Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Paleo Sugar Detox Pumpkin "Oatmeal"

pardon my sloppy presentation... I squeezed this one in while getting my kids ready for tennis camp

I am a staunch defender of grain-free treats in moderation, and have often pleaded my case on heated Facebook threads on the subject. No, caveman didn't eat brownies but their kids also didn't have popsicles loaded with food dyes and HFCS offered up to them after Neanderthal school Olympics.

My kids and I are very active and healthy, and we certainly don't eat my breakfast cookies every day. While you'll never convince me that homemade, grain & dairy-free treats should be shameful indulgences, I will confess that right now I personally need to step back from the sweets.

After some personal stress and then a vacation, my body is telling me I overdid it. A little white rice here. A lot of fruit there. Gluten-free pizza eating out. So actually it wasn't paleo cookies or cake that did me in, but just a little too much of everything!

I know my body is out of whack and can practically feel that I have a Candida thing going on. So for the next 21 days I'm all about the detox. I wanted to revisit today's recipe, because it's a great dish that I enjoy even while not consciously watching my sugar. It's also nice to have an alternative to savory egg-based breakfasts, regardless of what plan you're following.

I topped my bowl off with raw cacao nibs and coconut chips. I like the contrast in texture, and while the taste of raw cacao isn't for everyone I actually quite like it.

If you're not following a detox and find this isn't sweet enough for you, you can use a riper banana, use the whole banana or add a little raw honey or pure maple syrup.

Paleo Sugar Detox Pumpkin "Oatmeal" 

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 green-tipped banana, cut into slices
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1 egg
pinch of salt
vanilla & pumpkin pie spice (or just cinnamon), to taste
raw cacao nibs & coconut flakes or chips (for garnish, optional)

Heat coconut flour, milk, water, pumpkin and banana in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously until the mixture is well-blended and the banana and pumpkin are thoroughly incorporated. If you're following a detox plan your banana should be quite firm, so it may remain a tad chunky.

Crack the egg into the pot and continue to cook and stir. Season with salt, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.

Cook for another couple of minutes, until it's reached your desired consistency. Remove from heat and place in a bowl, garnishing as desired.

1 comment:

  1. I have been following a Paleo style diet for the last few weeks because of health issues and love it. Two things I really missed though were oatmeal and rice. I solved the rice issue by making cauliflower rice, and now have your substitute for oatmeal. I cant wait to try this, thank you!