Gluten Free Apple Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins

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Oh, how I love these breakfast muffins!  Let me count the ways!

  1. They are delicious!!!
  2. They are packed with nutrition!
  3. They are gluten-free!
  4. They are quick and easy to put together!
  5. The ingredients are crammed full of health benefits!
  6. They make for such a happy and delicious way to start your day!

Oh boy! I could go on and on!  These guys are loaded with yummy ingredients that go perfectly together to create a PERFECT muffin! Some of those ingredients are shown in the following pin, along with their health benefits!

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And that’s just some of the awesome ingredients in these things!  They are seriously crammed full of super healthy ingredients making them little nutrition powerhouses!  Let’s get to it!

GLUTEN FREE APPLE BANANA CARROT BREAKFAST MUFFINS

Ingredients (makes 9 muffins):

  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large honey crisp apple, cored, peeled, grated, and as much liquid as possible squeezed out
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9 cups of a muffin tin. Place the oats in a food processor and process on high until the oats have a flour-like consistency.

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2.) Add the processed oats along with all of the other ingredients (except the carrots, apples, raisins, and walnuts) to a medium sized mixing bowl.  Stir, mix, and mush all the ingredients together to combine completely.

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3.) Add the carrots, apples, raisins, and walnuts, and gently fold them into the batter.

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4.) Distribute the batter evenly between your 9 greased cups in the muffin tin.  Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the outside is shiny and set, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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5.) Allow to cool in the pan for 10-20 minutes, then remove from the pan and transfer to a plate.  If you carefully turn the muffin tin upside down, they should come right out.

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Breakfast perfection!

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YUMMY!  Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Quinoa

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Guys!  I recently realized that I haven’t made anything containing quinoa in it in quite a while!  How could I have neglected this power packed superfood???  I mean, seriously, this stuff is so good for you…it’s gluten free…it’s packed with nutrition…and it lends itself in so many ways to both savory and sweet dishes!

 

 

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Don’t worry (I know you were, don’t deny it!), I remedied the situation quickly with breakfast this morning by making this super easy and super nutritious, tasty apple cinnamon raisin breakfast quinoa!  Er-mer-gerd, this stuff is amazing.  It felt like it was just pure apple cinnamony goodness melting in my mouth!  Seriously, so yummy!

Because of the add-ins, this makes for a great complete breakfast with plenty of protein, healthy fats, carbs, and of course, NUTRITION!!!  I also love this breakfast, because it kept me feeling satisfied right up until lunchtime, which is sometimes a feat in my case just because I love food so much!  Plus, the cinnamon gave me a little pep in my step to start my day!  I love this stuff!  It also makes a great substitute for oatmeal, so if you have sensitivities to oats, then this stuff is perfect for you.  However, even if you don’t have a sensitivity to oats, you will LOVE this stuff!

APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN BREAKFAST QUINOA

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 apple, cored and peeled (I used honey crisp, but you can use any kind)
  • 1/4 dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey

Directions

1.) Place the prepared apple, quinoa, and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed the water, and the apples are tender.

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2.) Remove from heat, and add the cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts to the pan.

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3.) Stir to combine, and transfer to a bowl.  Drizzle with the honey and serve.

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Dig in!  You know you want to!  Enjoy! 🙂

Broccoli Apple Salad With Lemon Greek Yogurt Dressing

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I am actually chowing down on this salad as I type this!  This thing is delicious, and the ingredients leave your body feeling fantastic!  I saw the following pin for a Waldorf salad on Pinterest.

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This made me crave the taste of a Waldorf salad, but I didn’t want the mayonnaise, sugar, etc.  So, I decided to give it a healthy makeover, and this broccoli salad was the result – and let me tell you it did not disappoint!  It is fantastic!  This salad gives you the delicious taste of a waldorf salad, but with only healthy ingredients – you will love it!

BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

Ingredients: the amount of each ingredient is up to you

For the salad:

  • Broccoli, chopped into bite-sized florets
  • Apples, chopped into small pieces
  • Carrots, peeled and shredded
  • Red onion, chopped
  • Blueberries
  • Walnuts, chopped

For the dressing:

  • Plain greek yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • stevia

Directions:

1.) Chop all your vegetables, then on a plate, layer your broccoli, apples, carrots, red onion, blueberries, and walnuts.

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2.) In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing.  Top the salad with the dressing.

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3.) Blend the salad all together.

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Enjoy! 🙂