Ever since starting the paleo diet about a year ago, I’ve found it fairly easy to give up bread. If I feel like going off track, my first choice is usually something sugary or cheesy. I didn’t even like cheese before I went paleo, so I’m not sure why it’s one of my top cravings now… If you can tolerate dairy or at least good quality grass-fed dairy then I highly recommend smearing some cream cheese on this muffin, or melting some to make a grilled cheese. Yummy!
There was a time when I had just gotten back from Ireland (studying abroad) and all I wanted was highly-processed American food (think Reese’s and Cheetos) and that’s exactly what I ate. I would eat Reese’s cup after Reese’s cup and my body just had no idea what was going on. It hadn’t eaten such bad foods in my life. I don’t know if my body had changed since returning to the States, but I couldn’t get enough junk. Normally I have enough willpower to stop myself from eating something that I know will set me back weeks in my gut healing, but there was no stopping me. I was ravenous around candy.
Needless to say, I suffered for months after coming home from work every night and eating my weight in candy (no joke, I ate like 20 Reese’s cups a day). No wonder I gained about 10 pounds when I got back after losing a large amount of weight abroad. With little time to eat and contracting a nasty parasite in Europe, that was bound to happen.
This recipe is the closest thing I’ve found to an english muffin in the paleo world. It takes 2 minutes to mix up and cook, and all you have to do is slice it in half and give it a good toast then smear it in coconut oil or ghee. It’s not exactly the texture of a real english muffin, but it looks like one and satisfies my occasional need for bread in no time flat.
Microwave English Muffin (recipe from Primal Bites)
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp psyllium husk powder (I’ve used ground flaxseed too)
1 tsp olive oil (coconut oil or ghee work too)
1 tbsp water
pinch of baking powder
pinch of salt
// Whisk egg in mug or small microwave safe bowl.
Add all other ingredients to the whisked egg and mix until it’s a smooth mixture without lumps.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes or until middle has set and it’s not gooey.
Remove from the mug/bowl and slice in half and toast it in the toaster.
Smear the toasted english muffin with butter/ghee/coconut oil and scarf down!!