Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Keeping Kids Paleo- PB&J

I know a lot of the people who use my recipes are in the same, or similar, boat that I am. You have children who did not start out Paleo.  Though we are on the right track to keeping them as healthy as possible, they experienced the Standard American Diet, or at least a version of it, prior to Paleo life.  In general, my kids don't ask for pre-paleo foods, except for 2 big exceptions.
1)PB&J- No matter what is available, if you say the word 'Lunch' Loralei will ask for a PB&J. She loves them! I often refer to lunch as 'snack' just to avoid having to hear her ask for it.
2) Grilled Cheese- I could sneak in veggies, meats, etc into Loralei through a grilled cheese. As long as there was butter slathered bread and cheese, she would generally eat and LOVE it. She will occasionally ask for one. 
And I give it to her....
No, not the gluten, grain filled bread versions, but a version with this bread.  I am not the inventor of this recipe, and I've seen several variations going around the Atkins/low-carb type recipe circles for years and years. I can vaguely remember, probably 15 years ago, when my dad was doing a stint on Atkins, this style of recipe circling. 
I was reminded of this recipe recently from She Cooks He Cleans website (which I love by the way).
Here is the basic recipe I do for the kids. Add herbs, spices, change up the fat, and you can get tons of different breads.

1/4 C Almond Flour
2 Tbsp Ground Flax (I course grind it in a coffee grinder)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp butter
1 egg

In a ramekin, melt butter. Allow butter to cool slightly. While it is cooling, mix remaining ingredients, except egg, in a small bowl.  Mix egg into butter, and add mixture into dry ingredients. Mix well and return batter to ramekin.
 Place in microwave and turn on high for 1 minute.  Remove (carefully, it will be hot) and make into your favorite sandwich (within Paleo parameters of course).


  1. Esther, I just made this and it was awesome! It makes the perfect little sandwich for my girls. Which would be great, except for the fact that I ate almost the whole thing by myself before it cooled down :) Thank you SO much for posting it. And for helping me find "She Cooks He Cleans." New favorite blog! Keep the great ideas coming!

  2. I would like to try this, but want to bake it instead. I don't use a microwave at all.

  3. I made this today - and it's just great! thanks.

  4. I don't have a microwave, either! Any suggestions for temperature and baking times?

  5. I'm not exactly sure, as I haven't ever tried it. I would say 325 or so, and maybe 15 minutes. I will try it in the oven this week and see if I can get something figured out. I'll post back and let you know! ;-)

  6. I do have to say that microwaving food is slowly killing us... I think if you going paleo, microwaving should be used less and less!

  7. This is excellent! I did run the numbers, and at 356 calories I only ate half.

  8. Oh man! Im new to Paleo(3 months) and I had been trying to get some of my old favorites. I googled Paleo bread and I ran into this! What a blessing! its awesome! Ive since played around with it and made a garlic bread and an apple cinnemon bread! thank you so much and I have enjoyed checking out your other ideas!

  9. Wow! I just found the recipe and tried it right away. Within 5 minutes I was eating a sandwich and writing you tell you thank you!

  10. Did you ever get to check about baking this in the oven?

    1. I have not, unfortunatly. My kids go through stages with foods and haven't been in sandwich mode for a while, to be honest!