What do politics have to do with preparing dinner (or breakfast or lunch for that matter)? I could argue that the current topic being debated by the Supreme Court (health law) has everything to do with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, because I believe wholeheartedly in achieving health through food. Funny that Justice Scalia recently argued that if the government could make people buy health insurance, then they could also make people buy broccoli. He might be on to something.
Since going Paleo (or Primal, Hunter-Gatherer, Caveman, whatever), I've discovered a whole new set of food politics. I've been asked questions such as, How do you feel about coconut milk? What is your stance on sweet potatoes? What about olive oil? (For the record: love it; can't get enough; use it everyday.)
The biggest debate I've avoided, and the reason I've postponed sharing the following recipe, is nuts. Yes, nuts. Crazy, huh?
To bake or not to bake with nut flour seems to be a polarizing debate in the Pale0/Primal blogging community. There are those who strongly believe there is no place for nut flour treats on the Paleo plate, and others who post recipe after tasty recipe for Paleo friendly brownies, cakes, cookies, bars, breads, etc.
How do I feel about baking with nut flour?
Well . . . I wish I didn't do it, but I'm glad I can. Kind of like health insurance: wish I didn't need it, glad I have it.
Putting vegetables and meat on the table for my family says, "I love you!", but putting a loaf of Paleo bread on the table says, "I like you too!" My family has always loved baked goods, and going Paleo meant giving up many of our favorite treats. I'm thrilled that we've rediscovered the joy of baking with ingredients I can justify eating!
But . . . I do my darnedest to limit our consumption of nut based Paleo "goodies" to once or twice a week. I believe nuts should be consumed in moderation and I find it far too easy to consume too many, especially when you mix nuts with cocoa powder or shredded coconut or dried fruit. I'd really rather eat meat and vegetables (or at least that's what I repeatedly tell myself when I'm tempted to make a batch of Paleo Brownie Bites).
So . . . Although my kids ask for them every day, once a week I make these Paleo friendly waffles for breakfast (to be honest, I could eat them every day too!).
Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Waffles
(recipe adapted from PaleOMG)
1 3/4 cup almond meal*
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon arrowroot or coconut powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour a scant 1/2 cup of batter onto a greased waffle iron and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 small waffles.
*You can make your own almond meal by grinding whole, raw almonds in the food processor (ideally, the almonds should be sprouted and dehydrated, but that's another post). For this recipe, I use just shy of 2 cups of raw almonds to make my own almond meal, then add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and proceed.
Now . . . what to put on your waffles is a different debate. How do you feel about maple syrup? What about butter? What's your stance on fruit? (For the record: stopped buying it; only buy the best; no more than two pieces a day.)
Personally, I love to spread a little almond butter on my waffle and top with a half of a banana, sliced. As a politician said long ago, To each his own.