Delicious Muffins, Benefits of Coconut oil and making healthy taste GREAT!

Last week was grandpa’s 85th birthday so the whole family got together to celebrate, it was a great, it felt like an early Christmas! I’ve heard that as grandpa has gotten older he’s also gotten pickier with his food and isn’t crazy about anything good for his health. Grandma on the other hand is VERY healthy, recently battling breast cancer she has become even healthier with her juicing, soups and garden. She’s an amazing cook, she’s Italian and makes the best chinese food I’ve ever had, so you could only imagine her Italian food! I’m blessed to have married into a wonderful family.

Grandpa's 85th birthday dinner

Grandpa’s 85th birthday dinner

For grandpa’s birthday I brought chocolate banana cupcakes/muffins. I put some cream cheese icing on half to make them appear less healthy, but even the ones without cream cheese icing were eaten AND best of all, GRANDPA ATE ONE AND LIKED IT!! I don’t think grandpa knew there was no gluten, dairy or sugar in them though!

Grandma and Grandpa (married 62 years!)

Grandma and Grandpa (married 62 years!)

I got this recipe from our cousin Jana- Thanks Jana! She’s an amazing baker.

Grain Free Chocolate Banana Muffins:

3/4 c almond flour

1/4 c coconut flour

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

2 tbsp coconut oil

3/4 c mashed bananas (2)

2 tbsp honey (I’ve also used maple syrup instead)

1/4 c dates finely chopped

Directions:

Wisk together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat eggs, add rest of wet ingredients. Add dry to wet. Makes 12 muffins (I normally double the recipe, they also freeze well). You can also add chopped pistachios on top before baking.

Health benefits of Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is an amazing superfood. Although it’s 90% saturated fat, it’s an amazing fat that actually fights heart disease, cancer, brain issues like Alzheimer’s… it also helps your digestive track, kidneys, pancreas, infections, with weight loss. It’s even good for your skin and hair (a little confession: whenever I cook with it I wipe the remaining from the spoon on my arms or legs and rub it into my skin… and sometimes when my lips are chapped I even use it as chap-stick!). I’ve posted a couple of websites below which better elaborate on how good it is for you. I now use it for almost all my baking and cooking. It took Matt a little while to get used to his eggs tasting like coconut but I think he’s ok with it now! Where do you get it, you wonder? I’ve found the best bang for your buck is actually at Costco, it’s not cheap but you could get a huge container of it for $17-18 which will last you a while! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

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