TRIED AND TESTED - Coconut banana berry muffins (grain and refined sugar free)

I thought I would start sharing with you some of my tried and tested and favourite recipes. It's good to get recipe recommendations, especially when you are trying to cook gluten free or grain free or refined sugar free. You can spend ages trying to find suitable recipes, there are so many recipes out there that promise deliciousness but sadly fail to deliver! Have you had that experience? It's so disheartening - wasted time, and wasted ingredients - not cool.
 
A friend and myself have been running cooking classes over the last couple of years. We help people who are just starting out on the real food / restricted diet journey. We give them tips and ideas and share with them some of our favourite recipes. Tried and tested recipes, yummy recipes, that actually work, don't have a huge long list of ingredients, and are quick and simple to make - that's what we're all about.
 
So I'm going to share the recipe sharing love around and with you guys too :) I will label all these recipes TRIED AND TESTED so you will be able to find them in my side bar once I start adding more.
 
 
These are my new favourite muffins at the moment, I am making them on a weekly basis.
They tick all the boxes.
 
 :: COCONUT BANANA BERRY MUFFINS ::
 
You can find the original recipe here at The Hearty Soul. I have made a few little amendments - I have reduced the maple syrup and added the tapioca and ground nuts/seeds to make them a little more dense. Normally I make double the recipe and freeze some so we can enjoy them all week. (When I double the recipe I don't double the fruit - just do 3 bananas and 1 1/2 cups berries.)
 
- 2 ripe bananas, well mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup ground nuts/seeds (ones in photo had almond, last time I used sunflower and flax seeds)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup fresh or frozen organic berries
 
Mix together all the ingredients except for the berries (you can use a blender if you wish). Stir the berries through at the end (I often chop up some of the bigger ones).
Pour into lined muffin tins.
Bake at 180 c for about 15 minutes.
 

Swimming with dolphins

We were very lucky indeed to be able to have an amazing experience at our little local beach a few weeks ago! There were two dolphins and they spent the whole day there, they seemed to be having a wonderful time playing with all the people.
 







My kitchen

I'm in spring cleaning mode (even though it's Autumn). My terms are so busy teaching the kids and running them here and there, so I enjoy having some free time during the holiday that I can use to get on top of things, things that get ignored during the busy term. I also spend some time in the kitchen making bulk meals for the freezer - which are SOOO appreciated during the term.
 
 
I printed off a very thorough spring cleaning list from the internet and spent a morning getting the kitchen all spick and span. The kids gave me a hand, they happily get busy if I give them a spray bottle and cloth of their own. (By the way, use this recipe to make your own natural spray). 
 
It felt so good to give the kitchen a deep clean, we even tidied and wiped out all the cupboards and drawers. Isla even cleaned the toaster and the kettle for me. Every single surface got cleaned and polished and the lights were wiped of all the fly dirt, ewww!
 
 
 
I took the opportunity while it was clean to take some photos of my new (90%) finished kitchen. A bit different from my cute little old one person kitchen - (which I did love for it's funny little ways). I say 90% because there still a few cupboards that need to be added - one above the microwave and one above the oven which will hold the extractor fan. Plus we need to tile the wall behind the oven.
 
 


 
I've also managed to give the bathrooms a 'spring' clean and the laundry. I've cleared out a whole lot of stuff too and taken it to the opp shop, it's so therapeutic! But now I have a cold and my energy levels are rather low, so I'm not sure if I will get to the bedrooms and lounge. Pretty happy with what I achieved anyway, the other rooms can wait till the next school holidays!