Cranberry Protein Muffins

I’m currently sitting in Starbucks drinking my favorite coffee drink, writing this blog post and listening to the quiet chatter of the people around me.  Something I’ve noticed when it comes to Starbucks: people either love it or they hate it.  I am a proud supporter because I LOVE their coffee.  I like my coffee strong and Starbucks always delivers.  My favorite thing to get: an iced Americano (decaf usually) and I add a packet of Sweet’N Low.  Yeah, that pink, cancerous packet – I pour one of those straight into my 16 oz coffee without any regrets.  You don’t need to tell me how bad that packet of sugar is for me, I know and I don’t care 😛  Starbucks is a treat and that sweetener is something I happily indulge in when I get a coffee outside of my own home.

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What are your thoughts?  Are you a Starbucks person or do you prefer something more organic and eclectic?  Or do you not even like coffee?  And what about that “unhealthy” indulgence?  Do you have a favorite food, beverage or ingredient that you knowingly slip into your diet every now and then even though you know it’s not the best for your health?

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Anyway, I digress.  This post has nothing to do with coffee, Starbucks or harmful sweeteners.  Although I’m 100% sure these Cranberry Protein Muffins would pair excellently with a fresh mug of coffee.

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The purpose of this post is to share the recipe for these gluten free, high protein muffins.  Although this recipe is not Paleo or Vegan, it is gluten free, made with less than 10 ingredients and offers a good dose of protein to help satiate hunger.  I used Organifi Vanilla Protein; my absolute favorite vegan protein powder.  Truly, if you haven’t tried it yet and are looking for a high quality, vegan protein then I highly suggest testing this one out.  It bakes so well – none of that dry texture, protein after-taste.   And all the ingredients are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free.  (If you make a purchase be sure to use my discount code: RABBIT for 15% off your online order.  I am an Organifi affiliate because I truly like their products!)

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Enough of the chit-chat, here’s the recipe: Read More

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Buckwheat Banana Bread

I know I just posted a banana bread recipe last month, but I’ve got another one to share.  What can I say, I buy a lot of bananas, and a lot of them ripen before we can eat them!  (Great excuse to bake with bananas, right?)

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What do you do with your over-ripe bananas?  Do you freeze them, put them in smoothies, make banana bread, toss them?  You can usually find me whipping up banana bread or freezing them for future smoothies.  Baking with bananas is one of my favorite things, simply because the bananas add enough sweetness that I don’t need additional sugar or sweetener.

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This Buckwheat Banana Bread recipe is moist, easy to make, gluten-free, nut-free and only sweetened with bananas.  It holds together well, making it a great vehicle for a heaping spoonful of nut butter, a drizzle of yogurt, cream cheese and would even go well topped with avocado and an egg.

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Paleo Strawberry Muffins

Strawberries aren’t at their peak season, however I can’t help but love them this time of year!  I think they make the perfect Valentine’s fruit, mostly because of their luscious red color but also the fact that they work well in many desserts.  Strawberries also bring back fond summer memories of gorging myself on berries in the sweltering heat of my parent’s backyard, before taking a refreshing dip in their pool – and this time of year hot and summer are all I’m dreaming about.  (I know I’m not the only one done with winter and ready for summer, or at least spring.)

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These Paleo Strawberry Muffins use fresh, juicy strawberries and a tad bit of honey for a sweet treat that will bring back all those wonderful summer memories 😉  And if nothing else, these muffins taste great and the mixture of pinks and reds is just what you need for a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert.

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These muffins are free of: grains, gluten, dairy, nuts, soy and refined sugar.  They store well in the fridge for a quick grab’n go snack and best of all, are toddler approved (always a win in my book).

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Basil & Thyme Grain-Free Crackers

Have you ever had a tigernut?  In case you don’t know, tigernuts aren’t actually nuts.  They are little, round root vegetables with a naturally sweet taste and hard, rough outer shell.  They are rich in prebiotic fiber, making them beneficial for your gut and are a good source of magnesium, potassium and plant protein.  Tigernuts are also naturally gluten free and Paleo-friendly!  (So of course I had to get my hands on some and do a bit of recipe testing 😉 )

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I had the opportunity to sample a variety of Organic Gemini products.  They sell whole tigernuts, peeled tigernuts, tigernut granola, flours, oils and even horchata (a drink made using tigernuts).  All of their products are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Paleo and nut-free.  I recommend giving their products a try, especially if you have a nut allergy or eat Paleo.  (And no, this post isn’t sponsored, I am just highly impressed with their products.  I also think tigernuts are a great way to add some variety to your diet.)

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I haven’t done a lot of baking with tigernuts; mostly, I’ve experimented with tigernut waffles and crackers like these Basil & Thyme Crackers.  One thing I like about tigernut flour is that it is naturally sweet, meaning I don’t need to add much sugar (if any) to the recipes I have tested.  Although I haven’t mastered the art of baking with tigernut flour, these Basil & Thyme Grain-Free Crackers turned out perfectly!  They are allergy-friendly, Paleo, Vegan, nut-free and do not contain any added sugar or sweetener.

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Whole 30 Recap

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I cut my Whole 30 short.  I lasted 23 1/2 days (hey, that half day counts) and then decided that I had had enough.  I was having trouble controlling my cravings.  Not cravings for sugar or treats or unhealthy foods, but cravings for carbohydrates and just overall more variety.  So, today I thought I’d share a quick recap discussing my thoughts on the Whole 30 and what I learned about my body while partaking in this re-set. Read More

Coconut Pecan Chocolates

My 3 year old hasn’t stopped talking about Valentine’s Day since Christmas came to an end!  I find it hilarious!  After each holiday he promptly asks what’s next and he’ll start listing off all the ones he can remember: Halloween, Easter, Christmas.  Then he proceeds to discuss what each holiday entails; such as getting candy, picking a costume, decorating a tree, putting up lights, placing window stickers on the front door…  It’s always been my goal to make holidays fun, unique and special.  When you’re a kid, the holidays are magical and I want to treasure every bit of that wonder and awe before he grows up.

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12 Simple Whole 30 Breakfast Ideas

These aren’t recipes, per say, but today I am sharing 12 Whole 30 breakfast ideas.  I think breakfast can be the hardest part of Whole 30, simply because when I think “Whole 30” I think meat and veggies.  To be completely honest, I rarely ever want meat or veggies in the morning.  Sometimes even eggs don’t sound good.  So, for anyone else looking for some alternative Whole 30 breakfast ideas here we go: Read More

Grain Free Ginger-Banana Bread

So, I’ve been reading a new book series lately and I’ve been totally absorbed in it.  Any spare moment I have, I’m reading.  My blog has taken a back seat simply because I just want to read!  I’ve never been a huge reader, but when I get into a good book it’s really all I can think about.  That being said, I’m not one to stay awake all night to finish a book.  No, I have other priorities that are higher on my list than reading, such as: giving time to my children, feeding myself and my family, sleeping, getting outside while we still have some sun, posting my meals on Instagram…  You get the idea 😉  Basically, it’s just my blog that’s been suffering a bit…okay, and maybe some of the household chores 😉

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But not today!  Today, I’m taking the time to write up this post and to give my mind a bit of a mental break from the fantasy, war, drama, love and wonder of these books.  Today I’m sharing this nut-free Paleo banana bread recipe that has been sitting in draft form for a little over a month.  No, it’s not Whole 30 (as baked goods aren’t supposed to be) but I tested it before starting my Whole 30 😉  It’s husband and son approved too!

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This Grain Free Ginger-Banana Bread combines the sweet flavor of ripe banana, cinnamon and vanilla with an earthy ginger and nutmeg taste.  It is Paleo, grain-free, nut-free, only sweetened with bananas and has the best texture! Read More