One of the hardest ‘rules’ of a true Paleo diet would be the no peanut butter thing. And no peas or black beans. I guess I’m a fan of legumes. What’s a legume? In the simplest terms, it’s a seed that grows in a long pod.
Peanuts should have been called something else, because the fact they aren’t real nuts is entirely too confusing for me. Which is why even though Kyle’s going Paleo, I’m gonna be a hybrid. Not the vampire-wolf kind (#TVD) but the I-eat-clean kind. That way I can enjoy beans, corn, peas, potatoes, cheese, peanut butter and all the other gloriously delicious foods don’t classify as Paleo.
Sidenote: I had to try REALLY hard not to use the word ‘restricted’ anywhere. I dislike that word! Just cause you’re eating Paleo doesn’t mean you’ll be banished if you eat something that’s ‘not on the list.’ I mean, this is America people. It’s a free world – and that includes your diet.
Notice I didn’t list bread anywhere? It’s weird. I don’t crave it much anymore. We stopped buying it, along with lunch meat, in an effort to reduce grocery costs. Now sandwiches are my favorite dining out option. I kinda like it! Sandwiches are usually a healthy choice, and cheaper too – it’s a win-win. Brings me back to my turkey sandwich and hot pocket days. I’ve become such a grown-up.
My next attempt is to stop the ‘need’ for a small dessert after dinner, even if I’m not hungry. We’ll see what kinda luck I have with that one – I predict it’ll be an epically long battle. I’ve already been at war for about a year!
So, go figure my first recipe after posting the Paleo meal plan is NOT Paleo, but I’ll have a few other recipes coming down the pipeline in the next month or so. You can sign up for my newsletter to get them delivered straight to the cave!
For now, grab your apples and bananas to enjoy some walnut peanut butter!
Walnut Peanut Butter
- 2 cups peanuts
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Place nuts in a food processor. Pulse until a crumb-like consistency.
- Process on low with coconut oil and maple syrup, pausing every few minutes to scrape off the sides. Process until you get a creamy consistency.