Blueberry Almond Protein Muffins

So the other week I was messing around in my kitchen and was in the mood to bake…muffins in particular, with the hopes of having leftovers in our freezer for tasty snacks throughout the week (which would probably be devoured by Michael in a day…but heck, I had good intentions). So muffin baking I began… and after three attempts, my Blueberry Almond Protein Muffins were born.

They’re a blend of Almond, Sorghum, and Coconut Flour which are all tremendously high in protein and fibre, meaning that they’ll keep you feeling fuller longer. These muffins are a great morning or afternoon snack or any great addition to your lunch or breakfast routine! And…the best part about them is that they’re 100% Gluten Free and Vegan (of course, would you expect anything less?)

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Enough chatting…Introducing….My Blueberry Almond Protein Muffins! .

Here’s what you’ll need!

1 C Almond Flour

½ C Sorghum Flour

½ C tapioca Starch/Arrowroot Starch (either one will work)

¼ C Coconut flour

1 C Sucanat

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp xanthan gum

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

½ C Coconut Oil, Melted

3 Tbsp Flax Meal, with 9 Tbsp of Water (mix in a small bowl and set aside)

½ C Almond Milk (Unsweetened Original)

2 tsp Pure Vanilla

2 C Frozen Organic Wild Blueberries

 

Directions…

Preheat the Oven to 350F

Line a muffin tin with liners.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

Add the coconut oil, flax and water, almond milk, vanilla, and beat to combine. Continue beating for 2 minutes until the batter is smooth. It should not be overly wet or too dry, and almost looks like a stiffer cake batter or cookie dough like consistency. If the coconut flour is drying out the batter, add another 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk.

Stir in the blueberries by hand with a rubber spatula.

Using a medium size ice cream scoop, dollop the batter into the muffin liners so they’re just past the top of the liner.

Bake for 22-25 minutes in the centre of the oven, until golden brown. Use a sharp knife to test their ‘doneness’. If the knife comes out clean, they’re done!

Makes 12 Muffins

 

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Happy Baking!

Lots of Love,

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Can Valentine’s Day be Everyday?

Valentine’s Day can be such a wonderful holiday, full of love, romance, red roses, passion and gratitude for your significant other. However, the other 364 days of the year our focus tends to shift. You pay more attention to what you don’t value about your partner—annoying habits, different ways of doing things—than what you actually value, why you actually fell in love with them in the first place. The day after Valentine’s Day can be a rude awakening for how “romance-less” your daily life is– you wake up to your partner snoring, taking forever to get out of bed, and then forgetting to pick up groceries after work.  It’s easy to forget why you first fell in love with them. But does the day after Valentine’s Day have to be a lunch bag let down? Can you still have romance in your everyday life?  Of course you can!  

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Here’s a few great ideas for bringing Valentine’s Day in your everyday life:

Have a 20 minute daily catch up: Make 20 minutes a day to have a face to face conversation with your hunnie (with NO distractions, no children, no t.v, no phone, no computer).  I’ve found this to be very helpful to make sure we’re both on the same page, and working as a team on a daily basis.

Schedule Date Nights: Schedule time for you and your significant other. In our busy world, full of the never ending to-do lists, and day planners, make the time to go out for dinner, and/or have a glass of wine together and just catch up on life. With our busy schedules, Michael and I have started doing this more and more.

Plan to watch a funny movie…and LAUGH: curling up on the couch with a classic comedy is always a great option. Laughing out loud together keeps you seeing the fun side of one another that you fell in love with in the first place.

Plan a vacation: Having something to look forward to is always fun! It can be as simple as planning a weekend away together to a B&B, or as elaborate as a three week long vacation to Bora Bora. Vacations are great for making you unplug from reality, if you can manage to stay away from your distracting electronics…(I’ve struggled myself!) When I come back from a distraction-less vacation, I’m that much more rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

When I was doing some research about how to keep Valentine’s Day going throughout the year, I came across a great article by Noelle Nelson from Hitched Magazine. She suggests that you should make a list of all those things you value about your hunnie, both big and small. What a great idea! Whether it’s how he makes the coffee on Sunday mornings, or how much he worries about doing the right thing, or wants to cheer you up when you’re blue. Whatever it might be, write it down. Add to the list every day. Let your partner know, in words, how you value them: “I love how conscientious you are in making decisions, how you want to make sure you take everything into account.” This can be a great team-building exercise with your partner to show them how much you value them.

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I hope that this helps you bring Valentine’s Day, love and gratitude in your relationship everyday. Our world needs a little bit more love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Much Love,

Erinn xoxo

P.S Happy Valentine’s Day Michael, I love you so much sweetie! 2014’s going to be great for us! xo

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Happy 1st Birthday Kelly’s Bake Shoppe!

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Happy Birthday today to our bakery, Kelly’s Bake Shoppe!

Our bakery is ONE YEAR old today! It feels like just yesterday we were frantically getting everything ready, hiring our team, designing our chalkboard, hanging lights, and testing the ovens…

I’m so proud to be able to work here every single day. It’s a magical place to be. I mean, come on, how could you not like working with cupcakes every single day. It also doesn’t hurt that I get to work with my Mom (best friend Kelly Childs)…xoxo

Thank you so much for supporting us over the past year at Kelly’s. We couldn’t have done it without you. We love all of you! <3

As a token of our appreciation, come in to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe today for FREE Cupcakes and Cake Pops! We’ll have lots available, but I have sneaky feeling they’re going to go really fast!! Come in early 🙂

xoxo

Erinn.

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RAW Chocolate Pudding!

My RAW Chocolate Pudding!!

Well, yesterday I was seriously craving chocolate…so I decided to make my favourite RAW chocolate pudding! I think I may have a slight obsession with it. It’s so satisfying on so many different levels!! The best part is that it actually has amazing health benefits, tastes great, and it takes less than 5 minutes to make! Last night, Mike and I had it as our evening snack. It was so good, I thought I’d share the recipe with all of you!!!

You might be wondering how you make a raw vegan chocolate pudding. Well, the secret is….avocadoes!!! Yes Avocadoes!!!  Did you know…Avocadoes contain amazingly healthy fats, making them one of the best foods you can eat!?! Many people are scared of the “high fat content” of avocadoes… but the truth is, that the fat in avocadoes is plant based, and therefore your body uses it right away as energy, and doesn’t store it on your body like other saturated fats from animal based foods. They are also a great source of lutein,  an antioxidant which helps protect your eyes, and guard against cancer.  Avocadoes also help fuel you for the whole day, and can also help keep you regular (which is one of the millions of benefits of going vegan, and eating healthy!!). Half an avocado contains 4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Plus, soluble fibre slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, helping you feel fuller longer, and stabilizing your blood sugar levels. Avocadoes can also help lower your cholesterol. The last reason to love avocadoes is simple—avocadoes are a healthy way to boost the flavour and texture of your meals, and in this case make this pudding AMAZING!!!

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Another main component of this pudding is RAW chocolate. There’s none of that refined processed stuff in this pudding…. this is the real deal! It’s called Cacao. Cacao is RAW, meaning it hasn’t been heated and refined over 115F. With it being raw, all of the amazing health benefits are preserved!!! One of the main health benefits of cacao is its high concentration of antioxidants (400x the antioxidants of cocoa..crazy right??), which can help in the prevention of cancer and other diseases.  However, the processing (adding new ingredients and mixing them together) of raw cacao seed lowers that naturally high amount of antioxidants to become virtually non-existant. This processed version is what you normally see in grocery store shelves in the form of chocolate bars. If you want the best health benefits of chocolate and the high antioxidant power of cacao beans/powder, then you will want to get it in its natural raw state – nothing added, nothing taken away. Cacao is also loaded with fibre, protein, and tons of trace minerals! This allows your body to maintain a healthy weight, and in most cases, shed extra pounds!! You can purchase cacao at any local health food stores, and some grocery stores.

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Enough talking…HERE it is!!!

Erinn’s RAW Vegan Chocolate Pudding!!

1 Pitted Medjool Date

2 Tbsp sweetener of your choice, I used agave, but Maple syrup or coconut syrup will work just as well! (Wholesome Sweetener’s)

1 ½ Avocadoes, pitted, peeled.

2 1/2  Tbsp Cacao Powder

1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (Simply Organic)

2-3 Tbsp Non Dairy Milk, I used almond milk (Almond Breeze)

Put everything in your Vitamix blender, and start on low speed, and blend up to high, until everything is incorporated and mixed thoroughly. About 1 ½ minutes. You may need to use a spatula around the sides of the blender and swish everything around until it’s blended beautifully.

Sprinkle with cacao nibs…they add a delicious CRUNCH!!

Makes 2 generous servings

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There you have it! A satisfying treat that won’t increase your waistline!

Well, I hope you enjoy (and maybe become slightly addicted to) this delicious pudding as much as I do. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and also fares well in kids’ lunches!

Until next time….put your health first!!!

Erinn

xo

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