I think I’m done experimenting with bread. It’s enough already and I’m sick of it, but I have experimented enough where I’m confident this is my last word on the subject (until my next word on the subject). (EDIT from the future: before reading any further, check out HERE for the best bread recipe so far, then come back here and tweak for banana bread and French toast)
I found my almond flour bread isn’t great, but it makes great toast. And now I use the same recipe substituting the almonds with raw organic macadamia nut flour. This bread is firm, tasty, and great for sandwiches, however, it DOES NOT toast well.
I made this one a flat bread, in the hopes of using it as a bun, for say, a grass-fed beef burger, homemade paleo mayo, homemade paleo ketchup, fresh dill, cucumber, lettuce, onion, tomato (all ingredients, all organic, all the time).
Despite the fact I cut the bun too big for the burger, the bread does hold together pretty good, and is not “grainy” like the almond bread. But if I try to toast the macadamia nut bread, only the edges get toasty, and will burn long before the rest of the bread will “toast.”
I’ve also made this as a loaf, and that works great too, but it still won’t toast. It did make great French Toast though (came out GREAT)! The macadamia nut is slightly sweet, and gets sweeter when baked. The outside gets a nice sweet brown, while the inside is firm and spongy. Perfect for French Toast. But it made me think, I could make banana bread out of it and it would be even sweeter!
The loaf looked great coming out of the oven, but it sunk by the time I took the photo 30 minutes later. :(
Still, it was delicious. My friend tried it and said it wasn’t sweet enough for him, but for my paleo palate, it was totally sweet. I guess you can add some raw organic honey to the mix if you want it sweeter. Just take my bread recipe and add in some pulverized (in food processor) organic bananas (the riper the better; I used 3 or 4), and maybe some honey to taste.
THEN, I made French Toast out of that!
Came out amazing! Just dip the slices into egg wash with cinnamon, fry, and serve. I took some honey and dissolved it in a small frying pan with water and kept stirring so the honey didn’t burn, but it does get brown and thick like maple syrup, which is not paleo (this method is barely paleo either, since technically I’m processing the honey to make it even sweeter, but it’s a good mini-cheat). I drizzled the syrup over the banana bread French Toast, although it’s hard to see in the photo. It was delicious!
Don’t tell me you don’t have enough calories to eat on paleo, just come to my house and you’ll be eating paleo French Toast for breakfast! Made with banana bread if you want! Boy, the menu at my Caveman Cafe is going to be great, breakfast, lunch and dinner! Ugga-Bugga!
EDIT: Just a quick word about nuts. Nuts and seeds aren’t super great for you, because some contain the same kinds of toxins as legumes, and for the same reasons, it’s nature’s way of protecting the seed so it will survive, and it protects it with natural pesticides (which is why you should eat organic, and avoid non-natural pesticides). Some nuts are worse than others as well, just like legumes. Some nuts and seeds also have horrible omega-6 to omega-3 ratios (too much omega-6 without the omega-3 to counterbalance isn’t great). But the one nut you can eat a lot of and never build up any toxicity is macadamia. They seem to be the healthiest of the healthy, and you can eat them in bulk without harm. Almonds aren’t as good, and I wouldn’t recommend them in too large a quantity, which is why I started experimenting with macadamia nuts in the first place. The organic ones can be expensive, but shop around on-line and I bet you can find some deals (amazon is usually pretty amazing at finding great prices). All nuts and seeds are better than legumes, but except for macadamia, they should be eaten in moderation, like fruit (due to the sugar).