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Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

27 Jun

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I have a sweet friend who comes over somewhat regularly. We offer her food every time she is here. It has nothing to do with the fact that she is thin and lovely. For reals. Nothing.

Anyway, she always asks if it is healthy, or organic. Not because she wants only healthy and organic food, of course. She is just testing me. Waiting, I think, for me to offer her something that is full of high fructose corn syrup. (I think it is because the gummy bears I gave her while we painted my bedroom were made with non-GMO cane sugar. Seriously.)

It won’t happen, I tell her. But still she asks. She must know it secretly gives me pleasure to tell her what is in something I made. She must be an enabler. Oh dear.

Well she was here this morning, but not for these muffins. I’ll have to make them for her now, since I put her in the same blog post.

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“Mmmmmmmmm.” At least, that is what my 8 year old calls these muffins.

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(I had to melt the honey cuz it was all crystallized.)

“These muffins are delicious! You can taste the peanut butter and the chocolate chips add a nice chocolatey flavor. Yumyumyumyumyumyumyummy! ” My 12 year old typed that herself!

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(This is how it starts.  Keep mixing!)

My son rolled his eyes and gave a half-hearted thumbs up. But that could be because I asked him what he thought about the muffins while his face was stuffed with pizza.

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(Til it looks like this!)

These are a super simple recipe that can be done by hand, in a mixer, or in a food processor. They can also be made with ANY nut butter. I love versatility!IMG_2099

Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

6 eggs (pastured)
½ cup nut butter (I used peanut)

½ cup coconut milk

1 ½ Tbsp vanilla extract

½ cup honey (or other natural sweetener)*

½ cup coconut flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder (aluminum free)

½ tsp salt

½ -1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life is a good brand)

 

*If you use another dry sweetener, like coconut sugar, add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil to maintain the moisture of the muffins.

Directions:

  1. In the food processor, mixer or by hand with a whisk, mix all ingredients, except the chocolate chips, until it is smooth.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and stir in.
  3. Use an ice cream scooper to fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Cool on a wire rack (or not).

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Apple Chicken Salad (Paleo)

10 Sep

Not too long ago, I posted a super quick mayo recipe.  This recipe changed my life!  It has made so many other recipes simple and easy to make with real ingredients.

For example, this chicken salad recipe I am about to share.  The mayo takes about 3 minutes, and once the chicken is cooked, the rest of this thing just takes about 10 minutes total.  Such an easy protein to have in the fridge for snacks or for a quick meal.

Now, I always buy pasture raised chicken, since I can’t bring myself to eat any of the girls we have in the backyard.  Here are some good reasons to consider that for yourself as well.  And here.  Oh, and a little about eggs here.

ANYway, enough preaching, (Can I get an AMEN?!).  Time for sharing.

Apple Chicken Salad

1 whole chicken

1 apple, any crisp variety

1 red onion

3 or 4 stalks of celery

1 mayo recipe

sea salt and pepper to taste

1.  Start off with a fairly bland cooked chicken.  You can roast or fry or whatever.  I usually boil a whole chicken til it starts to fall apart, take it out of the water, strip it of all the meat and throw the bones and skin back in the water to make broth.  This gives you a perfectly shredded chicken and gives you lots of yummy flavor for the bone broth.  Chop it up and throw it into a big bowl.

I always start with a bowl that is too small and end up having to clean two.  Sigh.

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2.  Next, make your mayo.  (Click here for the recipe.)

3.  Cut up the apple, onion and celery into a dice.

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Throw those into the bowl too.

4.  Add the entire mayo recipe, some sea salt and pepper, then mix it all up.  It should be fairly moist.  Taste.  Does it need more salt?  Probably.  Add some more.  Taste again.  Should be perfect by now!

 

Did I mention that this is great to have in the fridge for a hurried snack or lunches for the kids?  Yeah, cuz it is.

This week, we had it wrapped in lettuce cups.  Mmmm, my favorite!

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