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Pumpkin Muffins with Zucchini and Banana

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Fall is finally here. I know I’m supposed to be super excited about the leaves falling, cool mornings, and pumpkin spice lattes, but I’m just not there yet. I’m still mourning the loss of the hot sun and late summer nights. My kids however, have fully embraced everything pumpkin. Our local market already has pumpkins for sale and Charley got so excited and begged to take one home. We named it George, and then she helped me cut it up and scoop out the ‘guts’. After baking and pureeing the flesh, we made some of it into these delicious muffins and the rest went into Xavier’s morning oatmeal.

I find paleo baking to be pretty tricky. I usually prefer to use almond flour rather than coconut flour, but Charley’s preschool is completely nut free so I’m having to come up with some new recipes for her. Be aware that the texture of these muffins can not be compared to regular muffins made with wheat flour. Paleo baking is just different, and that’s okay.

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup shredded zucchini

1 overripe banana

5 eggs

6 tbsp melted grass fed butter (or coconut oil)

1/8-1/4 cup of raw, organic honey (or maple syrup)

1 tsp vanilla

1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup coconut flour

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

2) Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well. I used an electric mixer on low to really hide the zucchini and banana as much as possible for my kids but you could mix by hand with no problems.

3) Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well.

4) Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mix, stirring to combine as you go until well blended.

5) Spoon muffin batter into lined or greased muffin pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until done.

Charley really wanted to sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top of the muffins before baking so we did that this time (seen in photo). Not necessary of course, but there are much worse things she could be eating, and if those few chocolate chips get her to eat pumpkin, zucchini and banana, then I consider that a parenting win.

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Almond Zucchini Muffins

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We are loving zucchini season! We’ve been using it in everything we can. It doesn’t have a strong flavour so I’ve been able to hide it in some foods for my picky kids to eat. A friend turned me on to Danielle Walker’s Almond Flour Zucchini Bread recipe from Against All Grain and with just a couple of tweaks, Charley and I made it into our own muffins. I had made them to take camping with us the following day but the whole dozen were eaten before we left in the morning! 

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

2 tsp Epicure’s Fruit Crumble spice (cinnamon would work well here also, I just happened to be out of it)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp hazelnut butter (any nut butter will work)

3 tbsp raw honey

3 eggs, beaten

1 ripe banana

1 cup shredded zucchini

1/3 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2) Combine all your dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

3) Place the wet ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.

4) Add the zucchini and beat until combined.

5) Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, keeping the mixer going.

6) Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined.

7) Pour into lined muffin tins and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

8) Let cool before slicing in half and slathering with grass fed butter. Enjoy!

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A Healthy Vacation – Part 1 – Whistler

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Over the course of this summer, I’ve heard a lot of this:

“I’ll start eating healthy after my vacation is over.”

“It’s impossible to eat healthy on vacation.”

“It’s too hard to eat healthy while camping.”

“Whole30 is impossible on vacation.”

Of course, I took this on as a challenge to prove that it IS all possible, and that it’s not that difficult or time consuming with a little guidance and prep work. We had two short trips almost back to back, giving me two opportunities to test out my ideas. (Read Part 2 – Camping to see how we stayed healthy on our road trip to Alberta).

First, we got to spend a weekend in Whistler with our good friend and her daughter. We stayed in a lodge with a full kitchen, making this the easier of the two challenges. Still, we only had 2 nights there, and I wanted to spend as little of that time in the kitchen as possible, so I prepped almost everything ahead of time.

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Here’s a complete list of what I packed:

Green beans

Kale/Swiss chard mix, washed and torn

Yellow carrots

1 large zucchini

4 avocados

1 bunch of bananas

Cherries

Apples

1 dozen eggs, half of those hardboiled

Chicken (2 large bone-in breasts and 2 large thighs)

Homemade sausage patties

Homemade meatballs

Partially cooked diced yams

Cooked beets

Cashews

Larabars

Date/Coconut balls

Black coffee

At first glance, all that cooked food may look like a lot of prep work, but it really wasn’t. I like to keep it simple and use shortcuts.

For the chicken, I threw it all in a crockpot the night before with about 1 tbsp of rosemary, 1 tbsp of basil, 1 sliced lemon, salt and pepper, and drizzled olive oil on it. I let it cook all night on low, then let it cool in the morning and packed it away in tupperware. This took about 5 minutes of hands on time.

For the beets, I also used the crockpot. I scrubbed them, threw them in the crockpot and covered them with an inch or two of water. I cooked them on high for 2 hours. Once they cooled, I slid off the peels and then packed them in tupperware. Maximum ten minutes of hands on time.

The meatballs and sausage patties were what took the most time, and so I doubled both recipes knowing that I could use the extra for camping the next week. For the meatballs I used the Greek version of Melissa Joulwan’s meatballs. I packed half of them in a tupperware and froze the other half in a ziploc freezer bag for camping. For the sausage patties, I used my absolute favourite homemade sausage recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo, found here. I did the same as I did with the meatballs, packing half in a tupperware container and freezing the rest in a ziploc freezer bag for camping the next week. This only took about 30 minutes of hands on time the night before our trip.

While the meatballs and sausage patties cooked in the oven, I peeled and chopped about 6 small yams. I fried them in coconut oil but left them slightly hard so that they wouldn’t get mushy over the next few days. This took about 15 minutes of hands on time, and about 15 mins of frying time. 

The morning of our trip, I threw it all in a cooler and unloaded it all in the fridge once we arrived. Over the weekend, we simply ate different combinations of all these foods. Bonus, we came home with a ton of leftovers that we ate at home over the next couple of days. All of this food was Whole30 approved, and because I’m not actually doing the Whole30 challenge this month, eating this way for our 3 main meals a day left room for treats like this that I found at the Whistler Farmer’s Market:

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Apple Bacon Pie. Seriously.

Spending the small amount of time to do this ended up saving us a ton of money (dining out in Whistler is expensive!), a lot of frustration and exhaustion trying to keep our two wiggly children quiet and entertained at restaurants, and left us with so much extra time to explore and have fun. 

Try it, I know you can do it!

(Side note: I was so happy to bump into Caveman Grocer at the Whistler Farmer’s Market. Check her out!)

Kayaking in Whistler

Kayaking in Whistler

Morning run around Lost Lake, Whistler

Morning run around Lost Lake, Whistler

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Paleo Chocolate Banana Muffins with Charley

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I’ve really never been a fan of Paleo baking. For the most part, I rarely find it to be on par with regular baking and I find it easier to just cut baked goods out altogether, or reserve them for special moments like birthdays or Christmas. 

However, baking is one of the sneaky ways that I can trick my kids into eating fruit. (Yes, the goal is to not have to sneak or trick them into it, but we’re not at that point yet). Charley gags on a bite of banana by itself but doesn’t notice if it’s pureed into muffins or pancakes, so we’ve been experimenting together. She waited all week for the bunch of bananas in our fruit bowl to turn brown so we could bake today. I think her favourite part was peeling them!

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I based the recipe off of the Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread recipe from The Paleo Kitchen cookbook by Juli Bauer and George Bryant (aka Paleomg and Civilized Caveman). All I did was make it more kid friendly and baked it into muffins instead of a loaf. Muffins are so much easier to take with us to the park or on a playdate. Enjoy!

Ingredients

12 cupcake liners

4 ripe bananas

4 large eggs

1/4 cup grass fed butter, melted

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup coconut flour 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/2 cup chocolate chips

pinch of salt

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2) Combine the bananas, eggs, butter and almond butter in a bowl and mix until well blended.

3) Add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and salt and mix until all the ingredients are well combined.

4) Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed. 

5) Pour into the muffin pan lined with cupcake liners.

6) Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a big chunk of grass fed butter!

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