Gluten Free Caramel Apple Muffins

I’m not going to lie, when I say these are some of the best things I’ve ever eaten. A splurge FOR SURE, but these Gluten Free Caramel Apple Muffins are delicious! 

These Gluten Free Caramel Apple Muffins are to die for!

I always loved a good muffin. Years ago I ate those disgusting, processed Mini-Muffins on the regular. I’d give those mini-muffins a 1, and these muffins a 10 if I had to rate them. Speaking of scores, my life is totally focused on the MCAT and school. But as promised, I will continue blogging and giving you some of my favorite delicious recipes. Even though I’m studying, I still have to eat (wink, wink!). These Gluten Free Caramel Apple Muffins are to die for!

This semester I’m in a public speaking elective class. If you’ve seen my YouTube channel, you know that I don’t have a problem with speaking in front of people. I actually kinda love it if it’s something I’m passionate about. So far in my class, I’ve done a speech on Why my Computer is Awesome, How to Start a Blog, and this next week I am persuading my audience about why they shouldn’t eat processed foods! 

I’ve learned a few things in researching processed foods for this speech. Some facts make me horrified I ever ate them in the first place. For instance, here are some ingredients you could find in your packaged foods: human hair, sand, bug guts, and wood pulp. Also 80 percent of processed food in the United States is banned in other countries. More reason to make your own food at home!

These Gluten Free Caramel Apple Muffins are to die for!

Well enough disgusting food talk, these muffins are AWESOME. The base recipe comes from my popular Blueberry Muffins recipe. Instead of blueberries, I used apple chunks then topped it with a Homemade Caramel sauce made from Honey! 

Caramel Apple Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  2. 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  7. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  8. 1/4 cup coconut milk*
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 granny smith apple, cubed
  11. 1 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
Caramel
  1. 1 can coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  3. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  4. Pinch of sea salt
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 count muffin tin and lightly oil with coconut oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl (KitchenAid) combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda and stir to combine.
  3. Pour in coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Fold in granny smith apple cubes and add cinnamon.
  5. Distribute into muffin tin. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool and top with hot caramel sauce.
Caramel
  1. In a saucepan place coconut milk, honey or maple syrup, and salt and combine. Heat this over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Once it is at a boil, lower the heat to low and let it sit for 35-40 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  2. Add coconut oil and vanilla and cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
  3. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes. Then stir vigorously until smooth and glossy.
Notes
  1. *Coconut milk can come in different textures depending on the brand you use. If you use a thicker brand like THAI, then use 1/8 cup of coconut milk and 4 Tablespoons of water. If your coconut milk is thinner, stick to the 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
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Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Browns

MMMM… fall is near and during fall I (heart) everything “fall-looking!”, like these amazing Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Browns.

Paleo Sweet Potato Hash BrownsI remember the days of Waffle House. Before I could drive, my dad would pick me up from a 2 hour ballet class, and dinner would be waffles and hash browns (with extra maple syrup, of course). I really missed those hash browns, and thought it was about time to make these Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Browns.

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Testimonial Tuesday: Paleo Gave Me Hope

I found Sara on Instagram and was blown away by her. After battling anorexia for 2 and a half years, she not only found the Paleo Diet, but she found hope for recovery. Sara is incredibly brave, and I am so happy she is sharing her powerful story with my readers today. Be sure to watch her video interview, where she shares all of the details of recovery and her life today. 

                  At eighteen years old I was 5 foot 6, 89 pounds and diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. My life and future was decaying before me just as rapidly as my health. That was two and a half years ago.

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left- at 89 lbs, right- today, healthy & strong

 

                  From a young age I was very active playing hockey, soccer, volleyball, track, dance, you name it. I used to pride myself on my big strong legs and my bulking muscles because I was strong, physically and mentally. The summer before grade twelve I decided that I was going to start making smarter and healthier choices in the kitchen so that I could feel even better. But unfortunately as you will learn, as a “type A” personality, I have to do everything 100%. Throughout the summer I lost a little weight, nothing significant, but attributed it mostly to losing my “hockey bulk”. During the school year I stopped playing hockey and danced, racking up more than twenty hours a week in the dance studio. By mid-year I weighed 105 pounds and I thought I looked great, however since I was losing weight quickly, my parents thought it be beneficial to start working with a nutritionist to ensure that my caloric input matched my energy output. At the end of the school year I was sitting at 100 pounds and had many teachers, friends and family expressing their concern to me – my thoughts? They’re crazy, I’m totally fine – who cares if I don’t have as much energy, it’s just because I’m dancing so much.

                  The summer after graduation, my health took a turn for the worst. I became obsessed with my “health”. It was like a game: how could I make the lowest calorie meal possible while still feeling full. I used to leave my friends to go home and cook my meals because God forbid anyone else have control. As a result of this, nearing the end of summer I was wasting away at a tiny 89 pounds eating less than 700 calories a day.

I will never forget the day I call “The Ultimate Collapse”; a spontaneous plan to go out for dinner with my boyfriend and a friend of ours left me in a full blown panic attack, shaking uncontrollably seeing such fear in my boyfriend’s eyes. How was I supposed to control anything at the restaurant? After I settled down a little, I remember thinking to myself “Why am I like this? Why can’t I just do normal things like everyone else?” I knew I needed help.

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Paleo Cornbread Muffins

Are you looking for a way to still eat Cornbread? Try these Paleo Cornbread Muffins, that actually have no corn or grain at all and taste delicious.

These Paleo Cornbread Muffins are the best for holidays and family gatherings. We make them every time we have guests over!

Holidays call for Comfort Foods! It’s just a fact. When Thanksgiving comes around my mother and I love to cook. Last year we made all the food at our Thanksgiving dinner Primal. No one even realized that these Paleo Cornbread Muffins actually do NOT contain corn or any grain at all! They were such a hit, we made them for Christmas dinner and they will be on the menu this Thanksgiving too. 

When holidays come around, I go all out. I totally believe there is a time and place for some “Paleo” treats, and holidays are one of them. There is no reason that you can’t eat a completely grain-free meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The best part is you won’t be feeling terrible all night long, and with a recipe like these you will feel like you are still indulging.

cornbread muffins

If you are one of those people who tolerate dairy well, these muffins are great with some raw cheddar cheese or grass-fed butter. I personally like to dip them in my Paleo Chili, or you can make a “turkey sandwich” with them. These treats come once or twice a year for us, I wouldn’t recommend to you to make them every week! … 

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Paleo Breakfast Casserole

As a busy busy girl lately, I need quick and easy meals! Even when I’m not busy, sometimes I just don’t want to do the dishes (lazy girl!) So that’s when recipes like this come in. Today I am sharing a Paleo Breakfast Casesrole. 

Paleo Breakfast Casserole : the perfect breakfast, served hot or cold

The only thing that makes this recipe different from a frittata is that I put it in a thicker dish, so it seemed more suitable to call it a casserole. When a dish is filled with this much color, you know that it is healthy and has a great variety of nutrients. I recently have become a nutrient seeker. I’ve been Paleo for over 2 years now, but sometimes I found myself just focusing on the foods I couldn’t eat and thinking that was enough. Now I want to focus on filling my body with the best possible ingredients every single day. There is always room for improvement. … 

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