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...
Banana Zucchini Muffins

Banana Zucchini Muffins

I’m often tempted to call these muffins my favorite.  THEN I start thinking about how much I love my other light and fluffy muffin recipes too.  Morning Glory Muffins and Pear Apple Granola Muffins, don’t get jealous.  I love you too.  However, it’s time to spotlight these amazingly perfect, moist and rich Banana Zucchini Muffins. Inspired by my Zucchini Banana Bread Pancakes, these muffins are light and fluffy and healthy! My favorite combination.  My 3 year old daughter has a perfect name for muffins… ‘muffin cookies’.  These are going to tempt you all day long with their sweet goodness. In the mornings while they’re baking, she’ll run over about every 5 minutes, look in the lit up oven, and ask if her muffin cookies are ready.  I know, baby girl.  I can’t wait either.  My husband knows he better grab a couple freshly baked because they will not be here when he comes home from work.  These muffin cookies will be long gone by then. Remember how I created my 3 ingredient blender ice cream because dairy and sugar trigger my migraines?  Well, eggs are another thing that gives me headaches.  Oh, my silly headaches and food sensitivities.  I had two choices… spend time on my pity-party or figure out how to create my favorite foods without eggs.  With a little tweaking and trial and error, I discovered baking powder, olive oil, and applesauce were the perfect egg substitute in muffins.  Even though there are no eggs in this recipe, they have a great peak and consistency.  Success! My whole family has converted to spreading coconut oil on warm muffins, waffles, bread… anything that comes out...
Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Delicious and packed with nutrition?!?! Absolutely possible and just happened with this Morning Glory Muffin recipe. Once you’ve recovered from DYING over these unbelievable Morning Glory Muffins, come try my Banana Muffins (super popular right now) and my Pear Apple Muffins.  Warning: I will feel no regret for facilitating your muffin addiction. A friend emailed me recently with a recipe for ‘healthy’ Morning Glory Muffins.  She wanted my opinion on whether or not the recipe was actually healthy.  Oh. my.  They were made with 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, vegetable oil, and white flour.  Ugh… definitely not healthy.  Just because morning glory muffins have carrots and apples thrown in does not automatically make them healthy. When I create healthy recipes, I think about each ingredient added.  I play around with naturally sweet foods like apples, bananas, and of course pure honey or maple syrup instead of adding sugar.  I choose oils with rockin’ benefits like coconut and olive oil.  White flour?  Forget about it.  Once you try whole wheat pastry flour, you’ll kiss white flour forever goodbye. So… I’m loving the health sneakiness of chia seeds.  They. are. awesome.  Fiber, protein, omega-3s, calcium, and the list continues of vitamins found in chia seeds.  They also soak up excess liquid assisting in creating the absolute needed fluffiness of a muffin.  Someone commented that the batter is really moist.  No worries.  Between the whole wheat pastry flour and chia seeds, the morning glory muffins will turn out fluffy while keeping slightly moist.   PrintMorning Glory Muffins Ingredients2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs chia seeds 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbs...
Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

My mom had a Sunday tradition of making homemade banana bread.  We anxiously waited for the timer to go off and then fought over who got the first piece of warm banana bread.  Well, I love my mom and her banana bread, but all the sugar in her recipe?  Not so much.  Well, now you and I can enjoy fluffy, moist, and sweet banana bread minus the cups of sugar.  My husband just finished half the loaf… so I think it’s a winner.     Please forgive me for being a broken record, BUT I feel like I would be doing you a disservice by not mentioning whole wheat pastry flour.  A talented caterer friend of mine (hi Haley!) introduced me to pastry flour.  I was getting frustrated with whole wheat and it turning my baked goods into bricks.  White flour and highly processed flours, of course, were out.  I tried this flour and now ONLY use this flour.  Whether it’s my Banana Muffins or Multigrain Waffles, this flour will not disappoint.     PrintWhole Wheat Banana Bread Ingredients2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs, well beaten 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp pure vanilla 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed InstructionsPreheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Blend together eggs, oil, applesauce, honey, and vanilla. I HIGHLY recommend a Vitamix! It will make your life so much easier. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in mashed bananas. Spray one large loaf pan...
Pumpkin Apple Bread

Pumpkin Apple Bread

It’s full blown holiday season where plenty of time is dedicated to eating!  I’m assuming you love to eat as much as I do.  So, I have two goals for you and I.  First, our waists and thighs will not increase with the holiday spirit because of my recipes.  And second, our mouths and stomachs will not be punished for not wanting our waists and thighs to increase!  I definitely achieved both with this easy, moist Pumpkin Apple Bread.  If you want to skip the apple, check out my very popular Pumpkin Bread recipe.     I checked out the ingredients on a couple popular apple and pumpkin bread recipes.  Most had 2 to 3 cups of sugar!  I have a sugar rush just thinking about it.  There is no need for that much sugar.  There are plenty of healthy substitutes that will keep your bread sweet and satisfying besides sugar.  My favorite sweeteners are honey, agave, maple syrup, bananas, and applesauce.  I do use brown sugar in this recipe, but only 1/2 cup.  Brown sugar is a combination of molasses and sugar which is still slightly better than straight sugar.  With my combination of healthy sweeteners, you won’t miss the bucket of sugar that is used for other pumpkin apple bread recipes.     Have you ever tried Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour?  I’m hooked!  I no longer bake with any other flour.  Regular whole wheat flour can leave your baked goods more like baked bricks.  WW pastry flour keeps your breads, muffins, waffles, and everything else light and fluffy without removing the health benefits.  I...

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