PaleOMG’s Coffee Cake Banana Bread

11 Mar

Hi, my name is Emily and I’m a recipe addict.

I have so many cookbooks, recipe cards, Pinterest boards, iPhone apps, screenshots of Instagram posts, etc. that sometimes, it gets a little overwhelming.

some of my favorite cookbooks

some of my favorite cookbooks

But, I really really enjoy cooking and baking. The beautiful thing is, there are so many wonderful recipes out there that I rarely feel the need to create something new. Lucky me! I feel that if someone else has already spent the time and money to think it up, test it over and over, and then write it all up for me, I should just go with that.

For instance, the other day I decided to make PaleOMG’s Coffee Cake Banana Bread because I had some rotting bananas,  her recipes always  intrigue me, and she seems really chill and cool. Don’t you love my recipe decision process?

I made this on a Friday night, so that my Saturday morning would be graceful and easy. I walked down the stairs, sliced a slice (ok, two slices) of some sweet paleo banana sunshine, and smiled as my teeth collected one delicious morsel after another, with slippered feet propped up in utter happiness.

It was awesome.

First, there was the batter. Simple stuff: mash, add, blend. My Kitchenaid mixer, Sally, is one of my best friends. Maybe I should get out more… nah.

am I the only one who loves licking the raw batter?

am I the only one who loves licking the raw batter?

Whatever doesn’t make it into the pan goes into my mouth. Screw salmonella; nothing comes close to the taste of raw egg batter. I cannot be alone in this, surely.

Then, into the pan it goes! The trickiest part was cutting out the parchment paper and oiling it up. I traced the parchment paper then actually cut it out. I’m not sure if that was really necessary, but it came out wonderfully, so I would probably do the same thing again.

I left the nuts out of the topping because I didn’t have any nuts and…meh. I just wasn’t feeling the nuts that day. No biggie. Also, I used coconut oil for the topping, so it got pretttyyy sticky on my fingers. Alas, chunks were placed. Then, I licked my fingers.

my interpretation of, "Place chunks of the toppings all around the top of the banana bread mixture."

my interpretation of, “Place chunks of the toppings all around the top of the banana bread mixture.”

About 50 minutes later, I had something wonderful come out of the big, warm magic box. I may have eaten a small sliver to make sure it tasted ok. I was shooting for a relaxed Saturday morning, remember?

I took some pretty artsy photos with my Camera+ app of the finished product.

picture 1, top view

picture 1, top view

oooh, different angle

oooh, different angle

can't stop me! photo with adorable crumbs and bites missing!

can’t stop me! photo with adorable crumbs and bites missing!

In all seriousness, it was really delicious, really easy, and really rewarding on a slow Saturday morning. It depends on how you eat this bread. I like to start from the bottom and work my way up, so I first eat the bread-y, banana-y part, then end up with mouthful after mouthful of the sweet coffee-cake-like topping. It’s been a while since I’ve had any true grain breads, but honestly this tastes so much like the banana bread I grew up eating. The combo of banana bread with coffee cake takes almost-rotten bananas to celebrity status in 50 minutes flat. I think I might buy some more bananas tomorrow so they will be all soft by this Friday and do the same thing all over again. Maybe I’ll go crazy and add nuts this time.

Often, I will get stuck on a recipe I really like that is easy, cheap, and delicious, so I could see this one being made for weekends in a row until I’m ready to move on.

Thank you, PaleOMG! Keep up the good work (and keep the recipes coming!)

Cook This: Paleo Recipes

6 Mar

Who’s ready for some recipes? Oh, that reminds me! Have you signed up for our Paleo Recipe E-Book Contest yet? Get to it!

Seven Layer Bars

Crispy and Creamy Avocado Fries

Sweet Potato Bacon Cakes

Spice Rubbed Chicken

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Frozen Banana Bites

Bacon Apple Smothered Pork Chops

2014 Paleo Recipe E-Book Contest

4 Mar

Have you ever dreamed of your own recipe making it into a cookbook? Well, we have some exciting news here at cavesisters.com! We are creating a recipe e-book! What makes it extra special is, we are looking for new and fresh paleo recipes from YOU!

It might not feel like it right now, but summer will be here before we know it! We want to feature 15 fresh and new paleo recipes that fit perfectly with hot summer days. We’d love to see a variety of recipes, including drinks, appetizers, sides, main dishes, and desserts. Let your imagination go wild!

The contest will run from today, March 4, until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 19. That’s only two weeks, folks!

Here’s how the contest will work:

  • We are looking for 15 new paleo, summertime recipes for our e-book. You can submit up to two (2) recipes. We will pick the best 15 from what we receive.
  • The e-book theme is summertime. Think picnics, beach trips, Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.
  • Let’s keep it paleo. Show off how delicious summertime can be without: grains, refined sugar, legumes, and vegetable oils. We might allow some dairy to slip through the cracks, but use it sparingly.
  • Don’t copy anyone else. Be original! No plagiarism will be tolerated.
  • You must submit at least two (2) photos. You can take two different photos of the finished food product, a photo of the ingredients or setup, etc. but just keep it food-related. No selfies, please! You don’t have to have professional photography skills, but it helps. The higher-quality the photos, the better.
  • Make sure you include: serving size, total time for prep and cooking, an ingredients list, and the step-by-step instructions. Double check, triple check, quadruple check!
  • Fill out the required form below. This gets you in our database. If this e-book is successful, we will make this an annual contest.
  • E-mail us the required pieces (noted above) to CaveSisters.com@gmail.com.

We are so excited to be hosting this contest, and we know you all will WOW us with your submissions! Good luck!

You Are What You Eat: Paleo Nutrition

4 Mar

I feel like I have learned so much about nutrition and my body in the past two years than I did my entire life up to that point. Since going paleo, I have had to test, tweak, read, and listen to experts in this field and most of all, my own body. This goes with my overall mantra of being mindful of every bite I take (more on that, coming soon!) and finding out exactly what my body needs.

Well, here are this week’s posts on paleo nutrition!

Paleo Without Fish and Seafood? – Hard to imagine, for all the fish-lovers out there!

Why You Should Think Twice About Vegetarian and Vegan Diets – Sometimes I look at my plate and realize, “Hey, this is vegan!” and I might use the hashtag #vegan on my Instagram posts. But, then I’ll eat some bacon or steak and realize I could never keep that up. Not ever.

Here We Go Again: Vegetarian Diets and Mental Health – More interesting info about vegetarian diets.

A Paleo Guide to Tea – This is helpful for me right now, since I’m taking an indefinite break from coffee. : /

Walk the Talk: Paleo Lifestyle

3 Mar

Hey there, good lookin’. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes! Is this working? Do you forgive me for not posting for an entire month? Sorry about that.

Kelly has been busy with some amazing concerts (she is a badass flute and piccolo player) and things like being a mother and such, and I (Emily) have begun a master’s degree, so I’ve been working on finding a nice work/life balance. Things have started settling down in my neck of the woods, so I’m happy to begin connecting with you all again.

If you’re new to cavesisters.com, let me give a brief overview of what we do here. Kelly and I are sisters, and we both happen to live a paleo lifestyle, do CrossFit, and we try to be grateful, loving, and happy in general. Our goal with cavesisters.com is to gather paleo/primal resources from around the Web and put them in one place. Each week, you can expect to find articles about general paleo lifestyle, nutrition, recipes, etc. and we like to throw in some personal posts as well.

So, to start off this week, I want to share some lifestyle resources I’ve found to be particularly interesting. Since we’re on good terms again, could you do me a favor? Let me know if there are some bloggers/podcasters/speakers that you would like to see here. Do you have a personal story you would like to share? We are open to that, as well.

Escape the Grocery Jail: Tips for Time-Saving Paleo Shopping – This hits home for me! I actually live right behind a grocery store, so I find myself in there almost every day, because I am usually not good at planning. It’s something I need to work on!

Why You Should Book a Massage Today – You don’t have to tell me twice!

Performance Up! Inflammation Down!: Professional Baseball Pitcher Goes Primal and Sees Immediate Results – I love these personal stories. I also love hearing about athletes who dare to go primal and actually benefit from it!

Food Freedom: Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary Summit – Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who feels old knowing Super Size Me was released 10 years ago.

My Personal Food Philosophy

2 Mar

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I (Kelly) have been doing a lot of thinking over the past year about the whys behind what I put in my body. When you really dig down into it, it’s quite a bit more complicated than just eating to live. There is so much emotional weight that food carries, for better or for worse. If you really know the whys, it makes hard choices much easier. I just got done writing an article about how you can develop your own food philosophy which you can find over at Strong Body Whole Heart, my new whole body health coaching company.

My personal food philosophy:

  • I eat beautiful, healthy food – organic and local if possible, because it makes me feel healthy and beautiful and strong.

  • I buy food from local farmers if possible because it makes me feel vibrant and connected to the community.

  • I buy organic if possible because I believe it is better for me, and it also makes me feel like I am doing my own small part to contribute to long-term sustainability.

  • I think about how food is going to affect me short-term and long-term before I eat it.

  • I limit grains and sugar in my diet because I know my body functions better without them.

  • I do not eat cereal because it is a trigger food for me.

  • I include a lot of healthy fats in my diet and am not afraid of that because I know my body runs well on them.

  • I am always learning and refining what is best for me. I am not afraid to try new ways and ideas and remain open to innovative (and often scary) ways of thinking.

  • I eat vegetables every single day.

  • I will not feel guilty about eating chocolate – ever!

  • I believe in the way I eat and commit to it because my health is important, and I can’t afford to let it go.

  • I listen to my body and give it what it needs, particularly in regards to training.

  • I indulge periodically, with intention and without guilt.

  • I do not eat mindlessly. I eat with full awareness of what I am putting into my body.

  • I do not eat something “bad” because I have already indulged on a particular day. I avoid the “whatever” or “oh, well” or “all-or-nothing” mentality.

So, do you have a personal food philosophy? I’d love to hear what are some of the main points of yours!

Cook This: Paleo Recipes

10 Jan

Hi, guys! It’s Kelly this week! Emily just started classes for her masters degree, so she is just a tad bit busy!! There are a lot of great recipes this week and most of them are pretty strict paleo/primal which is nice for getting back into clean eating after the holidays! Enjoy!

Almost 5-Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie – I made this yesterday and can attest to its awesomeness!

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Stir Fry Peppercorn Beef – Sometimes you just want an easy stir fry!

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Breakfast Recipes – Here’s a host of yummy breakfasts just waiting for your next lazy Saturday morning.

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Lemon Poppyseed Acorn Squash Muffins – Oh hello, little darling.Image

Simple Tomato Soup – What Polar Vortex?

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Mustard Balsamic Baked Chicken – I feel like I can almost taste it through that picture!

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Cook This: Paleo Recipes

2 Jan

I have one word this week: YUM. Seriously. There are some wonderful people out there with incredible palates and creative minds. How do they come up with these recipes? Amazing. -Emily

Banana Bread Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Butter

Fruit Juice Gelatin

Oven Omelet

Scallop Tartare with Strawberries

Soft & Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Super Cheesy Kale Chips (dairy free)

Taco Fries

White Hot Chocolate

Happy New Year 2014!

1 Jan

I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve, and that 2014 has started off well for you. Here’s a funny picture I found that describes paleo perfectly:

paleo-caveman

 

If you’re on the fence of trying paleo, why don’t you give it a try? Try not to think of things you’re giving up, but instead focus on what you’re gaining: a new appreciation for different foods, health, energy, good sleep, happiness, a long life, and so much more. 🙂  -Emily

You Are What You Eat: Paleo Nutrition

31 Dec

I’m gearing up for my elimination diet to begin in two days. I haven’t been doing any crazy binging or anything, but I do still have a few eggs in the fridge, and I might have just sprinkled a little red pepper into my Curried Carrot Sweet Potato Soup. I’m really hoping to figure out the last few nuisances I’ve honed in on since going primal: things like persistent acne and crackly joints. I’m betting there are a few primal foods that are causing these reactions, and I’m determined to figure out exactly which ones. Now aside from me, there are a few really interesting reads about paleo nutrition this week. Enjoy! -Emily