Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These light, fluffy, crumbly and chocolatey Pumpkin Banana Muffins will be a perfect holiday breakfast. It has been WAY too long since I’ve posted, and I’ve missed it!  These Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins were just the motivation to take a pause during life’s craziness and share this recipe. Am I the only one who self inflicts pure craziness upon myself?  The other day I was running in 10 different directions and stopped for a minute to think why things were so disarray.  Then it hit me… I’M the reason for the chaos.  From being a mom, wife, involved in my church, registered nurse, blogger, and organizing the most killer food blogger conference in existence, I chose every crazy thing going on around me AND I love it! I love the holidays where everything slows down for just a second and reminds me how my husband and kids are by far my most rewarding and energizing part of my life.  My baby boy is 15 months and his cheeks just scream ‘kiss me all day, mama’! My sweet girl is almost 4 and love her sassy, independent mother-to-anyone-smaller-than-her self.  AND I just celebrated yesterday 8 years with my husband, best friend, and equal partner in every way.  I’m one blessed lady!  No complaints here… except that I already ate all of these muffins. I know I’ve already confessed how I’m not a huge chocolate fan (inserts gasps).  However, even I can’t resist a little chocolate now and again AND I can still make it healthy.  I’m seriously addicted to muffins.  Like I make them almost every morning.  My Banana Muffins and Pumpkin Muffins continue to be...
Applesauce Chia Muffins

Applesauce Chia Muffins

I cannot believe we’re on the last half of July!  Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  I want to slam the breaks on my summer days and prolong the summer as long as possibly especially since my baby boy is rapidly approaching his first birthday!!  I tear up thinking about it.  Am I the only mom who gets emotional on birthdays?  If so… just lie and say you get me. Well, at this point, all I can do is hang on, enjoy every second, and comfort myself with these light, fluffy applesauce muffins.  Not only are these approved by my husband and 3 year old, my cute baby smeared the muffin all over his face while he hastily ate his. Before I started blogging, I was clueless on how this all worked.  Extremely clueless.  It is hard work juggling everything!  I started meeting other bloggers and quickly realized this blogging business is packed with talented, educated, and family-focused individuals.  We have a passion and want to share it with others.  We spend long, late hours working while our kiddos sleep in order to build our businesses. Although I love creating healthy recipes and hosting my health challenge, I wanted to do more to support and encourage others in my same spot!  I united with my brilliant friend, Sabrina, and formed a plan on how to host a food blogger conference unlike any out there!  I now have 4 babies… my two beautiful children, No Diets Allowed, and Everything Food Conference.   All four require insane amount of work and diligence, but I have to say my two delightful, joyful kids are by...
Gluten-Free Pancakes

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Happy 4th of July!  I’m gearing up for a full day of family fun tomorrow and hope you’re ready to do the same.  Am I the only one feeling like this year is flying by?  I can’t believe it’s already July! Well, the brutal heat makes it difficult to forget we’re mid-summer. Since the last thing I want to do is hang out by a hot oven instead of the refreshing pool, I figured out a quick breakfast solution for my gluten-free friends.  Actually, even if you’re not gluten-free, you must MuSt MUST try these gluten-free pancakes!  We have made them for breakfast 5 days in a row and still want them again tomorrow. My husband usually doesn’t like gluten-free recipes unless it’s my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies or my Ooey Gooey Brownies.   When I made these gluten-free pancakes for him, he looked shocked.  I believe his exact comment was “these are actually really good!” Gluten-free baked goods can sometimes be… well, rubbery.  These pancakes are anything but.  You’ll only taste light, fluffy, and scrumptious pancakes. The main reason these pancakes are amazing is the Namaste all-purpose flour I discovered.  Oh. My. Goodness!  I have already used my entire bag.  I just went to Costco and bought two more bags since I can’t stop making these pancakes for breakfast.  Confession… we even had them for dinner one night.  This flour has a blend of gluten-free flours and xanthum gum.  We’re shouting for joy over here since finding this tasty flour.  Anyway, I think you get my point.  We’re fans.   You can quickly negate any and all health benefits by which toppings you use....
Cajun Scrambled Eggs

Cajun Scrambled Eggs

My husband was born and raised outside Atlanta, Georgia. When I was 16, I moved to Georgia where we first met.  ‘Aaaah… high school sweethearts!’  NOT exactly. I’m 2 years older than my man.  In high school, dating a younger man was a serious faux pas.  Anyway, long LONG story short , we were family friends for 10 years until it clicked that we were more than just friends.  Over 7 years of marriage and 2 kids later, he continues to be the best decision I ever made. Love and scrambled eggs DO go together.  Hang in there with me.  After being married a year, we moved to Georgia for his internship with the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers (such a BLAST!).  On our long painful drive back to Utah (30+ hours… I’m SO not a road-tripper), we stopped to visit my aunt and uncle in Louisiana.  Little did I know this quick visit would FOREVER change my view on scrambled eggs.  My aunt scrambled us some eggs for breakfast and we immediately notice the punch of flavor.  Louisiana… cajun seasoning… my aunt… I’m indebted. Cajun seasoning also makes an appearance in my husband’s two favorite recipes, Breakfast Quiches and Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Copycat. Cajun is the perfect combination of spices and makes something simple like scrambled eggs pop!  It’s as necessary as salt and pepper in your spice drawer.  I haven’t tried Slap Ya Mama yet, but it’s Amazon’s best seller.  Louisiana and McCormick cajun are both really tasty. Have you seen Food, Inc?  I’m both informed and traumatized.  My takeaway… we need to do a little more research on the foods we put...
Basic Crepes

Basic Crepes

It’s not a special occasion at this house unless it starts off with these basic crepes stuffed to the brim with strawberries and bananas.  Oh, and don’t forget to spread on some coconut oil first.  Is there a more heavenly breakfast than crepes?  No.  The answer is no. I planted four strawberry plants over a year ago.  When purchasing, the helpful plant-man (I’m sure there’s a much more mature name for him) instructed me to focus on establishing the roots really well and to not expect any strawberries during the first season. I only listened to half of his instructions.  I established the roots really well and then anxiously watch and waited… watch and waited… and never got a single strawberry.  Ugh. Well, it’s strawberry season and my plants are blossoming!  I’ve already picked like 5 strawberries.  Yeah, I’m rockin’ this strawberry garden thing.  And just in time to stuff them into my crepes. Who wouldn’t love the convenience of walking into your backyard and picking fresh strawberries?  Unless you hate strawberries.  Do people like that exist? Anyway, I dream of a day when I do the same thing for fresh eggs.  Just fresh eggs… without the chickens.  Fresh eggs taste SO much better!  If you don’t have access to fresh locally produced eggs, go certified organic, cage-free, or free-range.  Once you crack a quality egg, you’ll immediately notice a difference.  The yoke is a bright, vibrant yellow and egg whites are clear.  Try it… you just might like it. Am I preaching to the choir or do I need to share my undying love for coconut oil once more?  It’s time to...
Zucchini Banana Bread Pancakes

Zucchini Banana Bread Pancakes

Banana bread on Sunday afternoons became a family tradition growing up.  I remember thinking banana bread baked FOREVER and anxiously anticipated my first warm bite.  The kid in me still loves banana bread and STILL isn’t too patient with long baking times… especially in the morning.  I love healthy, filling breakfast foods AND banana bread.  Hmmm… how I combine those two lovely things?  I can’t stop chattering about my never-ending infatuation with breakfast.  Whether I’m baking Banana Zucchini Muffins or blending my Banana Apple Oatmeal Smoothie, I get giddy when breakfast is ready.  These Zucchini Banana Bread Pancakes are no exception.  They serve two purposes… satisfy my inner-kid with warm, comforting banana bread and reward my body with the nutrients it craves.  Hey, our bodies work hard for us and they deserve nourishing food that makes our mouths rejoice! Here’s my tips for making these zucchini pancakes the MOST tasty and MOST nutritious.  Instead of spreading on butter, spread coconut oil on your warm pancakes.  Slice on some fresh strawberries or bananas and top with a little pure maple syrup. (Mouth… stop watering!  I’m trying to finish this post.) Also, make sure to read the ingredients on your maple syrup.  It should ONLY say maple syrup.  There’s plenty of unhealthy options with dyes, added sugar, and nothing resembling pure maple syrup.  Yes, PURE maple syrup is more expensive, but your health is worth it.  You should only be pouring on about 2 Tbs anyway and not soaking your pancakes.  Here are a couple pure maple syrups that I’ve tried and loved.  I like sneaking in as many healthy ingredients as possible without compromising taste.  If your mouth is deceived, why not make something as healthy...

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