Paleo/Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Coconut Icing

Paleo/Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Coconut Icing

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I Last fall my roommate and I consistently made and ate a whole loaf of pumpkin bread a week for 6 weeks. No, I’m not kidding. I stocked up on wayyyyyyy too many boxes of Trader Joes pumpkin bread mix and made one after the other. Although the TJ’s pumpkin bread IS the bomb.com I wanted to switch it out for something with super clean ingredients. This recipe is one of my favorites and gives you soft, moist pumpkin muffins that make your kitchen smell like a pumpkin spice latte.

Ingredients

For the muffins:

1 c almond flour

3/4 c coconut sugar

1/2 c canned pumpkin

1/4 c coconut oil

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ginger

1-2 tbsp water (if needed)

1/4 c pecans optional

For the coconut icing:

2 cans of full-fat coconut milk (chilled overnight)

2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl & all wet ingredients in a separate bowl, excluding the water. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients mixing as you go. If the batter is still too dry add 1-2 tbsp of water. Spoon into a lined muffin pan pan & bake 15-20 min.

While the muffins are baking, open the canned coconut milk and spoon the coconut cream solids into a cold mixing bowl. Add honey and cinnamon and beat with an electric mixer for about 7-10 minutes or until desired consistency (I did about 5 minutes to achieve more of a glaze).

Once the muffins have baked and cooled, spoon on coconut icing and top with cinnamon and pecans!

 

Vegan Nachos

Vegan Nachos

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So it’s obvious I’m not a vegan, but I do like to play around with vegan recipes from time to time and dairy is a big no-no for my stomach. Yesterday’s football game was the perfect excuse to remake these vegan nachos!

Ingredients:

  • Siete Foods grain-free tortilla chips
  • 1 small head of cauliflower (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 c Chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Taco seasoning (salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin)
  • Cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 c Almond milk
  • 1/4 c Nutritional yeast
  • Mashed avocado
  • Black beans
  • Pico de gallo
  • Olives
Instructions:
Cook cauliflower and walnuts in a pan with olive oil on medium heat. Add taco seasoning and continue cooking until cauliflower has softened a bit (about 10 min). Boil butternut squash until soft. Then drain water and add butternut squash to a blender or food processor with salt, garlic powder, almond milk, and nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Spread out chips on a pan and load up with your butternut squash cheese, cauliflower/walnut “meat”, then throw on avocado, pico de gallo, black beans, and olives!

Zucchini and Chickpea Cakes with Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Dressing

Zucchini and Chickpea Cakes with Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Dressing

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These crispy cakes make the perfect side dish or appetizer for any meal! The first time I made these I didn’t make the sriracha sauce and let me tell you… big mistake. The dipping sauce is what absolutely made this dish 10/10 it’s spicy and refreshing and the perfect partner for these cakes.

Ingredients:

For the cakes:
2 zucchini squash
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
½ tbsp. za’atar seasoning
avocado oil for cooking

For the dressing:
1/3 cup chosen foods avocado mayo
1/2 tbsp sriracha
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Shred your zucchini with a cheese grater and drain with a cheese cloth or towel (try to get as much water out as you can!). Pour chickpeas into a food processor and pulse until you get small chunks. Mix the shredded zucchini, chickpeas, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning in a bowl until well combined. Heat avocado oil in a skillet on medium to high heat and cook the zucchini cakes for 3-5 minutes on each side. Remove the cakes from the pan and place on paper towels to soak up the extra oil. Mix  the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, garnish with fresh parsely, and serve.

Collagen Donuts

Collagen Donuts

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Donuts are yummy, fun and super cute for the ‘gram… AND they can be made with whole food ingredients baked to fluffy perfection that won’t ruin your hard work in the gym. These donuts are low in sugar and have collagen to add a little bit of protein and keep your hair, skin, nails, and joints super healthy!

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 scoops collagen

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp almond extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until it forms a batter. Spoon the batter into a greased donut pan (only fill it about half way so it has room to rise!) and bake for 8-12 minutes.

Salmon Zucchini Burgers

Salmon Zucchini Burgers

Salmon burgers are something I’ve been dying to make for a while and I’m so glad I finally did because these were too freakin’ good. They only take about 20 minutes to make so these will definitely be something I make often when I’m busy and need a quick and easy meal!

Ingredients:

1lb cooked salmon

1/3 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 zucchini

1 tsp dijon mustard

Seasoning of your choice (I used himalayan pink salt, garlic, black pepper, oregano, parsley, and thyme)

Directions:

Grate half a zucchini and add it to a bowl with the cooked salmon, breadcrumbs, mustard, and seasonings. Mix and mash the salmon and zucchini with the dry ingredients until it sticks together well enough to form burger patties. Heat olive/avocado/coconut oil on medium heat in a skillet. Form four patties from the salmon mix and cook about 5 minutes on each side.

(makes 4 burger patties)

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Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

IMG_6552.JPGI LOVE banana bread. Pumpkin bread is good, I even have a special place in my heart for zucchini bread, but banana bread always takes the cake. Now typically I would add something basic like walnuts to my banana bread, but I didn’t have walnuts… what I did have was dried figs and let me tell you I’m so glad that I did. This combo is so yummy and different and the dried figs add a caramel-y flavor that’s perfect with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

3 over ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Foods Dairy Free Chocolate Chips)

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients and the coconut sugar. Mix the wet ingredients then slowly add in the dry ingredients mixing as you go. Dump in your chocolate chips and dried figs and mix them in (pro tip: lightly coat your chocolate chips with a little bit of flour to avoid them all sinking to the bottom of the batter). Pour into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 40-45 minutes.