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Protein Power Balls (GF, Nut Free, Paleo, DF)

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Even thought I’m trying to stick with a primarily Paleo diet, I still want to eat treats and I need/want them to be healthy or at least healthier.  My mom (she’s the best) got me some of these Paleo Power Balls, they were ok, a little dry and pretty expensive, there are only TWO balls in each bag!!!  Wow!!  I said I think I could make them myself and I did.

 

 

Orange Cranberry Protein Power Balls
Orange Cranberry Protein Power Balls

 

My mom did a recipe detailer and she said that it comes out to about 77 calories per ball.

 

1 cup coconut butter/coconut manna
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 Tablespoons Collagen Powder
1 teaspoon Beef Gelatin (it is flavorless)
3 Tablespoons Craisins (this keeps it from being AIP and probably not totally Paleo because of the added sugar)
Good pinch of sea salt

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons orange juice

Water or more OJ if needed

 

I measured the coconut and then I processed in my magic bullet because I wanted it to be fine.  I also processed the craisins, but be careful if you go too far they will start to make a paste, just pulse to desired size, I did mine maybe to rice size or a bit smaller.

Combine in a bowl the processed coconut, craisins, collagen, gelatin, orange zest and salt.  Stir to combine, you might need to kind of knead it a bit with your hand to get it all really combined.  Add in coconut butter, stir/mash around to get incorporated, then stir in the coconut oil and OJ.  Stir and mash around until it is all combined.  The consistency should be similar to cookie dough.

I used this scoop to make the balls and this recipe yielded about 25 power balls.

They will be a little soft but will firm up a bit as they sit.  I like them room temperature but you could put them in the fridge or freezer too, the colder they are the harder/firmer they will be due to the coconut in them.

I made these with bottled OJ and no zest because I didn’t have any oranges on hand and the zest really kicks it up.

If you have a similar or another paleo, nut free protein ball recipe leave a comment and share it!

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Favorite Find Friday – Cassava Flour

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Welcome to a LONG over-due Favorite Find Friday!  You can see other favorite finds here.

In my quest for baking Paleo and nut-free – I found cassava flour.  Some might say tapioca flour/starch is the same, however that’s not true.  Cassava flour is a whole food, it is a root vegetable, dried and ground into flour.  Tapioca is the starch extracted from cassava root.

I found two brands that I have used personally, both are gluten free.

Moon Rabbit Foods – which is made in a dedicated GF facility, non-GMO

cassava flour

 

Anthony’s Cassava Flour – Batch tested GF, non-GMOcassava_2lb_amz_front_1024x1024I have used it to make several different baked goods.  I made scones, cookies, biscuits.  It is texturally much different than other GF flours, however you need no xanthan gum.  I used it in with coconut flour as well as adding in tapioca or arrowroot.  I will try to get some other recipes up, but I’m still struggling with my health so I’m not sure when I’ll do it.  I do have the Cassava Flour tortillas and they are great for wraps, tacos, enchilada casserole.

This flour is AIP compliant, Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free, Nut Free

If you have a favorite Cassava flour recipe leave a comment and share it !!

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Ch – ch – ch- changes…. and a recipe Cassava Flour Tortillas

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cropped-Blog-header2-page0001-1-1.jpgI guess that tag line will only reach a certain number of people…haha….it’s from a song.  Not that this post has anything to do with the song itself, only in the fact that I’ve had a lot of changes.  I have been absentee this year for the most part because I’ve been sick.  I won’t go into all the details, but this has led to some dietary changes and I’m still trying to find my way.  I have some great new recipes to share once I’m able to pull it all together. Trying to navigate my new food regime has been a challenge while I’m feeling so bad already.  I’m working on being Paleo/SCD/AIP, I’m thinking it’s a process, I’m having a hard time making the switch.  I feel like I did when I went GF 7+ years ago, that does bring it’s own set of reassurances in that I made it to where I am now so I know I will make it through this too, it will just be a hard and trying time.  That being said here is the first of many great recipes to follow, I also made scones with this.

 

First a little about cassava versus tapioca.  Some people will say that they are the same.  The difference is that Cassava flour is the actual root that has be ground into flour as opposed to the tapioca which is just using the starch from the root.  You can read more about it here, if you’re interested.  So, this would be compliant with Whole 30 as well as Paleo since it is a “whole” food.

 

Here's my sandwich wrap with the finished tortilla.
Here’s my sandwich wrap with the cassava tortilla.

Cassava Flour Tortillas

This made 6 approximately 6 inch tortillas

3/4 cup cassava flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/3 + cup warm water

Heat cast iron skillet or griddle. I used a bit of coconut oil to rub pan on the first one but gave it up as I went along.

Combine cassava flour and salt, stir in oil and 1/3 cup water, stir to combine.  You want it to come together in a dough that is moist but not too wet.  You should be able to pick it up without it sticking to your hands too much.  Add water if need to get desired consistency.

Divide into six balls.  I used my tortilla press to flatten.  I cut two pieces of wax/parchment paper, one for top and one for bottom of press.  After pressing I picked up the piece with the tortilla on it and put it in the hot skillet, it was easy to peel off the wax paper when it was in the pan and made it not tear like it did when I tried to take it off before placing it in the pan.

Cook about 3 minutes per side.  I under-cooked a few of them so they were more chewy and less supple.  I think you could totally press them thinner and cook longer to make chips, though I haven’t tried this.

That’s it!  Isn’t that amazing? Super simple less than five ingredients and maybe 15-20 minutes start to finish.  This tasted as close to a gluten tortilla as I’ve tasted.  I used it for tacos and sandwich wraps so far.