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Paleo Recipes for Brownies and Banana Bread

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I'm not going to lie and tell you that Paleo desserts taste just like the "regular" stuff, because they don't. I'm not going to say they taste better, either. They're completely different entities -- like comparing a cake made from a mix to one made from scratch. Or GMO and organic food. Everyone has an opinion and preference.

Many Paleo desserts call for almond flour, or almond meal, in place of wheat flour. Depending on the brand, almond flour behaves in many instances just like the wheat stuff -- but like I said, it depends on the brand. Some almond flours are better than others. Some are blanched, some are not. Some have skins, some don't. I've found Honeyville to be the best, but it's quite pricey and, in most instances, must be ordered online. On the other hand, Trader Joe's sells its brand at $3.99 per pound, and I find myself there more often than I'd like to admit.

So, when I came across this Paleo Banana Bread recipe that used Trader Joe's brand almond meal, I immediately set forth.

I was very satisfied with how the recipe turned out, though if you decide to try it, be sure to keep a close eye on the baking time. The original author, Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body, says to bake for 50-55 minutes and mine was ready (and almost burnt) at 40 minutes. The cake is a little more spongy in texture than a more traditional recipe would be, but is perfectly balanced in sweetness from the bananas and single tablespoon of honey. I'll definitely be making it again.

And now for the brownies.

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