My friend Monica is getting married this month! I am thrilled! Welcome to the club, my friend! Monica and I met during our college years…in the dorms to be exact. She was my R.A. for a while, which meant I saw Monica ALL the time. Halls, cafeteria, dorm meetings/events, you name it. She was an awesome friend to hang out with, the crazy kind…hilarious, energetic and very creative. We could always count on each other when we needed advice, a helping hand or just someone to talk to.

It’s been six years since we met…and now, well, I have the privilege of being one of her bridesmaids. I am so honored and excited. She is going to be a gorgeous bride and it’s going to be an unforgettable wedding.

A rather unique one, I might add.

For one, Monica and her fiancée are having an “In the Woods” themed wedding. The reception and ceremony will take place 45 minutes away from the city, in the middle of the woods (literally). I hear its gorgeous, I’ve never been at the location before.

Secondly, the bride and groom are making their own decorations by hand. They both are artists, so they have been working on various wedding projects since they got engaged! I just can’t wait to see it all.

And thirdly, they are going to have a campout after their reception followed by a potluck breakfast in the morning. How authentic is that? I love their authenticity!

I wanted to do something special for my friend, so I decided to host her bridal shower.

I called it “The Kitchen-Bridal-Shower a la Paleo”. I invited all guests via Facebook (so efficient, love it!) and encouraged them to bring Monica their favorite recipe and a kitchen-related gift.

The shower took place this weekend and it was a lot of fun. Our guests were exposed to all sorts of Paleo treats, enjoying a “healthier” way to celebrate with the bride (we still had wine and champagne…we just couldn’t get rid of spirited beverages in a bridal shower, even if they aren’t purely Paleo!)

Our menu consisted of:

- A “summer-style” salad with spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocadoes, onions, strawberries, pecans, and olive oil/vinegar

- A “grape-chicken-curry” salad

- Egg-white quiche

- Veggie skewers

- Various olives and mixed nuts

- Chocolate Fondue with fruits and Paleo Muffins

The Paleo Muffins that we served with the chocolate fondue were a hit, which is why I am sharing the recipe with you today!

You’ll want to try these out. Aren’t they adorable?

Tools You’ll Need:

  •        2 Muffin Pan (one “mini sized” & one “regular sized”)
  •        Muffin cups (for both “mini” & “regular” sized muffins)
  •        Food processor
  •        Mixing bowl
  •        Spatula
  •        Measuring spoons
  •        Measuring cups

Ingredients:

  •        3 bananas (brown ones preferably)
  •        1 cup Paleo almond butter (get recipe here)
  •       1 tablespoon of raw honey (melted)
  •        1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  •        1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  •        3 eggs
  •        1 cup Paleo almond flour (get recipe here)
  •        ½ teaspoon sea salt
  •        1 teaspoon baking soda

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place muffin cups in the muffin pans. Set aside.
  3. Plug in your food processor. Place bananas, almond butter, honey, vanilla extract, coconut oil and eggs in food processor. Close lid and process until smooth.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, baking soda and sea salt.
  5. Incorporate both dry and wet ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  6. With a ½ teaspoon, scoop batter and carefully fill in “mini” muffin cups. Once all the mini muffin cups have been filled, use the rest of the batter for the regular sized muffins.
  7. Place pans in the oven and bake fore 25-30 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on these little guys…you don’t want them to burn.
  8. Have fun decorating and share them with the ones you love!

* Recipe yields 24 “mini” muffins and 6 “regular-sized” muffins.

* Nutritional information (per mini muffin): 106 calories; 5g fat; 3g carbohydrates; 1g protein.

* Nutritional information (per regular-sized muffin): 238 calories; 20g fat; 13g carbohydrates; 5g protein.

 

18 Responses

  1. Bonnie

    What a great story! That wedding celebrations sounds just perfect and I can’t wait to see pictures of the wedding!

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      :) Thanks Bon! I’ll be sure to take some pictures! I can’t wait to see their creative work!

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  2. Karen C.

    How do you think this would work as banana bread?? I no longer have a muffin pan, but I have 3 brown bananas that are just ASKING to be used in this recipe.

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Karen, it would totally work out! Brilliant idea! Take a pic and share it with us on Facebook, I’d love to see your little creation!

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  3. maegan

    so goo i added a little cinnamon and nutmeg then put a blueberry in each mini muffin my kids loved them!

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  4. Nicole

    Thanks for the fantastic recipe! I made my mini-muffins in a smaller pan without cups (sprayed with EVOO cooking spray) and they were ready to eat in just 10 minutes! I also used 1/2c. coconut meal and 1/2c. almond meal to use up what I had in the cabinet — works great!

    Can’t wait to share these at work tomorrow with all my Paleo-doubting colleagues :)

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Nicole! How did your co-workers like it?! I’m glad you decided to give these a try! :)

      Reply
  5. Devon

    I noticed that you have coconut oil listed in the ingredients, but I don’t see it used in the recipe itself. Am I missing something?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Devon! Thanks for catching my mistake and leaving a comment! I just updated the recipe :) You do have to use coconut oil (mix it in with the wet ingredients)

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Nutritional information (per mini muffin): 6 calories; 5g fat; 3g carbohydrates; 1g protein.

      Nutritional information (per regular-sized muffin): 238 calories; 20g fat; 13g carbohydrates; 5g protein.

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  6. A.Winer

    YUMMY muffins! Thank you!!! I doubled the recipe and will plan to make throughout the week in smaller batches for me and my 3 year old!

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  7. Sarah

    I am allergic to all nuts. How can I make banana muffins without almond butter and almond flour??

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