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Friday, April 17, 2015

Blueberry Pie for Breakfast?

I am still  eating like a caveman on a regular basis, but must admit I have really been craving muffins or pie or cake or anything to satisfy an intense need to chew something other than a meat or a vegetable.  I don't mind substituting zucchini "noodles" for pasta, or eating cauliflower "rice" with Asian dishes.  I am ok making my own Worcestershire sauce and ketchup, and understand if it comes in a box or package most likely I can't eat it. I have even found a gozillion dollar loaf of paleo bread at Organic Harvest, that I actually bought and froze to use, meagerly, one slice at a time. I am sorry but Sloppy Joe's on a lettuce leaf just doesn't cut it.  Even though I am doing all those things I still miss an occasional sweet indulgence.

Voila! I found a blueberry pie recipe online and tweaked it into a form I was comfortable eating.  I understand technically I can have maple syrup and honey as sweeteners while doing this, but I also know that sweets are my downfall, so I am keeping those natural sugars out of my diet almost all of the time.

We all know that there is no way this is going to taste just like a pie loaded with sugar and maybe topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but it is still a pretty delicious alternative.  It has more the mouth feel of a cakey cobbler than a traditional pie, but it was still quite palatable.

.  If you feel the need for this to be sweeter add a tablespoon of maple syrup to both the berries and the egg mixture.

           
                                               Paleo Blueberry Breakfast Pie



1 cup blueberries (use the sweetest juiciest you can find)
2 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoon coconut flour
3/8 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small circular oven proof pan/dish  (Remember those old Corningware pans with lids?  That is what I used.) Put the blueberries in the bottom of the pan. In a small bowl beat the eggs well.  Add the coconut milk (I always heat the can slightly in warm water to get the fat melted so it will stir back into the liquid.) Add the coconut flour  and vanilla and stir well.  Pour over the blueberries and bake until the egg mixture is set and the top is brown and puffy. (About 20 minutes)  Serve hot!  This is a single serving and believe me, there is something very satisfying about getting to eat a whole pie with no guilt.

If you want to make this for 2 people, double everything and cook it in a traditional pie pan. It would also serve 4 as a part of the meal.

I am so going to try this again soon (maybe even tomorrow morning).  Though I think it would be equally good with strawberries or blackberries, I just don't know for certain.  Because I care about each of you  and don't want you leaping into the unknown, I am willing to be the guinea pig and have pie for breakfast at least 2 more times really soon.  I am just self sacrificing like that I guess.

Go out on a limb and try something different this week.  You might just find a "keeper". And if not, it's just a meal.


Update:  I tried this using strawberries, almond milk, almond flour and 1 Stevia pack.  It was quite good, but not as good as using the coconut flour and coconut milk.  I was at the lake and didn't have them so I had to punt.  I kept the same proportions for the flours and milks, but I did double everything because I just have one baking dish at the lake.  It worked out well and 3 of us ate it for breakfast.

8 comments:

  1. I have a dish just like that and I love it because of its handle and lid. The pie doesn't look too bad either. :)

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  2. I use that dish all the time. I had a set with 3 originally but now I am down to just 2. Bummer!

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  3. It was tasty, but mostly I got to eat the entire pie.

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  4. Hey, that looks yummy! I'm new to your blog and didn't realize you were eating/cooking paleo. It sure would be a challenge for a cookie monster like me.

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  5. It is more than a challenge. Some days it is a Herculean task just to keep from chucking it all and o.d.ing on M&M's. At least once every couple of weeks I take a paleo free day and eat whatever I want. I am amazed at the amount of cookies I can put away on those days.

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  6. That looks really, really good.
    Oh I would have come unhinged if I had to eat my sloppy joe on a lettuce leaf. We still have to be civilized people.

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  7. I agree! There are some things that just require bread, but I have not been able to work up the nerve to actually try it yet

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