Chai Breakfast Muffins

Chai Breakfast Muffins | savoringsimple.comHow do you feel about chai?

In my kitchen, we <3 chai everything.  I’m talking lattes, smoothies, frostings….if it will taste even passably normal after I add copious amounts of cinnamon + cardomen + nutmeg, we’re in. We’re sooooo in.  So these Chai Breakfast Muffins?  They’re a hit.  I actually had a hard time photographing them because Sam and I were both reaching for them as I worked.

Notice how many are missing in these photos.  We seriously can’t stop.

Gluten free & Vegan Chai Breakfast Muffins | savoringsimple.com

I feel like I should come clean and tell you that I’m eating one right now.  In my pajamas. Catching up on Bobby Flay and pretending I’m not scared of learning how to grill.  I have high goals of one day semi-soon hosting large bbq’s with all my friends coming over and marveling at 1) how awesome my backyard looks and 2) how delicious/put-together/pinterest-perfect the bbq spread is.  In order for this to happen, I’ve determined I probably should learn how to grill, because right now I leave that up to Sam as fire = scary and my patience level = nada.

But I can learn, right? In exchange for some perfectly charred peaches and flaky smoke-infused kabobs, I’m willing to try.

Also, I’m just now realizing I should learn to garden, if we’re going to really live up to my fantasy backyard extravaganza. My lack of knowledge of all things domestic is clearly non-existent. *cue exaggerated sigh*

And cue very, very, VERY weak segway from domesticàhouse because GUESS WHO HAS A HOUSE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Yupppp. In one week EXACTLY, we will be signing no less than one thousand sheets of paper in order to buy OUR FIRST HOUSE.

And no, we won’t be moving in.  Not for quite a while, actually (well, like 4 weeks).  First things first guys: The Kitchen must be gutted. And I really do mean gutted.  You will see pictures, I promise, but not until the renovations have been made so you can compare the before & after.  But in the meantime, I’m semi-seriously refusing to move in. Sam was like “Let’s move in” and I was like “….mmmmm. No.  Kitchen first, pleaseeeeeee?” And then I did my very best to bat my eyelashes at him and convince him that we should renovate before moving in all the way.  Chai Breakfast Muffins may or may not have been used as a selling point, just saying.

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I really want to tell you everything, but without pictures, it won’t be as interesting to you as it is to me, the –> –> –> FIRST TIME HOMEOWNER <– <– <–!!! I’ll just give you the Chai Breakfast Muffins recipe and be on my merry way, probably to stalk Pinterest some more in search of all the DIY projects I can possibly find for my NEW HOUSE!!!! 😄😄😄

Chai Breakfast Muffins

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Chai Breakfast Muffins (Vegan, GF)
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Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ c. greek yogurt (or vegan equivalent, such as coconut yogurt)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. cardomen
  • ½ t. ground ginger
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • ¾ c. brown rice flour
  • Optional Glaze:
  • ¼ c. coconut yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1-2 t. coconut milk, if needed for consistency
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth (or use an electric beater). Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and whisk to combine-you may need to melt the coconut oil first to keep it from clumping.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined, being sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Pour 1 T. of batter into prepared muffin tins (either greased or lined with muffin tins). If you have batter leftover, split it evenly into each muffin.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops have set and are turning golden. Remove and let cool before whisking together the glaze and spooning over the muffins.
 

Raspberry Citrus Smoothie

Raspberry Citrus Smoothie-Vegan and Gluten free | savoringsimple.com

Happy Weekend!

Remember how I was talking about my recent citrus addiction?  Well, it’s not just hitting me in Flourless Lemon Cake form:

Raspberry Citrus Smoothie-a perfect meal replacement or breakfast on the go! | savoringsimple.com

This Raspberry Citrus Smoothie is a pretty fair representation of my kitchen right now, and I don’t regret it for a moment. The mandarin oranges plus the sweet tang of the raspberries makes this a perfect spring breakfast….or lunch….or both.  I drank 1-2 of these every day this week because every moment not at work was spent outside.  I’m almost certain Sam is going to start complaining about the amount of blender food we’re eating soon, because his inner meat lover does not jive with all of my smoothie and sauce and guacamole loving self all the time. He rallies, but he’s not 100% on the I-drink-my-meals train, you know?

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This flourless lemon cake is gluten free and dairy free, delicious, and healthy enough for breakfast or brunch! | savoringsimple.com

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I don’t care. You can practically smell Spring in the air, and I’m Ready with a capital R because Rachel & Winter/the Cold do not mesh well.

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Green Glow Smoothie-with 4 ingredients you probably already have on hand in your fridge! | savoringsimple.com

I’m super excited to share this recipe with you guys!

You know those days you have a stroke of pure GENIUS and it results in something delicious and creamy and frothy and healthy and glowy?

Yes. Glowy. I’m hereby adding it to your dictionary, and you’re going to like it. A lot.

It started out as a lull. A lull in our Saturday, where both Sam and I were lethargic, bored, and honestly a little crabby. You know those moods you get in where nothing sounds good and you’re tired of every activity you can think of before you even begin? It was one of those lulls. It ended with this Green Glow Smoothie, which I’m declaring an offical ender to all such lulls. And THEN we added my favorite new Read more