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Whole 30 Banana Muffins

Whitney Eaton

whole30bananamuffins

 

After searching high and low and trying many muffin recipes, I was able to craft my own mini-muffin recipe that is whole 30 compliant and an excellent breakfast for baby.

We are coconut lovers at the Eaton residence, so forgive me if you are not so inclined. Coconut is such a polarizing fruit; people seem to love it or hate it. I love it and try to add it to as many of our paleo recipes as possible. Does anyone remember the mocha coconut or the banana chocolate chip frappuccinos Starbucks made back in 2005? (I was a barista in my previous life!) Those frappucinos were so delicious. The mocha coconut came with toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top! When I was behind the bar, I would mix the two and make a banana-mocha-coconut frappuccino. These mini-muffins are reminiscent of that. Admittedly, they're a far cry from the sugary deliciousness that is a frappucino. The essentials are the same, though, and I don't feel so guilty for eating these little guys or sharing them with my little guy.

INGREDIENTS

  • Melted coconut oil or clarified butter
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs (In 2008, the AAP changed their guidelines for introducing egg and other allergy-causing foods into a baby's diet. Of course, following your doctor's advice is always best for your child.)
  • ½ cup sugar free applesauce
  • ¼ cup of coconut flakes 
  • 2 medium sized ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons 100% cacao powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12 cup muffin tin or 24 cup mini-muffin tin using melted coconut oil or clarified butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, salt, baking soda and cacao powder.
  3. In a smaller bowl, beat together with a fork the eggs, applesauce, coconut flakes and mashed bananas.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat by hand for about one minute (You can use the hand mixer, on medium speed, but it isn't necessary).
  5. Spoon batter evenly into your muffin tin cups.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mama's Favorite Apps + GIVEAWAY

Whitney Eaton

Mama's Favorite Apps

I realize you've already seen 23498234 posts like this one, but I wanted to write it anyway. I use and love all of these apps so much. I'm happy to answer any questions about them - this is not a sponsored or paid post. I just really really like these apps and felt the need to share. (The links below are iTunes affiliate links.)

Total Baby - This app was a life saver especially during the first few months. It helped me track Dax's feedings, poops, pees, baths and doctor visits at a time when I was so tired I could barely remember my own name. Be careful though, I did find myself obsessing over whether he was eating and sleeping enough and why he wasn't on an exact schedule. I'm not saying don't be careful, but don't let it get in the way of those precious moments with your baby. Feedings (once we both got the hang of it) were the only peaceful moments we had together in the beginning. I also used this app to track milestones, like sitting up and his first snow day, until I found......

Life Cake - I love this app! Sometimes I forget the milestones I should be documenting. Life Cake gives you suggestions based on your baby's age. I have not even started a baby book - everything is in this app. It is lovely - and the timeline makes it easy to compare Dax at different ages. You can also invite family and friends to the app; they're able to view the timeline and even buy prints. No more printing photos and mailing them to grandma! 

Wave Sounds - I prefer this to the white noise apps out there. It gives you the option of listening to different tides from around the world. Since Dax sleeps in our room, it's preferable to white noise. I fall asleep pretending I'm going to bed in the Bahamas with my balcony door open... ahhhhhh.... 

Moms Pump Here - I don't mind breastfeeding in public, but I prefer more privacy than most. This app helped ease some of my nursing discomfort by letting me know if a venue nearby is nursing friendly. I was so surprised to find so many of the fun places in Dallas are nursing friendly! It's awesome! Dax and I have adventured all over the city without fear of being stuck in a dirty bathroom stall trying to feed the baby. Disclaimer: this app may not work as well if you live in a rural area. However, the more people that use it, the better the app gets. 

Home Routine - I used this app long before Dax came along, but it has been even more useful since his birth. It prevents me from losing total control over the household chores. I like that it breaks down the deep cleaning by zone. This feature keeps me from going on a cleaning tangent (like randomly cleaning the oven because I notice the door is dirty) because I know I'll be doing that deep cleaning in the coming weeks. Time saver, anxiety easer, love it. 

Ibotta - I swear this is not just a shameless plug to get your referral fee - although here is the link if you want to help a girl out! I use this app as I'm meal planning, and I've gotten $46 back this year alone! It is the best of the rebate apps by a long shot. It isn't limited to groceries, and the bonuses give you huge rebate potential. Plus, it's money the hubby doesn't know I have! Can we say new shoes...?! 

What are your favorite apps? I'm an app addict, I'd love to try them out.

And now for the reason you're all here:

We would like your opinion on which color combos to produce for summer. Select your favorite below and cast your vote for a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to buy buy baby!

If you have any questions or just want to chat, I can easily be reached at whitney@llamamama.co. 

- Whitney

5 Books That Got Me Through

Whitney Eaton

5 Books on Motherood

(Post contains affiliate links)

I know what you're saying: "I'm sorry. You're telling me to read books? When do you think I have time to read a book - before, during or after the millionth diaper change/midnight feeding/cry sesh?"

You're right, but hear me out. You need time for yourself, and you need encouragement. These books gave me that during the first few months of Dax's life. Dax would only sleep when being held (and still does, don't judge!). It often feels like a curse, but it can be such a blessing. Otherwise, I don't think I would ever stop to breathe. During his naps, I grab a book (sometimes the remote, don't judge!) and some encouragement. 

1. The Supermom Myth, by Becky Kopitzke: One of the moms in my play group recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad. The title speaks for itself. Blogger Becky Kopitzke breaks down eight "villains" we must conquer in motherhood, but not the ones you might expect (i.e. sleep habits, feeding schedules). She covers the real stuff like resenting your husband for getting to go to the office and comparing yourself to other "pinterest perfect" moms. It is relatable, honest and comforting. Read this for sure.

 

2. Comforts from the Cross, by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick: This month long devotional was given to me at the end of Little Legacies, the 8 week mommy and me group hosted at my church for first time moms. I love it. I had forgotten how important it is to focus on the gospel! What a terrible thing to forget. This book encouraged me every day by reminding me that I am a sinner. Nothing I do can change that, so I need to come to God and rest in his glory and the magnitude of what he has done for me. I found myself thinking I could do this parenting thing on my own, and then feeling like a failure when I would break down. We need to be reminded of how human we are, and how God provides. This devotional was the perfect prescription for my ego. 

 

3. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, by Gloria Furman: This is very similar to Comforts from the Cross, but specifically written for mothers. I love that you can go awhile without reading a page and easily pick up right where you left off. It is immensely encouraging and got me through so many of the times I thought exhaustion was going to overtake me emotionally. 

 

4. Stuff Every Mom Should Know, by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss: This book is sort of an extension of Heather and Whitney's blog, Rookie Moms, which I recommend. It has practical advice about all sorts of things like how to meet other moms (very important to me) and types of parenting. I most appreciate that they present the topics without judgment and with a little humor. I definitely recommend this one for a little pick me up too. 

 

5. Bringing Up Bebe, by Pamela Druckerman: I have to put a disclaimer on this recommendation: in my opinion, there is no one way to parent, all children are different, so I recommend reading everything (short of the Bible) as simply one person's opinion, take it or leave it. However, the sheer volume of 5 star reviews of this book should be enough to tell you it's worth reading. Though the author references medical and professional studies, but I would need to visit France myself to actually believe French parenting to be a thing at all, let alone such an amazing thing. (Think my husband would buy this as a legit excuse for a vacation?) I still very much enjoyed the storytelling in this book, and as for some of Druckerman's observations I may even choose the "take it" option. 

Whether or not it is with a good book, find time for yourself and find encouragement anywhere you can. Motherhood is hard, and you're not alone!