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Old 08-09-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
Megan Starr
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almond meal/ Coconut meal?

What are your thoughts on things like "paleo muffins" or other baked items made from almond meal, coconut meal, or something similar? Is one better than the other (almond vs. coconut), is it really paleo, or just a cleverly disguised cheat? What about the use of baking soda or baking power in these recipes?
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

Its just a cheat, not even cleverly disguised. Unless you have a genuine disease such as celiac that prevents you from consuming standard baked goods, just have a freaking muffin if you want a muffin, just make it a rare treat not frequent occurrence.
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

They're a not so bad option of a cheat.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:51 PM   #4
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

Almond meal is fine in my opinion as it is nothing more than grinded up almonds. I think more depends on the other ingredients used with it the almond and amount consumed.

I don't see how a small serving of almond meal can be any worse than almond butter comparing the same portion size.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

For me personally, I use a looser term of the word "Paleo" more as a framework to avoid processed foods and eat foods that are natural in nature (veggies, meats, fruits, nuts, etc) and less as a re enactment of what was available to my ancestors or in paleolithic times. If we took the term Paleo in a literal sense and only ate what was truly "Paleo" then we would eliminate 99% of the foods available today.

Although it would be really cool (I guess!), I don't have any plans on living off the land in true Paleo fashion any time soon.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:25 PM   #6
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

The only bad ingredient would be whatever sugar source you use to sweeten them. The rest is just baking soda, almond flour, eggs. You can even leave the sugar out and put rosemary and salt in there for something different.

The main concern is the omega 6 content in almonds, which can become significant if you're eating baked almond flour goods on a daily basis. Once or twice a week, though, and I wouldn't say it's a big deal.

As for the coconut muffins, those seem to be more egg than coconut and I don't see any reason to not be able to eat those as often as you like. I just don't like coconut.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:52 AM   #7
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

Thanks for the feedback. This is a debate currently going on between some of my friends and myself. And it seems people here are just about as divided as we are on the topic. FWIW, here is the recipe I used

ALmond meal
coconut meal
1 ripe banana
1 apple cut small
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
heaping teaspoon of cinnamon

For those of you who claim it is not paleo, or a cheat, can you explain why? All these ingrediants are considered paleo on their own.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:24 AM   #8
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

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ALmond meal
coconut meal
1 ripe banana
1 apple cut small
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
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Looks similar to the recipe from Sarah Fragaso's Everyday Paleo. I made them two weeks ago and did not find them to be very good.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:51 AM   #9
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

Megan, not necessarily my belief but the reason many avoid replacement foods like this is because you are substituting a carb bomb with a paleo approved replacement. Basically you aren't weaning your body off of the "junk" it craves. Like Rebecca said above if you want a muffin every so often, just eat the real deal and move on. Same goes with paleo pancakes, paleo pizza crust etc.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:18 PM   #10
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Re: almond meal/ Coconut meal?

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Megan, not necessarily my belief but the reason many avoid replacement foods like this is because you are substituting a carb bomb with a paleo approved replacement. Basically you aren't weaning your body off of the "junk" it craves. Like Rebecca said above if you want a muffin every so often, just eat the real deal and move on. Same goes with paleo pancakes, paleo pizza crust etc.

I agree that carb bombs are part of what one would avoid in Paleo.

Still, it seems pretty hard to call this a carb bomb:


Almond Meal Nutrition Info: (serving size 1/4 cup):

Total Fat 14.00 g
Total Carbohydrate 6.00 g
Protein 6.00 g
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