Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I just posted this on a friend’s blog and thought, why not mine? My friend made these the other day and they were off the charts! My, oh, my what a healthy treat! I don’t have the chocolate chips (which are unsweetened by the way) so I’m going to try these tonight with raisins to keep it Whole30. For my B-ville friends, I got coconut oil spray here in town at Billie’s. I’m out of almond butter so am going to try cashew butter. SO EXCITED! Enjoy!

Oh, and am on Day 17 of the Whole30 and still going strong. Took the kids to Burger King today (has an indoor play place and it was raining). I ate a DRY chicken, apple, cranberry salad and it wasn’t terrible. Never thought I’d say that!

Hey, if you didn’t watch the video on my previous post, go do it now. It just keeps cracking me up!
Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup almond butter
1 cup almond flour
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional – I love cinnamon)
1/3 cup plus more for topping muffins Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (Dairy-Free, Soy Free, Gluten-Free) – I find mine at Whole Foods

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a muffin pan with coconut spray (found at Whole Foods – love).
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and mix everything is incorporated.  Now stir chocolate chips into batter.  Pour batter into prepared muffin tin filling all 12 cups evenly.  Top muffins with a few additional chocolate chips.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let the muffins cool and remove from pan.  And enjoy!!

Bacon and Marinara Meatloaf

If you liked the pizza, check out Danny’s latest. Bacon and Marinara Meatloaf. I have to agree with his Facebook followers in regards to the photo…. however, his zucchini noodles were so awesome and his pizza divine, I’ll for sure be giving this one a try. Let him know what you think!

Skinny people CAN eat pizza! Who knew?

So I tried out Danny’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe the other day and it was SO good! I don’t mean “so good” as far as health food goes, but genuinely so delicious! If you click on his name above, it will take you to the recipe. The only thing I did differently was to add some seasoning to the crust before baking it. The kids loved it too.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Today I ran for 29 minutes. I can’t believe it! A month ago, I couldn’t run even 3 minutes. The C25K program is great! The Color Run 5K is in two weeks, so I think I’ll be ready by then. I’m hoping the running will start to lean out my bulky thighs. I talked to Mr. Crossfit today about how I think that all the squats and such are making my thighs bigger (He’s probably thinking to himself, “It’s the Ho Ho’s doing that, girl!”). I mean, like I said before, underneath all this fat, I know Heidi Klum’s twin is dying to come out, but I want her to come out with SMALL toned thighs. I have no aspirations to be super strong or anything. I just don’t want to start a fire in my crotch when I walk and I want my thighs to fit into size 6 jeans. I guess the trick is to lose the fat and see what is going on underneath. But to lose the fat, I’m working out like crazy…. Twice this week, I’ve done Crossfit and running on the same day! Whoo hoo!

Ok, a cute story to share. I have two kids in speech so we are always kinda working on how to say stuff. In the car, one of my two year olds pointed to a horse and said, “Horsie eats drass.” I said, “Grrrrass. Try saying it like a lion.” He says, “Horsie eats ROARass. Like that, Mommy?” Ha ha. Have a nice weekend everybody!

So Caveman Danny cooked this up last night and thought I’d share it. I’ll give it a try this weekend. Zucchini noodles? Who knew?

Two Cavemen, One Diet

 

Sometime last month I bought rather large Paleo Recipe eBook and last night I cooked my first meal out of it… There are some 407 pages in this book and an array of different Paleo recipes to try… Not sure why it has taken me quite so long to find something out of it to eat… I think because most of the recipes have a recipe within them – for example some mustard chicken dish – 1 part of the process is turn to page whatever and make the home made mustard… fuck off… cant I just buy it?

Anyway… the dish I went for was simple and easy and well it DID require you to make your own basil pesto – which I was happy to do, alas Jay didn’t have any kind of food processing device – bottled pesto it is… delightful. I will however add the…

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Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Oh man sakes alive! That was simply to die for. Is that a breaded chicken breast? As if! The Paleo gods have truly impressed me this time. Not only is it de-lish, but it was the easiest thing I’ve made yet. And I even messed up the recipe! Noah and I chucked everything into one bowl but we were supposed to roll the chicken in the pecans after dipping it… in any case, you’ll see what I mean. But, it was still crunchy, juicy, sweet and salty all at the same time. Way better than breading. AND it was cooked in my brand-spanking new oven! Holy crap! I’m gonna be a cook!

  • 1/2 C spicy brown mustard
  • 2 Tbs raw organic honey
  • 1 C pecans, crushed
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 6 and it was still more than enough)

Mix up the mustard and honey in a bowl. Dip the chicken in and then roll it in the pecans. Bake at 350*F for 40 minutes. I gave it a 2 minute shot of the broiler in the end, but maybe if I’d followed the directions, it wouldn’t have needed the broiler for the crunchy top. Noah asked to take the leftovers to school tomorrow. I think he’s going to become the “kid with the weird lunch.” Poor guy.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Not that you care (I wouldn’t), but here is my new oven!

Breakfast Omelet Muffins – Paleo

Yep, these Breakfast Omelet Muffins are in fact Paleo. I’m making them tonight so I can grab one in the morning on my way to Crossfit. That way everyone  will be impressed when the instructor asks, “What did you eat before coming today?” I don’t think he was impressed with my previous answer of , “Oh, just a couple of chocolate chip cookies.”

Breakfast Omelet Muffins