Almond Chip Muffins (Gluten Free)

Most weeks I make muffins and cookies at least once. Since it’s zucchini season, I’ve been taking advantage of them (because friends are generously sharing) and adding them to our muffins. This way I know Liv is getting in some extra veggies….and she has an after dinner snack she enjoys.

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Enjoy Life sent me a few of their new muffin mixes. I really like them because they are filled with nutritious ancient grains and you don’t have to add anything but water and oil if you want. Of course I have to make it my own with a few additional mix ins.

I love Enjoy Life and their products mostly because they are delicious, but also because they are free from the top 8 allergens. They’re certified gluten free, kosher and vegan too! They also have 5g protein per serving!

Like I said I’m really loving adding shredded zucchini in, but you could also go for applesauce or even greek yogurt. Over here muffins are eaten as a snack, breakfast or dessert. I used Enjoy Life muffin mix because it makes life super easy (and delicious), but I’ve included an alternative that will work too!

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The best recipes are the ones that Olivia can help me with…and this is one of them. She loves helping with each ingredient and asks what each thing is. She also loves lining the trays with the paper liners….and sneaking a few chocolate chips because she’s such a good helper.

Hope you enjoy these muffins as much as we do!

Honey Pecan Sweet Potato Muffins (Grain & Egg Free)

I can’t believe I actually have a recipe for you guys. With all my food things going on, I’ve been eating a rather boring “diet”. I decided it was time for me to come up with some muffins that I could actually eat and enjoy. This meant they had to be egg and almond free.

I found these on Tessa, the Domestic Diva and adapted them to include Nikki’s Coconut Butter. Why not add some extra goodness with her honey pecan? I know that psyllium husks probably aren’t something you have in your pantry. I had to go buy it, but it’s worth it. It really helps bind the muffins. You could probably try 1-2 eggs in place if you don’t have any but want to try.

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If you make these let me know!

Banana Almond Flax Muffins (grain, dairy, soy free)

Good morning! Today Danny and I (and a bunch of my friends) started a ten day cleanse. We are avoiding grains, dairy, soy, beans and sugar. I started out wanting to do this because after Easter, I felt like crap. I told Danny about it and he jumped on it. He gets some joint pain and wanted to see how it helps him. (His father has RA, so he gets tested yearly to make sure he doesn’t have it…we’re just mindful and he generally is GF because he feels the best when he stays away from it.)

After a couple of days obviously I felt better from Easter and I kind of was like ehh, why am I going to do this? But I still have some eczema/rashes and flare up occasionally, sometimes multiple times a day, so I want to see if there is any correlation between food and my flare ups. (Note: I have been taking a prescription anti-histamine every other day for two months, but I stopped taking it Thursday and really don’t want to go back on it.)

I prepped some food yesterday. Mainly, chia pudding and muffins. The muffins are mostly for Danny so he has something he can snack on during the week, besides nuts. They are grain free, dairy free and soy free. They have date syrup in it, which acts as a sweetener but as far as I’m concerned it directly from a whole food, so it’s fine.

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If you try them let me know! They are a really great breakfast or snack throughout the day!

 

Weekend Baking: Muffins, Cookies & Granola Bars!

Good morning!

I feel like I just came back from a vacation…or a staycation I should say I guess? Danny had off Friday and Monday so we spent the weekend doing last minute baby things, cleaning up and baking A LOT. Our house is pretty straigtened and organized, so besides doing last minute things that get done often (like clean kitchen & bathroom) we are all set for baby. My form of nesting is apparentely baking.

After Danny and I went to Buy Buy Baby to buy our stroller, we stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up supplies to make muffins and cookies. Muffins were basically last on my list for pre-baby baking. Funny because I woke up this morning and just had to make apple streusel oat squares AND granola oat bars. Maybe we can bribe people to babysit if we offer them muffins & cookies?

Our final list of things we baked over the weekend is…..

Apple Pie Muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apple Streusel Oat Squares (I made it with spelt flour and real butter)

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

I *think* I’m done now. But then again, who the heck knows when this baby is coming. Last week I would have thought I would have had her/him already, but this weekend left me feeling really good…so maybe I have awhile? I think not knowing when labor is beginning is harder than not knowing if the baby is a boy or girl at this point!

Now that I’ve baked 2 things and eaten them I’m off for a walk and to decorate for Halloween!

Something to do: PLEASE check out my friend Carla’s workout skirt she has designed. Not only are they super cool, but ALL of the profits for the skirts go to Mayan Families charity. Not only will you look good while working out, but you will support an amazing cause. 

Have a happy Columbus day and enjoy your day if you’re off from work!