Become a meal planning boss: My Top 10 Tips

Meal planning is one of those things that most people really WANT to do but aren’t quite sure how to get started with it, or feel overwhelmed and confused about how to please EVERYONE in the house. I’m going to … Continue reading

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins

  Well I’m not gluten free but I limit my gluten intake because personally I know I feel better not making it a primary source of my nutrition. I love coconut flour and while it creates a different texture in baking … Continue reading

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Here is a great warm breakfast for a chilly morning. Quiona (pronounced Keen-wah), is an amazing food that will give you some power to start the day! Most people consider it a grain but it is really a seed. Its is … Continue reading

Taco Time ((Homemade Clean Taco Seasoning))

Sometime last year I decided I didn’t want to use those little taco seasoning packets anymore. Most have preservatives, fillers, artificial colors, and more sodium then I’d like to see.  Plus its super easy to make your own. It took me … Continue reading

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

I’m a carbs for breakfast kind of person. When I have my coffee, I “need” some grains. Its just the way I feel my morning coffee should be paired. So the dilemma is finding ways to have the mental satisfaction … Continue reading

EASY Buffalo Chicken Tacos (Gone healthy!)

I’m a buffalo chicken lover.. actually even more than buffalo chicken I love eating that obnoxiously greasy far from “clean” buffalo chicken dip that you get a pot lucks and super bowl parties. Ya ya, I know I’m a nutritionist-we … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pecan Granola

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Banana Walnut Granola

So let me first say that I’m addicted to granola. I’ll share my original recipe later, but for now let’s talk about this new gem! My hubby was getting antsy for some granola, so now that I’m a food blogger, … Continue reading

Carrot “cake” muffins

What do you do when you want to eat cake lathered with thick cream cheese icing but you know that is not left in the cards of your nutrition deck for the day? Well… I decide to bake a healthier option-because the Lord knows I won’t stop thinking about that cake lathered in thick cream cheese icing until I fill my mouth with something close. So the wheels in my head start turning…what pairs with cream cheese icing…CARROT CAKE. How can I make carrot cake more nutritionally sound and still off the charts awesome?

DING DING DING Carrot “cake” muffins! I’ve been on a kick with using plain greek yogurt in EVERYTHING so I thought here we go let’s get out the yogurt. Then I thought what about the fat/butter/oil/lard aspect…da da da da my second cooking love comes to the rescue–COCONUT OIL. A little research (I hadn’t made carrot cake before!), some thinking, and a cup of coffee later I started baking these beauties.

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

2 t. Baking soda

1/2t. Pink Himalayan salt (regular salt is ok but I like the nutrition content of Himalayan salt)

1/2T. Cinnamon

1/2t. Ginger

3/4C. Coconut Oil (solid)

1C. Coconut Sugar

1/2C. Unsweetened Apple Sauce

1/4C. Plain Greek Yogurt (I use 2% FAGE)

3 Eggs

2t. Vanilla

2C. Carrot, shredded

1/2C. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/2C. Raisins

1/2C. Chopped Walnuts

Oats (amount to preference of sprinkling)

 

Directions:

Combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl combine blend coconut oil and sugar with a mixer on medium speed. Add yogurt and applesauce. Beat until fully incorporated. Add eggs slowly, beat well. Once batter in well blended add vanilla.

DON’T WORRY if your batter looks gross-they will be delicious 😉

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Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until they are well combined, do not over mix the batter. Fold in the shredded carrots, coconut flakes (I like to pulse mine in a food chopper first-just preference!), raisins, and chopped walnuts.

Place liners in muffin tin, sprinkle oats in the liner, fill with batter 2/3 of the way up the paper, sprinkle oats on top. Repeat until batter is gone. Makes 20-24 muffins.

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Bake on middle rack for 19-22minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

photoEnjoy them-and be careful to not eat the whole batch alone. Be a good neighbor and share (a few).