Blueberry Muffins

Muffins are such an easy and delicious item to meal prep for your week! Breakfast is always a rush in our home as my husband and I are getting ready to head to work and take Emma to day care. These muffins have been our saving grace this week so I thought I’d share the recipe! 



Blueberry muffins (makes 10-12) 

1 cup oat flour

1 cup almond flour

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 eggs

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup washed blueberries (fresh, not frozen) 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners (I have been using parchment paper liners and love them!) 

Mix all the ingredients except for the blueberries in a stand mixer or by hand. Then fold in the blueberries.


Pour about 1/4 cup of the mixture into each muffin liner. Then bake for 20-25 mins until a toothpick comes out clean! 

Emma and I enjoyed these fresh out of the oven. Every time I gave her a piece, she’d give me the sweetest smile! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! 


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins (grain-free)

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share this recipe with you all. I baked these muffins Monday and they turned out so delicious, Emma and I have been snacking on them all week! Here’s the recipe! 


Makes 12 muffins 

2.5 cups blanched almond flour 

2 T coconut flour  

1 tsp baking soda  

1 tsp baking powder  

3 eggs  

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup almond milk  

1/2 cup water  

1 tsp vanilla extract

8-12 stevia packets (or 1/2 cup sugar of choice)  

1 cup sliced strawberries  

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips  



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line or grease a cupcake tin so muffins don’t stick!

Mix all the ingredients together except for the berries and chocolate chips. Then fold in the berries and chocolate.

Pour the batter evenly into each muffin tin, then bake for about 20 mins until a toothpick comes out clean! 

Then enjoy! We sure have been :) happy baking!  


Slow-Cooker Steak Taco Soup


It’s finally getting a bit cooler in Southern California, which means it is soup season!! I personally love chili but Vasken is not a big fan, so I decided to try a variation with steak meat instead of ground beef and no beans, and it was a hit! Plus, it took 10 mins to throw into the crock pot and dinner was ready 6 hours later...perfect! Here’s the recipe! 


Makes 6 servings  

2 lbs of tenderloin steak, cut into cubes

4 cup beef or vegetable broth

1/2 onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, cubed

1 yellow bell pepper, cubed

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

2 T taco seasoning

Salt to taste



Preheat a skillet over medium heat and add your steak. Brown the meat for 5-7 minutes, drain half of the grease, then pour into crock pot.


Add beef broth diced onions, chopped bell peppers, fire roasted diced tomatoes, and seasonings.


Cook on low for 6-7 hours.


I served with a salad and some grain free cornbread (recipe from Danielle Walker’s cookbook “Celebrations.”


We loved this soup and I am sure it is going to be a winter time staple!

Banana Coconut Loaf (gluten free)

It's FRIDAY!!! Man oh man, am I happy this week has come to an end! It's been long, and HOT, and stressful at work, so all in all I'd say I am ready for the weekend!

This week was my first week of skipping morning workouts (minus Monday) and only working out once since then (yesterday). I have to admit, it feels great to sleep in an extra 1-1.5 hours in the morning, especially since I work at a dialysis center and have to be at work by 7am most mornings. Waking up at 4 or 4:30am for my workouts was exhausting me, even though I miss my morning routine like crazy! I love the quiet of the morning, working out, and starting my day off with some activity. But, I feel chronically sleep deprived, and sleep is so important for our well being!

This week felt like a recharge, since I got about 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and am feeling much more rested. Moving forward though, I am contemplating doing some morning workouts on days that I don't have to get into work too early, but mostly doing afternoon workouts. Almost like proving to myself that I CAN workout in the PM, since I've always functioned better in the AM. It's a trial and error type thing for me. Being active is a really important part of my life, so I want to make sure I schedule it in and prioritize this time. My motivations to workout have changed. have changed. I do it now for the release of anxiety and the overflow of endorphins that it gives me. Plus I am so grateful to God for a body that can move, so why not move it, ya know?

But enough about that, and onto zee food! Last night, I felt like baking (even though it's been over 100 degrees here in so-cal!) I spotted 2 almost black bananas on our counter, and found some shredded coconut that I hadn't used in forever, and got to work. I made a banana bread loaf with some shredded coconut mixed into the batter, and it turned out better than I thought! And the best part, it is gluten free, contains healthy amounts of coconut (so good for us), and tasted awesome with a smear of PB on top this morning! Here is the recipe!

Banana Coconut Loaf (makes 1 loaf pan, about 8 slices)

1.5 cups gluten free pancake mix (I love Pamela's brand!)

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup stevia (baking blend, cup for cup measurements)

2 eggs

2 bananas, mashed

1/2 cup applesauce

2-3 T shredded coconut, unsweetened

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. First, mash the bananas with the applesauce, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Grease your loaf pan (I used coconut oil), and bake the bread for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I let it cool off for about 20 minutes before digging in...SO delicious!


My husband came home and had a late-night slice, and immediately wanted another. I can tell this bread is going to go fast! This recipe is such a feel-good treat that won't weigh you down while also hitting the spot! I hope you get to try it soon, or at least when the weather cools down. But for now, I'll still be baking! :)