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Monday, July 29, 2013

Grain Free Cupcakes/Muffins

I cannot decide what to call these delicious treats!  They are sweet, so they are like cupcakes, but they aren't so sweet that you can't also call them muffins.  With the simple icing I made they are even sweeter.  And truly because they are packed with protein (almonds and eggs) they are more like muffins.  In any case, my mother-in-law deemed them "the best she's ever eaten," so I thought that made them worthy to share here!

I have also recently decided that if I am going to use sweeteners in foods, there had better be some nutritional value within them.  This is mainly why I have moved away from using agave nectar.  In this recipe, I used my absolute favorite - coconut sugar - both within and for the icing.  I also used a little bit of organic blackstrap molasses to coat the cacao nibs, since molasses is a source of minerals including calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.

These are a variation of almond flour vanilla cupcakes that I have made from recipes I have found on blogs like Elana's Pantry and some paleo blogs.  I just thought they needed some unique originality!  
So, here is the recipe:


3 organic pastured eggs
1/4 cup of coconut oil melted - unrefined
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
little dash of sea salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
cacao nibs
organic blackstrap molasses


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Mix the dry ingredients together - except for the cacao nibs
Mix the wet ingredients together except for the molasses
Choose how much nibs you want to add, place them into a bowl and coat with some molasses.  Set aside.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until lumps are gone.
Add the sweetened cacao nibs and mix in
Place into paper-lined muffin tins
Bake in the oven 20 mins or until golden brown on top

While muffins are baking, take some more coconut sugar, about 1/4 cup and place into a small pan on the stove.  Add some water, about 1/2 cup or a little more and heat over medium heat.  Stir with a spatula to reduce the water down until you have a syrupy mixture that you can spread onto the muffins. It will be a bit sticky, but so yummy and so good.  Coat the tops of the muffins while they are still warm and you are finished.  

As with any recipe you can tweak the sweeteners to your liking.  I found that they weren't sweet enough for my taste until I added the icing and then they instantly became delicious!  But, you could always use stevia or no icing at all if you don't love sweet flavors, and then they would be more like muffins after all.  

I used cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips again for the nutritional value and to avoid added refined sweeteners and other ingredients.  Cacao nibs are pure forms of chocolate providing all of those great antioxidants.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Green Smoothie Popsicles

These are awesome!!!  It is so hot during the summer and I don't want to give my son anything sugary or even more juice for a popsicle since he already drinks a green juice or smoothie everyday.  So, I froze his regular smoothie and he loved it!!!

Ingredients I used (all organic):
Apple juice
Frozen mango
Little bit of orange juice

You only need enough liquid for it to blend smoothly. This mix of fruits is also good without the apple juice.  Just add some water instead.

Really, you can use whatever fruits you want. You cannot taste the spinach with the fruits!  I may sneak a little wheatgrass powder in next time, too.

Blend all together until smooth

Pour into popsicle holders and freeze

If you have some favorite mixes of ingredients, please share in the comments.  I have already heard someone mention pineapple, peach and spinach - YUM!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Healthy Strawberry Milk

This is not the strawberry milk I grew up drinking!  This is actually made from real milk and strawberries!  My son absolutely loves this and it is so simple to make.

My son also loves drinking any kinds of smoothies with a straw.  Using plastic straws was really bothering me because of the waste and the chemicals in the plastics.  But, then I found a glass straw (pictured) at our local health food store!  My son says that it tastes better, too.

About 1 cup of any kind of milk.  We used goat milk here.  This is also amazing with almond milk.
1 ripe banana
5 or 6 frozen strawberries

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!