Today we are lucky to have a post contributed to Threaded Together by my friend Andrea. We were at brunch this morning at a friend’s house and Andrea brought these PHENOMENAL muffins. All the girls in attendance said they must have the recipe and I immediately thought I must have it to share with the masses! Andrea eats a Paleo diet (primarily meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, while cutting out processed foods, grains, etc) and these muffins are a prime example of how awesome HEALTHY EATING can be! Thanks Andrea!
You know the feeling, when you look at a picture that has been taken of yourself, and you think, “Oh gosh! I look terrible, please do not post that on Facebook!!” Well, that was pretty much the kick in the pants that drove me to do something about my weight (that and the 5 day cruise my husband bought me for my birthday). I started doing the whole Paleo thing back in June of 2012. I didn’t know anything really, other than a few friends had done it and liked it. I pretty much thought, “What is there to lose?” So I gave it a try with no training, or information for that matter. I read and researched as I went and found recipes online. It was a slow start, but once I figured it out and tested a few recipes, I was on my way! I told myself that if I was going to do this, I was in it 100%. My first month, I lost 15 pounds, I was hooked!! In a matter of 4 1/2 months, I had lost 50 pounds and I have never felt better!
Now, I definitely had my moments of “I’m starving!” and “why am I doing this again?” especially when I hit a plateau, but I would allow myself a cheat meal every so often, usually a cheeseburger or pizza (the 2 things I craved the most for some reason) and then I would get back on track. The weight continued to come off and what I also realized is how awesome I felt. I wasn’t eating all the processed foods. I was choosing quality products and my body was thanking me for it.
My new favorite things to eat right now are cauliflower fried rice, mini meatloaf muffins and chili! I make huge batches of them and it is so helpful with having a deployed husband, one child who is involved in many activities, another child who is always hanging on my leg AND moving houses. On-the-go and ready-made meals are a must in my house! I also swear by my Paleo Pumpkin Banana Muffins. I make a batch once a week and it satisfies my bread craving. I have passed this recipe out more times than I can count. I love them because they are moist and perfect for those crazy mornings when you need to inhale your breakfast in about 2 seconds.
I thought that I would only be living a Paleo lifestyle until I had reached my goal weight, but I am so happy with how easy it is and how great I feel, that I don’t plan on ever stopping!
Paleo Pumpkin Banana Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 TBSP almond butter
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a lined muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool before removing (they will fall apart if too warm, I’m speaking from experience!!)
*for a sweeter version, add some dark chocolate chips to the mix and then top the muffins with coconut flakes before putting them into the oven
What is your go-to healthy snack or meal???