Last Minute Peach and Pecan Crumble

I know this “paleo” thing has gotten serious. You want to know why? We just settled on a block of land to build our forever home, it has ocean views and is in a great area… aaaannnnd I’m more excited to be trying out a paleo gelatine lolly recipe for my little man’s birthday party next month. Yep, sh*t just got serious, seriously weird.

So I helped my best friend with a meal and at home exercise plan for a clean eating challenge she has set herself. So far she’s doing pretty good with only a couple of teeny tiny mishaps, but that’s ok. She has the determination and motivation to keep on going which quite often is half the battle. I thought I might take on my own little “detox” challenge though. It’s only been recently that I realised social media is a black hole of time wasting, brain cell diminishing, reality altering “stuff”. When did it become the norm for photos to say more than actions? Why is it that we can look at something that a person has posted on their social media page and tell ourselves that that photo is absolute reality? People’s lives are not perfect and it is not what they post on Facebook or Instagram. There is always a story behind a picture and for many they are hiding the truth. For me, I started self doubting and my insecurities about my abilities and worth started resurfacing recently. I’m grateful that I have developed enough as a person to realise that that is not me and I don’t want to be in that headspace. But the only person putting me there is me. Or am I the only one who feels this way?

So, I have taken an undetermined hiatus from my personal Facebook page and Instagram page hoping to “cleanse the soul” a little bit. I will still have to use them for my job but it will be strictly business! (only business socks to be worn when posting for paleo Kitty and CrossFit Iron Lion).

Anyhoo, I made this quick and simple dessert because I had peaches in the fridge that were not great or bruised and I hate wasting them and someone was coming for dinner. Oh ok! I was craving something sweet. I unfortunately have been on a SWYPO (Whole30 reference, google it) merry-go-round and I can’t get off, or won’t. Whatever 😉 

Ingredients – Probably already in the pantry/fridge

  • 4 peaches peeled and sliced (can use more if you have them)
  • 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

Crumble Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil

Throwing It All Together

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Place the peach slices in a pyrex baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the peaches.
  • Drizzle with the maple syrup and coconut oil.
  • Make sure the peaches and pecans are coated well. May need to mix with your hands gently then arrange in a single layer.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Whilst that is baking, in a small bowl mix together the almond meal and coconut sugar.
  • Put the coconut oil in and agitate the mixture so that there are small clumps forming.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the peaches and place back the dish back in the oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the crumble is browned on top but not burnt.
  • Serve with your favourite paleo ice-cream or some whipped coconut cream.

Alternatively apples can be used instead of peaches. If you are having a dinner party you could bake these in separate ramikins.

 

Nuthouse Nuts

This one goes out to Moo and Sal. Sisters from CrossFit Iron Lion who everyday make me smile, laugh and appreciate everything that I have. These two have their own sister language, a secret handshake and a zest for life that I haven’t seen in a long time. I love it. There are not many people who finish WODS with massive smiles on their faces and yell out how much they love CrossFit, whilst “Eye of the Tiger” is playing, (ok well maybe there is a few of us), but Moo does it with such passion! And Sal, you’re a bloody champ and I have seen you grow so strong over the last few months and become more determined than ever. You inspire me 😉

I also love these gals because they share paleo food stories and recipes with me and this one they gave to me with a warning… “you’ll eat it all in one sitting”. I concur, this stuff is ADDICTIVE! But so delicious. I think it would be great to make this for a movie night because once you sit down, reach into the bowl for a handful… you wont stop. I have tweaked this from the original, and by tweak I mean added a bunch of random things,  because I had different ingredients in the pantry.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons of pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • sea salt

Making the Nuts in the Nuthouse

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celsius

In a mixing bowl place all ingredients except the salt and mix well.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. You might want to do one piece in each direction as the maple syrup will run so it will keep a bit tidier (less washing up)

Spread out the nut mix on the tray evenly and bake for about 25 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn, I forgot to do this because it was the kids bath/dinner time, but I don’t mind the more ‘caramelized’ bits 😉

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Once baked, season with sea salt and then let the nuts cool a bit before breaking it up into shards, clumps or do what I did and just eat it straight off the tray whilst cooking dinner and it doesn’t even make it to the container… whatever.

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