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Coconut Banana Muffins

Enjoy a gluten-free Coconut Banana Muffin as a healthy snack or a breakfast on the go.  happyfitmama.com

When you have been blogging for some time, you can make a lot of mistakes. Blogging is kind of like one of those ‘you live and learn’ things. When I look back at some of my early posts – YOWZA! I don’t know if I should roll on the floor in fits of laughter or if I should hang my head in shame. I think a combo of both will do just fine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I’d like to think I’ve improved since my first post over four years ago. However, I know there’s so much more that can be worked on. Like I said, live and learn.

One of the many things listed on my blog TO DO list is to go back and clean up old posts with better pictures, pinnable images, fix broken links, etc.  My hope is to try to update a recipe and/or workout at least once a month. So here is the first of many updates needed to old posts.

We rarely have brown bananas in our house. When we do, I either cut it up and toss it in the freezer for smoothies or I’ll try to make some form of banana bread. Over the weekend, we had two perfectly brown bananas on the counter. I asked my kids what I should do with them and the unanimous answer was – Coconut Banana Muffins. Ok, it really wasn’t unanimous. My son said banana bread but my daughter and I persuaded him to change his mind. Girls rule. Boys drool.

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Coconut Banana Muffins
  • 1¾ Cups Oat Flour (use Gluten Free oats if needed)
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Flour
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (the riper the better!)
  • ½ Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ Cup Coconut Sugar or Pure Maple Syrup
  • ⅓ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line a muffin tin.
  2. In medium bowl, combine first eight ingredients.
  3. In a stand mixer, add mashed bananas, coconut oil, eggs and coconut sugar or maple syrup. Beat for one minute.
  4. Add milk, vinegar and vanilla and beat one more minute.
  5. Add dry to wet ingredients and beat till combined.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin, filling ¾ of the way full.
  7. Bake 24 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.


This little muffin appeals to tiny and big hands. My kids’ love when I add a homemade snack like this in their lunchbox for school. And I’ll admit it, I love it in my lunchbox too. Because let’s face it, everything is better in muffin form.

Try these Gluten-Free Coconut Banana Muffins recipe for a healthy snack or breakfast on the go.  happyfitmama.com

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Meal Planning {Week of January 17}

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Hi there!

Happy meal planning Sunday.

The weekends fly by. How is Sunday already? I’m still pushing for a 5 day weekend, 2 day work week. Anyone else want to get that petition started?

Yesterday we had a morning of kid activities – Mr. L. had basketball and Miss A. and I checked out a gymnastics studio. She was insistent on doing dance but at the last minute got cold feet. Now it’s gymnastics. Next week is her first class. I hope she likes it. She’s a little monkey so who knows?

In the afternoon we played. The forecast had called for an all day rain. Instead it was an almost all day snow. The kids made snowmen. And then we went snowshoeing. The kids had a blast. Cooper had a blast (for some reason snow makes him act like a little puppy). Ron and I had a blast. It was a good afternoon.

I’m planning on keeping the good vibes going through today. Have a great Sunday!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + Roasted Root Veggies
Monday: Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, Kale Chips
Tuesday: Healthy Chicken Parm Quinoa Bake
Wednesday: Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls
Thursday: Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Date Night

For more dinner ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up!

What are you having for dinner this week?

Frozen Yogurt Qi’a Bites

The perfect pairing of Stonyfield organic yogurt with Nature's path Qi'a Cereal forms Frozen Yogurt Qi'a Bites.

Disclaimer: As a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I received free products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

You are probably wondering – What the heck is Qi’a????

Isn’t that what I yelled every time we do a move in karate?

Not exactly. And before you get all impressed that I know karate – I took one whole semester of karate in college. Obviously I’m still rocking my white belt.

Qi’a (prounced Kee-ah) means energy. Nature’s Path wanted to bag up that energy in a superfood cereal. Qi’a cereal is full of chia, hemp and buckwheat. This power trio is full of plant-based protein, fiber and ALA Omega 3’s. Whoa! This is definitely a super power mix that is full of energy!

I don’t know about you there’s just something marvelous about combining cereal with yogurt. I love adding granola or hearty cereal to my smoothies or smoothie bowls. Or if I’m having a cup of yogurt by itself, a handful of cereal goes right on top.

Stonyfield Yogurt and Nature's Path Qi'a Cereal

I realize that it’s November and most of us are freezing. But the first thing that came to mind when thinking of ways to combine Stonyfield yogurt and Nature’s Path cereal in a recipe was frozen yogurt. I’m freezing but that doesn’t mean I’m not eating ice cream or frozen yogurt. I have wool socks and gloves on while I’m eating it, but that’s a minor detail.

Combining Qi’a and Stonyfield yogurt and then freezing it, feels almost sinful, like you are eating something that is dessert. When really, you could eat a couple of these for a quick breakfast or snack and get more nutrients than ever. You’ll be able to power through your day like the superhero you are.

I feel silly saying that this is a recipe because like most of my recipes, it’s super simple and requires very little ingredients. In fact, there’s only four.


Frozen Yogurt Qi'a Bites are high in protein and full of nutritents to keep you satisfied for hours.

Frozen Yogurt Qi'a Bites
  • 1 cup Nature's Path Qi'a Cereal
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp water or more
  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic yogurt
  1. Combine Qi'a, dates and water in food processor. Start with 1 tablespoon of water and add as needed to desired stickiness.
  2. Press mixture into the bottom of muffin tins.
  3. Spoon 1-2 tablespoon of yogurt on top of the crust.
  4. Freeze for 4 hours before enjoying.
  5. Store in freezer.

I used French Vanilla whole milk Stonyfield yogurt. Feel free to use your choice of flavor or Greek yogurt.

For more meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina’s weekly link up.

What is your favorite pairing with granola or cereal?