Month: March 2014

Blueberry Banana Cinnamon Muffins (Gluten-Free!)

This recipe is the first gluten-free baked item that I have ever made.. and WOW! So yummy! When I first went gluten-free, hoping to clear up a skin condition.. I just avoided all types bread because most gluten-free bread items are FULL of sugar. So I went about 6 months without any of these items.. and I was starting to feel so deprived.

I originally saw the recipe for these muffins on Wellness Mama’s blog. I had found a lot of recipes that looked good to me, but her Apple Cinnamon Muffins jumped out at me. They were simple, gluten-free, & had no added sugar. Another thing.. it was a good base recipe with different flavor options for you to play with.

My first go at the regular recipe was really good! The next time I made them I decided to do a different flavor option, by substituting out some of the apple sauce for a overripe banana, and I also added fresh blueberries & chopped pecans. My inspiration.. my mother’s incredible homemade blueberry muffins & banana nut bread that I have missed so much.

So here it goes.. Simple Ingredients: Eggs, Applesauce, Banana, Coconut Flour, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Vanilla, Coconut Oil, and Honey + Blueberries & Chopped Pecans. (Full Recipe Below)

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First- Mix all the base ingredients (everything except blueberries & pecans) in a bowl. I used a hand mixer… and it only takes a few minutes to get everything whipped together & smooth. It’s a very light textured dough.

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Let the ingredients stand for 5 minutes. This is a great time to grease your muffin pan with coconut oil. Don’t be shy with the coconut oil, I was the first time & my muffins stuck when I removed them from the pan!

Once you have let the ingredients stand for 5 minutes, gently mix in the blueberries & pecans (with a large spoon). I used almost all of one small container of blueberries & about a cup of chopped pecans. You can add as much or little as you would like here. I personally want blueberry & pecan in every bite! The only issue I came across being generous with the blueberries.. the muffins that had more at the bottom weren’t as firm, and came apart a little bit when I removed them from the pan. Which just effects their look.. not taste 🙂

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Once your blueberries & pecans are mixed in, use 1/3 measuring cup to spoon into your muffin pan. Then bake @ 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean.. my oven took about 17 minutes- its old!).

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Let cool… and ENJOY!! Oh.. and drizzle honey on top to add a little extra sweetness! (optional)

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Reheat Suggestion: Slice in half, butter (or use healthy oil) & toast in oven. I absolutely love eating them this way for breakfast!

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of homemade apple sauce, or store-bought (unsweetened)
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 small package of fresh blueberries (used about 3/4 of it)
  • 1/2-1 cup of chopped pecans (as desired)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  2. Put all ingredients into a medium size bowl (except for blueberries & pecans) and mix until smooth.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then hand mix in blueberries & chopped pecans.
  4. Grease muffin pan with coconut oil.
  5.  Use 1/3 measure cup to spoon into muffin pan.
  6. Bake 12-15 minutes until starting to brown and not soft when lightly touched (also check with toothpick)
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes & serve. Drizzle with honey for added sweetness (if desired).

(View original recipe by Wellness Mama)

 

 

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How Yoga Taught Me to Meditate, Stretch & So Much More

Yoga is phenomenal for your mind, body, & soul. Yet many may never try it, because they are scared of it, don’t know where to start..or think it’s just not for them. No one wants to be the new person in the hour long yoga class, struggling, & confused. Thankfully I found a great solution to starting yoga & I gained more from it than I could ever expect.

Years ago, I came across yoga DVD from Gaiam called AM Yoga for Your Week. It’s a series of 5 different yoga segments, about 25 minutes each.. that is very basic, yet very beneficial. The thing I appreciated most about the DVD was the instructor guidance throughout each segment. Yoga Master Rodney Yee, not only has an incredibly relaxing voice (lol), but he really breaks down each move, tells you what your body should feel like, reminds to breath & relax.

I personally, am a little on the high-strung side & it is so hard for me to sit still, relax, & clear my mind. When I first started doing this DVD my intentions were to merely learn some basic yoga. With time I learned to really listen to the instructor.. to focus on my breathing.. and to feel every move my body was making.

Before I knew it I went from high-strung.. could never clear my mind.. to meditating! It was amazing!! And the stretching techniques I learned I have carried over into a stretching routine I do after every workout. I have also created my own yoga/meditation routine out of this that I do in the morning or evening.

Learning to focus on my breathing & feeling how my body moves has assisted me in being able to be calm.. which in turn has helped me become more spiritual & manage my anxiety.

The list of yoga benefits goes on.. and on. Just the stretching alone will improve your blood flow, increase flexibility & range of motion in your joints.. which helps prevent injury! Most importantly, it improves overall wellness for your mind, body, & soul.

It doesn’t matter where or how you are getting started.. Just give it a chance! A great resource I have found recently is the GaiamTV website. It has an extensive collection of Yoga videos, even for beginners.. it also has other fitness videos, health, & spiritual resources. So you can try it from the comfort of your own home! (It’s like a healthy Netflix..lol.)

The only downside.. is the more you do it.. the more your body wants it! I guess you could say its a healthy addiction 😉

love you. live long.