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Vegan Coconut Banana Muffins

Looking for the perfect dessert that “tastes” like it’s made with all the bad stuff but is actually NOT! Welcome to the coconut banana muffin.

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So these little precious gems will hack your sweet cravings. Make a big batch and you can munch on up to four per serving. If you have a bunch of leftovers, just freeze them in a ziplock. So now comes the recipe. And if you’re not a vegan you’re probably wondering what the heck is a flax egg!? Yeah, I hear you. I never heard of a flax egg in my life either. But this is all you do PER EGG: One tablespoon ground flax and 2 1/2 tablespoons water and mix for 5 seconds. Let sit for 5 minutes and it will look like the consistency of an egg. Done.

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Vegan Coconut Banana Muffins
 
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Serves: 44 mini muffins
Ingredients
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • Half cup of local honey or organic brown sugar (the only not so good ingredient)
  • ¼ cup melted organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • ¾ cup organic sprouted spelt flour
  • ¾ cup organic almond flour
  • ½ cup organic rolled oats
  • 2 flax eggs for vegan option (or 2 eggs)
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup mini organic chocolate chips (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease mini-muffin tin with coconut oil.
  2. Prepare flax egg in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add banana and mash, leaving a bit lumpy for texture.
  4. Add brown sugar, baking soda, salt and whisk for one minute.
  5. Stir in vanilla, melted coconut oil and mix.
  6. Add flour, oats, chia, and chocolate chips and stir with a spoon or spatula until just combined.
  7. Put in mini muffin trays. Don't forget to spray.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. If you're feeling it, sprinkle with extra shredded coconut.

So big thanks to my niece Jelly for bringing this recipe into my life and her vegan friend Brittney who made them for her. Check out Brittney’s Instagram, Plant Based Bird for more vegan recipes.

xoxoxo,

Tiffany and my cohort in baking, cooking, laughing, and once in a blue moon….working, Kitty.

I WAS a Complete Skeptic…Until Now

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Y’all.  I just made these Blondies from Ambitious Kitchen and they are insane.  Let me start by saying as much as I LOVE hummus, I do not like chick peas straight up. Like, at all.  Really, the only reason I tried this was because (shocking) I had everything to make them and was dying for something sweet.  I was pretty close to hitting up Kroger for a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts so drastic measures had to be taken. Like chick peas in my dessert bars.

 

 

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Anywho, the BATTER alone is DELICIOUS and safe to eat RAW so if you never get to the actual bars, you’ll get no judgement from me.  I used sweetened cacao nibs because that’s what I had but try chocolate chips or dark chocolate, whatever you want.  I also used a combo of honey and maple syrup to sweeten.

 

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I don’t post a recipe on the blog unless I like it a lot BUT I LOVE THIS ONE.  It is going to become a staple around here without a doubt.  I love that they’re gluten free, dairy free, and healthy.  TRY IT!

 

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Just standing over the final product eating straight from the pan with a FORK!

 

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On the Go: Mason Jar Ideas

Working with clients the past 9 years has taught me so much. Originally, my practice was a rigid six month program that was structured to practice in depth recipes, eating mostly organic, and trying 26 different “green things” to make sure you knew the creativity that can go into eating healthy. I was a little nervous working with people, following our school instruction to “the T” and wanted to make sure everyone got the most out of each session. It is actually really funny to think back and remember I was teaching sushi classes, encouraging people to take yoga (who really hated it)  and wanted everyone to experience some kind of spiritual “aha” moment through food. After about a year of working this way, I had my own “aha” moment. Let’s be real. Yoga does not have to be part of everyone’s life. Some people would rather just get outside and play with their kids! Not everyone is going to like the way I prepare my favorite food.. some just want to get greens in a delicious green smoothie that tastes like a milkshake ;) .  We are busy and want to be told what to eat, when to eat it, and let’s make it fast. Tiffany and I both have the same mantra: Make it fun, keep it real, work together with friends and family, and sing a lot. We love what we do.   ~mary

ON THE GO:

Although we truly believe that we should slooooooooooow down, eat at the table SITTING with family and friends is one of the more important things in life..   we can pre-prep and make it easier. Dinner is one thing, but getting people to even eat breakfast or prepare a quality lunch is another!

These recipes from one of our favorite fashion bloggers, The Zoe Report, are right on. This can ALL be prepped in advance and be put in the fridge to grab and go the next morning. Although they are described as a breakfast item you can also make them for lunch! Take them all to work and stack them in the fridge with your name on them. We have corporate clients that want to get outside for a walk during their lunch break and want some ideas to eat on the go.  Here ya go! Please keep in mind (in our opinion) that the avocado pudding recipe is more of a dessert item We would go ahead and mix the entire avocado as a chocolate pudding (I dont know, I just dont like to eat pureed green avocado so just blend the whole  thing) and separate it in 3 separate servings in smaller mason jars for a quick, delicious dessert. Because you are getting healthy fat from the avocado, top with coconut flakes instead! YUM

Zoe, thanks again for the great ideas! You rock.

Head over to her blog for full recipes here. 

xoxo,

 

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7 Day Eating Plan To Kickstart Your Summer Body—ALL RECIPES UNDER 5 MINUTES

Okay. The summer is here. And yes, that usually means getting into a bathing suit.(I know…., I know….) Here is your one week program (or longer) to kickstart your summer body! It is a mix and match meal plan that is so easy and yummy you can’t say no. Follow it. See how you feel. You should shed some pounds, lose some fat, SAY GOOD-BYE TO CRAVINGS, and most important….FEEL AWESOME. I mean, your energy should be going through the roof after day 3 or 4. Eat and drink only what is on this list for optimal results. ALL MEALS ARE UNDER 5 MINUTES. You can’t beat that.

1) DRINK 8-10 CUPS OF WATER EVERY DAY. Minimum. And I mean every day. Guys, look at this picture below. Water is not just water anymore. It can taste different every time when you infuse it….not too mention infused water looks GORGEOUS! Start your day off with water.(before your coffee or tea) And if you are drinking coffee try to limit to one cup with NO ADDED SUGAR( and that means those yummy sweet creamers too–aka Coffee Mate, Simply Bliss). Just add a little coconut, almond, or organic whole milk for creaminess or even try it black.  And tea is fine all day if it is organic and herbal but NOT a replacement for water.  Check out these recipes to make drinking water easier.  Also, use a straw. Sounds dumb but it works. I personally drink twice as much when I use a straw.

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2) DRINK THIS FOR BREAKFAST.  If you have a peanut allergy just swap out the peanut butter for almond, cashew or sun butter.

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OR, IF YOU PREFER TO CHEW YOUR BREAKFAST EAT THIS SUPERFOOD OATMEAL. You can also swap out this oatmeal for lunch or dinner. Yes, even dinner. It’s quick and easy and satisfying.

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3) EAT THIS DELICIOUS WATERMELON FETA SALAD FOR LUNCH. It will take you 5 minutes and watermelon is in season and super sweet and juicy!

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OR THIS DELICIOUS AVOCADO TOAST. You can swap this out for breakfast or dinner too.

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4) EAT THIS FOR A SNACK IF YOU GET HUNGRY. Either between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. Slice an apple very thin and sprinkle with cinnamon. Or, if you are a salty person, buy some Organic Popcorn with sea salt and have up to four cups. We also like the brand Skinny Pop.

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5) EAT THIS KALE SALAD FOR DINNER EVERYDAY.   If you’re dying for a little extra something, grill a piece of wild caught salmon or some organic chicken. FYI:this will take you over the 5 minutes and bring you up to 10 minutes. Season fish or chicken with turmeric, cumin, red pepper, pink salt, pepper, cinnamon, and olive oil. Portion for meat or fish should be about the size of your palm. If you grill the chicken, make for 3 or 4 nights so you only have to grill twice. For the salmon, I recommend grilling every other day for best flavor. OR, swap this salad out for the avocado toast shown above.

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DISCLAIMER: FOR THIS KALE SALAD TO BE UNDER 5 MINUTES BUY PRE-WASHED ORGANIC BABY KALE. NO CHOPPING OR RINSING REQUIRED.

6) DESSERT. I would try to limit to every other night or every third night if possible.  Your sweet tooth will love this chocolate pudding. Try not to eat all of it.(this will be harder than you imagine. You can get mad at Rachel for that. She’s the evil one who found this recipe.)  It makes four servings. If you must, have two servings. OR……take a cup of any organic berries and add some coconut milk, sprinkle cinnamon and drizzle honey for a treat.

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This meal plan ranges from 1400-1800 calories per day depending on what size portion you eat. If you want less, just cut out the dessert. By the end of the week you should feel sooooo good. After these seven days, you will have NO processed foods, no added sugar and artificial sweeteners you should have: crazy amounts of energy, be able to focus and think more clearly, shed some weight, have clearer skin and just feel much better in every way. So grab that bathing suit and feel great about yourself!

xoxo,

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