Chocolate Chip “Surprise” Muffins

February 12th, 2019 | no comments

I’m a cake and muffin girl. Cookies, I can take or leave them.

I chuckle when I think about my idea of a healthy breakfast in the late nineties: a fat-free raisin bran muffin from the local coffee shop, eaten proudly while sipping a sickeningly sweet, fat-free vanilla cappuccino. Oy vey!

I just knew I had to try this recipe when I ran across it on Pinterest.  A muffin that actually tastes good, not too sweet, and actually good for me? Smear a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, or NuttZo nut and seed butter on each half and you’ve got yourself a quick breakfast!

Check out these ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Pure maple syrup as a sweetener
  • Almond flour
  • Unrefined coconut oil

Next time I’m adding chopped walnuts to the batter. Yum!

This recipe was inspired by: paleoglutenfree.com

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Chocolate Chip "Surprise" Muffins
I just knew I had to try this recipe when I ran across it on Pinterest.  A muffin that actually tastes good, not too sweet, and actually good for me? Smear a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, or NuttZo nut and seed butter on each half and you've got yourself a quick breakfast (plus an extra serving of Earthfood)! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup avocado about one and a half large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup avocado about one and a half large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil or line with parchment cups. In a food processor blend all ingredients until smooth (except chocolate chips).
  2. Fill the muffin pan with batter, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of muffin comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per muffinCalories: 285Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 120 mg; Potassium: 135 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 22 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Sugar: 13 g ; Protein: 6 g

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Whole Food Nutrition Bar

January 9th, 2019 | no comments

Nutrition bars can be expensive, the higher quality varieties cost upwards of $2.50 per bar…that’s $75 a month! 

Although I’m not willing to give up my favorite nutrition bars, I do like to supplement with a homemade bar to cut down on the cost. Plus, I control what goes in and can tweak accordingly to suit my tastes. 

This no-bake recipe uses an abundance of whole food ingredients and functional foods (i.e. cacao nibs and maca powder) to give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. Maca, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is the root of a vegetable native to Peru. It falls under the category of “adaptogens”, which means it has the power to fight daily stress, thereby helping your body achieve a state of balance and harmony.

These gluten, grain and dairy-free bars are naturally sweetened with dates, but I also added a tablespoon of raw honey. You can leave that out if you’d like. The healthy fat comes from raw almonds and unrefined organic coconut oil, and I also added some Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder for some extra protein.

Oh…and I used flaked quinoa instead of oats to keep it grain-free.

PS: You may also want to check out my post on the Top Six Dietitian-Approved Nutrition Bars, where I highlight my favorite bars out there!

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Whole Food Nutrition Bar
This gluten, grain and dairy-free, no-bake nutrition bar recipe uses an abundance of whole food ingredients and functional foods (i.e. cacao nibs and maca powder) to give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes (for bars to set)
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups pitted dates, halved
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs I like Navitas brand
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like I Heart Keenwah brand
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Pea Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like Navitas brand
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 tbsp. organic, unsweetened coconut flakes + more for topping I like Let's Do Organic brand
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes (for bars to set)
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups pitted dates, halved
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs I like Navitas brand
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like I Heart Keenwah brand
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Pea Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like Navitas brand
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 tbsp. organic, unsweetened coconut flakes + more for topping I like Let's Do Organic brand
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and gently pulse until the nuts are chopped and a cohesive mixture is formed. You may have to divide the mixture into two and process each batch separately, then stir to combine together in a large bowl.
  2. Line a 9 X 6 rimmed baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into dish until flat and smooth. Refrigerate for an hour then cut into 20 squares and top with additional coconut flakes. Bars will keep for one week in the refrigerator or two months in the freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per barCalories: 150Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 3 g; Sodium: 70 mg; Potassium: 140 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12 g; Dietary fiber: 3 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 6 g (1 gram added sugar); Protein: 5 g

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Better-4-You Rice Crispy Treats

January 1st, 2019 | no comments

I’m a sucker for food photos- especially on Pinterest. The original photo for this recipe caught my eye (and tastebuds) because really…who doesn’t love Rice Crispy Treats?

Hailing directly from medicalmedium.com, the only thing I changed was making my own cashew butter (which is REALLY easy and cheaper than store-bought). 

No marshmallows needed for this version, as the combination of cashew butter and raw honey makes for a beautiful substitute.

These treats are sweet, chewy, and most importantly, lacking in the inflammatory vegetables oils, corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, and monoglycerides (i.e. trans fats) found in the store-bought crap…and yes, it IS crap. 

Make a batch and then transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate. When the mood strikes, pull one out and enjoy with a cup of coffee!

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Better-4-You Rice Crispy Treats
No marshmallows needed for this version, as the combination of cashew butter and raw honey makes for a beautiful substitute. These treats are sweet, chewy, and most importantly, lacking in the inflammatory vegetables oils, corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, and monoglycerides (i.e. trans fats) found in the store-bought junk! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2/3 cup raw cashew butter Add 2 cups raw cashews to your food processor and blend until it's the consistency of almond butter. Stop to scrap the sides a few times during processing. You will have a bit leftover, so store in a sealed container and use for shakes!
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 4 cups puffed brown rice cereal I used Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal (the only ingredient is puffed whole grain brown rice)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2/3 cup raw cashew butter Add 2 cups raw cashews to your food processor and blend until it's the consistency of almond butter. Stop to scrap the sides a few times during processing. You will have a bit leftover, so store in a sealed container and use for shakes!
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 4 cups puffed brown rice cereal I used Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal (the only ingredient is puffed whole grain brown rice)
Instructions
  1. Combine raw honey, prepared cashew butter, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Stir well. Add the puffed rice and mix with a spatula until combined.
  2. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper and pour mixture into the dish. Press down with the spatula to smooth out and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Once the bars are hardened, cut into 16 squares and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 square)Calories: 110Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 73 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 15 g; Dietary fiber: 0 g; Net Carbohydrates: 15 grams; Sugar: 8 g (8 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 2 g

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Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” Cups

December 5th, 2018 | no comments

Ever have a taste for something chocolatey, but you’re feeling so good about your food choices lately that you don’t want to stray? Fearful you’ll end up in sugar’s tight grip with no escape route in sight, you reach for a cluster of grapes instead. 

But the grapes just aren’t cutting it, are they? 

This recipe is a way out! A simple way to have your chocolate and cure your craving, without turning it into a bland, tasteless health food. Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” contains added sugar, so it’s not a “health” food, however it does:

  • Contain less sugar than traditional pudding
  • Boast SEVEN times more fiber than traditional pudding
  • Replace white sugar with raw honey or pure maple syrup (your choice)
  • Contain a fair amount of good fat from fresh avocado and coconut oil, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar like the store-bought junk OR cause rebound hunger. This little thing is super-satisfying, almost like a mini-meal!

Don’t think I’m weird, but last night I didn’t feel like making dinner, so I snacked on a bowl of raw veggies dipped in hummus and afterwards, treated myself to a Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” Cup. I swear I was as satisfied as if I had eaten an entire plateful of food! 

PS: Don’t like the tropical taste of virgin coconut oil? Use refined coconut oil instead as it has a neutral scent and flavor. 

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Chocolate Earthfood "Pudding" Cups
This recipe is a way to have your chocolate and cure your craving, without turning it into a bland, tasteless health food. Because it contains added sugar, Chocolate Earthfood "Pudding" should not be considered a "health" food, however compared to traditional pudding it does: contain less sugar and more fiber; use raw honey or pure maple syrup in place of white sugar; contain a fair amount of good fat. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil I like Nutiva brand
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, ground to grind chia seeds, run through a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil I like Nutiva brand
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, ground to grind chia seeds, run through a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.
Instructions
  1. Combine avocado through chia in a food processor and blend until smooth. To make sure ingredients are evenly distributed, you may find it necessary to stop halfway through and scrape the sides. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon or two of unsweetened coconut milk and continue processing until smooth.
  2. Divide pudding into five small containers, secure the lids, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to thicken. Top with chopped nuts of choice and cacao nibs if desired!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 23 g; Saturated Fat: 10 g; Sodium: 10 mg; Potassium: 400 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24 g; Dietary fiber: 7 g; Net Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Sugar: 14 g (14 grams added sugar from honey/maple syrup); Protein: 4 g

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls

November 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love it when I try a nutritionally-upgraded recipe that tastes so good, I actually end up preferring it to the real thing.

I like pumpkin pie, but I can take or leave the crust…it’s really the filling I’m after. Thank you London from www.evolvingtable.com for this amazing recipe for No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls. I made a batch to take to Thanksgiving dinner because I knew at least one person would appreciate this upgraded version of pumpkin pie. 

The recipe couldn’t be easier. Made by combining almond and gluten-free oat flours with unsweetened pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and spices, these little bites of heaven really hit the spot. And because they take a little dive in coconut sugar at the end, what you end up with is a sweet (but not too sweet) treat. 

Pure maple syrup and coconut sugar are both lower glycemic sweeteners, meaning they are a tad bit gentler on your blood sugar.

If the balls aren’t eaten right away, London recommends storing them uncovered in the very back of your refrigerator…otherwise you’ll end up with soggy balls. And that’s no fun for anyone! 🙂

PS: I know these totally look like deep fried sauerkraut balls, but trust me, they are the furthest thing! Ha, ha, ha…

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls
The recipe couldn't be easier. Made by combining almond and gluten-free oat flours with unsweetened pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and spices, these little bites of heaven really hit the spot. And because they take a little dive in coconut sugar at the end, what you end up with is a sweet (but not too sweet) treat. 0 Earthfood servings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour Bob's Red Mill is a good one!
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour Alternatively you can run a little over one cup of uncooked gluten-free oats through your food processor until it turns into flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coconut Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unrefined coconut sugar Madhava, Big Tree Farms, Nutiva, or Navitas brands
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour Bob's Red Mill is a good one!
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour Alternatively you can run a little over one cup of uncooked gluten-free oats through your food processor until it turns into flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coconut Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unrefined coconut sugar Madhava, Big Tree Farms, Nutiva, or Navitas brands
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine oat flour and almond flour. Add pumpkin puree through vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated, using your hands towards the end to ensure even mixing.
  2. In a small bowl combine Coconut Sugar Coating ingredients.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie mixture and roll into a ball. Place in the coconut sugar bowl and roll to completely cover. Place on a large plate and repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. If not eaten right away, store uncovered in the very back of your refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 ball): Calories: 100Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 35 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 5 g (4 grams added sugar from maple syrup and coconut sugar); Protein: 3 g

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge

October 3rd, 2018 | no comments

This fudge is the bomb! It’s filled with chocolaty goodness from raw cacao powder (i.e. REAL chocolate) and sweetened with pitted dates. And—as the name so eloquently conveys—it helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Adaptogens are simply plant-based substances that help your body adapt to stress…even the stress that’s cooking without your awareness. 

Give this no-bake recipe a try this weekend! Slice it into squares, refrigerate in a sealed container, and enjoy a piece every day. I topped mine off with a variety of fun “sprinkles”: bee pollen, hemp hearts, goji berries, and cacao nibs. 

This amazing recipe originated from www.wholeheartedeats.com. Thank you for your brilliance Sophie!

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge
As the name so eloquently conveys, this fudge helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Instructions
  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they become a paste. You may have to stop the processor and scrape the sides a couple of times.
  2. Add the almond butter and coconut oil, and pulse until combined. Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until combined.
  3. Using wax paper or parchment, form the dough into a bar shape. Wrap well and freeze until firm (about one hour). Once set, slice into 15 squares and top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options!
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (one square): Calories: 90; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 20 mg; Potassium: 95 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Dietary Fiber: 2 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 4 grams (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 2 grams

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)

September 19th, 2018 | no comments

If you liked my recipe for Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins from last week, you’ll adore these muffins too! They sport the same fudge-like texture (thanks to the addition of beans) and are also gluten and dairy-free.

This recipe uses gluten-free quick oats vs. quinoa flakes, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) vs. bananas and pecans vs. walnuts. In addition, it uses pumpkin spice, which is essentially a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins pair nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). What a nice change of pace from plain old regular coffee!

Another shout out to Katie (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com), as this recipe is modified from her Pumpkin Blender Muffins. 

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)
A bean-based, flourless, and gluten/dairy-free muffin that pairs nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend pumpkin through baking soda until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in pecans.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops with a butter knife. Bake 20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams; Sodium: 180 mg; Potassium: 230 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 20 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (9 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 6 grams

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins (flourless)

September 13th, 2018 | no comments

This muffin isn’t the typical crumbly, sponge-like muffin…so if you’re looking for that, you won’t dig this recipe. Because it’s made with beans (yep!) it has a dense, fudge-like consistency that is actually quite decadent! And instead of flour, it calls for flaked quinoa— an ancient “grain” that’s actually a seed.

Enjoy a Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, paired with a hard-boiled egg and a mug of Golden Milk, or with a tall glass of my Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

I adapted this recipe just slightly from www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com. Thank you for this amazing creation Katie!

If you are on the fence about beans and quinoa in your muffins, give it a try anyway; I think you’ll like it.

PS: These freeze really well.

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins
Because these muffins are made with beans (yep!) they have a dense, fudge-like consistency that's actually quite decadent! And instead of flour, the recipe calls for flaked quinoa— an ancient "grain" that's actually a seed. A gluten-free, dairy-free recipe the whole family can enjoy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like the "I Heart Keenwah" brand
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium banana, overripe (about 1/2 cup)
  • 15 oz. can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup nut butter almond; pecan; walnut; peanut; sunflower; cashew butter (Any one will do; just make sure the only ingredient is the nut/seed. Salt is OK.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like the "I Heart Keenwah" brand
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium banana, overripe (about 1/2 cup)
  • 15 oz. can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup nut butter almond; pecan; walnut; peanut; sunflower; cashew butter (Any one will do; just make sure the only ingredient is the nut/seed. Salt is OK.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend quinoa flakes through cinnamon until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in walnuts.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups (don’t overfill or they will rise and then sink in the centers) and bake 18-20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 190; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.7 grams; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 215 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (8 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 6 grams

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles

August 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love cake. Frosting? Even better! I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too.

You know me- this isn’t some cake out of a box. Actually, it’s just as easy and, although it’s not a “healthy” cake, it’s quite an upgrade from your traditional cake loaded with crappy chemicals (that’s an industry term 🙂 ) and slathered with trans fat-laden frosting. 

The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting…well, I lied a little bit, the frosting is on the healthier side because it’s made with avocado, coconut oil and raw cacao powder, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I swear they won’t know it used to be green. For the sprinkles, I just tossed about a half cup of unsweetened coconut flakes in the food processor with half of a strawberry and processed until the flakes turned pink. Then I let them sit out to dry for a bit. 

Happy birthday to me! 

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles
I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too. The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting made with avocado, coconut oil, raw cacao powder and pure maple syrup. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2-four ounce ramekins with coconut oil.
  2. Place butter, honey, and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir until smooth. Cool completely (you can place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process).
  3. Add almond flour, egg, vanilla, and salt to cooled chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Spoon batter into prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely and gently remove by turning ramekin upside down on a clean plate.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Process avocado in food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  2. Frost the top of one cake with a thick layer of frosting. Place remaining cake on top and frost the top and sides of entire cake. You will have about half leftover, so just store remaining frosting in refrigerator and have a spoonful here or there for a sweet treat.
Pink Sprinkles
  1. Add coconut flakes and strawberry to a food processor and process until flakes are pink. Sprinkle all over top and sides of frosted cake!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400; Total Fat: 28 grams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Sodium: 175 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams; Dietary Fiber: 6 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 26 grams; Protein: 6 grams

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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

May 24th, 2018 | no comments

I love blueberry muffins, but I don’t like what they do to my blood sugar. I adapted a recipe I found online by cutting the amount of honey in half and adding psyllium husk powder to increase the fiber content and lower the glycemic response (the effect that a food/meal has on blood sugar after it’s eaten) of the final product. As a result, these muffins are NOT sweet, but I think you will find the coconut flour offers a pleasant natural sweetness on its own. 

Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins taste amazing with a dab of butter or fresh ground peanut or almond butter. 

The best part about these muffins is they are diabetic-friendly, with 8 grams of fiber, loads of good healthy fat, 6 grams of protein and only 10 grams of net carbohydrates.

They are also gluten, dairy, and grain free! If I am going to enjoy a Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, I usually smear it with a teaspoon or two of Kerrygold grass-fed butter and pair it with a hard-boiled egg. Enjoy! ♥ 

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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins
Whip up a batch of these amazing muffins and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freezer for up to a month (but I doubt they will last that long!). Spread with grass-fed butter or fresh ground almond butter and pair it with a hard boiled egg...breakfast is served! This recipe is free of gluten, dairy, and grains. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, psyllium husk powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a blender or bowl mix the honey, milk, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and blend on low. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the blueberries to mixture at the very end, and gently stir together.
  4. Spoon the batter into greased cupcake sleeves or tins and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Cool on rack and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 260 mg; Potassium: 85 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar:  9 g (6 grams of added sugar from the honey); Protein: 6 g

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