Vanilla Protein Muffins

These protein muffins may not look like much, but they taste amazing!  I’ve tried a lot of protein muffins and breads and they often turn out dry or just “off”.  But these Vanilla Protein Muffins are moist and flavorful.  These moist protein muffins are low carb, gluten-free, free of refined sugar and only require 5 ingredients.

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I usually have enough time in the morning to make a decent breakfast so I have been eating these as in-between meal snacks.  But they would make a great quick breakfast as well; especially if topped with some nut butter or cream cheese 😉

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Allergy Free Mini Muffins

Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but these muffins have spinach in them.  You can’t taste it, I promise! 😉  I snuck these mini muffins in my husband’s lunch and my toddler more than willingly gobbled down a couple during snack time.  They both loved them, so safe to say they’re family approved!  But not to worry, if spinach isn’t for you, you can omit the ingredient completely.

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These muffins are allergy friendly AND Paleo AND Vegan!  Meaning no grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, corn, or even coconut.  They are sweetened with dates and can be catered to your taste buds by increasing or decreasing the number of dates for a sweeter/less sweet flavor.

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Honey-Turmeric Cookies

I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of turmeric.  I can handle a bit of this potent spice on meats such as chicken, but other than that I usually steer clear of turmeric simply because of it’s taste.  So why did I even try baking turmeric in a cookie you ask?  Simply put, turmeric has many health benefits and I wanted to challenge myself.  I wanted to create a treat with turmeric that I actually like; that has a great flavor, texture and still contains healthy ingredients.  And, well…I think I’ve done it!

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These Honey-Turmeric Cookies are crunchy, crumbly and sweet.  The honey balances the turmeric, cutting its bitter taste and naturally sweetening these delicious little cookies.  The turmeric gives these cookies a unique flavor (and color) that sets them apart from many other cookies I’ve tried.

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These Honey-Turmeric Cookies are also Paleo friendly and allergy free!  So basically, this is an anti-inflammatory cookie that you need to eat to improve your health, right?! 😉

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Basil Jicama Fries

I posted the recipe for these Jicama Fries on my Instagram a few weeks ago.  Since this is such a simple recipe, I hesitated putting it on my blog.  But that’s what my blog is about – simple, healthy, low sugar, delicious recipes that are easy to make.  So here it is: Basil Jicama Fries. Read More

Pumpkin Plantain Muffins

I think it’s pretty well known that I love muffins and plantains.  Not only do I have quite a few muffin recipes on my blog, but a handful of them are made using plantains as the base.  I love baking with this starchy fruit because it holds the dough together nicely (allowing me to create recipes without eggs) and bakes into a dense, moist muffin…which is just what I like when it comes to baked goods.

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Before you read any further, full disclaimer: if you do not like the taste of plantains, then these muffins aren’t for you.  Plantains definitely have a distinctive flavor…kinda like bananas do.  But this is a flavor I truly love and I love the way plantains allow me to create recipes with minimal, allergy-free ingredients since they form a binding dough that holds together so well!

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These Pumpkin Plantain Muffins contain 7 simple ingredients and are free of: grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and added sugar/sweeteners.  They are Paleo, Vegan and allergy friendly.

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Cinnamon Roll Energy Bites

Being a mom is HARD work!  I never realized just how draining it can be until actually diving into motherhood myself.  You have to be selfless at times.  You have to put your children’s basic needs before your own.  You have to wake up a million times a night to coax your child back to sleep, nurse, get him/her a drink of water, comfort him/her when bad dreams arise, the list goes on… I honestly think that part of being human is the desire to be selfish.  I’m not saying we aren’t wired to care for and help others – but it’s hard not to want to put ourselves first when it comes to basic needs (I’m talking eating, sleeping, going to the bathroom…).  It’s primal instinct – the basics of survival.

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Our baby isn’t sleeping through the night.  In fact, lately he’s been waking every 2 hours.  I have to sacrifice my own sleep to feed him or calm him down and it’s hard.  I get frustrated.  I don’t want to wake up when I’ve just fed him 2 hours ago.  I want to rest my body and my mind so that I can be a better mom the following day.  When he gets hungry/upset/needy during the day, I have to put my own desires on hold and take care of his needs first.  See what I mean?  It’s HARD!  And when you combine the lack of sleep with any other inconvenience life can seem so much more difficult than it actually is (I don’t function well without sleep).

I feel the need to share bits and pieces of my life like this because I think many of you can relate, whether or not you have children or people you take care of on a daily basis.  I don’t think this makes us bad parents/people but it’s something that is completely human.  I love my kids more than anything and they give my life more meaning than I could ever ask for.  But do I get exhausted and want to be away from them at times?  Absolutely!  Do I miss them every second they’re away and feel like the house is much to quite?  Definitely.

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Okay, so what does this even have to do with Cinnamon Roll Energy Bites?  Well, to be honest, there isn’t much of a connection except the fact that these are quick, tasty treats that you can grab when you’re in a rush or limited on time but need some fuel.  Preparing snacks like these for the week ahead and storing them in my fridge makes my life so much easier when I don’t have time to fix a meal before tending to my children.  Hanger is definitely a thing and snacks like these Cinnamon Roll Energy Bites help keep that monster at bay 😉

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Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Sometimes I fear that I will run out of ideas when it comes to creating recipes.  But so far, this fear has just been a lingering nuisance in the back of my mind, as new flavor ideas continuously pop into my head.  Thankfully, my cooking creativity is constantly flowing – this is my artistic outlet.

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Fun fact: I used to be really into art.  In fact, I remember in grade school wanting to be an artist when I “grew up”.  I would sketch in a notebook nearly every night before bed.  Art classes were my absolute favorite (probably still would be if I were in school), not only because they were more social than other classes, but because I could truly sink into my own being and transform a blank canvas into whatever my heart desired.

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I’ve taken art classes in painting, drawing, photography and ceramics.  Something I find funny is that photography was by far my least favorite back then.  However, these days my food is my art and half of the work I do consists of taking photographs – which I love.  The only drawing and painting I do is with my 3 year old son 😉

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But enough about my background and childhood dreams, these cookies are what you’re all here for!  These Cranberry Pecan Cookies are delicate, crumbly morsels with a slight sweetness and just the right crunch.  They are free of refined sugar, gluten and dairy.

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Rosemary Butternut Squash Bread

I DO love pumpkin, but I also love other fall foods.  So rather than let pumpkin steal the spotlight, I’m moving forward with a few squash inspired fall recipes.  First up, this savory Rosemary Butternut Squash Bread.

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My favorite way to eat squash is simply baked in the oven.  But squash, like sweet potatoes and pumpkin, can be added to a variety of breads/muffins/cakes/cookies to create a unique flavor and boost in nutrition.  Neither my husband or son are big fans of squash so I’ve been attempting many kitchen creations in order to squeeze some into their diet.  They both gave this loaf a thumbs up, especially when smothered in grass-fed butter 😉

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This Rosemary Butternut Squash Bread is free of gluten, grains, dairy, soy, nuts and added sugars/sweeteners.  It is also soft, just like a great slice of sandwich bread.

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