheat that oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Add palm shortening and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer. Make sure you add enough of the wet ingredients so the cookie actually bakes.
  4. Fold in the chocolate (or cacao nibs)
  5. Line a 12” cast iron skillet with unbleached parchment paper on the bottom only.
  6. Spread cookie dough evenly in the skillet and pack it down.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges are beginning to brown slightly.
  8. Let the cookie and the skillet cool completely before frosting.

Frosting time!

  1. Mix together all the ingredients – palm shortening, honey, vanilla extract, coconut flour, almond flour, salt, and liquid vanilla stevia. Before adding the vanilla stevia, try testing out the frosting first. You can add as much stevia as you want to taste.
  2. Decorate the cookie cake however you want. I used a pastry bag I bought from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
  3. So the cake I baked for year 2… I tried to write happy anniversary and it ended up saying happy birthday according to some people. So I decided to just write a 5 on the cake because it’s the thought that counts right? I also added 5 stars because 5. I ended up with tons of extra frosting, but that’s okay. Jennifer doesn’t like frosting too much, so I didn’t want to overload the cake for her sake.
Year 2 cake... Happy Anniversary! Or... happy birthday???
Year 2 cake… Happy Anniversary! Or… happy birthday???
My attempt at frosting year 5 cake lol
My attempt at frosting year 5 cake lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s it! Happy Anniversary, Babe!

Paleo-friendly cookie cake for year 5!
Paleo-friendly cookie cake for year 5!

Until the next meal,

Joseph and Jennifer

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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Everyone assumes that just because we eat follow a paleo-friendly diet, we are unable to enjoy sweets and treats. There are a variety of fantastic and easy recipes for paleo-friendly sweets and treats. My favorite thing to whip up are these banana chocolate chip muffins.

Gather the ingredients:

  • 3 mashed over-ripe bananas
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life chocolate chips are paleo-friendly, or you can just use regular chocolate chips)

What’s great about this recipe is that as StefMef24 put it so eloquently, “It’s the perfect recipe for the lazy person.” There are no steps to baking these muffins. You just throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well!

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Take all of your ingredients, and throw them in a mixing bowl. Then mix! I recommend using a Kitchen Aid mixer or electric hand mixer because mixing with a whisk by hand was a little difficult. The banana would get stuck between the wires of the whisk and it took a little more time than necessary and a lot more muscle-power than necessary to blend everything together well. Make sure bananas are well mashed/mixed! Unless you like banana chunks in your muffins, then keep your bananas half-mushed.

When I want to be fancy (which is all the time), I like to throw in some chopped nuts alongside my other ingredients as well. It adds a nice texture to the muffin, and the nuts complement the banana and chocolate well.

After mixing everything together, grab a muffin tin or silicone baking cups. Pour the muffin mixture into the tin/baking cups. The muffins do not rise that much, so you can pour enough mixture to where the cup is filled 3/4 of the way. You should be able to make around 12 muffins.

Place your muffins in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. They will brown a little on the top, but that’s okay. Let them cool before digging in. The muffins still maintain a “muffin-y” consistency, but they’re a tad bit spongier than your typical muffin. I love that this muffin is a little sweet, but it’s not TOO sweet.

The only thing “wrong” with these muffins would be the fact that they are next-to-impossible to try and store and save to eat throughout the week. Every single time I’ve baked them, Joseph and I will inhale EVERY SINGLE MUFFIN within 24-hours I kid you not. They are absolutely delicious AND healthy! Granted, they’re not healthy enough for us to eat be eating all of them in one sitting… but at least we’re not eating 12 processed cupcakes in one sitting, right?

No other pictures featured because it's a simple three-step process. Mix all ingredients in bowl, pour into muffin tins, and bake!
No other pictures featured because it’s a simple three-step process. Mix all ingredients in bowl, pour into muffin tins, and bake!

Thanks to Pinterest and Your Paleo Recipes for the recipe! Original recipe can be found here.

And just for fun, here’s an adorable picture of my not-so-amused family pup, Cinnamon, in a banana costume just for kicks and giggles. I thought it might be appropriate for this blog post since it features bananas. For those who are curious, Cinnamon is a mix between a Pomeranian and Chihuahua.

"Why me?" .____.
“Why me?” .____.

Until the next meal,

Joseph and Jennifer