I’ve learned a lot about myself during this journey to health. I’ll be highlighting more of that in a separate post, but I’d like to touch on one thing here. I’m such a chocoholic and I love and adore pastries (especially brownies) and ice cream and milk. I thought those were the things I’d miss most while ascribing to the tenets of the paleo way. I was wrong. More than anything, I miss bread. You don’t really realize just how much you eat bread until you don’t. We eat grains and bread-like things for every meal. For breakfast, there is toast and French toast and pancakes. For lunch, there are sandwiches of every kind. And for dinner, the possibilities are endless. I mainly miss French bread at dinner time. Tortillas is another thing I miss terribly.
Imagine my happiness when I discovered a recipe for paleo naan that is not only easy to make, but tastes incredible! A lot of paleo type breads just don’t taste that great. They are gritty or don’t have a great texture. I really, really like this naan. I like it so much that I decided to dedicate a whole post to it in order to showcase just how versatile it is! I have had way too much fun with this stuff!
The best part about this recipe is that it only requires 3 ingredients (well, 4 if you add a pinch of salt).
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 cup full fat, canned coconut milk
This has the consistency of a thinner pancake batter.
The recipe’s original author suggests using a nonstick pan. I don’t own pans with “nonstick” coatings like Teflon. I used cast iron and it worked well, but keep in mind that my cast iron is well seasoned and so acts in a nonstick manner. If your cast iron isn’t seasoned (or seasoned well), then you may have issues. The author said to cook them for 1-2 minutes per side. Mine took a good five minutes per side, with the heat turned WAY down. If I had the heat up too high, they burned. If I didn’t cook them for much longer, the middle remained undercooked. Yes, it’s a long time to cook these (and for the second batch I used a long, cast iron griddle in order to make more at once), but these are sooooo well worth the time and effort. Keep scrolling and I think you’ll agree with me!
This was the first one I made. I ate it hot out of the pan, smeared with some delicious, homemade ghee. It did NOT disappoint!
Is this not the picture of decadence??? I took a warm (well, hot from the pan) naan and slathered some ghee on it. I then tossed about a tablespoon of chocolate chips onto it and let them melt and then I spread the chocolate around. Nope, these are not paleo-compliant chips. They are 51% dark from Costco. Sue me. In my quest to eat paleo on a 85/15 plan, this small spoonful of chips was part of the 15%! Guess what? It was worth it! If you want to be compliant, use a brand such as Enjoy Life, which is dairy- and soy-free. I then sprinkled some cinnamon over the melted stuff and then topped with some cut strawberries. The naan I show here was small, maybe about 4-inches in diameter. Keep in mind that ALL of the strawberries you see were cut from just two berries! Trust me when I tell you that this is absolute, heavenly perfection!
Aren’t these just lovely? Believe me… they taste every bit as good as they look!
For this dish, I decided to use a naan as a soft taco. Tacos are another thing I miss terribly. I browned up about a pound of ground beef and a pound of ground sausage together with some chopped onions and then seasoned it with salt, pepper, and taco seasoning. It made a ton and I’ve been eating it all week! I added this meat mixture to a naan and topped it with some delicious grape tomatoes. Olives are another great addition! These are completely wonderful and the taste explosion was incredible. It was sooooo nice to have soft tacos again! I like the fact that these are small. It makes portion control pretty easy.
The next morning, I used the same meat mixture and added some scrambled eggs to make breakfast soft tacos. DIVINE!
Another view of the breakfast soft taco divinity!
The next day (yes, I made another batch!) I took some to work. I made some chicken salad, using a rotisserie chicken I had and some homemade paleo mayonnaise. I added a kosher dill pickle and it was one of the best sandwich wraps I’ve ever eaten!
Yesterday, as I was perusing the refrigerator for meal ideas, I decided that a good old fashioned BLT was in order, so that’s just what I did! Homemade mayo, spread over a piece of naan, some lettuce, some bacon, and some organic tomatoes that were grown by a neighbor! INCREDIBLE!
And last but not least, the pièce de résistance… this little dessert I created! It’s much like the strawberry one pictured above. Spread a naan with some ghee, melt some chocolate over the top, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with chopped nuts (I used almonds). It’s heaven in every bite! I’ve also made another one with sliced bananas in it and it was equally amazing.
Go forth, my fellow paleoites! Make naan and see how good your life gets! If you make it, come back and let me know what you thought!
(Credit for this recipe goes to My Heart Beets! Go check out her blog!)