Paleo MeeNut Butter Phat Elvis Sammich

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PB&J is pretty much one of my favorite combos of all time. Let me repeat. OF ALL TIME. However, peanuts being a legume, and legumes being one of the primary causes of inflammation in the gut, i.e. not paleo, were given up and actually one of the main reasons I started making my own nut butters back in 2011.

This is a recipe that’s been in my mind since then but I haven’t really had a chance to put it all together until now. So I present to you now my take on a MeeNut Butter Phat Elvis.

RECIPE: MEENUT BUTTER PHAT ELVIS

INGREDIENTS:
3 oz whole organic strawberries
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 slices of thick cut bacon. thick cut. always.
garlic powder to taste (optional)
cayenne to taste (optional)

2 slices of paleo or gluten-free bread of choice
1 tsp Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

½ ripe banana sliced into circles
2 tbsp Paleo MeeNut Butter
cinnamon to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a mini saucepan reduce the strawberries (cleaned and de-stemmed) and balsamic vinegar on very low heat. Stir occasionally until balsamic begins to thicken and caramelize and strawberries get soft and remove from heat. I used frozen strawberries that I had washed, prepped and frozen ahead of time and they turned out great.
2. Slice the bacon in half and fry it up in a skillet. Remove from pan when crispy and sprinkle with garlic powder and cayenne to taste (optional).
3. While strawberries and bacon are cooking, slice your banana into circles.
4. Melt some coconut oil in a pan on very low heat and toast both slices of bread, outside down first – you want the side of the bread that will be presented to have a nice crusty brown. When that side is done, flip over to toast the inside without adding extra oil.
5. Remove toast from pan and while it’s still hot, spread the MeeNut Butter on one side. It will get all warm and gooey and hopefully dribble down the sides a little bit.
6. Add the banana slices, then the bacon.
7. Slice sandwich in half and plate with the strawberries.
8. Drizzle some extra balsamic glaze and sprinkle some cinnamon & extra cayenne (optional) on top.
9. Enjoy!

Seriously guys, this was SO delicious! Here’s how it actually went down!

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Paleo Dark Chocolate MeeNut Butter Cups

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It’s been really hot here lately so I haven’t been in the baking mood. This was the perfect post-dinner bite for a hot summer don’t-wana-bake kind of nite! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Don’t forget to post and tag Mee Eat Paleo #meenutbutter on social media when you try out any of these recipes!

RECIPE: PALEO DARK CHOCOLATE MEENUT BUTTER CUPS

Ingredients for the chocolate:
1 cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips
2 tbsp Coconut Manna
Cinnamon to taste (optional)
Cayenne to taste (optional)

Filling:
Paleo MeeNut Butter
Organic banana
Organic sweet potato (oven-baked and cooled)
Organic strawberries (washed, de-stemmed, patted dried)

Topping:
Shredded organic coconut
Fine coffee grinds
Freeze dried fruit
Sea salt
Anything else you want!

Directions:
1. Over low heat in a double boiler melt the chocolate with the coconut manna. Stir frequently until smooth. Add a pinch of cinnamon and/or cayenne (both optional to taste). Let cool to room temperature.
2. Line a mini cupcake tray with baking cups.
3. Pour a bottom layer of chocolate in each cup.
4. Chill in freezer for a few minutes until hardened.
5. If you want a plain chocolate MeeNut Butter cup, skip this step. Slice desired filling into thin circles, preferably the same circumference (so the layers will be visible from the sides) of the muffin tray and line on top of the bottom layer of chocolate.
6. Add a layer of Paleo MeeNut Butter (make sure to use enough to fill to the edges so you can see this layer from the sides as well).
7. Add a top layer of chocolate.
8. For variety, sprinkle some with shredded coconut, some with sea salt, some with fine coffee grinds, and leave some plain. If you want to get really fancy, you can top the banana filled cup with a freeze dried banana and the strawberry filled one with a freeze dried strawberry. Get creative!
9. Chill in freezer for 5-10 minutes until fully hardened.
10. Leave in the paper liners or remove paper and serve nicely plated. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Makes approx 12 mini cups

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Paleo MeeNut Butter Brownies and Ice Cream

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Sadly my Jeep is still in the shop today so to cheer myself up I made Civilized Caveman’s Almond Butter Brownies with MeeNut Butter. I had to make some tweaks because I was out of honey and blueberries. Thankfully they still turned out great! Because I didn’t have those two ingredients, I halved everything else except for the eggs. Because I did not add any extra sweeteners, the Ginger Blueberry Coconut ice cream was the perfect complement to the brownie.

The following recipe is adapted/simplified from Civilized Caveman’s original:

RECIPE: MEENUT BUTTER BROWNIES (remember these are UNSWEETENED! If you want them sweet, be sure to add ¼ – ½ cup of honey!)
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup (8oz) of MeeNut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I added this ingredient to the recipe)
  • 1/2 very ripe banana
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 Degrees F
  2. In a Vitamix, blend your MeeNut Butter, eggs, vanilla and banana
  3. Add the salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder and blend
  4. Grease an 8″ baking dish with coconut oil and bake for 20 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  5. Enjoy!

MEE’S RECIPE: GINGER BLUEBERRY COCONUT ICE CREAM
Ingredients:
1 cup (8oz) full fat coconut milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 chunk of peeled ginger root (can sub 1 tsp ginger powder if fresh ginger is not available)

Instructions:
1. In a Vitamix, blend coconut milk, half the blueberries, and ginger until smooth.
2. Add mixture to an instant ice cream maker (I used my Cuisinart one which I love) and churn until thickened. Add the rest of the frozen blueberries directly into the ice cream machine while it’s churning so you get some nice blueberry chunks in the final product. Continue to churn until you reach your desired consistency.
3. Scoop onto warm brownie and enjoy a la mode! If you want a harder ice cream, chill in the freezer until desired consistency then enjoy!

P.S. I made these again a week later with no missing ingredients this time and they came out perfect! I topped them with banana slices, coconut, and cinnamon. Perfection!!!

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4th of July Paleo MeeNut Butter Trifle Recipe

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Aloha! Looking for a last minute dessert idea for the 4th? Here’s my take on a paleo “trifle”. I adapted Against All Grain’s Almond Flour Zucchini Bread recipe and used MeeNut Butter instead of almond flour for my cake base and these came out so bomb! I made them into muffins and they taste great on their own if you ever wanted to make these again!

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Recipe: Paleo MeeNut Butter Protein Zucchini Muffins:

8oz Paleo MeeNut Butter
5oz organic gala apples – peeled, cored, cubed (instead of banana)
5oz organic zucchini (cubed)
½ cup raw organic honey
1 tbsp vanilla (optional)
3 organic eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
*1 scoop Julian Bakery egg white protein
*The mixture was a little too wet so I added one scoop of the egg white protein and these came out perfectly!

Mix all wet ingredients in a Vitamix blender until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Pour into muffin tray and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 min. Cool and enjoy! Yields about 16-18 muffins.

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For the cream:

Whip up some coconut whipped cream (I used Natural Value’s full fat organic coconut milk – no preservatives, no additives, no BPA) for the cream layer. I don’t like adding any sweeteners to this but if you wanted to, you could probably add a little stevia or maple to the whipped cream.

For the berries:

I used blueberries and strawberries. Wash and pat dry. For the strawberries, remove stems and slice into thin triangles. Squeeze and coat with some organic lemon juice. If you have time, cover and let them sit overnight in the fridge.

Assembling the trifle:

I assembled these in individual mason jars and they came out really pretty. Remove cupcake liner from zucchini muffins and cut into quarters. Layer the bottom with the cake. Add a layer of the coconut whipped cream. Add a layer of the strawberries. Add a layer of the blueberries. Continue on until you run out of room. I sprinkled these with a finishing touch of shredded coconut on top instead of more whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Remember to post and tag pics of me on social media if you ever make any of these recipes! Mahalo and enjoy!

CrossFit California Regionals Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, 2015

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Pictured above: #tbt to my first official MeeNut event … This May 22-24 I’ll be a vendor at CrossFit Calfornia Regionals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds!! Please come find me and say aloha, sample some paleo yumminess and take some home! So grateful for the continued love and support!!

When this pic was taken, I still had a full time corporate job and I was making the MeeNut Butter at home one jar at a time in a Vitamix blender. The motor would burn out every five minutes. Needless to say it took a long time to make. I managed to make a couple hundred jars in time for the event and we sold out before the first day was even over!

Much has changed since this day. I have since quit that job and have been working on my humble little business full time since 2012. The Vitamix has been replaced with an actual commercial grinder to speed things along a little bit and I now operate out of a commercial kitchen. However, every single jar is still handcrafted fresh, start to finish!

California Regionals is my first larger-scale event and I am anxious but stoked at the same time! My business has been growing at a muuuch slower simmer than the vast majority out there, but I wanted to remain small and purposeful in the early years to build a reputation of excellence in quality and service. I firmly believe I have achieved this goal to the best of my ability. Your loyalty over these years proves it!

I couldn’t have made it to this point without the help and outpouring of love of amazing family and friends. So grateful for all of you! Words do not do justice.

It would mean the world to me to have your support at Regionals! Please stop by and say aloha, sample some quadruple nut power and bring some home! I plan to make more than a couple hundred jars to bring with me this time. :)

Mahalo,
Mee

2015 CrossFit Open Season is Here!

I wrote this for my CrossFit community at BeachSide CrossFit and figured I’d share it here with all of you. Each week of the Open I’ll be announcing a special MeeNut promo so stay tuned for details and maybe some silly videos documenting my Open WODs. My training this year has been haphazard and riddled with injuries so I’m hoping to just survive the next five weeks lol. Good luck to all you beasts! – Mee :)

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4 Legit Reasons Why You Should Participate in the Open

So a lot of you CrossFit noobs, or maybe even OGs, may be wondering what the heck is this “Open”?? And why all the recent fuss? Simply put, it’s basically what you do day in and day out at the box, WOD, lift and be awesome, just on a global scale and over the span of five weeks.

Starting Thursday, Feb 26, CrossFit HQ will announce 15.1, the first WOD in this series of five weekly workouts (the second week 15.2, then 15.3, etc.) and the worldwide CrossFit community, and actually ANY interested Joe Shmo with access to a camera and the internet (which is why this is called the Open, since it’s “open” to anyone anywhere willing to participate), will all do the same WOD and enter their score online. After five weeks, the best of the best in each region will then move on to compete at Regionals, and ultimately vie for the title “Fittest on Earth” at the annual CrossFit Games (basically the Olympics of CrossFit).

I know what you’re thinking: “Big deal, so what? Why should I even care?? It’s not like I’m any good or have a chance to win anything!!” Let’s be up front and honest, with the current level of elite competition out there, hardly any of us are going to compete at Regionals, let alone the Games, however that shouldn’t be a reason to not join in on all the Open shenanigans! In fact, it’s all the more reason why we should, because the absence of pressure results in 100% pure FUN!

4 legit reasons why you should participate in the Open:

1. Fun. I repeat, it’s fun! Might I remind you that all of you voluntarily come to BeachSide CrossFit to lift heavy things and endure grueling WODs. Why? Because in our twisted minds, we enjoy fitness and strength and have fun throwing down with our friends and family, right?? Right!! As an added bonus, you get to watch your dear coaches suffer and yell at us for a change to “pick up the bar”, get “one more rep”, or even “no rep” us! Ooo, tempting, isn’t it? You know you want to.

2. NO excuses! Anyone can do it! No more standing on the sidelines because something was too heavy or too hard! Now with a modified division, truly ANYONE can participate! 95 pounds too heavy? Can’t do muscle ups yet? No problema! The scaled division will have the option of lighter weights and/or modified movements! Get it? Got it. Good.

3. Progress & PRs baby! The Open is such a great measure of progress because you will have the opportunity to test and see how far you’ve come. Not gonna lie, not everything will come easy during these five weeks; your weaknesses will be exposed and the workouts will be challenging. However, there’s something about the atmosphere of friendly competition that just brings out the best in people. It’s so exciting to see members accomplishing things that they didn’t even dream possible. I can recall so many instances during the Open when members, myself included, have been so inspired that they actually PR! Awww yeah! Be stoked!

4. Community. Last but not least, the Open helps to build and strengthen our community here at BeachSide. We are a pretty rad and beautiful group of humans here and now you get a chance to meet them all! You actually get to see the 5:30am class in person, that they indeed exist, compete against them and show them who’s boss! Yup, that was a call out! This year we will officially be hosting the Open workouts under Friday Night Lights at 6pm, starting this Friday, February 27. Bring family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and come pumped and ready to throw down! Cheer on your fellow swolemates and after the bloodbath, enjoy some protein shakes and brewskies (BYOB) and have a good ol’ time here with the community, our community. Ohana.

How to sign up if you haven’t already, simply go to www.games.crossfit.com, pay $20 and register. Easy as pie. Once you’re signed up and registered, join our team Beach Side CrossFit (Note, it’s two words on the site). That’s where you’ll go to enter in your scores as well.

Alrighty folks, that’s it! See you all next week at Friday Night Lights! 3-2-1-GOOO BEACHSIDE!

Shaka Love,
Coach Mee

P.S. If you can’t come to Friday Night Lights, just let us know and you can do the workout Thursday night after the announcement, Friday during the day, or Saturday morning. No excuses!

 

Pumpkin Spice Protein MeeNut Butter Muffins

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RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Protein MeeNut Butter Muffins

Ingredients:

1 (5oz) organic gala apple
.25 oz organic ginger root
2 organic eggs
1/4 cup organic honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 scoop (2 oz) protein of choice. I used pure whey protein so this batch is not paleo 😉
8 oz MeeNut Butter (flavor of choice – I didn’t get to test this recipe with Pumpkin Spice Power but I think it would taste soooo good with that flavor MeeNut Butter)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a Vitamix blender, add all ingredients minus the MeeNut Butter and whey protein and blend for about 15-20 seconds until smooth. Add the MeeNut Butter and blend. Add the whey for a quick final blend. Scoop into a muffin pan and bake at 325 for about 20 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Made these for Battle of the Boxes tomorrow at the Ventura Fairgrounds where we will be competing (Santa Cruz Hall, Parking Lot C). I will NOT have a booth there but I WILL have a couple cases of MeeNut Butter in case you want to grab some while you’re there. Mahalo and hope to see y’all there! :)

PUMPKIN SPICE POWER BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Mee_Nut_Butter_PUMPKIN_front_8_oz Pumpkin Spice Power Paleo MeeNut Butter is back for a limited time! If it’s temporarily “sold out” at any given time, check back the following week for a fresh supply until it’s all gone gone gone. Mahalo and enjoy! 😀  You can click here to order.

INGREDIENTS: Roasted California Almonds, Pumpkin, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves, Cardamom, Lemon Peel, Sonoma Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Beans; CONTAINS: Tree Nuts; MAY CONTAIN: Pieces of nut shells and/or nut shell fragments.

WHOLE 30® APPROVED. NO ADDED SUGARS EVER.

Refrigerate for Quality.

Simply stir and enjoy!

Please note: Oil separation is natural and may occur. Coconut cream/oil will solidify at & below room temperature (about 70-75 degrees F) so depending on where it is being shipped the nut butter may harden and/or settle en route. If this is the case or if you have it refrigerated, you can easily warm it up by letting thaw out at room temperature or by keeping about 3/4 of the jar in a bowl of hot water for about 15-30 minutes (sadly this will ruin your label but oh well ☺). You may have to switch out the water a couple times if the butter is extremely cold and hardened. I don’t own or use a microwave but if you do, a few seconds in there will work too. Once warmed up, stir and enjoy! ☺

INTRODUCING: TEAM MEENUT BUTTER

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I’m so proud to introduce these amazing athletes repping Team MeeNut Butter for the CrossFit Team Series Competition! Chelsey Grigsby, Wayne Willette, Sarah Pierce, and Michael Hernandez of The LA Reign! Over the next couple months they will be throwing down in a series of events against the best in the world, super-teams including former CrossFit Games champions like Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. After this first series they are currently sitting in 16th place overall! You can keep up with Team MeeNut Butter’s performances and watch videos of their workouts here. Help cheer us on to the top 10!!! Shaka love, Mee :)

 

RECIPE: PALEO MEENUT BUTTER CUPCAKES

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meenut butter cupcakesI tried incorporating some Paleo MeeNut Butter treats for the first time this weekend for a fitness expo at CrossFit Long Beach. These were a hit so they may very well become a yummy staple at my booths from now on!!! 😀

RECIPE: PALEO MEENUT BUTTER CUPCAKES/BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup (8 oz) Paleo Almond MeeNut Butter for cupcakes (2 cups or 16 oz for brownies)
2 organic eggs
½ cup raw organic honey
1 medium organic apple (approx. 5 – 5.25 oz peeled and cored)
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
1 tbsp raw organic cacao nibs (optional)

1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cayenne (optional)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Peel and core your apple and cut into 1 inch chunks (I used an organic gala apple)
  3. Add to a Vitamix blender: eggs, honey, vanilla, apples, cacao nibs, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, cayenne and blend on high for about 15 seconds until smooth
  4. Add 1 cup of Paleo Almond MeeNut Butter (2 cups for brownies) and blend for about 30 seconds until smooth. If adding 2 cups of MeeNut Butter for brownies, you will need to use your masher tool as mixture will be thick and hard to blend.
  5. Pour liquid mixture into mixing bowl
  6. Slowly fold in cocoa powder and mix thoroughly with a spatula until fully incorporated
  7. Line muffin pan with paper baking cups, fill 3/4 , and bake for approx. 20 minutes in a convection oven on low for cupcakes (18-20 for brownies). May need to add about 10 min for a still oven.
  8. Remove from muffin pan immediately to cool on a cooling rack
  9. Once cooled you may top with a frosting, ganache, or chocolate drizzle of choice. When I served these, I was in a hurry so I just melted some enjoy life dark chocolate and dressed with a cute dollop in the center for the cupcakes and a nice drizzle for the brownies, on top of a bed of organic coconut chips.
  10. Enjoy! 😀