Lots of yummy smells in the kitchen today!

Morning Glory Muffins are one of my most FAVORITE paleo things on the planet! 

The recipe comes from my favorite PALEO cookbook, Paleo Comfort Foods.paleo comfort foods copy

The writer of the book also has a blog (click here) where she has the recipe for these delicious little treats. I also copied/pasted it below.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1/2 cup coconut or olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a standard-sized muffin pan.
2. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Add carrot, apple, coconut and raisins and combine well.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil and vanilla extract together.
4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix very well. The batter will be very thick.
5. Spoon the batter out into muffin pan and place on upper or middle rack of your oven for 40-50 minutes.
6. When a toothpick inserted into the top of a muffin comes out clean, the muffins are done.
7. Cool muffins in the pan for 8-10 minutes and then remove to a rack to finish cooling.

**If you are looking for variety, sub out currants or chopped dates for the raisins.  You can also add a little orange zest to give them a bit more citrus flavor.

Check out my pics below to see how they turned out….soooo good!

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Another treat I made (with the help of my husband), spiced nuts to snack on during the week.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • chipotle chili powder (to taste)
  • cumin powder (to taste)

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Put parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • Mix and spread nuts evenly over parchment paper
  • Add olive oil and about 1 Tbls of each spice
  • Mix with hands until all nuts are evenly coated
  • Put in oven for 10 minutes
  • After ten minutes stir nuts and let cook 3-4 minutes more
  • Take out, try a nut- if need more spice add more
  • Let cool at least 10 min on baking sheet
  • Put in little baggies to take to work (I like the snack size baggies, then I won’t eat too many!)

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Healthy Snacking- Paleo Fast Food

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Today I made a delicious salad for family dinner at my moms house. I like to make extra to eat throughout the week so I made two! To save time I cut up the veggies for my snacks for the week at the same time.

One of the things that has helped keep me on the Paleo track is having healthy snacks prepared and ready to go. If I have them it’s much easier to not grab something unhealthy.

Each week I make what we call “veggie packs.” I combine whatever veggies come in the bountiful basket or that look good in the store and put them in baggies or containers. That way I can just grab a bag on the way out to work.

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My hubby and I also LOVE almond butter! At Costco they sell the big one for about 7$. Not too bad. Sometimes I will make it myself in the food processor but this isn’t a bad price so we bought it instead this time. I like to dip my veggies in the almond butter, YUM!

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The more prepped you are for the week the easier it is to stay on track and eat healthy!

For a little more protein I will hard-boil some eggs, bring some beef jerky or slicked turkey (usually boars-head) to work with me.

I also love to have “nut packs,” hehe that sounds funny! I will just put some raw nuts together in ziplock bags and eat those when I get a craving for some chips or something crunchy! Costco has giant bags of raw nuts- lots of different kinds, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, etc

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