Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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My grandma and I would always make BIG batches of chocolate zucchini bread when I would visit her.  It was a family ordeal — my grandpa would bring in a zucchini from the garden and grandma and I would bake.  My grandma is no longer able to make zucchini bread and I no longer can eat the gluten.  But it was an experience as a little girl I never want to forget.  Work to create fun traditions with your children!

My kids and I love to grow our zucchini and love harvesting it.  Towards the end of zucchini season when we’re all a little sick of zucchini everything we start to pureé the zucchini and freeze it.  We actually measure it out in 1 cup and 2 cup portions so we can easily thaw and use for recipes like this one.   Freezing your veggies in the right portion will save you time later!

work-to-create-fun-traditions-with-your-children-erinlewis-m-ed-chcIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips — I use this kind because they are gluten, soy and dairy free
  • 2 tablespoons organic, fair trade cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic zucchini, pureégluten-dairy-free-chocolate-zucchini-muffins

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Pureé zucchini in a food processor
  • In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the cocoa powder, coconut sugar, flour, baking soda, eggs, vanilla, melted chocolate, and zucchin
  • Stir to combine
  • Pour the batter into baking muffin papers or a glass baking dish if you prefer to make cake or brownies out of the batter
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

Do you have a recipe that is special to you?

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

homemade-pumpkin-spice-latteI love pumpkin — and love it all year long.  So once I started my healthy journey I didn’t want the sugary PSL from popular chain coffee shops.  I struggled to make my own pumpkin spice latte for a long time.  I FINALLY came up with a recipe that I love and is free of added sugars and chemicals.

I have a milkshake blender that I use to blend my pumpkin, almond milk, spices and vanilla.  This gives the mix a frothy creamy texture.  Once it is blended I’ll add in the black coffee.

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1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
1/4 cup of unsweet almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

– blend in a blender until combined, pour in a mug
add 8oz of black coffee, stir to combine

Do you love pumpkin as much as I do?  Would you try this homemade latte?

How to Make Golden Milk Turmeric Paste Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of TEA…. I think of tea!  Black tea, green tea, chamomile, chi — certainly not turmeric.  But a friend of mine stumbled upon this “golden milk” stuff and I was curious so I tried it and was pretty impressed with the creamy golden goodness.

But it was during my bunionectomy and metatarsal osteotomy that I REALLY fell in love with this anti-inflammatory goodness. Turmeric is a tuber and has become well known for its healing powers for indigestion, the immune system, liver health and even protection agains some forms of cancer.

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…I’m glad you asked!  Curcumin (up to 3% by weight), which has been studied extensively for its benefits and is believed to help prevent cancers by suppressing certain environmental factors.  Curcumin may also improve digestion of fats and sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the digestive system.

Of course, Turmeric can be added to many foods as a delicious spice, but for those of us who want to consume it as a health treatment often turn to golden milk because of its potency.  While I was recovering from my foot surgery, I drank a mug of this warm, creamy goodness two or three times a day.  It helped with pain, but also with inflammation and healing.  Now, I enjoy a mug before bed because I find it very relaxing and allows my body to heal and recover while I sleep.  Its just a good time for the immune system to go to work!

Turmeric Paste Recipe

1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
1 cup filtered water (no fluoride)
1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup  cold pressed coconut oil

Directions:
In a stainless steel pot cook together water and turmeric until it forms a thick paste, stir and cook for 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add coconut oil and black pepper, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil. Finally, transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  You can freeze the golden paste if you can’t use it all withinGolden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe for inflammation the two-week time frame.

I’ve had  a few friends and readers question WHY the black pepper.  GOOD QUESTION!!
The black pepper is important because it contains Piperine, a compound known to increase the absorption of turmeric

I must say — I thought I would be SUPER cool and use fresh turmeric root to make my golden paste and turmeric tea.  Word of caution — while fresh turmeric root can absolutely be used, it will turn EVERYTHING, including your hands, countertops, dish towels, tools, etc… a BRIGHT and vibrant shade of yellow.  While this yellow stain is not harmful, and will fade over time, it does take a LOT of time.

My own personal experience with Golden Milk has me a believer in the healing powers of this tuber.

What’s YOUR experience with Turmeric?  Do you have a different recipe you follow?