Easy Peasy Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini, zucchini zucchini! It’s certainly that time of year. This delicious vegetable produces almost insistently in the summer. Thankfully, it’s an incredibly healthy and tasty food. Whether it comes in the form of Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake, Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Classic Grilled Zucchini or Easy Peasy Zucchini Muffins there are plenty of ways to use up this very abundant veggie!

Muffins are a very healthy breakfast or snack (make sure you try our Prune Muffins too!). They have lots of fiber which helps keep blood sugar levels steady longer. There are so many benefits that can come from these ingredients so we will name just a few:

Zucchini is a wonderful source of B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and magnesium, all of which help with healthy blood sugar regulation. Zucchini can also have anti-inflammatory benefits, anti-cancer benefits and antioxidant benefits.

Using whole wheat in muffins is always a healthy idea! Despite the bad rep that whole wheat sometimes gets it is in fact extremely good for you. Whole wheat can have benefits such as aiding weight loss, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, lessening chronic inflammation and protecting against heart disease. After our experience with going gluten free we certainly think it should be in the superfood category.

Oats can help lower cholesterol levels, prevent heart failure, stabilize blood sugar levels and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Oats contain manganese, fiber, protein, zinc and magnesium.

Coconut oil is well known for it’s health promoting properties! It can help prevent and/or treat Alzheimer’s disease, reduce inflammation and arthritis, boost the immune system, improve digestion and aid weight loss.

After a closer look at these nutrient dense foods it’s easy to see how healthy muffins can be! More nutrients naturally means better health. So lets eat some muffins!

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Ingredients

1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup rolled oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1-2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. Real Salt
½ cup honey
2 eggs
½ cup softened butter OR coconut oil
¾ cup grated zucchini

Directions

Combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add all remaining ingredients and stir until just combined. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop into paper lined muffins tins. Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes. Yields 12 muffins.

For more healthy and delicious breakfast ideas make sure you check out our Clean Eating German Pancakes, Strawberry Basil Crepes, Easy Peasy Egg Casserole and Quick and Easy All in One Breakfast!

Let’s stay connected! We’d love to share all of our real food recipes and tips with you through Email, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram! We always have more healthy and delicious recipes on the way 🙂

How are you using up your zucchini?

Clean Eating Strawberry Basil Crepes

Who’s ready for a light and tasty breakfast recipe? With the weather warming up we have been experimenting with easy recipes that won’t heat the house up. Now, we love a good Egg Casserole, some Prune Muffins, Potato Pancakes or Raspberry French Toast Casserole but we have been feeling the need for something a bit more cool.

We so enjoyed the divine flavor of our Strawberry Basil Ice Cream that we decided to play with that delicious combo some more. Not only do they go fabulously together but they also have some wonderful healthy benefits!

Strawberries are an amazing source of antioxidants, can help stabilize blood sugar levels, are heart healthy and they are anti-inflammatory.

Basil is also anti-inflammatory, is anti-bacterial, heart healthy and is a great source for vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and manganese.

We wrap this up in a Whole Wheat Sourdough Crepe that is simply amazing! Whole Wheat can help with weight control, reduce chronic inflammation, lower risk of type 2 diabetes, and support digestive health.

If you are looking for an extra good treat you can drizzle the same yummy Creamy Maple Spread we put over our German Pancakes. It really makes everything it touches taste divine!

Make sure you use organic ingredients where possible for optimal nutrition. Now, Let’s eat!

Ingredients

1 cup sourdough starter
2 Tbs. melted butter
½ tsp. Real Salt
2-3 eggs

Directions

Whisk melted butter into the starter. Add salt and enough eggs to make a very thin batter. Mix well. Pour onto a hot Lodge skillet. Lift pan by handle and carefully roll the pan around to thin batter. Cook until set. Flip and cook until very light brown.

Strawberry Basil Filling

Ingredients

2 cups sliced strawberries
2 Tbs. basil, finely chopped
1-2 Tbs. maple syrup

Directions

Gently combine all ingredients. Spoon into a Whole Wheat Sourdough Crepe, roll and enjoy!

For more summer breakfast recipes make sure you check out our Overnight Oatmeal, Easy Peasy Egg in the Hole, Breakfast Bruschetta and Easy Peasy Green Smoothie. Yum!

Let’s stay connected! We’d love to share all of our real food recipes and tips with you through Email, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram! We always have more healthy and delicious recipes on the way 🙂

What are your favorite summer breakfasts?

Minty Kaniwa Fruit Salad

You’ve probably heard of quinoa but have you ever heard of kaniwa? We tried it for the first time and couldn’t wait to share it with you! It’s the “cousin” of quinoa and has been named a new super food!

Kaniwa is actually an ancient grain and is grown in South American. It has more protein and more iron than quinoa. Kaniwa contains B vitamins as well! It’s a gluten free “grain” (actually a seed) and contains flavonoids. It’s smaller than it’s cousin and tastes great in a fruit salad! Perfect way to add protein to fruit.

You can really use any fruit you have on hand which is part of what make this such a quick and easy recipe. For the dressing we used our Easy Peasy Mint Dole Whip and boy is it delicious!

Resources for this Recipe:

Minty Kaniwa Fruit Salad

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup black berries

2 cups strawberries, sliced

1 cup kiwi, sliced

3 bananas, sliced

2 apples, chopped

1 mango, chopped

1 cup cooked kaniwa

Easy Peasy Mint Dole Whip

Gently toss fruit and kaniwa in a bowl. Pour Easy Peasy Mint Dole Whip over top and gently fold in.

If fruity, light and refreshing is your thing you will love our Kamut and Fruit Salad, Nutty Sorbet, Berry Chia Seed Pudding and Clean Eating Apple Crisp!

Have you ever tried Kaniwa?

Secret Ingredient Hot Cacao – Plus Special Christmas Movie List!

One of the most enjoyable activities at Christmas is to simply snuggle up to watch a holiday movie with a steaming cup of Hot Cocoa! It’s certainly a tradition we look forward to every year. Instead of using the expensive store bought stuff (that is also filled with artificial ingredients) we make up our own. It’s easy, scrumptious and has a special ingredient that is going to surprise you!

Cardamom. Surprised? It’s usually found in Indian food recipes and aside from being a natural sweetener it’s packed with good benefits! It has been found to be very beneficial in aiding asthma and bronchitis, can fight cancer very effectively, is used to ease nausea, bloating and heartburn. Cardamom can also lower blood pressure and fight depression! Pretty cool secret ingredient isn’t it? We think it should be the new super food 😉

We always use cacao instead of cocoa ( like in our Coconut Cacao Bars, Healthy Chocolate Bites and Chocolate Stevia Shake). There are so many benefits to cacao that we fit it in whenever we can. However, if you don’t have any on hand you can still use cocoa. Cacao is much stronger than cocoa so you will need to increase the amount of cocoa.

We wanted to share a list of our favorite Christmas movies with you today too! There are so many that warm our hearts and are perfect for any family movie night. They are tried and true from our family to yours 🙂

Hot Cacao

6 cups milk or 5 cups milk and 1 cup cream
2 Tbs. cacao
½ cup honey
2-3 tsp. cardamom

Add milk, cream (if using), cacao and honey to a saucepan. Whisk on medium heat until desired temperature. It will take a while for the cacao to whisk in. Remove from heat and stir in cardamom.

Now you’re good to go! Grab a mug, select a movie and enjoy a night with the family. Does it get any better than that?

Are you a cardamom fan?

Clean Eating Banana Cream Pie

Who doesn’t love pie? We sure do! This recipe is fantastic because it’s totally good for you! You could even have it for breakfast the day after thanksgiving (not that we’ve ever tried that 😉 ).

It’s a clean eating recipe for so many reasons. We use organic ingredients, as always, the raw dairy has wonderful good fats and there is no sugar in the pie filling! We use honey.

Honey has a multitude of benefits. Some of which are helping to stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar levels, promote digestive health, boost the immune system and it has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Pretty cool huh! Make sure it’s organic and raw honey though. Often there is corn syrup added if you buy the wrong stuff. Also, watch out when choosing your graham crackers, we have found that even organic brands tend to put a lot of highly processed ingredients in them. We use Cadia and love them!

Most crusts we have found call for additional sugar, however, we don’t think it needs any. When you have the sweetness from the pie filling and the sugar free whipped cream the flavor is just perfect.

Ingredients

½ cup honey
¼ cup corn starch
1 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 eggs, well beaten
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. vanilla extract or one vanilla bean scraped
2 large bananas

Directions

In a medium saucepan add honey, cornstarch, salt, milk and cream. Whisk together and cook on medium-ish heat until it starts to thicken and gently boil. Cook 2 additional minutes. Remove from heat, slowly whisk about 2 Tbs. of the mixture into the eggs stirring constantly. Repeat this process three times, this will warm the eggs so the sauce doesn’t cook them instantly. Slowly whisk the eggs back into the sauce. Return to heat, cook and stir until it comes to a gentle boil again. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, quickly stir in vanilla and butter. Cover and chill for 10 minutes. Stir and pour into prepared crust that has the sliced bananas arranged on the bottom and sides. Top with Sugar Free Whipped Cream if desired.

Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients

10 whole graham crackers.
½ cup melted butter

Directions

Break the graham crackers in half and put in a food processor. Process until they are fine crumbs. Pour in cooled melted butter and process until well combined. Press into a pie pan. You’re ready for your filling!

Gingered Fruit Salad

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year! All the family time, traditions and of course good food! Each family has their own traditions and we are no exception. Fruit salad plays a big part in our Thanksgiving morning.

First off we get up and start to the kitchen to get things ready. We know that we are going to have quite a feast in the late afternoon so we like to eat pretty light until then. We start off with this gorgeous fruit salad. Boy is it tasty! Then in the early afternoon we break out a glorious veggie tray to tide us over until turkey time. After we finish the meal it’s time to put up the Christmas tree! It really turns out to be a perfect day.

A lot of people like to have a fruit salad for Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe totally works as a wonderful side dish as well. It is very fast to put together and adds great nutrition. You have all the healthy fruit, organic cream is a good fat and then you have the ginger. There are so many reasons ginger is good for you! Including activating your appetite and digestive juices. Perfect for turkey day!

There are no real measurements or definite do’s or don’t’s to this recipe. Add whatever fruit your family loves and is in season where you live. You may want more or less ginger depending on how strong you like the flavor. Remember to keep your ingredients organic and pure for a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving!

Tools for This Recipe:

Slice (or chop) and use any of the following for the salad:

bananas

apples

pears

kiwi

mandarin oranges

oranges

grapes

raspberries

blackberries

strawberries

blueberries

mangoes

persimmons

papaya

pomegranate

pineapple

ginger

For the whipped cream we use our sugar free whipped cream and omit the vanilla. Then we use a microplane and grate the desired amount of ginger in. Stir in the ginger, add the whipped cream to the fruit and you have a delicious and healthy side dish!

For more easy and healthy Thanksgiving side dishes check out Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese, Clean Eating Green Bean Casserole and Rosemary Spaghetti Squash with Wild Rice.

For good and wholesome homemade rolls try Do Everything Dough, Easy Peasy Quick Rolls or Un-Sour Sourdough.

For a guilt free desert try Clean Eating Apple Crisp, Coconut Cacao Bars and Clean Eating Caramel Apple Dip.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

Clean Eating Apple Crisp

Fall. *Sigh 🙂 What a fun time of year! We’ve been floundering on tasty autumn treats like our Easy Peasy Pumpkin Squares and Pumpkin Scones, crafting cute Pumpkin Crafts and Terracotta Pot Trick or Treaters and now we think it’s time for apples to take center stage!

We brought in our gorgeous apple harvest and whipped up some Apple Crisp. Boy is it a tasty and healthy treat! Apple are a great source of fiber, help build your immune system, reactivate good gut bacteria and helps prevent cancer. Honey is rich in vitamins and minerals such as B6, iron and zinc. Organic pasture raised butter is a healthy fat and oats are also a fantastic source of fiber, have anti-cancerous properties and help with blood sugar. For brown sugar make sure you use pure brown sugar. If you aren’t careful it can simply be white, processed sugar mixed with molasses. We added a link below to the kind we like best. Top this yummy crisp with some Homemade Ice Cream or Sugar Free Whipped Cream and you are good. See? The perfect clean eating treat!

Tools for This Recipe:

6-8 apples, sliced

¼ cup of honey

1 cup whole wheat flour (if you need a gluten free alternative go here)

½ cup butter

1 cup nuts, chopped

1 cup rolled oats

¾ cup brown sugar

Add apples and honey to a sauce pan. On low heat cook until desired tenderness. Pour into a 9×13 pan and spread evenly. Add flour and butter to a mixing bowl. Combine with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Sprinkle on top of apples and bake at 375º until lightly browned. Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

What are your favorite fall dishes?

Clean Eating German Pancakes

We have a very special recipe for you today! It tastes great and is a very easy peasy, clean eating breakfast. We have a free E-book coming out very soon and this recipe is one we will be sharing in the E-book! We just couldn’t hold back. We wanted to give you a sneak peek.

This is a clean eating recipe because we keep all the ingredients pure (if you aren’t sure wheat clean eating is, don’t worry. We have a post coming about that really soon too). It is made completely from scratch, we always use organic ingredients and the eggs are free range as well. The result being no harmful chemicals for your family! Can’t beat that. You may have guessed that clean eating might have something to do with our coming E-book.. but shhh! We won’t say anymore 😉

Now for the recipe! This is another dish that has stood the test of time! It only has five ingredients so it’s a cinch to make. Get up, throw a few things in a bowl, pour into a pan, bake and you are done. Our Buttermilk Syrup would taste amazing poured on top, Kamut & Fruit Salad would go great on the side or finish it off with a gorgeous Easy Peasy Green Smoothie.

Tools for this recipe:

6 eggs

1 cups whole wheat flour, scant

1 cups milk

1/2 tsp. salt

½ cube butter

Place butter in a 9×13 pan and melt it in a 425º oven. In a mixing bowl beat remaining ingredients until well combined. Pour into the pan with the melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes. It should get big and puffy as it cooks.

Top with fresh fruit and a garnish made of equal parts sour cream and maple syrup mixed together.

What are your favorite breakfast dishes?

Raspberry Peach Crisp with Homemade Ice Cream

It’s the weekend! We think that calls for a special treat don’t you? For breakfast today we had some peaches and raspberries on hand so we whipped up a tasty crisp. Nothing says summer quite like peaches! To go on top we had Homemade Ice Cream. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

The ice cream only has 4 ingredients and we use honey and/or maple syrup instead of sugar. It’s really the easiest ice cream recipe you will ever try.

Raspberry Peach Crisp

½ cup butter divided

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

1 cup chopped nuts

½ cup honey

10-15 peaches

2 cups raspberries

Slice half of the butter into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. If desired peel peaches then slice them into the bottom of the pan. Spread raspberries on top. In a separate bowl combine flour, oats and nuts. Cut in remaining butter and honey with a pastry blender or a fork until it’s crumbly and mixed well. Crumble on top of raspberry peach mixture. Bake at 350º until the top is golden brown (about 20 minutes). Top with Homemade Ice Cream or whipped cream.

Homemade Ice Cream

1 ½ cups whole milk (we use raw)

¾ scant cup honey or maple syrup

3 cups cream

2 Tbs. vanilla or 1 vanilla bean scraped

Add all ingredients to a large pitcher. Blend well with a stick blender to mix. Pour into an ice cream freezer and make according to instructions.

For more breakfast friendly treats try our Fantastic Fig Bars, Raw Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies and our Easy Peasy Homemade Granola.

What’s your favorite kind of crisp?

Caramel Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seeds are amazing! They have been said to help with brain function, be high in omega-3’s, have high fiber and protein. No wonder everyone is finding fun ways to fit them into recipes.

This Caramel Chia Seed pudding is a fantastic treat, snack or fun breakfast idea. It tastes just like caramel and you get the benefit of healthy nutrients!

Ingredients

½ cup honey
2 Tbs. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups milk of choice (coconut, raw cow milk, almond)
1 cup chia seeds
pinch of salt

Directions

On lowest heat warm honey and butter until liquid. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir well. Place in a half gallon glass jar and add remaining ingredients. Shake well and chill until thickened. It may be helpful to shake several times while chilling to make sure the chia doesn’t settle to the bottom.

If you like this recipe you might want to try out our Berry Chia Seed Pudding and our Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Sugar Free Whipped Cream. Both taste wonderful as well!

How do you like to eat Chia Seeds? Comment and let us know! Or find us on Facebook and we’ll chat there 🙂