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Muffins that won't give you a muffin top!!

Really? I have no idea, but at least I got your attention. But actually these are healthy and you don't have to feel guilty eating them.

I don't know about you, but I struggle with what to feed my daughter for breakfast. She's not the type of kid that likes cereal (she doesn't like milk, almond milk, etc.). If I caved in to her request for fruit loops she would be a cereal eater but I won't buy her fruit loops. She likes pancakes and waffles of course, but then I feel like I am just giving her dessert for breakfast. A smoothie would be ideal but she doesn't like cold things in the morning, even in the heat of summer. I wish she would eat eggs, but she doesn't love eggs for breakfast, but she will eat omelets for dinner - go figure! So I started making paleo muffins weekly for her and I have to say that now I eat them all the time too. They are loaded with good fats and protein and that's exactly what I want to give her before heading off to school. When it comes to feeding my daughter, I want her to have good, healthy food but man sometimes, I am so over trying to figure out what to cook and make on a daily basis. It's exhausting. Making her lunch every day for school is torture to me! I'm like, seriously, I have to do this again. . . .? At what age, can I task her with this chore so she can just start doing this for herself? I let her buy her lunch at school on Fridays. Last week, I asked her what she ended up ordering. "Did you make good choices?" Of course she said "yes". Her order was pizza, macaroni and cheese and ice cream!!! I guess in her mind she was thinking "hell yeah, I made good choices, my lunch was AWESOME!". It's that kind of stuff that makes me crazy. I was like, how about next time you order pizza and a salad or some fruit and veggies? We don't need macaroni and cheese AND pizza!! The food struggle is real and especially when you don't really enjoy cooking, it makes it even harder. I find it so hard to try to think of a weekly menu for my family. I know there are all these sites that help with weekly menu planning and I have friends that are all over it and so good at it. But I'm just not that organized. I try to be, but come Wednesday, I might not like the menu that I picked on Sunday. I am usually not feeling it or too tired and would rather order out or just have leftovers or an omelet. Omelets are our weekly go too. When fall comes, I add in a soup that I make weekly. I do love soup but I don't like it in the summer!

Ok, so I started talking about the muffins I make weekly. They are out of the book Super Paleo Snacks by Landira Voigt. She has a lot of great recipes and a paleo blog (stiritup.me). I do make a lot of her recipes because she makes it easy. As you will see from her recipe below, they are very easy to make. I will admit, that I cheat and mix the eggs and vanilla and then throw everything in on top in my mixer and they turn out just fine. I'm not that great at following directions exactly (like room temperature eggs) but wanted you to have the actual recipe. I take these to work with me every day. I eat them when I am hungry, needing a chocolate fix, or just some energy!!

Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

3 eggs, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup smooth almond butter

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil melted

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cut dark chocolate chips ( I buy the brand every day life - they are soy, nut and dairy free)

Preheat over to 350

In a small bowl, beat the eggs and then add vanilla. In a medium bowl, mix together the almond butter, almond flour, coconut palm sugar, coconut oil, baking soda and salt. Add the egg mixture and stir until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes. I usually put them in the microwave for 8 seconds when I heat one up in the morning for my daughter. My sister in law makes them and freezes them. I just make a new batch each week. I've never been a fan of baked goods after they have been frozen, they just don't taste the same to me. YES! I am opinionated when it comes to baked goods!

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