Living in a house, I often torture myself by watching my roommates eat eggs over toast in the morning, thinking, “Boy, do I miss bread!” Since being put on thyroid medication for hypothyroidism, I’ve maintained a (mostly) paleo lifestyle and noticed my body feeling much better from it! I still have the occasional butter, but I avoid dairy and grains as much as possible after noticing they were the primary culprits leading to some of my stomach aches.
Bread has been one of the hardest things to give up. I’ll admit it, I’m addicted! While I can easily substitute spaghetti squash or zucchini for a lot of my former gluten filled cravings, bread was a tougher one for me to find an alternative that worked. I adapted this recipe from one I found on Southern in Law (thanks for the great recipe!) by adding some fruit, seeds, and nuts to it. I also figured I would throw in some Maca, because I can never pass up an opportunity to add in a good Superfood! I think the hint of banana gives it a nice texture as well (and I just love bananas). I may even try adding more banana next time to make more a banana bread.
After watching “America’s Worst Cooks” last night, I was inspired to try poaching an egg, as opposed to my usual boiled or scrambled, to put on top of my homemade bread. The process was surprisingly easy! To poach the egg I boiled water with a little salt and a tiny bit of vinegar (maybe 1/2 tablespoon) in a pot. I only used about 2 inches of water. Once boiling I cracked a cold egg into a small dish and started swirling the boiling water with a big slotted spoon (that I will use to later pull the egg out to reduce the amount of dishes) until the water is moving in a circular motion on its own. This will keep the egg from separating. I used the dish to slide the egg into the center and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes. Use the slotted spoon to pull it out, and there you have it!
Now on to the best part: the bread! Here is breakdown of how I made this delicious grain free bread:
Paleo Fruit & Nut Grain Free Bread
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 very ripe banana (mashed)
- Dried fruits of your choice – I used cranberries and chopped dried apricots
- Nuts of your choice – I used slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup Chia seeds (or other seeds of your choice)
- 1 tbsp Maca (optional)
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!