Simple Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins

 

Let me tell you, these muffins did not last long in my house.

Just yesterday I went blueberry picking with my mom and best friend, and when I came home I couldn’t resist not making something with the berries . So that is what I did with my Friday afternoon. I made these very simple, healthy and yummy blueberry muffins. They are such a great snack.

I am starting to incorporate more eggs back into my diet, and I feel like this is a great way to make the slow transition. These muffins are full of protein, good fats and fiber. I love to stick them into my toaster oven to get nice and warmed throughout and then put some butter on them. So good.

4 eggs

½ cup full fat coconut milk

6 tbsp raw honey

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Zest of 1 small/med lemon

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

⅔ cup coconut flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

1 tsp baking soda

⅛ tsp salt

¾ cup fresh blueberries

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line  muffin tins with cupcake liners and then spray non-stick oil into liners (I failed to do this and mine stuck pretty bad to the liners).

In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer.

In a medium sized bowl combine all dry ingredients. Then slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients just until incorporated (don’t over mix).

Finally, hand mix in the blueberries until thoroughly dispersed. Scoop batter into muffin tins and fill about 3/4 of the way, leaving room for them to rise. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely to store, or enjoy warm with butter. Yum.

Thank you for reading, if you try these out I’d love to hear how you liked them. xoxo

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Recipe// Mid-Sunday Treat

 Happy Sunday!

Today has been a great day, I was able to finish my chores around the house, get in an exercise and make this flippin’ delicious post-workout treat! 

Want to know how to make this customizable “acai bowl”? 

Here’s how…

What you’ll need:

  • A handful of spinach or kale
  • 1 cup of frozen berries (I chose a cherry mixture)
  • Half of a frozen banana 
  • A few splashes of almond milk (enough to make it blendable, but we still want it to be thick)

Simply put all of those ingredients into your blender, and blend until creamy and thick, almost like soft serve. 

Next, put the smoothie mixture into a bowl and top with your favorite things! I used strawberries, hazelnuts, pecans, gluten free granola, chia seeds and a couple spoonfuls of almond butter. 

Finally, arrange it to be Instagram-worthy, snap a few pics, and enjoy! Let me tell you, this was delicious and full of antioxidants, fiber and nutrients that are perfect fuel for the body, especially after a strenuous workout.   
 
I hope you enjoyed this quick, easy and healthy recipe! If you try it out please send me a picture on my Twitter @mangopapaya27 or my Instagram @moody.madeline❤️ 

Love all. Love Madeline. Xoxo. 

Sprinkles upon sprinkles.

Yesterday I baked a birthday cake for my sister’s big 18.

I made a 4 layer vanilla velvet cake with CONFETTI. Yes, I created my very own confetti cake without a box mix. And holy cow, it is so simple, just add lots of sprinkles. I iced the cake with an amazingly smooth almond buttercream and decorated it with a star tip and more sprinkles.

I was able to bake this whole beautiful thing without my sister knowing and surprise her at her work with her co-workers. It was a success!

It’s my masterpiece, plus it made people smile. Hope you all enjoy.

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Something Snacks February Box Review.

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I just about screamed with happiness when I opened the February Something Snacks monthly subscription box. The variety was spectacular and this month’s was adorably suited for Valentine’s Day.

If you have never heard of a monthly subscription box, this is basically how it works. You can sign up for 1 month ($10), 6 months ($9) or 1 year ($9) with one flat payment. Something Snacks offers a wide selection of “familiar snacks with a hint of adventure”. I love the idea behind enjoying well-known foods, but also getting to try something new in each box. You can even signup to have box(es) shipped as a gift to a friend; great for a birthday or simple surprise.

The only slight downside I noticed was the size of each individualy packaged snack. Most were relatively small samples, but still work to get a feel for the flavor.

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Since there were 6 different items, I will only be reviewing several stand out products.

Let’s begin….

What’s inside:

Emily’s dark chocolate covered strawberries, Mscotti cranberry white chocolate biscotti, Dolcetto petites chocolate wafer bits, Off the farm strawberry coconut premium food bar, Laiki red rice crackers, Chocolat classique truffles, AmsterDam! good cookies stroopwafels

Featured Snack: AmersterDam! Good Cookies Stroopwafels

Perhaps it’s because it was the featured snack, perhaps not, but this item was my favorite out of the entire box. I’m always on the look-out for the perfect cookie, and I’d have to say this waffle cone one had made it quite far up there. It has a slight bite to it, the inside syrup is smooth and the taste is almost like caramel. A+

Dolcetto Petites Chocolate Wafer Bites

Unfortunately, I was a bit let down when I tried these delicious-looking filled wafers. The taste was amazing, but the was no crunch, the outside wafer was almost soggy and lifeless. I hoped for more, but maybe I just got a dud sample.

Off the Farm Strawberry Coconut Premium Food Bar

I thoroughly enjoyed this healthy snack bar. I’d have to say you can definitely taste the nutrition and it’s obvious that there are no bad ingredients hiding in it, but I like a good healthy taste to cleanse my palette and keep my tummy happy. It had a bit of a crunch and a bog flavor from both the coconut and strawberry, mmm tropical.

Chocolat Classique Truffles

Who doesn’t love a perfect, melt-in-your-mouth, decadent truffle? I sure do, and these ones definitely delivered. They were amazingly creamy and rich with chocolate; to die for. A+

Thank you for reading my review, I hope you take the time to check Something Snacks out if you’re interested in their company. They have amazing products, customer service, delivery and prices! Doesn’t get much better than that.

If you want to order from Something Snacks: http://www.somethingsnacks.com/get-started.html

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day, Love all. Love Madeline.

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I was sponsored to make this post, but all opinions are my own like always.

Holiday Treats Made With Kiss me Organics Matcha


I was recently introduced to a new brand of green tea called Organic Matcha. don’t be fooled, this creation is not any normal tea. instead of only the concentrated remnants of the green plant, used by most companies, Kiss Me Organics brand uses even the leaves themselves, finely ground and ready to dissolve into nearly anything. therefore, the powdery substance has more beneficial affects on ones life, body and mind than regular green tea bags. the formula provides you with skin improvement, extra energy, anti-aging, a boost in metabolism, help with focusing and it is a fast calorie burner. i don’t know about you, but those perks sound unmistakably good to me for my health. not to mention the matcha tastes amazing and can be incorporated into essentially anything you want to bake, cook or liquify. kiss me organics green tea is certified as an organic product by the USDA, it is vegan, and non GMO as well.photo 2

what i recommend is to put about 1/2-1 teaspoon matcha into a cup of hot water and drink it like you would regular tea. by doing this you can taste the raw flavor and get a feel for how you like it and what you would like to use it in.

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the first recipe i made using green match powder was a healthy breakfast smoothie. i prefer to drink blended beverages in the morning instead of actual solid foods because i’m usually not overly hungry and i enjoy starting my day off with fresh and antioxidant-filled fruits and vegetables. i came up with this recipe and really liked how it turned out. photo 1

1 cup frozen tropical fruit blend

1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or any of your choice)

1/4 cup spinach

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha

1 1/4 cup chilled almond milk

honey to taste (optional)

simply put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and combined.

the second creation i made was my favorite and i would easily make it again, green tea waffles with whip cream. surprisingly, i liked them better than many normal waffle recipes i’ve tried before, they turned out moist, fluffy, flavorful and somewhat crispy. also, since they are vibrantly green they would suit a special occasion perfectly such as halloween or St. Patrick’s day.

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1 cup whole wheat flour

1 egg, beaten

1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. matcha

1/8 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

3⁄4 cup milk

2 tbsp. lemon zest

1⁄2 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat waffle iron an spray with cooking spray.

2. Add beaten egg to large mixing bowl and add in milk, 1 tbsp. matcha, flour, 1 tbsp. lemon zest, oil, brown sugar and salt until combined.

3. Ladle into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

4. Combine confectioner’s sugar and remaining matcha and lemon zest with heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form.

5. Serve a dollop of matcha cream over waffles.

makes three waffles.

and the final item i made was a healthier green tea latte. it only took me about three minutes and it tasted like something you would buy at a coffee shop for $4.50. since i own an espresso machine, i decided to steam my milk in order to warm it up, but microwaving works perfectly fine.

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1 1/2 cups almond milk

1 teaspoon matcha

1 teaspoon honey

heat almond milk, and stir in matcha and honey.

overall, i really enjoy using this new product and i could see myself repurchasing it in the future. it makes me feel energized and healthy, and the biggest plus is that it tastes amazing also. there are many other recipe options that it could be used in, for example, brownies, cupcakes, cocktails or ice cream. i’m excited to experience the long-term effects it has on the body, mind and health during the coming months.

if you are interested in purchasing the Kiss Me Organics green tea matcha:

the website: http://www.kissmeorganics.com
for US buyers: http://www.amazon.com/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M
for UK buyers: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M
for Canadian buyers: http://www.amazon.ca/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M

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delectable caramel corn.

as I was sweeping the internet I wondered upon a deliciously wonderful recipe of buttery popped corn. let me tell you, it is the best caramel goodness you will ever eat.

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… and if you think the treat will last more than one night, you’re wrong. my family and I devoured it in mere hours. and we all concluded that it’s the best caramel corn we’ve ever eaten.

the hardest part of the process was popping the popcorn because I was using a 25 year-old electric air popper… but luckily the kernels still turned out good.

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after the popcorn is spread onto the baking sheets, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients together except the baking soda which is incorporated after…

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once it comes to a boil, keep it there for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat

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after a few more steps… what do ya know, you have golden caramel corn!
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I hope you enjoyed my first food post and try it out yourself. you won’t be disappointed! love all. love Madeline.
here’s the recipe…

Ingredients:

10 cups (100g) air-popped popcorn*
1 cup (200g) light brown sugar
1/4 cup (80g) light corn syrup
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 200F degrees. Spread the popcorn out onto 2 large baking sheets. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir gently until all the kernels are coated.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan and break apart large clusters if desired. Cover the popcorn tightly once cooled; it will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

i found it on Sally’s Baking Addiction where she has many other great recipes also! if you want to read her blog post on the caramel corn here it is… http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/03/16/grandmas-caramel-corn/