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Nut Free Paleo Crackers

These nut-free paleo crackers are so crispy and delicious, they taste better than the store-bought kind!

Nut Free Paleo Crackers

Ever since going gluten-free has gotten mainstream, I’ve been loving how many gluten-free and paleo products have been coming out on the market. When it comes to paleo crackers, while many of the ones I tried are super tasty, but I just don’t love that most of them are nut-based.

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE nuts. They are nutritious, portable, and super addicting. However there IS such a thing as too much of a good thing. Because they are so addictive, if you are like me, it’s hard to stop at just a handful even when it comes to crackers. They contain phytic acid like grains and high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are known to cause inflammation.

So in order to continue my cracker snacking habits without digestive issues, I made these nut-free paleo crackers that are super delicious and really easy to make!

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Instead of using a nut flour, I used coconut flour to make these nut-free paleo crackers, making them much easier to digest. The trick is to roll out the dough as thin as possible for that extra crispiness, and keeping a close eye on them while they are in the oven to make sure they don’t burn.

I enjoyed these with the addition of garlic powder and rosemary, but you can customize the spices to make it any flavor you like. Eat it with your favorite dips like cauliflower nacho cheese, guacamole, or zucchini hummus!

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Nut Free Paleo Crackers
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Herbs or spices of your choice, like rosemary, garlic powder onion powder, pepper,
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine coconut flour, tapioca starch, salt, pepper, and any herbs or spices of your choice in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  5. Place the dough between 2 parchment papers and use a rolling pin to roll it out as thin as you can without breaking the dough. The thinner the dough, the crispier the crackers!
  6. Remove the top parchment paper. Use the back of a knife to slice the dough into 2 inch squares.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure the edges aren't burning.
  8. If the center crackers are still soft, you can remove the outer pieces and bake the softer pieces for an additional 5 minutes until they crisp up.
  9. Let cool completely before serving.

Nut-Free Paleo Crackers (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Whole30)

Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins

These low carb and paleo Apple Bacon Muffins are so fluffy, moist, delicious, and they are a perfect make-ahead breakfast! 

Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins

Guys, these muffins! I got this idea after making my apple bacon pancakes, and how much I loved them. The two flavors go together so well and I just love that combination of sweet and savory.

While pancakes are amazing, I wanted something that I can make ahead of time since mornings are when I’m the most productive and I’d rather spend that time getting some work done than in the kitchen. Enter: these Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins!

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These muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, and I’ve been just toasting them in the oven in the morning and eating them with eggs. SO delicious. They are even better with a slather of grass-fed butter on them, and it’s a great go-to snack as well.

This recipe makes 6 large muffins, but you can double the recipe for a standard 12-muffin pan. I actually highly recommend you do with these Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins because you won’t regret it if you do. There’s something so delightful when apple and bacon comes together, and I’m pretty sure we all need more of it in our lives… Right? Just go make these if you agree!

Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins

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Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins
 
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Serves: 6 muffins
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon, fat reserved
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp bacon fat (or more coconut oil)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ apple, cored and shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or line with muffin liners.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon slices. Crumble the bacon and set aside the fat.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together coconut oil, bacon fat, eggs, and maple syrup.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir together.
  6. Fold in half of the bacon bits and shredded apple into the mix.
  7. Pour the batter evenly into the muffin tins to make 6 muffins.
  8. Top the muffins with the remaining bacon bits evenly.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when you insert it into a muffin.
  10. Cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from muffin tin.

Paleo Apple Bacon Muffins (Gluten Free)

5 Minute Broiled Salmon

This healthy broiled salmon recipe takes only 5 minutes to cook, and there’s barely any prep work. Such an easy peasy weeknight meal!

5 Minute Broiled Salmon

There was a time in my life when I avoided cooking any kind of fish (unless it came in a can). Fish just seemed intimidating and complicated to me, so I only ate them at restaurants or when my mom would cook for me. It seems so silly now because I finally realize that fish is one of the easiest and the quickest meals to prepare, and they are absolutely delicious with some simple spices and a bit of acid like vinegar or lemon juice.

Salmon is my favorite and I try to cook it once a week at home. Now that it’s summer, and the temperature has been hitting the 90s consistently, I want to spend the least amount of time in the kitchen next to a heat source. This is why I love this broiled salmon because it takes 5 minutes to cook, with minimal prep work. I just put together a big raw salad as a side and we are good to go for dinner. My kind of meal.

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You can make this 5 minute broiled salmon in any kind of pan, but it’ll work THE BEST on a cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets retain and distribute heat beautifully, and make the crispiest salmon skin. Some people don’t like to eat the skin, but it’s my favorite part. The husband actually thinks it’s gross, which I don’t mind at all, because I’ll happily eat his portion. More for me.

If you are looking for the easiest recipe on a weeknight, this broiled salmon recipe is a delicious choice. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you are getting a good dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and keep your brain happy!

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5 Minute Broiled Salmon
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 1-1½ lb wild salmon filets, skin on
  • ½ tsp sea salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (omit for low-FODMAP)
  • Juice from ½ lemon
Instructions
  1. Turn oven on to broil and set the oven rack about 5-6 inches from the heat source.
  2. Heat coconut or avocado oil in a cast iron skillet (or an oven-safe non-stick pan) over high heat for 3 minutes or until the cooking surface very hot. This step is necessary if you want crispy salmon skin.
  3. In the meantime, pat dry the salmon filets.
  4. Season the skin side with ¼ tsp sea salt. Then turn over the filets so they are skin side down and season the top with the rest of the sea salt, black pepper, oregano, and garlic powder.
  5. Once ready, place the salmon filets in the skillet, skin side down. They should sizzle as they touch the skillet.
  6. Immediately move the skillet into the oven and broil for 5 minutes.**
  7. Remove from oven and squeeze lemon juice over the filets before serving.
Notes
**If your salmon is on a thicker side, you may need to extend the broil time to 6 minutes.

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5 Minute Broiled Salmon (Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30)