You know what’s harder than writing your first blog post? The second blog post! I am not exactly sure where the time went but I blame the holidays and the flu (and perhaps the multiple viewings of Elf – best holiday movie ever!).
So here we are, 2015! New Year, New You (How many times have you heard that?)! Well, I’ve decided to practice “New Year, Better Me!” Why do I have to be new? The 2014 me wasn’t so bad – perhaps some room for improvement and some changes, but I am not going to be new – I am going to be better!
And with being better, comes eating better and it doesn’t get much better than this – We still need treats when eating clean, right?
Let me introduce you to Health-Bent’s “Chunky Monkey Muffins” from their cookbook “Primal Cravings”.
This recipe can also be found on the Health-Bent blog here!
These Chunky Monkey muffins are gluten free, lower on the glycemic index (uses coconut sugar instead of regular refined sugar) and paleo (depending on your definition of paleo). Here’s the thing, if a cookbook or a blog calls something paleo then I will be calling it paleo – kapish? These are a really nice “semi” guilt free treat that taste delicious. They come out very moist and two of my taste testers (my cousin and my friend but I swear they are not biased) said they are great for breakfast with a nice cup of coffee! These muffins don’t have a strange aftertaste that some gluten free baked items can have and keep nicely up to a week refrigerated.
The recipe is simple and easy to follow. The ingredients are not overly obscure and you won’t have to shop at a specialty grocery store to get them. The link to the recipe is posted above but here is the ingredient list for your viewing pleasure:
This recipe is also a “no mess – no fuss” kinda deal that doesn’t require a lot of supplies. All you need is your ingredients, 2 bowls, a whisk, a spatula, measuring cups, measuring spoons and a muffin tin (and an oven of course). The recipe makes 12 standard sized muffins but I used a mini muffin pan which resulted in 24 bites of goodness. Baking time is only 20 minutes but every oven is different so you may have to give or take a few minutes – I suggest checking in at the 15min mark.
So you might have caught earlier that I referred to these muffins as a “treat” and that they were “semi” guilt free. Although these are “better for you muffins”, they are a treat and shouldn’t be a daily staple in a clean eating lifestyle. These would be great for your gluten free friends, or part of a “healthier” weekend brunch or just when you are craving a little somethin’ somethin’ but don’t wanna grab that Kit Kat bar! I just wanted to start the New Year with a fun recipe and not a salad – there’s plenty time for that later.
Here is the nutrition break down based on a regular size muffin:
Just for comparison sake, a Tim Horton’s Whole Grain Pecan Banana Muffin has:
(Nutritional info from Tim Horton website)
Salads will come and go, but muffins are forever.
I hope that you will give this recipe a try and if you do please let me know what your experience was like – hopefully just as tasty as mine. The Primal Craving cookbook has lots of other healthy delicious recipes ranging from snacks, sides, and mains to desserts and other treats. I’ve made the “Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies” that are also definitely worth a try and I am dying to make the Thai Chili Chicken Meatballs. Each recipe is no more than a page long and the pictures are great! I received my copy of the cookbook as a gift because my friend knew I was a big fan of Health-Bent’s blog but this is one book I would have bought myself.
So until next time my friends – eat well and be better.