Paleo Carrot Banana Muffins

I love sweet pastries. I will eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And dessert, obviously. They are the perfect addition to any time of day. Having a lame Monday? Sink your teeth into a chocolate croissant. I guarantee that you will feel better, if only for a few minutes. Wednesday got you down? Never doubt the power of a good chocolate chip cookie. Sometimes Most of the time, that’s all you need to lift your spirits.

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Most of us, however, are not blessed with lightening-fast metabolisms that allow us to rid delectable butter and sugar out of our systems quickly and without issues. As I have grown older, I have arrived at the utterly heartbreaking conclusion that I cannot eat like I did when I was 13. One brownie every once and a while? Fine. But four in one sitting? My rear end will not thank me, and neither will my stomach. Darn you, digestive system.

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Luckily for us, chefs, bloggers, and homemakers alike have taken an interest in super-healthy cooking in recent years. Remaking your favorite dish with healthy, light ingredients is the hot thing. Why add butter to brownies when you can add applesauce? Throw in a few black beans while you’re at it. No one will know.

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Returning to my love of pastries, one of my favorites is the almighty muffin. One of God’s many gifts to mankind, a muffin makes the most perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. But realistically speaking, if you just smear some icing on one of those bad boys, a muffin is basically a cupcake with some gooey, delicious frosting on top. But hey, why not make a muffin healthy? A few days ago when my muffin craving hit, I decided to google “paleo muffins.” I figured, what the heck, they can’t be so bad.

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After finding this recipe, I tried my hand (and spatula) at these. They may be the most moist muffins I have ever had. The bananas and dates in them add a natural sweetness which makes up for the lack of sugar. I also convinced myself that by using almond meal, I was basically eating almonds, one of nature’s healthiest nuts. The muffins were delicious, and satisfied my muffin tooth (is that a thing? can we make it a thing?) just as fully as a Starbucks muffin could have.

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