Breakfast was one of the first things I started doing normally. Back in the day when I was full of food paranoia and fear, most of my meals were different versions of steamed vegetables. Despite this, somehow I was eating gluten free toast, almond butter, oatmeal, and soy yogurt every single morning for breakfast. I savored every single bite of my food then, because I knew that as the day wore on food would get tougher for me. I don’t know how I convinced myself that eating carbs and fat in the morning was cool (maybe because I measured everything so meticulously) but I am so amazed and happy that I did, considering.
When I look back on the depths of my eating disorder it seems easy to identify breakfast as a recovery milestone for me. Now, just like then, I really fucking love breakfast. I don’t eat many grains or nuts or processed soy anymore and so obviously as my diet has changed my breakfast has too. I have found that in order to stick to any food guidelines at all I think it is very important to give myself little treats– especially being on a Vegetarian Paleo diet, which might be controversial to say as pleasure isn’t exactly the point of either one of those ways of eating. Regardless, there is no way in hell I would be willing or able stick to a diet as restrictive as mine without some little morsels to look forward to. I am stoked on treats, so suck it, naysayers.
I love the idea of Paleo pancakes but I can’t eat bananas or a ton of nut flour which are cornerstone ingredients in many recipes. Sadly, The ones I have attempted without those things have totally sucked. SO, to soothe the burn of no pancakes, I have taken to making other sweet and bread-like breakfast treats in the morning. An example of this is the kiwi coconut muffins in my picture, based on this recipe from The Paleo Home. Here is my version, which has no coconut sugar and a few other slight modifications from the original:
- 4 large pastured eggs
- 6 TBSP coconut oil, melted + a little more for greasing your muffin tins
- 1/3 cup coconut milk, frothed for some extra volume
- 1/2 meyer lemon, squeezed
- 1 TSP almond extract
- 1/2 cup baking stevia
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/4 TSP salt
- 1 TSP baking soda
- 3 kiwis, peeled and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tins lightly (you don’t need too much oil because the muffins honestly have a lot of oil in them so aren’t super sticky on your pans)
In a medium bowl, whisk your eggs until combined. Slowly pour in your coconut oil while whisking the eggs to avoid the coconut oil seizing up. Stir in the coconut milk, almond extract and stevia.
Whisk the rest of your dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients until combined. Fold in your chopped kiwi.
Fill your muffin liners until 3/4 full (you can fill them higher, but will need to bake them longer). These do not rise much. Bake for 22-25 minutes. These are done when a knife/toothpick comes out clean. I baked mine for 23 and the recipe made a dozen.
These muffins are great. I chose the recipe because my CSA had delivered me some kiwis and I have some pretty strict guidelines around not consuming raw fruit so I decided I needed to bake them. Although I would probably never buy kiwis on my own accord, they gave the muffins an amazing pop of flavor that I don’t think could be replicated by another fruit– it makes these muffins totally worth the journey off the beaten fruit path! Also, although stevia can be gross as hell, it is not detectable in these little puppies. I topped my muffins with a little coconut butter once they got out of the oven and it melted all over, thus maximizing deliciousness to the extreme.
Also, can I mention that it feels amazing to use six tablespoons of oil with abandon? I am of the ilk of folks who tried time and again to substitute apple sauce in baked goods in order to make them fat free. Let me let you in on a secret: fat free food fucking sucks. Never again do I wish to steer clear such a delicious and vital nutrient.
I paired the muffins with a pile of lacinato kale sautéed with onions, gluten free tamari (which I think isn’t Paleo but fuck it. You can use coconut aminos as a substitution) and a super runny fried egg. YUM. What do you eat for breakfast?