Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy

THESE ARE THE COOKING ADVENTURES OF JEFF NIMOY, AN LA WRITER WHO, WHILE DOING RESEARCH FOR A SCRIPT, STUMBLED UPON WHAT’S CALLED THE CAVEMAN DIET, ALSO KNOWN AS THE PALEO DIET. BASICALLY, IT’S EATING WHAT THE CAVEMEN ATE. HE TRIED IT OUT, AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN STAGGERING! THIS BLOG SHOWS EXACTLY HOW AND WHAT JEFF EATS. IF YOU’RE NEW TO THE BLOG, PLEASE START WITH THE “ENTERING THE CAVE” PAGE TO GET A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

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Dinner last night: Meatballs, and for dessert, Mocha Almond Chip paleo “ice cream.”

New recipe for the meatballs (here’s the old recipe), thanks to tumblr ThereVickiGoesAgain.  I sautéed some finely chopped mushrooms, celery, onions and garlic until they were slightly soft.  Then I drained the liquid, and threw the mixture in a bowl.  Added a little almond flour, and some finely chopped fresh basil and parsley, along with black pepper.  Once cool, I added the grass-fed ground beef, and a pasture-raised egg.  Form into balls and simmer in the sauce.  I’ll add some kind of paleo noodles to the leftovers tonight.

For the frozen banana treat, I added raw cacao nibs, almonds, some cacao powder, and some old organic decaf coffee grinds.  Ugga-Bugga!

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Paleo Chocolate “Ice Cream!”  Wow.  Not sure I can ever eat paleo ice cream any other way again.  This was so friggin’ good, I had two servings!  Ugga-UGGA-Bugga!
This particular flavor was Dark Chocolate/Chocolate Chip.  It only has three ingredients:
1 and 1/2 frozen organic bananas1 tblsp of organic raw cacao powder1/2 handful of organic raw cacao nibs
You can use less or more of everything depending on how you like it (that’s why I normally don’t give measurements, everyone’s taste is different).  You can still see spots where the powder didn’t mix into the banana.  For simple instructions on how to make it, watch THIS VIDEO now!
Maybe it’s just me, and I haven’t had ice cream or sugar in forever, but to me this tastes JUST LIKE chocolate ice cream!  In fact, I like it better than chocolate ice cream, because when I inevitably finish the entire pint of chocolate ice cream, I feel incredibly guilty that I just ate a whole pint of ice cream!  But to eat 3 bananas and a bunch of antioxidant rich cacao, I feel nothing but happy!  Paleo rules!  ”Dieting Does Not Mean Deprivation!”

Paleo Chocolate “Ice Cream!”  Wow.  Not sure I can ever eat paleo ice cream any other way again.  This was so friggin’ good, I had two servings!  Ugga-UGGA-Bugga!

This particular flavor was Dark Chocolate/Chocolate Chip.  It only has three ingredients:

1 and 1/2 frozen organic bananas
1 tblsp of organic raw cacao powder
1/2 handful of organic raw cacao nibs

You can use less or more of everything depending on how you like it (that’s why I normally don’t give measurements, everyone’s taste is different).  You can still see spots where the powder didn’t mix into the banana.  For simple instructions on how to make it, watch THIS VIDEO now!

Maybe it’s just me, and I haven’t had ice cream or sugar in forever, but to me this tastes JUST LIKE chocolate ice cream!  In fact, I like it better than chocolate ice cream, because when I inevitably finish the entire pint of chocolate ice cream, I feel incredibly guilty that I just ate a whole pint of ice cream!  But to eat 3 bananas and a bunch of antioxidant rich cacao, I feel nothing but happy!  Paleo rules!  ”Dieting Does Not Mean Deprivation!”

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paleolover:

made the cooking caveman’s mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!
my boyfriend all but freaked out when he saw how it was made.  i think he told about 10 of his friends and even called his mom (who’s a health freak) to tell her about it because she loves ice cream.
SO GLAD it tastes so good!  thank you tons, cooking caveman!!!
here’s a link to the recipe:Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Another satisfied customer!  Glad it worked out for you!  Check out the video to see how I make healthy ice cream from frozen bananas!  CLICK HERE!

paleolover:

made the cooking caveman’s mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!

my boyfriend all but freaked out when he saw how it was made.  i think he told about 10 of his friends and even called his mom (who’s a health freak) to tell her about it because she loves ice cream.

SO GLAD it tastes so good!  thank you tons, cooking caveman!!!

here’s a link to the recipe:
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Another satisfied customer!  Glad it worked out for you!  Check out the video to see how I make healthy ice cream from frozen bananas!  CLICK HERE!

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Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip “Ice Cream!”  I never liked this flavor much before I went paleo, because the mint always tasted to me like chemical food dye and perfumed “mint flavoring.”  But I love this, using fresh organic mint, raw organic cacao nibs, and frozen organic bananas, all whipped up in the food processor until smooth.  Check out MY VIDEO on how to create any paleo “ice cream” flavor using frozen banana as a base.  Perfect for those who are lactose intolerant too!

Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip “Ice Cream!”  I never liked this flavor much before I went paleo, because the mint always tasted to me like chemical food dye and perfumed “mint flavoring.”  But I love this, using fresh organic mint, raw organic cacao nibs, and frozen organic bananas, all whipped up in the food processor until smooth.  Check out MY VIDEO on how to create any paleo “ice cream” flavor using frozen banana as a base.  Perfect for those who are lactose intolerant too!

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Anonymous asked: How about a cookbook giveaway for all of your loyal followers?!

Anon, that’s the first good idea you’ve ever had!  And since reader sheloveswinter recently suggested a paleo ice cream contest, I think we have our competition set!

The rules are you have to make a paleo “ice cream” flavor, and the best one wins a free copy of my eBook:

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The rules though, because I’m the most paleo anal strict of the paleo bloggers, the ice cream recipe has to be the most anal too.  No dairy, no processed chocolate (raw cacao nibs are fine), and it has to be all organic (of course you could lie and I’d never know, but you’re the one who has to eat all those chemicals).  You can use frozen banana, or almond milk, or coconut milk as the base, or anything else paleo you can think of.  You can use vanilla bean (which is really a seed, not a bean, and paleo), but not vanilla extract (processed, not paleo).  The only allowable sugar additive is raw organic honey.  And NO SALT!  Be creative and you must have a photo (judging will not be based on photo quality, it’ll just be used as proof).

Recipes must be submitted to me by the end of March.  Email recipe or link to your blog containing recipe to jeff@thestoop.tv.  To find out how to make paleo ice cream from frozen bananas, check out my RECIPES page, and watch this video.

October 1, 2012

Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy - Healthy Ice Cream

Check out my new video where I make ice cream from Frozen Bananas!

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  The ice cream part is frozen organic banana, and the chocolate chips part are raw organic cacao nibs.  The bitter cacao nibs go perfectly with the sweet banana.  Ultra-healthy dessert, and pure paleo (warning: unprocessed cacao nibs are nothing like the sweet processed chocolate you’re used to)!  Ugga-Bugga!  Here’s a video on how to make more flavors!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  The ice cream part is frozen organic banana, and the chocolate chips part are raw organic cacao nibs.  The bitter cacao nibs go perfectly with the sweet banana.  Ultra-healthy dessert, and pure paleo (warning: unprocessed cacao nibs are nothing like the sweet processed chocolate you’re used to)!  Ugga-Bugga!  Here’s a video on how to make more flavors!

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Finally, a Paleo Chocolate I Can Endorse!

If you don’t remember this article I posted last month, here it is again.  Don’t worry, it’s short.  Read it and then I’ll be right back:

Lots of people consider me a paleo expert.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t keep learning.  Last year I found out that vanilla bean isn’t a bean at all, it’s actually the seed of a fruit (and therefore paleo).  Today I found out from Nell Stephenson, The Paleoista, that cacao beans aren’t beans either, they’re also the seeds of a fruit (she actually didn’t tell me that, I looked it up myself, but her latest article inspired me to do some research)!  So although I still cannot endorse dark chocolate, which is usually highly processed, I can endorse 100% raw organic cacao nibs, made from crushed cocoa “beans.”  Full of antioxidants!  As Nell warns though, ‘Remember… we’re talking about the real deal, not an ultra processed, adulterated version of something that used to be healthy it its original form.’

I’m gonna buy some myself to see if I can get my chocolate fix from time to time.  Can’t wait to mix it into my frozen banana ice cream!  Here’s a link to Nell’s full article:

http://paleoista.com/news/paleo-chocolate-alkali/

Okay, I’m back.  You might be wondering what the difference is between cacao and cacoa, and cocoa, and cocao.  There is no difference, just a lot of misspelling.  Cacao beans are the raw form of chocolate.  Cacao nibs are crushed cacao beans, and cacao powder is pulverized cacao beans.  It is very bitter and NOT sweet at all!  The dark chocolate you’re used to is highly processed, and has sugar added.  Many people consider that stuff paleo, but I can’t bring myself to accept it, even as a mini-cheat.

So I bought a bag of 100% raw organic cacao nibs recently and gave them a try.  They smell like dark chocolate, and as you know, smell is a major part of taste!  So I mixed some into my frozen banana ice cream, and the smell, and crunch, reminded me completely of dark chocolate chips!  Like Nell assumed, my taste buds didn’t take long to adjust to the bitter flavor (as long as it was mixed with something sweet like banana).

Then I mixed the cacao nibs with some almond butter, and a drop of honey, and it tasted just like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup!  YUM!!!!  The math at that point was simple.  I used to go to Steve’s Ice Cream and get peanut butter cups mixed into my ice cream, and it was outrageous!  So I got rid of the honey, and mashed together frozen banana, cacao nibs, and almond butter.  Caveman Minions, I now present to you… Dark Chocolate Chip/Almond Butter Swirl!

I have had this every night for a week, and I’m totally addicted!  Be warned, the nibs are very bitter on their own, so it needs something sweet like bananas or honey.  But if you like dark chocolate, and haven’t had it in ages like me, you will go Ugga-Bugga for this!  Enjoy!

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The Paleo Education Never Ends!

Lots of people consider me a paleo expert.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t keep learning.  Last year I found out that vanilla bean isn’t a bean at all, it’s actually the seed of a fruit (and therefore paleo).  Today I found out from Nell Stephenson, The Paleoista, that cocoa beans aren’t beans either, they’re also the seeds of a fruit (she actually didn’t tell me that, I looked it up myself, but her latest article inspired me to do some research)!  So although I still cannot endorse dark chocolate, which is usually highly processed, I can endorse 100% raw organic cocoa nibs, made from crushed cocoa “beans.”  Full of antioxidants!  As Nell warns though, “Remember… we’re talking about the real deal, not an ultra processed, adulterated version of something that used to be healthy it its original form.”

I’m gonna buy some myself to see if I can get my chocolate fix from time to time.  Can’t wait to mix it into my frozen banana ice cream!  Here’s a link to Nell’s full article:

http://paleoista.com/news/paleo-chocolate-alkali/

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Paleo Tortoni!

For my family growing up in Brooklyn, dessert in an Italian restaurant always meant Tortoni!  Tortoni is an ice cream dish, mixed with some fruit (usually maraschino cherries), and topped with toasted almonds.  It’s incredibly simple to make a paleo version of this delish dish!

All Ingredients, All Organic All the Time:

1 frozen banana (1 serving)
About 6 frozen grapes (or whatever fruit you prefer, I like grapes)
Almond Meal (just ground up almonds, also known as almond flour) 

Toast the almonds first for extra flavor, but I was a lazy bastard when I made this, and it still tasted great!

Thaw the frozen fruit for 5-10 minutes, then whip up the banana in the food processor until creamy (a few seconds).  Then add the other fruit and pulse until you reach your desired size pieces.  Serve and top with the crushed almonds.  That’s it!

Here’s a serving suggestion of how it usually looks:

And here’s one where you can see the ice cream:

Either way, it’s really friggin’ delicious!  Leave the fruit out to make a paleo ice cream dish that tastes like a toasted almond bar (the kind I loved from the Good Humor truck when it came down my block in the summertime).  This is a dessert not just for cavemen, but for anyone who’s lactose intolerant, but still wants to enjoy a healthy ice cream substitute.  I have plenty of paleo ice cream flavors to choose from on my RECIPES page, so check them out for ideas.  Enjoy!  Ugga-Bugga!

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Experimenting in Blueberries

Organic blueberries are in season right now, so go get some!  Tried making my first blueberry muffin, using my paleo pie dough recipe with coconut flour.  Unfortunately came out like cobbler in a paper wrapper, but tastes pretty amazing.  Gonna scoop some out and plop some organic frozen banana “paleo ice cream" on top.  When I tweak the ingredients to get it right next time, I’ll post the recipe.

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From The Caveman Archives: PB&J Paleo Ice Cream!

I’ve been making this all week, only instead of mixing the almond butter all the way in, I’ve just folded in ribbons of it, making a new favorite flavor, PB&J Swirl!  This way, you get different tastes in every bite, instead of the whole thing tasting like almond butter.  But here’s the original recipe from last summer (I also cut out the added honey now, it’s not needed).  Time to stock up on frozen organic bananas with summer unofficially starting next weekend!  See you at the beach!

July 20, 2011

Paleo PB&J Ice Cream!

Oh man, was this good!  Some of my long time readers might remember my Paleo PB & J substitute, which is simply almond butter and crushed fresh fruit (all ingredients, all organic, all the time) on paleo bread.  Well, I used a similar technique with my new favorite dessert, Paleo Ice Cream!

Assuming you’re all not lazy bastards and have clicked all those recipe links by now, while my frozen banana (excuse me?) was thawing, I cut up some frozen grapes into eighths.  Then I whipped up the banana in the food processor, and in a bowl folded together the banana and grapes and almond butter with a touch of raw honey until it was all blended together with the taste and color I was looking for.  Check it out:

The best dessert I’ve made so far!  Banana and almond butter go great together, and the grapes add the taste normally provided to a PB&J by grape jelly, with the frozen texture giving it an outrageous ice cream feel!  Throw a few almonds into the food processor to make it Chunky Style!  Or if you prefer, use strawberries instead of grapes.  How good would this bad boy be sitting on top of one of my Caveman Apple Pies a la mode?  Huh?  Huh?!  You’re Ugga-Buggin’ right it would!

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