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Double Chocolate Banana Salted Caramel Muffins (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Sugar)

It’s December 1st, aka. The month of baking!  I whipped up these Double Chocolate Banana Salted Caramel Muffins over the weekend – yes it’s a mouth full.

But I’ve been obsessed with using the Lily’s Sweets salted caramel chocolate chips in pretty much all my baking lately. All of Lily’s sweets chocolate is SUGAR FREE and you honestly cannot tell the difference! I order these off of NaturaMarket.

Now of course, you can always add more sweetness to this recipe if you like as cacao can be slightly bitter, but I much prefer them without the sweetness and the extra guilt.  Not to mention the insane cravings that start to follow once you consume too much sugar. Ever notice that? You go sugar free or low carb for a while and then – BAM – one bite of a sweet cake or cookie or piece of bread and your cravings come back full force?

It’s normal. Sugar triggers pleasure receptors in your brain, which cause you to want more and more and more.  This is why I like to keep my sugar intake very low and my fat intake high. It keeps my sugar cravings at bay, it helps to balance my blood sugar, it keeps my brain fuelled and it provides me with lots of energy. Plus, fat is incredibly important for hormonal health. 

Fats are structural components of some of the most important substances in the body, including prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that regulate many of the body’s functions. You need fats because they regulate the production of sex hormones, which can often be the reason why some teenage girls and women in general can experience amenorrhea (no period). 

High fat and low carb recipes are the main thing on the menu inside my Metabolic Reset program but they help to bust through sugar cravings like nobody’s business (and it might be going on sale real soon, so stay tuned 😉

😋 Here’s the recipe for ya!

 

Double Chocolate Banana Salted Caramel Muffins (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Sugar)

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Course: Treats
Servings: 12
Author: Samantha Gladish

Ingredients

  • large bananas mashed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour finely ground
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a muffin tray with muffin cups.
  • Add all ingredients except chocolate chips into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer batter to the lined muffin pan, filling the holes 3/4 of the way up.
  • Bake on the centre rack of the preheated oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until muffins are puffy and cooked through.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins (Gluten Free, Paleo, Grain Free, Low Sugar)

Sweet potatoes are a regular in my house. You can mash them, roast them, bake with them and combine them with a variety of herbs or spices. Lately, I’ve been on a sweet potato kick as you might notice from this recipe below!

If you haven’t made these muffins yet, I encourage you to try them out asap. They’re sooooo good!

Sweet potatoes are rich in fibre, vitamin B6 and iron – all good things we need more of, especially the fibre. 

If you’re dealing with any digestive issues or constipation, I highly encourage you to start increasing your vegetable intake as well as getting in more water. I can’t tell you how many of my clients experience complete digestive relief by simply applying these 2 strategies. 

 

I ordered most of the ingredients for this recipe from NaturaMarket.ca 

  • The coconut flour
  • Baking Spices
  • Coconut Oil
  • Monk Fruit Sweetener (I love Lakanto for baking!)

 

 

I LOVE that NaturaMarket is a one-stop-shop for all things Gluten-Free, Paleo, Allergen Free and so much more. They have so many goodies on there, I pretty much shop with them weekly. So much so, that I reached out to see if my community can get a discount so you can try them out for yourself!

    • Never ordered from NaturaMarket before? SHOP HERE + get 15% off your first order with the coupon code HEALTHYHORMONES2020
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Now onto the recipe for these amazing muffins! 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup monk fruit sweetener – alternatively you can you coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup pecan, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 12 pecans for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease or line a muffin pan. In a medium bowl whisk together coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  2. In a large bowl beat together eggs, mashed sweet potato, vanilla extract, lakanto and coconut oil.
  3. Add the dry mix into the wet mix and stir until all lumps are gone.
  4. Fold in chopped pecans and shredded coconut. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups and top each with a pecan.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Enjoy & happy baking! Tag me in your delicious creations @holisticwellnessfoodie 👈

P.S. If you’re looking for more delicious and easy recipes, come join me inside my Healthy Hormones Recipe Club! Are you confused with all the information out there about how to balance your hormones, lose weight + support your immunity? Can’t keep up with all the different diets; Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, or which one is even right for you Get a monthly meal plan + shopping list + recipes that will help you to support your body, balance your hormones, detoxify and shed some inches in the process! Each month has a different theme (click here to read what I’ll be sharing over the next few months!) This Recipe Club is available for a super affordable price, so you can easily say YES to putting yourself first, without breaking the bank. Delicious food & zero deprivation, I promise! 

 

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins (Gluten Free and Grain Free)

These chocolate chip cherry muffins are so good! The combination of chocolate and cherry together is my FAV! 

I often whip up a smoothie with chocolate protein powder + frozen cherries + coconut milk + almond butter and it is so incredibly delicious. Oh! and my fat bombs! If you’re a chocolate-cherry lover, you’ve got to try my Chocolate Coconut Cherry Fat Bombs. They are so easy to make and perfect for a high fat, low carb diet. 

The truth is, as delicious as these muffins are, I’m in the process of eliminating almonds/almond flour/almond butter from my diet. They came up high on my food intolerance test + I’ll be eliminating all nuts and seeds for my AIP protocol, so I won’t be able to have these muffins for at least a good 6 weeks, once I reintroduce almond products back into my diet. 

When I baked these up last week I enjoyed them like they were my last meal!! Giving up almond butter is HARD. It’s really one of my favourite things to eat, plus I often bake with almond flour. But, you can bet I’ll be getting creative in the kitchen over the next few weeks, testing out different kinds of flours.

A food elimination diet definitely has its challenges, but if you’re currently struggling with autoimmune issues or hashimoto’s, it might be time to consider the AIP diet

And here’s the thing. There is NEVER going to be the right time to go on any type of ‘diet.’ With family events and parties and commitments, it can seem like following any type of program is just never going to happen. But, YOU have to create the time and make it a priority. 

With easter around the corner and lots on family dinners and brunches, I’m going to be faced with some challenges – for sure! But, I also recognize that there will never be the “right time” for healing. The right time is now. The right time is one I create. 

My priority is my health. It is very high on my list of values, which is why making these changes to my diet and lifestyle isn’t something I ever question. I just dive right in and go for it and at the same time recognize that it might not be perfect.

You are better off doing SOMETHING versus doing NOTHING. So if you’ve been holding back from losing weight, balancing your hormones or healing your autoimmune disease, the time to get started is right now. Dive in, trust the process and just begin. 

So, with all that said, let’s get to these delicious Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins. They are gluten free and grain free, which is perfect for many elimination protocols and diets (but unfortunately, not AIP friendly).

* As a note – I used Lily’s Sugar free chocolate chips, which you can find here. And if you’re looking for the lakanto sweetener (which is my favourite to bake with), you can find it here. 

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins
Yields 9
Delicious gluten free, grain free and dairy free muffins that are bursting with chocolate and tart cherries.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup cacao powder
  3. 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  9. 1/4 cup almond butter
  10. 3 tbsp lakante sweetener
  11. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup frozen cherries, roughly chopped
  13. 1/3 cup lily's sugar free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Add all DRY ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined. T
  3. hen add WET (minus the cherries & chocolate chips) and blend until combined.
  4. Scoop batter into bowl. Add in cherries and chips and fold in gently. Spoon batter into muffin liners, filling 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake for 26-28 mins, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 mins.
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Sweet Potato Macro Muffins

Can you say drool worthy?

I’m not sure about you, but sweet potato is one of my favourite things to eat! Especially when you roast it in the oven, it becomes so incredibly sweet and amazingly delicious. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that its loaded with beta-carotene aka. vitamin A (hello anti-aging), vitamin C (immune protection at it’s finest), it’s amazingly anti-inflammatory and it’s got a load of gut healthy fibre.

So if you’re not a sweet potato fan (um… you’re crazy!), I hope I’ve convinced you thus far.

I’ve been wanting to make sweet potato muffins for-evvverr now and I just couldn’t figure out if I wanted to use almond flour, or coconut flour, or sweeten with maple syrup, or have it be egg free or add in protein powder… oh baking dilemmas!

And finally, I landed on these amazing gems and got lucky that on my first attempt, they turned out ahhhhmazing!

I decided to call these Sweet Potato MACRO Muffins for a reason – they are loaded with healthy carbohydrates (from sweet potato), protein from eggs and fat from coconut oil; plus they also contain lots of fibre, as I mentioned earlier.

Macronutrients consist of carbs, protein and fat – basically the ‘food’ you actually eat. These are your actually calories. Each macronutrient is almost always found in every item of food, whether that’s a piece of sushi or a raw vegetable; the only difference is how the macronutrients are balanced.

As an example, the nutritional composition of an avocado is generally made up of 75% (good) fats, 20% carbohydrates and 5% protein, therefore this is clearly a fat-based food. On the other hand a banana consists of 95% carbohydrates, with only small amounts of protein and fats.

Micronutrients on the other hand are your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants –  they keep the body functioning optimally and are crucial in order to maintain energy levels, metabolism, cellular function, and physical and mental wellbeing. From everything to vitamin A, C, B vitamins, Magnesium, Manganese and Zinc – each macronutrient contains varying amounts of micronutrients.

But here’s where it gets tricky – say you’re on a 1500 calorie diet to lose weight. Most people have this idea that they can eat whatever they want as long as it equals to 1500 calories. 

But, your micronutrients play a crucial role in those 1500 calories. You can eat 1500 calories worth of oreos but you’ll also be eating way too much sugar, have little to no protein to maintain muscle mass and support growth and repair in the body, you’ll probably become insulin resistant, you’ll have dull skin and over all – feel like shit!

Your micronutrients build your body! We all know there is a difference between eating a few oreos for a snack versus eating an apple with a handful of almonds. What’s better for you? What is actually building your body? Building and supporting your hormones? Fueling your brain?

Ok, I think you get the picture.

So what about those muffins? Well, you can enjoy them knowing they not only contain all your macronutrients but are also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals to support your health and body. #bakingwin

Sweet Potato Macro Muffins
Yields 12
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup coconut flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  6. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 cup sweet potato, mashed (*see notes)
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  11. ¼ lakanto (monk fruit sweetener - alternatively you can you coconut sugar or maple syrup)
  12. ⅓ cup pecan, roughly chopped
  13. 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  14. 12 pecans for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease or line a muffin pan.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  3. In a large bowl beat together eggs, mashed sweet potato, vanilla extract, lakanto and coconut oil.
  4. Add the dry mix into the wet mix and stir until all lumps are gone.
  5. Fold in chopped pecans and shredded coconut.
  6. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups and top each with a pecan.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Notes
  1. *For sweet potato - I roasted a whole sweet potato in the oven at 400F for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Roasting it helps to bring out more sweetness and flavour. I popped this in the oven early in the morning so I had it ready to get my bake on in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can peel the sweet potato, add it to a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Once fully cooked, mash it with a potato masher.
  2. *Lakanto - I personally love using this calorie free, sugar free sugar alternative. If you don't have it on hand, you can use 1/4 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup maple syrup. Remember, the sweet potato is sweet enough, so you only need a little.
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Gluten Free Banana Peach Muffins

Ok, so banana muffins and banana bread could be one of my baking favorites! I went to buy a banana muffin at wholefoods the other day (and not to knock wholefoods cause I seriously love that store!) and I had a look at the ingredients in their freshly baked banana muffins. A whole lot of sugar added, and not the best quality oils used in the process.

So… that brings me to my seriously yummy homemade banana and peach muffins. Banana muffins with a twist! My boyfriend even liked them, so they must be a winner! These muffins are wheat and dairy free for all of you out there like me that have (or are trying) to eliminate these from their diet.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

Happy baking!

Banana Peach Muffins
Yields 15
It's your classic banana muffin with a twist, adding in peaches for some extra sweetness.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup wheat free oats (blended)
  2. 1 cup almond meal/flour
  3. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 2 peaches
  5. 1 banana
  6. 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  7. 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar (optional)
  8. 1 tbsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp cinnamon
  11. 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place oats in food processor and blend until a powder-like consistency is formed
  3. Combine all dry ingredients including oats, almond meal, flax seeds, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon
  4. Peal peaches and cut into small cube-like sizes
  5. Peal banana, slice thinly and then cut into halves
  6. Toss peaches and banana into the dry ingredient mixture
  7. Heat coconut oil on stovetop until melted and add both wet ingredients (almond milk and coconut oil) to mixture
  8. Mix well until all banana and peach slices are covered
  9. Line muffin cups in the muffin tin
  10. Pour mixture into muffin cups and place into oven
  11. Bake for 45 minutes
Notes
  1. You can make multiple batches of these and then freeze them. They are a fantastic healthy snack you can pull out of the freezer when you are busy on the go!
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Flourless Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mini Muffins

The perfect bite sized treat, you will LOVE these muffins. 

They are so easy to make and free of grains and gluten. I whipped these up twice last week. Once because I was testing the recipe and two, because I had a girlfriend come over and not only cooked her up a fabulous meal, but I treated her to these mini muffins. In fact, I got her to whip all the ingredients together and I threw them in the oven. 

So if you ever come visit me at my house, you now know I’ll put you to work in the kitchen 😉

You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again… I love pumpkin! Try my pumpkin pie smoothie recipe HERE. It’s delicious! Oh and my pumpkin waffles HERE. Yes, waffles! So yummy! 🙂 

My cat is a fan of pumpkin too. He’s really just a fan of food in general. It’s interesting some of the things I’ve seen him eat. And not because I gave it to him, but because he’s sneaky and managed to grab food off the counter and run with it under the bed. You can see him in the below photo trying to sneak some muffins!

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No onto the easiest muffins you’ll ever make. You’re kids will love them and you’ll feel like a super star for treating them to something good and without having to mess up the kitchen. Less mess is a huge bonus when it comes to baking.

Flourless Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Yields 20
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  2. 1 cup raw almond butter
  3. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  4. 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  8. 1 tsp ground vanilla
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil or use muffin cups.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips into a bowl. Mix until well combined, then fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Place evenly into muffin tray.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
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 Check out more delicious and gluten free recipes in My Qualitarian Cookbook. It’s full of healthified treats, like my quinoa chocolate chip bars! They are a customer favourite! 

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Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Coconut Whip

I always think that when I bake muffins, I’m going to take a peak into the oven and see these overly fluffy, luscious looking muffins that actually rise!

Many times, this does not happen. But I’ve learned that as I continue to use more denser flours, such as coconut flour and/or almond flour, there isn’t always going to be that perfect rise in my muffins.

That’s what happened with these babies! I took a peak into the oven and well…not much was happening. I thought to myself, “epic fail!” BUT…the complete opposite happened. 

Once I took a bite into these golden gems, they were the fluffiest and lightest muffins ever! I was so happy, I ate 3!

You should eat 3 too. There’s a good chance you will, especially once you’ve had them with the coconut whip on top. Oh my! It takes things to a whole other level.

  Image 8 I hope you enjoy these carrot cake muffins as much as I did. I had 2 large bags of carrots in the fridge and had to find a way to use them up before they went bad.

On a random note… do you partake in a grocery delivery? I do! And that’s why I had 2 bags of carrots. My girlfriend started up her own organic produce delivery in my city and so I get a big box of delicious, organic and mostly local fruits and veggies dropped to my door every week. 

I love it! I highly encourage you to find a local and organic produce delivery in your area. With the array of fruits and veggies that I get every week, it’s encouraged me to come up with new and exciting recipes.  Happy Baking xoxo

Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Coconut Whip
Yields 12
Paleo, gluten free and dairy free
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup almond meal
  2. ½ cup coconut flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. ¼ tsp sea salt
  8. 2 eggs
  9. ½ cup maple syrup
  10. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
  11. ¼ cup coconut or almond milk
  12. 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  13. 1 mashed banana
  14. 1½ cups shredded carrots (about 4-5 large carrots, grated)
  15. Maple Coconut Whip
  16. 1-2 cups coconut cream
  17. 1 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Line a muffin pan with liners.
  3. Grate your carrots. This should equal approximately 1½ cups of packed shredded carrots. Put this amount in a small bowl and set it aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sea salt with a fork. Set the bowl aside.
  5. In another bowl (large), mix the eggs, syrup, and milk with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the melted coconut oil and mashed banana to the bowl and mix with the electric mixer until well blended.
  6. Pour floue mixture into wet ingredients. Use mixer to combine ingredients together.
  7. Fold in the shredded carrots.
  8. Scope evenly into muffin pan.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes- switching the direction of the tray half way through baking to help evenly cook.
  10. To Make Maple Coconut Whip - place 1 can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
  11. In the morning, scoop out the hard cream from the top of the can. Place in a bowl.
  12. Add in maple syrup. Use a whisk to combine together.
  13. Serve on top of warmed carrot cake muffins 🙂
Notes
  1. The maple coconut whip is amazing to use as a frosting on cupcakes or cakes. It's so simple to make and will last 4-5 days in the fridge. I like to dip my fruit into the leftovers. Makes the perfect snack.
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Gluten Free Banana Chia Muffins

I had an overwhelming amount of organic bananas stocked up in my house over the weekend. So naturally, I baked!

I couldn’t decide whether to make banana bread or cookies or muffins, as the possibilities are pretty endless when it comes to baking with bananas. I finally settled on some allergen free delicious muffins. Yup…allergen free. These muffins contain no gluten, dairy or eggs. 

I decided to swap out eggs in this recipe for chia seeds, which acts as an amazing binder. Have you ever made chia gel/pudding before? Then you know what I mean by binding! Chia seeds, when soaked in water, emulsify and become rather gelly. Adding this into your baking is a great substitute for eggs, especially for vegans looking to get their bake on!

Chia seeds contain a ton of plant based omega 3’s, plus they are rich in fiber which is amazing for keeping you regular and supporting your gastrointestinal health. Alternatively, you could use ground flax for the same benefit. 

Additional alternative for this recipe:

* I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour, but you could use brown rice flour instead

* You can add in 1/3 cup coconut sugar for extra sweetness. I decided to leave the sugar out as the bananas are rather sweet. 

Banana Chia Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Dry Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour (Bob's Red Mill)
  2. 1/2 cup arrowroot starch/flour
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp sea salt (I use GiddyYoyo Mountain Salt)
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean (I use GiddyYoyo)
Wet Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  2. 3/4 cup warm water
  3. 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  4. 1/3 cup coconut sugar (optional)
  5. 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
Add Ins
  1. 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  2. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life. They are dairy free)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a muffin pan with coconut oil or line with muffin cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together chia seeds with warm water. Mix really well and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Once chia mixture has gelled, add mashed banana and coconut oil and mix together really well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Mix well.
  6. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool before serving.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I love these muffins warmed up with some almond or hemp butter. Makes a perfect afternoon treat!
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Curried Butternut Squash and Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins for Meatless Monday

I love curry! And although I’m not a master at making a true homemade curry blend, I opt for an organic curry powder that always does the trick; especially when I’m short on time! This delicious and aromatic dish takes no time to cook and is perfect served over leftover brown rice or quinoa for a quick weeknight meal! Aside from being delicious, curry contains a high dose of antioxidants, mainly from turmeric, the spice that lends curry its beautiful golden colour. Turmeric, which contains Curcumin-the most active constituent of turmeric, is a potent anti inflammatory, a powerful antioxidant, improves liver health and aids in digestion. I recommend sprinkling turmeric powder on your eggs, add it to your spice rubs, add it soups and stews and saute your veggies in it for an extra kick!

Curried Butternut Squash
Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds butternut squash
2 tbsp organic butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced or grated ginger
1 tbsp organic curry powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
1/4 cup chopped scallions for garnish
1 lime, quartered, for serving
salt and pepper

Directions
1. Cut both ends off squash and cut into 2 sections. Peel squash using a knife, being careful not to take off to much of the flesh. Scoop out seeds and stringy pulp with a spoon. Cut squash into 1 inch chunks.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and ginger, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add the curry powder and stir until it becomes fragrant, just 1 minute or so.
3. Stir in squash, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a gentle boil. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice until the sqaush is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
4. Garnish with cilantro, scallions and serve with lime wedges.

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
Ingredients

6 tbsp coconut oil, melted & cooled
1 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1/2 cup almond milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups Bob’s red mill gluten free all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups wild blueberries

Directions
1. Insert oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400ºF. Insert liners in muffin cups.
2. Whisk together coconut oil, brown sugar, milk, and egg in a bowl until combined well. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add milk mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in blueberries gently.
3. Divide batter among muffin cups and bake until golden brown, approximately 25 – 30 minutes.
4. Toothpick test: muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the centre of muffin comes out clean

Enjoy the YUMMY goodness!
Happy Monday!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

 

 

 

 

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