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Banana Coconut Flour Muffins

banana muffin
What’s not to love about muffins? These ones are pretty-nearly foolproof, and I’m by no means an expert baker. So I make a batch of these nearly every week. They are  full of protein and fiber, and their only sugar comes from bananas and raisins. My kids eat them for breakfast and dessert, the adults have them as snacks, and I serve them when people come ’round for tea. I hope you like them.
Coconut Flour Banana Raisin Muffins (grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and no added sugar)



  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 4-6 large organic eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3  cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  •  a few dashes of ground cinnamon
  • a handful of raisins, optional

Make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using 2 standard muffin tins line 18 cups with paper cupcake liners. (I’m partial to cheetah print lately.)
  3. Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan on the stove, over low-med heat.
  4. Mash bananas and eggs using a hand mixer. Add vanilla, coconut oil and mix.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  6. Add raisins and mix in a with a spoon.
  7. Scoop batter into 18 muffin cups and cook 25 minutes or so, until toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow muffins to cool before removing from the pan.
  9. Refrigerate in an airtight container for about a week. Freeze in a ziplock bag for longer.

I do some variation on these frequently. Berries, nuts, chocolate chips are all really good in these instead of raisins.


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A Hot Pot of Miso Soup

My family is sick: the husband with a sore throat, the baby with the start of a sniffle, and the kid with a glorious case of Overdoing-Just-Need-to-Stay-Home. I feel like a jersey cow for an insatiable nursling and a nursemaid with hot tea and sympathy for everyone else.

I had expected a fun holiday weekend! There were barbecues to attend and beaches to sloth on. The kiddos’ need for comfort and my husband’s need for space begin to push my buttons and soon the inner martyr in me starts up inside my head: SHE never gets to rest when I’m sick. SHE never sleeps in. SHE never gets comfort when her throat hurts.

I take a deep breath and choose, today, to not complain at my annoying family. Tweet this

…this annoying family that I love with every part of my being but who know better than anyone exactly where I keep my goat. 1-Mississippi-2 Mississipi-3, and I remember the hot Cold Care tea my husband made me two nights ago when I was feeling run-down. 4-Mississippi-5-Mississippi-6 I remember the extra sleep I got while he took the baby for endless bounces around the living room and I rested with a lavender sachet on my eyes and a Yoga Nidra meditation coming in through my earphones.

7-Mississippi-8 Mississippi-9…

Tweet: It turns out my inner martyr is being a bit of a bitch.

I take a few more breaths and pad into the kitchen to make my peace offering. My inner martyr keeps quiet while we eat miso soup together. It’s salty and warm and it’s good for what ails us.

I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.

(I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.)


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Practically Paleo Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins

so civilizedRemember that gigantic zucchini I plucked from my garden the other day? I have to admit it gave me a bad hankering for zucchini bread, and with our current delicious Beauty Foodie contest going, I also have chocolate and nuts on the brain. So last weekend I experimented with creating a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free zucchini muffin that also had the yumminess of chocolate and nuts. Here’s what I came up with:


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Gluten-free Coconut Flour Pancakes to Rock Your Weekday Morning

PANCAKESYou’ve probably heard a lot in recent months about the benefits of going gluten-free. For people who struggle with even minor gluten intolerance, the benefits of a gluten-free diet can include weight loss, better digestion, clearer skin, sharper thinking, and better energy. But lots of people (especially those unfathomable individuals who don’t love leftovers as much as we do in my house) have a hard time figuring out what to do about breakfast when cereal and scones are off the menu. Here is one of my favorite, fast gluten-free breakfasts, the perfect antidote to your boring morning bagel. Continue reading