Slightly Sweet Almond Loaf- Small Change, Big Impact – Gluten Free, Paleo

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This is almost the same exact bread I posted last week but I adjusted the ratios and 2 ingredients and now it tastes just right. Sometimes the smallest change can have a very big impact, not only when it comes to baking.

I have a confession to make. Recently, I have stopped working out, almost entirely. Like not even once a week am I breaking a sweat. This is so unlike the Cara I thought I knew myself to be. I mean even if it was after a night of intense drinking I would still manage to get my ass on a hike or at the very least, a walk. Not anymore. I literally have lost the desire to do anything workout related and I do not feel guilty about it all at. 

My old self would have agonized constantly over making sure I worked out enough. If I missed more than a day I would really beat myself up about it and not only restrict food but push myself extra hard once I finally got back to yoga, or the stairs or whatever. However, the slightest change in my attitude has made this no longer an issue for me. You see, I used to be obbsessed with having the perfect body and I would work out so much that I had constant pain in my legs and it was my normal. The shift in my attitude to knowing that I am worth more than just my physical body let me be ok with this lifestyle adjustment. I value myself for more than the number on the tag in my jeans, but as a young woman who is smart, hardworking, quick witted and full of big dreams. 

Although, a slight change in my attitude towards myself is a huge accomplishment, all I did was start to think differently and it has had a huge impact on my overall self acceptance. But, slow your roll! I am by no means saying that working out is not important. I know that for overall vitality begin active and moving your body is a key component. But I now know that when I am finally ready to put back on my lululemon pants, I will be doing it for the right reasons: happiness and health.   

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Slightly Sweet Almond Loaf

What you need:

2 1/4 cup almond flour – I love Bobs Red Mills
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 Tbsp brown rice flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp pink salt
4 large eggs or 5 medium
2 Tbsp raw honey
1Tbsp EVOO
1Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Add the first 5 ingredients (dry) into a bowl and mix well wiht a fork to be sure to break up all the clups.
Then in another bowl the remaning ingredients and mix using a hand mixer until well combined, about 20 seconds.
Pour the dry into the wet and continue to mix with the hand mixer until a thick batter is made. Pour dough into a greased 9×5 bread pan; there will be enough to fill the pan about halfway up.
Spoon in the cranberry sauce if using.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes before serving.


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