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Saturday, 31 December 2011


Sorry for the delay....
Meant to post this YESTERDAY for Foodie Friday, but time ran away from me!

Here is the recipe for the pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
*Nearly Paleo, shockingly healthy (*don't tell the kids!)
Recipe makes 16-20 muffins, depending on how full you make them.

  • 2 cups Pureed Pumpkin (*I used canned, organic - but can use fresh - make it SMOOTH)
  • 2 1/2 cup Ezekiel Flour
  • 2 cups Succanat
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 gingerale
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (*I used organic chips from whole foods)
  • 1 egg (*If you're vegan, can leave this out, but adds a nice weight to the muffins)

  • 2 12-spot Muffin Tins
  • 1 Medium mixing bowl
  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • 20 unbleached liners

  • Preheat oven to 350deg
  • In Medium mixing bowl combine Pumpkin, coconut oil, gingerale, vanilla extract
  • In Large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg & cinnamon
  • Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients in portions
  • Add Succanat & whisk together
  • Add egg and combine thoroughly
  • Mix in chocolate chips
  • Allow to sit for 30mins
  • Pour batter into Muffin tins - 1/2 to 2/3 full (*these babies RISE!)
  • Bake at 350 for 24-30mins 
*Keep an eye on them, they're ready when a toothpick / skewer can be removed cleanly!

Some Alternatives
To replace the chocolate chips >
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Chopped Nuts

To replace the flour >
  • Can use coconut flour (for Paleo) 1:1
  • Can use Designer/Natural Whey (for added protein) - a little off 1:1 (*I usually keep 1/2cup real flour)

Let Me Know what y'all think!!

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

Hey all.

Just want to send a THANKS for being involved in making my life a blessing this year!
I have been so fortunate, even with some changes & up/downs - Thankfully, I have grown enough to see the benefit of even the back steps, in order to see the larger picture & plan the next stage in growth.

Hope you will all stay with me, some big changes coming!!

Have a great night, be safe, stay blessed & jump into next year with renewed faith, and energy!!

Love, Mia