Guest post from Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry… Grain Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am so excited to have Laura of Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry share one of her wonderful recipes with us!

I originally met Laura online via Facebook. As fellow gluten free bloggers and mothers, we connected right away. If you haven’t checked out Laura’s blog or Facebook page I highly recommend you do. Laura is very sweet. I was drawn to her friendly personality right away and am looking forward to getting to know her better over time!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (Grain & Dairy Free)
Yields 12 muffins

These moist, delicious muffins don’t last long at our house! I made a dozen of these muffins last night and by this morning there were only a few left. It doesn’t help that my husband took 6 to work-3 for him and 3 for his co-workers!

Packed with protein-rich almond flour and fiber-rich flaxseed meal, this treat is good for you. My daughter likes to eat these muffins after school with a glass of homemade almond milk.

1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour (or almond meal)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
1 egg
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chunks
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients except chocolate chunks into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes on medium speed. Add in chocolate chunks slowly to the bowl while it is mixing on low speed and beat for another 2 minutes. Grease muffin tins lightly with coconut oil or use baking cups. Pour into muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us, Laura!! I can’t wait to try out your muffins!




Green Spinach Smoothie

This morning I signed up for an online calorie counting program, My Fitness Pal.  I’m not horribly overweight, but I could stand to lose 15 lbs.  That Coconut Cake is just a little too yummy if you know what I mean….  :)

So on to healthier recipes:

1- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 generous handfuls of spinach
1/2 a banana
5 large frozen strawberries or 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Other add-ins (optional):

flax seeds
chia seeds
protein powder
dulse flakes

Throw the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add more dairy free milk if needed.

This recipe makes enough for me and my two little girls.  The smoothie is very green in color, but you don’t taste the spinach.  The banana and strawberries are great for masking the flavor!