Saturday, January 05, 2013

Amazing Cinnamon Bread - Paleo Style

I might be nesting, a little. Or just trying to alleviate my guilt at not having gotten much done over the past 3 weeks of "vacation" since I quit my job. One of the itches I've had as I've been sitting around the house, growing bigger, and becoming less productive, is baking. Partially to stock my freezer with food we can eat once our little coffee bean is here, and partially because I don't feel like I've done enough baking lately, and I really miss it.

This is my new favorite bread from The Paleo Parents. It's gluten free, and Paleo-friendly to boot! I haven't tried the bread pudding/French toast part of the recipe, but the cinnamon bread is awesome! I adapted the recipe by adding dates to the batter, instead of the raisins called for. The reason for this was that the Paleo Parents mention that this recipe is not overly sweet. The dates definitely helped with that!

This recipe is really great fresh from the oven, with some melted butter on top. 

Paleo Cinnamon Bread
Adapted from this recipe

2 c nut butter (almond butter is best, but it works great w/ Sunbutter* too!)
1 1/2 c blanched almond flour
4 large eggs
1/4 c maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2/3 c soaked and pitted dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until well combined. If batter is not smooth, add a bit of oil (this may happen, depending on the nut butter used).

Pour batter into a greased bread pan, and smooth the top.

Bake for about an hour. Bread should be golden brown, and a toothpick inserted will come out clean.

Cool on a rack in the pan for another hour. The bread will continue to cook a little bit more.

Slice, and serve, or use to make French Toast Casserole.

*Note: I tried this recipe with a combination of Sunbutter and almond butter, which worked just as well as the almond butter version. However, sunflower seed butter tends to turn green when combined with baking soda. So, eat same day, or don't freak out the next morning when you have greenish bread! It is harmless, and still tastes awesome!