Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins

 

cinnamon apple streusel muffin

I’m overjoyed that Canada has a new leader. We’ve been through a hellish 12 years of environmental destruction and infringement on our human rights. Yet still so many people supported Harper, it’s astonishing to me how even at this pivotal point in time, when the planet is crying for us to stop annihilating it, people can still care more about money than breathing clean air. Hopefully the Liberals will hold true to their promises, the first day in office Trudeau pulled Canadian fighter jets out of Iran. He’s moving ahead and accepting more refugees into our gigantic and abundant country and helping to disable the fear propaganda we’ve been hearing for so long. A very noble first step towards regaining our countries peace keeping reputation.

cinnamon apple streusel muffin

I told some friends that if the conservatives were to win I was moving to Ecuador. Luckily for now I’ll be staying in the homeland, enjoying delicious cinnamon apple streusel muffins and aged earl grey tea on calm cool mornings with change in the air. Here’s hoping we can start to move forward after a long time going back. Amazingly Canada already employs more people in the sustainable energy industry than in oil. We have long needed a government that echoes the sentiments of the majority which I think are kindness, generosity and humility.

 

Oh yes, and about these muffins…they literally disappeared in a matter of 3 hours. They were gobbled right up and the scent from the cinnamon makes your kitchen smell amazing. Since they’re sugar free they are perfect for sensitive little ones. My son just adores them so much. I’ve made a few variations of this recipe now and it works great for banana muffins, chocolate and savoury. After many different paleo muffin renditions this is by far my favourite formula. The baking powder technically isn’t paleo and you can omit it. Personally I don’t think a bit of BP does much harm and it makes the muffins nice and plump!

 

Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12

Ingredients

    Dry ingredients
  • 1 C almond flour
  • 1/3 C tapioca flour
  • 2 Tbs coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Wet ingredients
  • 1 C apple sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C date paste
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Topping
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 C pecans or walnuts, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Separately combine wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients using a mixer or by hand, stir in the chopped apple
  5. Portion out into a greased muffin tin or use paper baking cups, filling about 3/4 of the way up.
  6. Combine the ghee,cinnamon and pecans or walnuts and sprinkle a bit on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and allow to cool before indulging.
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Bacon and Scallion Paleo Pancakes

Bacon and Scallion Paleo Pancakes

bacon and scallion paleo pancakes

Okay I’ll just let the cat right out of the bag…these pancakes were supposed to be waffles. Never buy a waffle iron at a second hand store, there is a reason its there. After one very sticky pile of nothing I thought it would be best to turn them into pancakes which luckily was a massive success.

bacon and scallion paleo pancakes

I’ve never been a huge fan of sweet breakfasts, so savoury pancakes are right up my alley. If you’re into cheese, you can throw some aged raw cheddar in these for an extra special treat. I like to smother them in butter with a bit of maple syrup.

Bacon and Scallion Paleo Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 1/4 C coconut flour
  • 1/4 C tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 C almond milk (unsweetened) or coconut milk
  • 1/4 C ghee or butter (melted)
  • 2 Tbs bacon fat (melted)
  • 6 pieces of crispy bacon, chopped
  • 6 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 raw cheddar cheese (shredded) (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients until smooth
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet and melt fat or oil of choice
  3. Drop 1/4 C of batter at a time and let cook until bubbles start to show around the edges, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Makes about 12 pancakes
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Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes with Berries + Cream

Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes with Berries + Cream

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I lurve pancakes. Especially banana pancakes a la Jack Johnson that fill you right up to the brim with good energy. Yeah, that kind.

Maple syrups great and all but I like my pancakes with berries, and to kick it up a notch, berries and coconut cream with a hint of vanilla. So good.

Today is the day we cut the top off the rug, sew it to the bottom and pretend we made it longer. Yes, daylight savings. It’s still light out at “7” and it definitely brings on the feeling of spring. We went for a sweet hike through the woods along the winding river trail cutting in and out of the suns rays. It was gorgeous and peaceful and fuelled by pancakes, the best fuel.

coconut flour banana pancakes with berries and cream

This is actually the first time Baby Mav ever had pancakes. He loved them! And he singularly plucked each berry and popped it in his mouth with anticipation of the burst of deliciousness. J said that I should make Mav pancakes every day, though I think secretly he just wants pancakes every day. Who doesn’t?

Coconut flour is a delicate creature, it soaks up moisture like nobodies business. That’s why when you go to fry the pancakes make sure you use enough oil or butter, it may seem like too much but its not. At least a tablespoon per 3 pancakes. Which is part of what makes these pancakes so energizing. Also if you’re avoiding sugar, it’s not crucial to add the honey, I think they’re great without it. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and thanks for reading!

coconut flour banana pancakes with berries and cream

Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes with Berries + Cream
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • ⅓ C coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 C fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil or ghee for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan combine berries,vanilla and coconut milk, reserve ½ C coconut milk for pancakes. Heat on medium-low until berries have softened and the milk turns purple.
  2. Combine eggs, banana,coconut oil, honey and remaining coconut milk in a large bowl.
  3. Add coconut flour,salt and baking soda and mix well.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet or griddle, melt oil or ghee and drop about 1½ Tbs worth of batter per pancake onto skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes per side until nice and golden.
  5. Serve with warm berries and cream sauce and enjoy!

coconut flour banana pancakes with berries and cream

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

Excuse me for being obsessed with chocolate this week, you see I was without my beloved cacao for some time and I’ve finally replenished my stocks. Raw cacao is the ultimate in magnesium density, in other words, it relieves stress and helps release happy hormones, yay!

The chocolate week isn’t over yet, in the next few days you are going to witness a marvel of brownies- the lentil brownie.

But not today. Today is reserved for this luscious, creamy, caffeinated pudding loaded with chia goodness.  Coconut mocha chia pudding may just be your new favourite breakfast or mid-day pick me up. I’m pretty much in love with the coffee, chocolate combination– nothing beats it.

Chia seeds are nutrient dense, high in omega-3’s and they can turn any liquid into a pudding, so what’s not to love. Well they aren’t easy to clean up when you leave a spoonful on the table and your little baby reaches up and pulls it down.

If you are in search of foods that will give you more energy and focus, this pudding is for you. There’s definitely a certain time of the month for me where my energy starts to go down the drain and I just want to eat chocolate…ladies, ya feel me?

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

Yesterday I wallowed while watching the hollywood version of Anna Karenina, which by the way, is pretty terrible. You know when you have tons of work to do, but you just don’t want to do it…yeah netflix is an instigator.

But the cure for all wallowing lies in chocolate, so I will continue to share with you loves my fave choco-freak recipes to inspire your inner energy to shine~ !!!

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C strong brewed coffee or 4 shots espresso
  • 3 Tbs raw cacao powder
  • 2-3 Tbs raw honey
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 6 Tbs chia seeds
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine coffee, cacao and honey add coconut milk and blend on high until frothy. Allow to cool before adding to chia seeds.
  2. Add 2 Tbs chia seeds to 3 separate jars or bowls, pour equal amounts of mocha mix over top and stir each one.
  3. Leave pudding to gel for at least an hour.

 

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

Jalapeno Chicken Breakfast Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

Jalapeno Chicken Breakfast Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

Jalapeno Chicken Breakfast Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe as it’s a steadfast staple in our house. Some would refer to this breakfast pizza as a frittata, but I think breakfast pizza just sounds better and  feels more fun. I usually make these on days where something a little more special is in order, it’s perfect when you have friends over for brunch.

Jalapeno Chicken Breakfast Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

 

The ingredients are highly variable, I usually just throw in whatever is on hand, some sort of meat is always nice but these breakfast pizzas are lovely with just pure veg. A sprinkle of your favourite cheese on top and a pop under the broiler et voila. Skip the cheese if you’re not into it, it’s hardly needed with a flavourful dish as this.

 

I must say this mornings breakfast pizza fuelled me for a die of to do list accomplishments and motivation to, erm, clean the bathroom. Everyones most hated chore, I’m sure… Nothing like a great breakfast to set the pace for your entire day. Pretty sure the littles would adore eating anything related to pizza for breakfast, right? Give it a go and lemme know!

 

Jalapeno Chicken Breakfast Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs bacon fat or coconut oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, grated
  • ½ red or white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 C cooked chicken, chopped
  • 6 eggs, combined
  • 1 C grated aged cheddar or other cheese (optional)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (for garnish)
  • raw slices of red onion (for garnish)
  • slices of lime
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium sized skillet, melt the oil or fat and add onion and jalapeño, when the onion is starting to brown, add grated sweet potato and cover for 5 minutes on med-low.
  2. Stir the sweet potato and add in smoked paprika and salt. Cover again and turn heat a little higher to get a crispy golden crust.
  3. Sprinkle chicken over the cooked sweet potato and pour the egg mixture over top, tilting the pan around so the egg layer is even.
  4. Cover and let the egg cook for about 3 minutes.
  5. Turn on the broiler in your oven, top with grated cheese and place under the broiler for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is golden brown and the eggs are fully cooked.
  6. Serve with fresh green and red onion and a piece of lime to squeeze over top (it's really good!)

Jalapeno Chicken Breakfast Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

Better than Bulletproof Coffee

Better than Bulletproof Coffee

better than bulletproof coffee

Bold statement…I know, but you guys I think my version is better. It’s like how you always think your baby is the cutest and your incredibly shocked when you don’t win the Gerber contest…ahem. So what’s so good about my whizzed up cacao spike jar of goodness (yes I drink my coffee out of jars, it’s better that way) ? Well I like butter, I really do but I like coconut oil better, and creamy thick coconut milk and chocolatey goodness or maybe some cinnamon instead raw honey, because, lets face it if I’m going to the trouble of blending my coffee I want it to be sweet (unless I’m doing a whole 3o reset or something..). I get the hardcore bulletproofers, but I’m taking the idea and running with it, not to mention I can’t even get grassed butter…boo. Who knew fat in coffee could be so damn satisfying?

better than bulletproof coffee

When do I choose to drink these energy bombs? Usually when I’m writing, working, bouncing a babe on one leg and jotting down ideas in my notebook. Those days where I feel like being productive and efficient, which trust me, are few and far between. But on the bright side I’ve got a new herbal concoction to help modulate my new mama sleep dep. so happy about that.

 

Better than Bulletproof Coffee
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Makes one strong kickass coffee or two afternoon pick me ups.
Ingredients
  • 2 espresso shots or the equivalent french pressed or made in a stovetop espresso maker
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey (optional)
  • ½ C coconut milk or almond milk
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and mix on high until frothy.

better than bulletproof coffee