This week I started prepping and planning recipes to make in bulk for post baby. She's due in just over 9 weeks! WHAT?! This pregnancy has gone lightning fast (after the first trimester, anyways. Woof. So sick.) and I'm just now trying to get my booty into gear on planning, buying and prepping all the things.
Sweet girl will be in our room for the first year or so, so no nursery was designed this time around. Keeping it simple helps not only your prenatal sanity but your budget as well.
Which lets you spend more on high quality, nutritious food for pregnancy and post-baby!
Below is my recipe for a DELICIOUS, easy and homemade Banana Bread Granola. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, its much healthier than granola's your find in your local health food store and it took no time at all to whip up. I make this in large batches, dry it completely, then store it in a sealed glass container to eat on for the week or for a couple of weeks.
I'll be making a triple batch pre-baby arrival, as oats are AMAZING for milk production when nursing.
Also, you could add nuts to this if you like for added protein and crunch, I however am a banana bread purest and don't care for nuts in it.
We are on a muffin kick lately! These Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (paleo and grain-free) are SO easy, so warm and comforting in the cold winter months, freezable to re-heat on busy mornings and they help keep me on track with getting back into my paleo groove. I always find myself coming back to this diet when I need to lower inflammation, help out my cycle, prep for pregnancy, lower my intake of sugar (preach) or drop a couple of pounds.
The last breakfast recipe I posted were my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, so naturally, there is a paleo muffin thing happening in our home.
Other muffin favorites lately have been my Carrot Zucchini Muffins, my Blackberry Almond Muffins and not techincally a muffin but my yeast-free cinnamon rolls keep showing up on the weekends ;)
This was my first time using a recipe with JUST cassava flour (I know, I'm so late to that game) - I've usually mixed it with other flours, but today I made a simple cassava muffin sweetened only with bananas and a dash of vegan chocolate chips.
In our taste test, I thought the family may find them to be not sweet enough but the consensus was that everyone approved and my toddler ate FOUR of them before lunchtime.
So, they'll be hanging out on the meal plan long term.
Enjoy the recipe below and if you make a bunch, freeze some and invite me over for a warm mug of tea because I'm craving some girl time in my busy schedule and am always down for good convo and muffins.
Also! If you're wanting these completely refined-sugar free and fully paleo compliant, nix the chocolate chips and add some fresh or dried berries, nuts or raisins.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Oat Flour Belgian Waffles
2 Large Organic Eggs
5 TBSP. Vegan Butter (I use EB, soy free)
3/4 C. Dairy-Free Milk (I used Almond)
2 TBSP. Pure Maple Syrup
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 3/4 C. GF Oat Flour
2 tsp. my Corn-Free Baking Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
Pre-heat waffle iron and do not grease!
Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Cook in waffle iron according to your irons instructions
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.