I’ve got nothing for you guys today. I know super boring right? I’m still holding out on spilling the news that I have to share with you, but I promise next week will be the week. It will also be the week right before I little getaway. Ahhhh! I love little getaways! Now that we are closer to the mountains we are taking a few days and leaving the kids back with the grandparents and headed to a cabin in the woods. Ahhh, I’m already day dreaming about it. What will I do with quiet surrounding? Maybe finally read that book I’ve started 100 times only to stop and have to reread because I forgot how it started. Yes, that has happened but I have an excuse. Again, next week I will spill the news.
Oh, I do have something to tell you!!! I love it when I start to type and my brain unclogs. So….I’m doing my very first Paleo speech! Yikes! Yes, I’m nervous but I’m super excited to spread the paleo word and open others eyes to something that will change their life. My speech is among those I adore since it will be at the kick off of our Paleo Challenge at my crossfit box. I love crossfit and the community around it! If you crossfit you know exactly what I’m talking about. I love my little box and all the new friends I’ve made just in the short 2 1/2 months since we’ve moved to Charlotte. Such an amazing group of athletes and coaches! I’m honored to be asked to speak but only hope I get up there and don’t make a complete fool out of myself. But seriously, I’m really excited to talk Paleo!
Ok, now for muffins! These pretty much saved me this weekend on my road trip to Atlanta. I actually had to make them again because between myself and the rest of my family we ate the first batch before I could even take photo’s. Now yes, these have a little maple syrup but you can omit it and still get the sweetness from the dates. Also, nuts….if you don’t like them and don’t want them well those can be removed too. Don’t worry these muffins will still rock your muffin world without them too….well in my humble opinion. I also get a lot of questions or comments involving sweet potato not being paleo. Well they are paleo in my world because I workout about 4 to 5 days a week and it’s a great carb recovery food for me. If you don’t eat sweet potato swap it out for pumpkin or butternut squash and you are set. Enjoy guys!
Maple Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins with Spiced Pecans
7 medjool dates, pitted
¾ cup sweet potato mash (about 1 small sweet potato)
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
½ cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor add dates, sweet potato mash, coconut milk, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and maple syrup and process until smooth and dates are completely broken up.
In a small bowl whisk together the dry ingredients; coconut flour, spices, salt, and baking soda.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the bowl of food processor. Process the wet with the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
Remove blade from bowl. Using a ice cream scoop, scoop batter evenly into the 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients and stir together to evenly coat the pecans. Top muffins with pecan mixture.
Bake muffins in preheated in oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Allow muffins to cool completely and enjoy.
Store muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can also be frozen to enjoy later.