This month I participated in Paleo Pen Pals. I had participated in a foodie pen pal group before, but I was looking for something a little more low carb/paleo friendly. Luckily, Tarah from What I Gather and Brittanie from Three Diets One Dinner had the great idea of forming a Paleo Pen Pals exchange. Basically each month you are paired up with another Paleo blogger or someone that follows the Paleo diet (you don’t have to have a blog to participate, just a love of cooking healthy, delicious food) and you exchange a unique, paleo-friendly ingredient/local item that your partner can use to create a delicious Paleo recipe. If you are interested in joining the fun, you can sign up at the Paleo Pen Pals Facebook Page or by sending them an email at paleopenpals[at]gmail[dot]com. My Pen Pal this month was Rebecca and she sent me some great stuff! In my package was Sunflower Seed Butter (a nut free substitute for almond butter), coconut palm sugar, and Soothing Caramel Bedtime tea. I couldn’t wait to whip something up with those ingredients! I decided to make Cinnamon Swirl Bread.
The Coconut Palm Sugar is known to be low on the Glycemic Index, but it does contain 4 carbs per tsp. You’ll have to test it out to see if you can handle it before using it regularly. The good thing is that this can easily be adapted if you need to reduce the carbs. Not sure what the Paleo diet is? Learn more about it.
1/4 cup equivalent sweetener (Paleo: Coconut Palm Sugar)
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt2 Tbsp granular sweetener (Paleo: Coconut Palm Sugar)
1 Tbsp cinnamonPreheat oven to 350 F. Mix together the sunflower seed butter, sweetener, and eggs. Add in the vinegar, baking soda, salt and mix until combined. Spread half of the batter into a lightly greased loaf pan.In a small bowl, combine the granular sweetener and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the bread batter in the pan. Run a knife through the bread to create a swirl throughout. Top the cinnamon/sweetener with the remaining bread mixture and smooth out the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Cool before slicing.*Any type of nut butter should work in this recipe.
Low Carb Cinnamon Swirl Bread: 36 net carbs (for entire recipe using a natural low carb sweetener)
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