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Yay!!! Happy Friday!! So happy the weekend is hours away! Ok, you guys…I have big news… ..
I have found an incredible muffin recipe that will blow your socks off. They’re guilt free, delicious, Paleo, refined sugar free, and gluten free. I know, you’re already impressed. I was on the hunt to find a recipe that was as satisfying as the brownie recipe I discovered a few months ago, but this time I was looking for a recipe that didn’t contain chocolate.
Do yourself a favor and check out the chocolate brownie recipe I made and shared HERE (Ok, seriously, It’s worth it to stop reading this post and go read that one real quick then come back. Those are the best healthy brownies I’ve ever had in my life)!!
If you left and came back…are you drooling now and getting out your healthy ingredients to make those brownies!? I totally support that because they are amazingly delicious. I’m planning on making a batch this weekend and they’re to-die-for. Ok, so anyway, those are so fab but I wanted to find a non chocolate version of something just as satisfying. Enter this sweet potato Paleo muffin recipe! This is the recipe straight from the website, and this is the Pinterest post where I found it if you want to pin it! I did the Paleo version but used coconut flour instead of almond flour and added cinnamon and vanilla to the paleo version.
Tips and Tricks
You have to bake the potatoes prior to combining ingredients, so if that sounds horrible or too difficult to you, then this recipe is probably not for you. For us, Austin and I make dinner at home a lot, so throwing a few sweet potatoes in the oven while we cook is really not a big deal. I like to bake the potatoes the night before for this recipe because then mixing the ingredients and baking them the next day takes no time at all. Another thing to note, make sure you peel the potatoes when they’re still a little warm so they peel easier. Or, you can cut the potatoes with a knife long ways down the middle, and scoop out the pulp of the potato the next morning. I would also suggest baking them on foil in your oven for an easy clean up.
This recipe is so good because the muffins are only sweetened with maple syrup and the only flour is coconut flour. They also have cashew butter, so they’re creamy, rich but not too sweet, substantial, but not dense. I mean…they’re pretty much amazing. I buy cashew butter at Trader Joe’s which is where I tend to buy all my nut butters, so look for it there if you want to make this recipe! I’m sure they carry fancy nut butter at Whole Foods or any other health foods store, but Trader Joe’s most likely has it for less.
So if you’re looking for a muffin with a more cake like consistency, just follow the Paleo recipe. If you want a more brownie like consistency, double the amount of sweet potato and cook for 5 min longer. I recommend the fudgier version with extra sweet potato. To me, it makes them more of a treat than the cake like consistency. Both have a great flavor, but I like the texture of the version with double potato! The recipe also says you can make a frosting, but I treated these as a morning healthy muffin, not as a cake with frosting. Although, they would be absolutely delicious that way too. Or in a big pan as a cake with frosting. yum!
There’s something about new workout gear that is such a great motivator. I’ve never really experienced this before this year. I swear I’ve had the same workout clothes (and by that I mean great black Zella leggings (they last forever!) and kind of boring t-shirts I’ve had for way to long) for a while! Although they get the job done, there’s something about having a new workout wardrobe that is really inspiring.
For christmas from my parents I asked for primarily workout clothes. I really just wanted a refresh and was excited to see what they had picked out. So many cute things! Then of course, I was on the hunt for more and more. I just couldn’t help myself! I’ve also been working out 6 days a week and really ENJOYING it, so having more than 2 outfits to rotate through really helps.
I bought these high waisted green leggings on a whim and love them. They were totally an impulse buy that I never second guessed. They’re so comfortable and I love that they are high waisted. There’s something about feeling a little more confident when you’re basically wearing Spanx to work out. lol
Here are some other workout items I’m loving!!
Bacon Wrapped Dates…
I used this recipe. For those of you who are skeptical, seriously just give these a try. They are the PERFECT appetizer to bring to any party, or to have at home for dinner if you are doing a casual appetizer dinner (like Austin and I did last week!).
Austin and I have made these bacon wrapped dates 3 times in the last 3 weeks and can’t get enough. I love that they are Paleo, Whole30, and are so super satisfying. This recipe from Pinterest was awesome, but we did a few things differently you should know about!
- Austin and I used Nitrate Free, Sugar free, gluten free (etc) hickory smoked bacon. Using good quality bacon makes a big difference because the quality of meat is so good.
- We added jalepeno to 1/2 of them every time. This gives your guests a choice if they want a little heat or not. To add the jalepeno, pit the pepper and then slice it in thin slices (I’d say about 6 spears per pepper). When you wrap the date in the bacon, throw the small pepper spear in and wrap it up together.
A few other tips/tricks…
Definitely line your cookie sheets with foil, get pitted dates, and if you have the time, flip the dates 1/2 way through. Also, everyone’s ovens are different, but we liked them better when they were done a little bit more, and the bacon was a little crispier than what the recipe called for. ALSO- nuking the bacon for 1 minute before wrapping them was so genius, do not skip this step!
Ooey Gooey Paleo Brownies
Ok, so these brownies were a huge hit! They are free of refined sugar, dairy free, gluten free, Paleo, and are incredibly satisfying. I used this recipe
Here are my tips/tricks…
Absolutely leave them in the oven longer than 10 minutes. I would say at least 20. I took them out after 10 because they looked done on top, but after I let them cool for a little bit in the glass pan then tried to transfer them to a wire rack and they started falling through!! I quickly got them back in the pan and put them back in the oven for probably 15 min.
I have to say, eating a brownie that is refined sugar free and super satisfying feels so so good.