DIY Marshmallow PEEPS

My daughter loves Peeps. I on the other hand think they are great for projects….buy not so great for eating. I am not sure what is in there besides corn syrup, preservatives and dye. So, we decided to try making our own. First we make marshmallows and then we turn them into little chicks. Not as easy as it sounds but we did our best and had a lot of fun!

homemade peeps

I followed this recipe to make the marshmallow. Thank you Lauren! Before the marshmallow set, I put it into a ziplock bag and cut the corner (or use a pastry bag if you have one) to pipe the marshmallow into ‘peep like’ shapes. Marshmallow is very sticky so you will want to powder a baking pan with flour or sugar of your choice until it sets. We used colored sprinkles,  coconut and chocolate to decorate. We melted organic dark chocolate chips with a little creamed coconut and made dots for the eyes. Then we used the leftover chocolate to dip the extra marshmallow pieces. The chocolate covered marshmallows were the best ones by far! So good if you keep them in the freezer.

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QUESTION:

Do you buy Peeps at easter time?

We always do but not because I am a big fan but just for tradition… Here is another fun Peep project for little ones.

 Happy Spring!

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Chai Spice Carrot Cake Muffin

Carrot Cake Chai muffin

We love to have muffins at our house for a quick breakfast, snack or treat. I love knowing that we made them with fresh, healthy ingredients. I keep them in the fridge and usually enjoy them cold but they are also really good if you warm them in the toaster oven with a slather of coconut butter.

The smell of these muffins will make you want to gobble them up. They are grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free, full of fruits, vegetables, protein and fiber…what is not to love?  I have made carrot cake muffins before but the addition of decaf black chai tea made the flavors explode!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 ripe banana

1 carrot grated

1/2 apple grated

1/4 cup sweet potato or yam puree

2 farm fresh eggs

2 tbsp honey (or more if you like it sweeter)

1 tbsp vanilla

2 tbsp. melted coconut oil

1 tbsp coconut milk

1/4 cup Chai tea concentrate (try this or you can make your own)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp ground flaxseed

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

2-3 tbsp. coconut flour

1/4 cup raisins

DIRECTIONS

Mix banana, carrot, apple, sweet potato, eggs, honey, vanilla, coconut oil, coconut milk and chai until combined. Add protein powder, flaxseed, chia seeds, cinnamon and baking soda until smooth. Slowly add coconut flour, 1 tbsp. at a time until batter is slightly thick but not too much (you can add more chai or milk if needed). Add in the raisins and scoop into greased muffin pan or line with muffin wrappers. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack. ENJOY!

Carrot Cake Muffin Batter

Carrot cake chai muffins

 

Yum

a happy girl and a tasty treat!

This might be our new favorite!

What is your favorite muffin?

Grain Free Banana Chocolate Protein Muffins and a workout

Today I woke up early to sneak in a workout before everyone else was out of bed. I always feel so good to get sweaty first thing. My workout consisted of 30 minutes on the elliptical (with a magazine) and 15 minutes of weights. My weights today were lunges, squats, chest press, tricep press, pull-ups (assisted), dips (assisted), bicep curls, push-ups and lat-pull downs. I did 10-20 reps of each exercise and moved quickly from one to the next. It was a great workout, I felt good and sweaty but not too much. I am trying to keep my intensity down a bit for reasons that I will explain later. I took a quick shower and was ready to snuggle with little Z when she woke up.

After our morning snuggles, little Z and I decided to make some muffins. Sometimes we like to call them ‘cupcakes’ because then we can add frosting, sprinkles and a candle and pretend to have a party! These muffins are super moist and delicious with a hint of texture from the coconut shreds. They turn out very light and are easy to gobble up! It makes my heart sing as a mom when my little one eats one and asks for more. Full of protein and wholesome ingredients so eating two is no problem!

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Grain Free Banana Chocolate Protein Muffins

2 ripe bananas (the riper the better)

1/4 cup honey (more or less to your liking)

1/2 cup natural almond butter (any nut butter would work)

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 farm fresh eggs

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tbsp. chai seeds

1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tbsp. shredded coconut

1 tsp baking soda

Mix bananas, honey, eggs, almond butter and vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Batter should be slightly runny. Pour into lined or greased muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool on a rack.

Tastes really yummy with almond or coconut butter. Great breakfast or snack to take with you on the run. Enjoy!

If you like this one then stay tuned… I hove lots of other muffin variations that I would love to share with you in future posts…

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