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Healthy Banana Bran Muffins with Blueberries

Healthy Banana Bran Muffins with Blueberries


Back to school is in full swing! Charlotte isn't in school yet, but a lot of her friends are, so I've been observing and trying to learn all of the tips and tricks because I know we will be there before I know it! I've partnered with some of my favorite bloggers for more back-to-school recipes - scroll to the bottom to check them out too!

As I child, I remember really looking forward to after school snacks! It was always soooo exciting when we came through the door, and smelled a freshly baked treat waiting for us. These healthy banana bran muffins are the perfect after-school snack. Easy for busy schedules, delicious for the kiddos, and healthy for all of us! I made these this past weekend for a quick and easy breakfast, and they were gone in a flash!



Ingredients: 

1/3 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup bran cereal
2 bananas, mashed
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup blueberries

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with liners. 

Combine the buttermilk, bran cereal and bananas in a large mixing bowl. Stir together, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs to the banana mixture and whisk until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and stir until just combined. Gently stir in the blueberries.

Distribute the batter between the muffin tins, filling each to almost totally full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool completely before removing from the liners. Enjoy!









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Refined Sugar Free Blackberry Muffins

Refined Sugar Free Blackberry Muffins




As you know, I'm all about decadent dessert recipes. My Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake comes to mind...or S'mores Cupcakes! But life is all about balance, so I like to throw an easy and healthy recipe idea onto the blog every once in a while too! Especially when it's a healthy and delicious refined sugar free muffin recipe! (Muffins are my weakness.)


These blackberry muffins are sweetened with honey and coconut crystals, for a totally guilt-free dessert or breakfast recipe! They've become my go-to summer breakfast recipe idea. Easy, quick, healthy, delicious. And by the way, I've linked some of my other favorite healthy brunch recipes at the bottom, if you'd like some more ideas!




Makes about 12-18 muffins

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream or full-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup melted salted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries, halved

Topping Ingredients: 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup coconut crystals (If you're not worried about the muffins being completely refined sugar free, you can use brown sugar too!)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with liners. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through cinnamon, and set aside.

Prepare the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add the butter, and gently mash the ingredients together with a fork. Finish quickly with your fingers until the mixture resembles course crumbs. You can also do this by pulsing together ingredients in your food processor. Stick in the fridge until ready to use. 

In another large bowl, combine the eggs, honey, buttermilk, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth and all ingredients have come together. Then gently stir in the dry ingredients. You can also do this in your stand mixer if you'd prefer, with the paddle attachment on low speed. Gently stir in the fresh blackberries.

Fill each liner with about 3/4 full of batter, and then top each with the streusel topping. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Enjoy!





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Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup


This coconut curry butternut squash soup is healthy, delicious and perfect for cold days! It's super easy to make, naturally healthy, gluten-free and easily vegan. Usually butternut squash soup is a fall staple, but I love it year-round. Especially with what feels like a hundred feet of snow on the ground outside and frigid temps, we're all about the warming soups!


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I looooove Thai food, especially curries! My mom and I always love to order pumpkin curry, which is what inspired this new twist on the traditional butternut squash soup recipe. I love the red curry flavor, and that it's not overly spicy. Try serving this with Cheesy Pesto Rolls and a Winter Salad!




Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2-3 lb butternut squash, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 (14 oz) can full-fat coconut milk

Directions: 

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and translucent - about 10 minutes. Add the butternut squash through red curry paste. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce temperature to low, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the butternut squash is fork-tender. Remove from heat, and stir in coconut milk.

Move half the mixture into your Vitamix blender, select the hot soup setting, and start your machine. Continue with the other half of the soup, and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime!

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Fresh and Healthy Winter Salad

Fresh and Healthy Winter Salad


In the summer, I'm obsessed with salads. They're so light and fresh - perfect for warm evenings on the patio. During the winter I definitely crave more comfort foods like macaroni and cheese or cheesy pesto rolls haha! But we've been making an effort to up our veggie intake, which has meant a lot more salads!

I've been trying to keep our salads new and exciting, experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. I love everything about this salad! The juicy pear is delicious with the tart cranberries, and toasted pecans are delicious with a hint of salty feta cheese. Topped with homemade shallot and basil vinaigrette, this is a winter salad that we'll be enjoying all year long!  

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Side note: I recently got these to-go dishes from Villeroy & Boch, and I am obsessed. Aren't they so pretty?? The dishes work perfectly for my salads, and I love that they're not plastic. We've been purging our plastic storage containers, so I really like that these are porcelain. Also eating off of a real bowl is just so much more enjoyable, don't you think? I use the small dish for my dressing, but it would also be perfect for dips and sauces!


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Makes one salad, and about 1/2 cup dressing

Salad Ingredients:

2 cups romaine lettuce
1/2 pear, sliced
1/4 dried cranberries
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons pecans
Optional additions: boiled egg slices, bacon, sliced onion or avocado

Basil Shallot Vinaigrette Ingredients:

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon agave
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
2 tablespoons dijion mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Vinaigrette Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor or blender (I used my Vitamix). Blend until smooth, and add any additional salt and pepper as needed. Serve!





If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@thiscelebratedlife)! I love to see and share your creations!

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