We know you've heard of cinnamon raisin, but have you ever heard of cinnamon chocolate?
Cinnamon and raisin is a very popular flavor (think oatmeal + raisin + cinnamon = awesome), but some folks are just not big fans of raisins. That's totally OK, because it turns out cinnamon pairs even better with chocolate. We've taken the fabulous flavors of cinnamon and chocolate and added it to our paleo vanilla cake and muffin mix to create an amazing tasty and epically easy-to-make treat!
Banana and chocolate were made for each other, like Romeo and Juliet, like peanut butter and jelly (if we ate peanut butter), like bacon and more bacon.
There are few things worth eating that don't contain some chocolate. Chocolate punches up an otherwise ordinary dessert into dessert nirvana. Well, we're all about nirvana here at Paleo Baking Company, so we just shifted our Paleo Banana Bread and Muffin Mix into banana bread overdrive.
Our Banana Bread and Muffin Mix is already moist and satisfying, with powerful banana flavor melting through every bite. Adding chocolate chips to this already delicious bread will send your tastebuds to the moon (and back). We used chocolate chips in this recipe, but you can certainly add carob chips or your favorite all-natural version.
If you want to add your favorite nut like pecans or walnuts, start with 1/2 cup. Bananas, chocolate, AND walnuts? Is this heaven? No, it's Paleo Baking Company.
An important tip for making any Paleo Baking Company baking mix products: We've tried again and again to make our mixes in standard size loaf pans. It's just really hard to bake the batter through in the middle without burning the top and bottom of the loaf.
Paleo Baking Company is committed to using only all-natural nut flours and ingredients, so we don't add thickeners or leavening agents that help bread dough rise in regular baking recipes. So, only make Paleo Baking Company Banana Bread and Muffin Mix in mini loaf pans like these. The bread will bake through perfectly, and you won't end up with burned edges.
Safety tips aside, it is time to make a delicious paleo treat! By the way, this recipe is kid-tested and approved. Guaranteed to put a smile on little ones' faces or your money back!
Makes approximately 4 mini loaves or 18 muffins
PREHEAT oven to 350°F.
GREASE sides and bottom of each pan with coconut oil. (Use baking cups for muffins).
MELT coconut oil on stove top or in microwave until liquid.
BLEND baking mix, water, melted coconut oil, honey, eggs, and mashed banana in large bowl at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds). BEAT at medium speed for 2 minutes. FOLD in chocolate chips. POUR batter in pans and bake immediately.
BAKE following chart below. Bread is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. COOL in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.
You don't have to be a monkey to enjoy chocolate chip banana bread, but make this delicious recipe and watch it get gobbled up by the monkeys in your house!
Hello! PBC founder, Hannah Dorn, here.
So you're paleo... and getting married! Sweet! Now... what the heck are you going to cut into after the nuptials?
Well, I had the same issue last year when some handsome dude was crazy enough to marry me. I wanted a beautiful, delicious wedding cake that wasn't going to make me feel sick on my special day. After much debate, I finally decided to make my own wedding cake. TWO wedding cakes to be precise.
It turns out that my Paleo Cake and Muffin Mixes not only make delicious paleo cakes and muffins, but they also freeze well. VERY well. So, I was able to make two flavors of wedding cake the week before my wedding and added simple and decadent fillings and frostings the morning before the wedding. That afternoon, we carefully transferred the cakes to the reception hall and stored them in a refrigerator until the next day, when my husband and I cut into both beauties in front of 300 of our family and friends.
The crazy thing? People told me later that those who were able to snag a piece of either my Paleo Lemon Hazelnut Cake or Dark Chocolate Orange Cake (recipes below) thought they were infinitely more delicious than the catered, sugary sheet cake we served to the rest of our guests.
So, can you make your own paleo wedding cake? Of course! I've made it easy for you. No measuring dry ingredients and figuring out a complicated and tricky paleo recipe. I've done the hard baking research for you. All you have to do is follow the recipe on the back of any package of Paleo Cake and Muffin Mix and freeze multiple layers of cake until the day before the BIG day. Then, make and add your favorite paleo frosting (recipes HERE).
But what about the decorating? I can't do that!
You know what? Me neither. I kept it simple. I bought a couple floral spikes at a local craft store baking section, and asked a family member to plop some pretty flowers on top of each cake just before the reception. Simple and beautiful, just like the paleo lifestyle.
But, Hannah... you're crazy! There's no way I am going to make a wedding cake when I have so many other things going on that week.
OK, so not everyone is interested in adding yet another thing onto their full plates the week of their wedding. Here is another idea: identify a professional baker or experienced family member who is willing to make a paleo wedding cake and give them a few packages of Paleo Cake and Muffin Mix! Any baker who is worth their sugar will be interested in trying something new, and Paleo Cake and Muffin Mixes are very easy to make into delicious, beautiful creations! Plus, with all the fabulous frosting and filling recipes I've supplied on PaleoBakingCompany.com, it couldn't be easier for an experienced baker to make you a gorgeous wedding cake on your big day!
So, the moral of the story is that you don't have cheat yourself on your wedding day. Making your own paleo wedding cake or having a baker make you a paleo cake is not only impressive, but it is also a great way to stay on track and share your wonderful, healthy lifestyle with those who are closest to you as you celebrate one of the most important moments in your life.
Directions: Bake two paleo hazelnut cakes according to package instructions, allow to cool completely, then freeze overnight. The day before the wedding, prepare lemon curd filling and frosting. Remove cake layers from freezer. Using a long knife or a cake leveler, carefully slice the tops/bottoms off each cake layer until they are even with each other. Place a small dollop of lemon curd in the center of chosen cake stand and place one cake layer on top. Add about 1/2 cup of lemon curd to the center of cake layer and slowly spread out towards cake edges in a circle. Do not over-fill or filling will dribble down the sides of the cake. Carefully place the second cake layer on top of the first, and frost all sides with lemon frosting. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Directions: Bake two paleo chocolate cakes according to package instructions, allow to cool completely, then freeze overnight. The day before the wedding, prepare orange curd filling and frosting. Remove cake layers from freezer. Using a long knife or a cake leveler, carefully slice the tops/bottoms off each cake layer until they are even with each other. Place a small dollop of orange curd filling in the center of chosen cake stand and place one cake layer on top. Add about 1/2 cup of orange curd to the center of cake layer and slowly spread out towards cake edges in a circle. Do not over-fill or filling will dribble down the sides of the cake. Carefully place the second cake layer on top of the first, and frost all sides with chocolate frosting. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
To your health!
...it's not my strongest skill set. Fortunately, my Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcake is free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, and refined sugar!