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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (dairy and grain free)

Besides one minor 8 page paper, school is done and over with for the semester. So to celebrate, I made a batch of delicious paleo pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for my sweet 80 something year old poetry professor. I was in a bit of a hurry, so an instagram picture is the best I could do. I usually hesitate to post a recipe without at least halfway decent pictures, but I really wanted to share this one!
931423_589041617781561_538340145_nPumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten, grain and dairy free)
1 cup almond flour/meal
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/4 cup almond butter or sunbutter (sunbutter for the win)
1/4 cup honey
1 T maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup chocolate chip (dairy free, gluten-free)
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Blend thoroughly, that baking powder can be clumpy! Prepare a muffin dish with muffin liners or spray with non-stick spray. Pour the batter in evenly…mine made about 9 muffins. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until they’re firm and golden brown.  (I honestly can’t tell you exactly how long I cooked mine for, because I kept wanting them to be a little more crispier but it’s probably ended up more towards 45 minutes than 40. Definitely try 40 first, everybody’s oven’s is a little different I think:))

These came out super moist, light and fluffy. Even though it’s May, I will never get tired of smelling pumpkin in my apartment. I just wanted to light the pumpkin candle I STILL have sitting by my couch and drink some warm archer farms pumpkin flavored coffee. Is it Fall yet?!

Clean Orange Chicken


I don’t know about you guys but when it comes to ethnic foods, I think Asian is top notch. Most particularly, Japanese steakhouses are the best because you can usually get sushi AND chicken! But obviously, when you make a commitment to live healthy and limit these kinds of meals, you have to get creative and come up with your own satisfying versions. I haven’t had orange chicken in ummmm a year or so….so I decided to make my own clean recipe for this. It’s extremely healthy and high in protein. What could be better?


Boneless chicken breast, cut into strips

2 tbs orange extract

1/3 cup water

a dash of ground cloves

a dash of cinnamon (a big dash!)

1-2 packets of Stevia depending on how sweet you like it

optional- honey, Bragg’s Amino Acids, low sodium soy sauce

Almond slivers


On a nonstick skillet, place the chicken strips on medium to high heat. Mix all of the other ingredients, besides the almonds, in a small bowl and pour the mixture on the chicken (you could also marinate the chicken in the marinade beforehand if you want more intense flavor but I thought it was just fine without marinating it). Cook the chicken until it’s no longer pink, flipping over from time to time. This took me about 8 minutes.

While it’s cooking, put your almonds in the oven or a toaster oven to get them nice and crispy. Be sure not to leave them in there too long…they burn fast!

Once it finished cooking, I paired my chicken with zucchini that I had sauteed in balsamic vinegar and brown rice. I put about 1 tbs of Bragg’s Amino Acids on top of the chicken and then sprinkled the toasted almonds on top.


hěnhǎo chī!
I think that means delicious in Chinese.