Summertime…And The Livin’ Is Primal

20 Jul

Don't get my hair wet - I just left the beauty parlor!

This past Sunday was one of those fantastic summer days that sometimes just pop up and take you by surprise – the kind that couldn’t be any better if you had planned it out in advance.  Especially after the unwelcome return of June Gloom-ish weather we’d had the previous week here in L.A.

Mid-morning we were invited to an impromptu pool party and cookout at a friend’s place.  So, with about an hour to spare before we needed to head over, I decided to throw together some quick almond flour hamburger “buns” to help introduce our friends to the Primal life.

Without much time to improvise, I loosely based the recipe on one I often use to make biscuits, and they came out a little crumblier (that’s a real word, right?) than I would’ve preferred.  About halfway through eating a burger, we found that the…structural integrity…we’ll say, had a tendency to break down.  Not that anyone seemed to mind the slight messiness.

I’ve tweaked the recipe below to include an extra egg, which gives the bread some needed flexibility and chewiness.  This makes 5 “buns”, or 10 individual pieces of flatbread.  These are great for making a turkey sandwich or BLT too – you could even go crazy and toss some herbs into the mix – think Rosemary focaccia… Mmmm…


2 & ½ cups almond flour

½  tsp sea salt

½  tsp baking soda

1 tbsp softened butter

1 tbsp honey

3 eggs

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.  Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and blend the dough mixture well.

Roll the dough into 10 individual balls and press each onto a greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.  (This makes a very sticky dough, and I found it easier to press with a second sheet of parchment paper on top.)  Each “slice” should be about ¼ inch thick.

Smush 'em down.

Bake for about 12 minutes, just until golden.  Allow to cool, then pair slices together to form “buns”.

The only thing that bothered me aesthetically about these is that they sort of looked like sugar cookies.  Okay, they really looked like sugar cookies.  Like, so much so, that if I hadn’t told everyone what they were, someone could’ve easily seen them on the plate, said “Hey, sugar cookies!” bitten into one, and been very disappointed.


Of course, they’re much softer and lighter than cookies, with no crispness to them…So, if someone can’t tell if they’re holding bread or a cookie in their hand, I guess that’s on them.

Looks aside, these tasted great, and were a perfect finishing touch for grass-fed burgers with raw white cheddar cheese.  Easy Primal fuel – crucial for an afternoon agenda packed with lazing in the sun and splashing around the pool like a bunch of kids.  Ahh, summertime…

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3 Responses to “Summertime…And The Livin’ Is Primal”

  1. Michelle Stockdale-Calvillo July 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm #


  2. Anna July 27, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    Hi, enjoying your blog :) I agree with your previous post, the thing you miss about bread is the convenience. I think I’ll try this out on the weekend!

    • theprimalsophisticate July 30, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      Yeah, having bread around is nice for those times when you just don’t have time to cook…or you just don’t WANT to! I like having an alternative that still lets me throw a sandwich together now and then!

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