Keto Banana Coconut Chocolate Muffins

Yes, the name is a mouthful, but our Keto Banana Coconut Chocolate muffins are a delicious compilation that will satisfy that sweet tooth without any added sugar. Get ready to savor this chocolaty goodness. 

Keto Banana Coconut Chocolate Muffins…

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • ¼ Cup of Cocoa
  • ¼ Cup of Coconut Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Monk Fruit
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
  • ½ Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs

Items:

  • Muffin Tin
  • Medium & Small mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Spatula
  • Fork & Spoon
  • Oil/butter for greasing tin

Preparation:

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin tin. Set the tin aside.

While your oven is heating, mix all your dry ingredients in your medium-size bowl (except the chocolate chips). I like to use Red Mills brand of almond flour, it’s available at most grocery stores and is great for baking. Set the chocolate chips to the side.

Next, take your small bowl and mash the bananas. Be sure the results have as little lumps as possible. I like to use a large fork to press down and blend the bananas, but you can also use a food processor or blender. Once done mashing (or blending) add your eggs, vanilla extract, and Greek yogurt. Mix these thoroughly.

Take your wet ingredients and fold into the dry ingredients until you no longer see any dry clumps. The mixture should be wet but not runny. Mix in some semi-sweet (dark) chocolate chips at the very end.

Use a regular spoon to evenly scoop the mixture evenly into the muffin tin and place in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes. You should see the edges get a little golden once done.

They will be hard to resist, but let your baking creation cool for 5 to 10 mins. Enjoy these on their own, or as a breakfast treat. I love to have these muffins with some Greek yogurt and mixed berries for a quick breakfast. Grab & go!  

Keto Banana Coconut Chocolate Muffin with Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berries

As always, don’t forget to make this recipe your own like adding ½ cup of chopped walnuts for a more brownie like result. Another great option is to top the muffins with sliced almonds or rolled oats for added texture right before you bake. Go ahead and get creative!

A Note on Storing & Reheating: Keep any leftover muffins refrigerated (if they last that long!). These muffins are best served warm. Just reheat for 15-20 seconds in the microwave. Yum!

Prep Time: 5-10 Mins

Cook: 20-25 Mins at 350 degrees

Raspberry French Toast for One

Sometimes you just want to treat yourself to a yummy French toast breakfast… If this is you, this raspberry French toast recipe is what you’ve been looking for (and it’s easy to duplicate if decide you want to share…).

Ingredients:

  •  2 Cinnamon & Raisin Bread Slices
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons of oat milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon coconut oil or spray (for frying)

Toppings:

  • ½ Cup of fresh Raspberries (rinsed)
  • 1 Tablespoon of almond butter
  • 2 Teaspoons of honey

RASPBERRY FRENCH TOAST BREAKFAST

Preparation:

First rinse your raspberries and set them aside.

Next, take two slices of cinnamon raisin bread and lightly toast. I like to use “Dave’s Killer Bread Raisin the Roof” slices. This brand of cinnamon raisin bread is delicious and only 90 calories a slice. I usually freeze my bread, so I have to toast it before I use it. But I also notice that toasting the bread first helps keep the final French toast a little firmer. This is good if you don’t like your French toast bread to get too soggy.

While your bread is toasting, take a large dish or bowl and add your egg, vanilla extract, milk, and cinnamon. Mix these with a fork a few times for your batter, but no need to blend perfectly.

Take your lightly toasted slices of raisin bread and soak both slices in the batter at the same time. Do this for a few seconds on each side. While your bread is soaking add your oil (or butter) to your large non-stick pan (or skillet) and set to medium heat.

Add your soaked slices of bread to the pan after it’s nice and hot. To avoid waste, I like to add the rest of the batter on top of both slices of toast while they cook on one side. Feel free to add another dash of cinnamon at this stage if you like. Let the toast cook for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side until thoroughly cooked.


For a beautiful presentation take your two slices of freshly made raspberry French toast and add your almond butter on top of one or both slices. Top with raspberries, placing them on and around your toast. Finish off with a drizzle of your honey (or maple syrup) and maybe some extra cinnamon.

Viola! You have prepared a deliciously satisfying raspberry French toast breakfast for one! I paired my raspberry French toast breakfast with cup of Oolong green tea. Hmm…

Enjoy!

Preparation: 5 – 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes (estimate)

Protein Packed Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

We love muffins, pastries and cookies and always looking for ways to satisfy our sweet tooth without all the added sugar. If you are looking for a muffin treat that is protein packed and low in sugar, this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe is for you.

Protein Packed Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins…

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of rolled oats
  • ½ Cup of oatmeal flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ Cup of creamy, unsalted almond butter
  • ¼ to ½ Cup of oat-milk (or any milk of your preference)
  • 2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 Teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • Mini chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate, but you can use whatever type you like and add as many as you like!)
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar – optional (A little sugar makes muffins taste mild, not sweet)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin baking sheet with your choice of oil or butter. I used coconut oil for this recipe.

First, combine all your dry ingredients (except for chocolate chips) in medium size bowl. Mix thoroughly. 

In a smaller bowl, add your eggs (room temperature is best, but I used the eggs right out of the fridge), vanilla extract, apple sauce, and almond butter. Combine these well but hold off on the milk…for now.

Next, fold the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients in the medium size bowl. Begin to add your milk of choice until your batter is nice and wet, but not too runny.

Lastly, add your chocolate chips until fully integrated into your batter.

Drop your batter into each of the muffin tin using a spoon. I like to start with about half of the tins full and then go back to fill them, so my muffins are nice and even when baking. It’s also a lot less messy.

Bake your muffins for about 20-25 minutes or until you notice a golden hue around the top or edges. Once baked, set the muffins on a cooling rack for about 5-10 mins.

This recipe will make about 12 – 14 muffins. Because they are low in sugar, they are great served warm with a little jam or butter and your favorite cup of coffee or tea. Hmm….

A Note on Sugar and Customizing Your Ingredients:

If you like your muffins a little bit more on the sweeter side, we recommend using ¼ cup of sugar instead of the 1 tablespoon like I did. Other sugar options include using ½ cup of coconut palm sugar, or top off your muffins with some granulated sugar.

If you prefer moister muffins add a ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt instead of (or in addition to) the apple sauce. This may mean you require less milk for the recipe.

For added texture, we recommend adding ½ cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut flakes or some sliced almonds to top the muffins.

Don’t be afraid to play around with your recipe. Have an overripe banana sitting around? Mash it up and add it to your batter for extra natural sweetness, or replace your chocolate chips with your favorite berry… Yum…the possibilities…

Enjoy!

Prep Time: About 5-10 minutes.

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes.

For Those Who Teach: Homemade Cards for Educators

Homemade using upcycled magazines, glue, scissors and foam tape.

Are you looking for cards that show appreciation for the educators in your life? Do you have a magazines laying around? How about crafting these homemade cards. All you need are magazines, any scrap or craft paper, scissors and glue!

Inside of homemade card with "the next generation" and red apple.

Our previous cards have all been made on cardstock and craft paper. These cards are a great way to use those old magazines you have laying around. You can get your kids involved by cutting out images and words that inspire or remind them of their teachers. We also used foam tapes to add dimension and texture to the front of one card.

Homemade card with phrase "the world needs teachers" and globe of the world
ABCs chalk board

For a chalkboard impression, we used black craft paper and outlined our up-cycled magazine images with a white ink “Gelly Roll 10” pen by Sakura. We used this pen because it does not run and creates vivid lines. It’s the perfect pen to write on a dark or black background. We used the same white ink pen on the inside of the card after creating a “chalkboard” and wrote a special message to our teacher.

Front of card with "every day brave" phrase and banner lettering with gem stones

We wanted to remind our teachers that we appreciate them for being amazing educators in the lives of all kids and and taking on each day with with grace. So don’t be afraid to show that appreciation and add a little sparkle and bling.

Back of card featuring hand lettering using a brush pen

Whether you are virtual or in the classroom, any day is a good day to write a thank you card to those educators in your life.

How to Feature Magnolia Flowers on Cards

Using textured resume paper or off-white textured paper to create flower petals for magnolia cards.

Hi friends. It may be a while, but can we make it up to you by sending you flowers? How about Magnolias on a card? OH. SO. PRETTY.

We created a “Magnolia Series” comprising of three homemade cards on A6 brown kraft cardstock. Because these cards are about 4 inches by 6 inches, they are petite. These cards are the perfect size note cards to say “thank you” or “I’m thinking of you”.

Homemade magnolia cards.  Magnolias by the moonlight, a magnolia flower basket, and a magnolia flower with patterned paper.

We recommend using textured paper for the magnolia paper petals. Texture adds more interest and dimension to a homemade card. Here we used off-white resume paper. Resume paper is thinner than cardstock and gives flowers a delicate and dainty presence on the card.

Making magnolia flowers out of textured resume paper for a homemade card.

To start, use your scissors and cut petals out from your textured paper. You can do this by cutting out shapes that look like leaves. Keep in mind, these petals do not have to be a perfect shape. Nature does not always produce perfect petals. And often, imperfection is what gives life beauty. However, try to cut the petals similar in size.

For the first card we made, we used scrapbook paper and ribbon. We absolutely fell in love with this pattern of navy blue birds. We also used a strip of navy embossed paper to the bottom of the card. Next, we added some gold ribbon for added elegance. Finally, we added a giant magnolia flower as a focal point. We did this by cutting out large petals from the textured resume paper and gluing them down in a radial pattern. Finally, we added a round, glittery yellow circle to the middle of the flower.

Navy and off-white card with magnolia flower and gold ribbon.  Patterned paper with navy blue birds.

For our second card, we decided to make a simple basket of magnolias. We wanted the flower basket to be a central focus of the card so we did not add a background. To start this card, we first found a piece of scrapbook paper that had an an image of crocheted threads on it. We cut out the paper in the shape of a half circle. Viola! A flower pot or basket!

Next, we cut small petals from our textured resume paper and arranged each flower in a radial pattern. We then glued each flower to the basket.

Forming magnolia flowers out of textured paper and making a flower basket for a homemade card.

Of course we glued on glittered dots to the middle of each flower. Simple, earthy, and cute!

A homemade card made of scrapbook paper and resume paper to form a group of magnolias in a flower basket.  A simple and earthy homemade card.

Our third card is our boldest card of the three. We call this card “Magnolias by the moonlight.”

How to make paper magnolias using textured paper for petals.

To begin, we cut out petals from the textured resume paper. We slightly overlapped five of the petals so it looked like you were viewing or spotting the flowers from its side. We made nine magnolia flowers.

Next we decided to add a full moon to the card. We found some scrapbook paper that had a faint map of roads and some form of transportation routes. We admired this faded gray look and thought it would make the moon an interesting image to look at it. Are those cracks in the moon? Or a romantic destination?

How to make an interesting full moon by cutting out a circle from scrapbook paper with the image of a map route or transportation route.

After adding the moon to the card, we traced tree branches from black construction paper. Construction paper looks and feels more soft to the touch than cardstock. As soft as moonlight. : )

Next, we glued this tree to the earthy brown kraft A6 sized-card. We arranged and glued our nine magnolia flowers on the tree. The off-white magnolias created a very stunning contrast against the black branches and the large gray moon. No additional background needed!

To finish the card, we glued silver rhinestones to reflect a starry sky. In the end, we realized there was a lot of real and perceived texture to this card. We feel this combination makes it a real special and interesting card for its recipient!

Textured cream colored Magnolias on black branches with a full moon and rhinestone stars.

If you need more card ideas that use flowers other than daisies, roses and sunflowers, why not try paper magnolias?

Three homemade cards with magnolias in a basket, against a patterned paper, and a magnolia tree in moonlight.
A set of homemade magnolia flower cards made from paper, ribbons, rhinestones, and glittered dots.

Do you have a favorite flower?

Please let us know what flower we should feature next!