Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

So since I have been doing mainly savory dishes thus far, I decided to mix it up and provide a sweet breakfast muffin recipe that is really easy to make and are absolutely delicious! The recipe, Paleo Morning Glory Muffins, uses savory vegetables, such as sweet potato and carrot, and transforms them into sweet muffins that are a perfect way to kick off you day! I know, vegetables in a muffin sounds crazy, but if you have like my previous recipes, you will love this one too! These muffins don’t require any butter or oil, which keeps them healthy! It even uses almond flour, as opposed to the starchy white flour. I hope you all enjoy! Now let’s get cooking!


*Makes 6 muffins*

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mashed sweet potato
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/8 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

http://carrotsncake.com/2012/08/paleo-morning-glory-muffins.html

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend well.
  3. Coat muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or use paper liners to dazzle the cupcakes)
  4. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until muffins are cooked all the way through (You can check by sticking a toothpick in the muffin; if it comes out without any muffin batter, it is ready to go!
  5. Allow to cool before serving.

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Recipe adapted from: Carrots N Cake

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Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes


Hands down my all time, favorite vegetable is the sweet potato. They are delicious great alternatives to the very starchy, rather bland regular potato. Since it is fall, and I was feeling adventurous, I thought I would try a Mediterranean themed sweet potato dish. So I present you with, Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes.

Having them be baked rather than fried limits the amount of oil used, as well as the amount of fat consumed. This recipe is super easy and only takes 30 minutes to cook! This is a great vegetarian entrée to have for dinner this fall. So let’s get our aprons on and start cooking!


*Serves 4*

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each cumin, coriander, cinnamon, smoked (or regular) paprika
  • Optional: Pinch of sea salt or lemon juice

Garlic Herb Sauce:

  • ¼ cup hummus
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Water or unsweetened almond milk to thin
  • Optional: Sea salt to taste

Toppings (Optional but highly suggested):

  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chili garlic sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. Rinse potatoes and cut in half-length wise.
  3. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Toss in extra-virgin olive oil and spices and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Rub the sweet potatoes with a small amount of olive oil and place face down on the same baking sheet as chickpeas. Place this in the oven until sweet potatoes are fork tender and chickpeas are golden brown, roughly 25 minutes
  5. While the sweet potatoes and chickpeas are roasting, it is time to prepare your sauce! Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine, adding only enough water so it is pourable.
  6. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Prepare the parsley-tomato topping by tossing tomato and parsley with lemon juice and setting aside to marinate.
  8. Serve potatoes flesh-side up and top with chickpeas, sauce and parsley-tomato garnish.
  9. Enjoy this awesome, healthy dish!!

Recipe adapted from: Minimalist Baker