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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
    • Already a customer? SHOP HERE + save 10% off your very next order with the coupon code HEALTHYHORMONES10 (one time use only)

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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Almond Butter Banana Muffins

I’m kind of in love with almond butter. And I often just eat it right outta the jar!

C’mon now, I know I’m not the only one!

I’ve been more conscious of getting in healthy fats. And although almond butter is a great fat, I’m talking about things like coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butter and other animal fats that are amazing for hormonal health.

I also started using SCT oil in my coffee and to cook with. You’re probably familiar with MCT oil – which is medium chain triglycerides, which comes from coconut oil. 

PURE SCT OIL is a short chain triglyceride or short chain fatty acid. Short chain fatty acid is the preferred source of fuel for the colon and is associated with many health benefits such as improved insulin sensitivity, weight loss, anti-cancer, detoxification, and systemic anti-inflammatory effects just to name a few.

In just ONE serving of Pure SCT OIL you are getting an abundant source of Butyric acid, which has been shown to support gut and colon health and Vitamin K2 production, which is critical to the building and maintenance of strong bones.

Not to mention, Pure SCT OIL is great for jump-starting and igniting a sluggish metabolism. This special oil is a potent source of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which has been shown to aid in fat loss and muscle gains, support anti-inflammatory pathways along with the reduction of chronic inflammation. Plus, it is a perfect addition to a KETO or PALEO inspired lifestyle because of its high bioavailability and supply of “instant-ketones.”

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The SCT oil you see here comes from certified-humane organic Jersey cow dairies and it taste delicious! In fact, it has a slightly sweet taste. Oh! and my cat loves it! 

So if you’re trying to up your ante on healthy fats, check out SCToil.com and try some for yourself. 

Ok, but now.. onto these delicious muffins. As you know, I only want to bake up health-ified and delicious treats that are low in sugar and high in nutrients – which is exactly what you get with these gems. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! They were delicious right outta the oven and smeared with SCT oil. YUM!

ENJOY! xoxo

Almond Butter Banana Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond butter
  2. 2-3 mashed bananas
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1/4 cup lakanto monk fruit sweetener
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  9. 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with 9 paper liners.
  2. Add all your ingredients, except the pistachios, into your food processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
  3. Pour batter evenly into prepared muffin liners, filling each cup to just below the top and sprinkle with pistachios.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until just set and a toothpick comes out clean with dry crumbs. Transfer to a rack to cook completely, then serve and enjoy!
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My Meatless Monday BIRTHDAY TREATS!

It’s my birthday! Ok….was my birthday, and who doesn’t want to indulge in sweet goodness on their birthday? Now…I’m not a total food prude and completely write off all desserts. But I am conscious of choosing the best quality desserts, that are (hopefully) gluten free, dairy free and very low in sugar, or no sugar at all ( yes, I know….this can be hard to come by!). So today, I’m sharing some of my favourite blast from the past recipes that I oh-so-love, and sharing a grain free Blueberry muffin recipe is simply delicious and easy to make! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins
This recipe comes from my dearest friend Julie Daniluk and her incredible book, Meals that Heal Inflammation. I suggest you pick this book up, if you don’t already have it! It’s loaded with the most incredible recipes! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tsp aluminum free baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 large free range or organic eggs
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries or raspberries

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the oil, eggs, honey, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth. Using a plastic spatula, gently fold in the berries just until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
3. Pour some batter into each prepared cup, almost filling the cup.Bake the muffins on the center rack for 25 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees after 15 minutes. A a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
4. Let the muffins stand for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Makes 10 muffins.

Blast From the Past Recipes

I LOOOOOOVE these vegan chocolate chip cookies! They are a huge hit every time I make them, and trust me when I say they won’t last long! https://holisticwellness.ca/peanut-butter-pancakes-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies-dark-chocolate-and-goji-berry-christmas-holiday-bark-sweet-treats-for-meatless-monday/

A strawberry jam filled cookie, with only a few ingredients…now who doesn’t love that! Feel free to try apricot or raspberry jam as an alternative! https://holisticwellness.ca/pineapple-edamame-rice-deliciously-sweet-thumbprint-cookies-for-meatless-monday/

Raw desserts! Gluten free, nutritious and delicious! I think that says it all! You can’t go wrong with a truffle that only requires 4 ingredients! https://holisticwellness.ca/something-sweet-for-your-sweetheart/

Happy Monday!
Enjoy the Sweetness!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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