It has been FOREVER since my last blog post. I’ve missed you all so much. I’ve been so busy, but it’s still no excuse to not share my recipes with all of you. Bad Mariel. Bad.

Let me tell you what’s been going on in my life…

  1. My husband and I finally moved into our new place. We bought our new condo around 6 months ago and wanted to remodel a few things, thinking it would only take about 2-3 weeks to get it all ready. Well, as it turns out, we were waaaay off with our calculations. The remodel ended up taking 5 and a half months. The reason being because some of our contractors walked off the job, we were waiting on materials for a long time, and so on and so forth. Lots of crazy stuff went down. We had sold our old house thinking we would get in our new place in no time…wellp, we had to move in with my in-laws for 5 months until the changes to our condo were done. Crazy, crazy times. But our condo is finally done and we’ve moved in (moving was so hard by the way…lots of boxes to carry, furniture to lift, late nights with the hubby screwing furniture together, taking things to donation, selling things we didn’t need…and the list goes on. So, yay…I’m SO glad it’s finally over!)
  2. I have been drafting a cookbook proposal. I am excited about this one. Nothing is set in stone yet, meaning I have no idea if I’ll get an actual contract with a publishing company or not, but we’ll see! I’m doing my best, so hopefully someone likes my proposal and signs a contract to be my 1st cookbook’s publisher! So sick, right?! Help me pray for this to happen, guys. 😉
  3. I am currently looking for a full-time job, since I left my job at Hewlett Packard.

So this is where I’m at, guys. I’ve got lots of fun things going on and lot’s of unknowns, which only makes life exciting! I’ll keep you all posted on where this journey, called “life”, takes me. For now, let me leave you with these delicious Banana Coconut Paleo Muffins. They are delish!

Banana Coconut Paleo Muffins
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Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12 muffins
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 4 (ripe) medium bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • 5 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ cup maple sugar (you could also use maple syrup or RAW honey instead)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Walnuts to top muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place 12 muffin liners in muffin pan and set aside.
  3. In your mixing bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients (coconut flour, maple sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt).
  4. Plug in your food processor and place your ripe bananas in. Pulse until the bananas have taken a paste consistency. Add in your coconut butter and pulse until well combined. Add the rest of your wet ingredients (eggs and vanilla extract) and pulse until incorporated.
  5. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients, and using your spatula, mix well.
  6. Using your ice cream scoop, scoop the muffin mixture from the bowl and carefully place it in each muffin liner until the entire mixture is gone. The mixture yields 12 muffins exactly.
  7. Top each muffin with your desired quantity of walnuts and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes (mine were done by the 34th minute).
  8. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy with a glass of iced tea!! YUM!
Tools You’ll Need:
- Muffin pan
- Muffin liners (12)
- Food processor
- Mixing bowl
- Spatula
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Ice cream scoop
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin -- Calories: 159 Fat: 7 g. Carbohydrates: 16 g. Protein: 4 g.

Banana Coconut Paleo Muffins

Banana Coconut Paleo Muffins


  1. Hey Mariel!
    I was so thrilled to have found your blog for so many reasons 🙂
    The recipes are terrific and exactly what I need as far as low carbs and delish courses. The workouts are great and encouraging as a newbie bodybuilder. And I am so stoked to have found a gal who loves the Lord!
    It makes my heart happy that I’ve found ya, and I appreciate all you put into this blog!
    Congrats on the new home. I’ll be praying for you about the job hunt and the exiting possibility of publishing your own cookbook!
    All the best,

    • Hi Emily! What an awesome comment to read! Thank you so much for all your kind words. 🙂 I am super glad you like the blog and the recipes…and extra thrilled to know you’re a believer! I am very grateful for your prayers 🙂 it truly makes my heart rejoice! Have a great week and hope I hear back from you soon. If you have any recipe suggestions or requests, please leave another comment and I’ll be sure to create a post for those! XOXO.

      • I have an idea 🙂 I’m trying a recipe tonight because I had a hankering for some mashed potatoes. Ever heard of mashed broccoli? Some people do cauliflower too. I think I’m going to experiment a little bit with garlic and cheese added in. I’m not sure if it will end up completely paleo, but it will be low-carb, nutritious, and green! 🙂

  2. Mariel!

    I had no idea so much was happening in your life, how exciting for you and Preston!
    I just wanted to let you know I moved into my apartment and I am on my way to trying lots of your recipes. I haven’t been able to cook for myself since living at home and I can’t wait to test your Paleo dishes.

    I hope to see the new condo soon;)

    Alisha Sweeney

    • Alisha! You’re the sweetest. 🙂 That’s so exciting you got your own apartment now! I am sure you’re enjoying it immensely. 🙂 Nothing like have your own space! I cant wait to hear what you think of my recipes. Let me know which ones you make. Also…next time you’re in Boise, let me know so I can have you and Derek over for some vino and appetizers. 🙂 <3

  3. Hi Mariel,

    Can I use almond flour instead of coconut flour? And can I use regular butter instead of coconut butter? These are the items in my house at the time so I’d like to use what I have already! Thank you for your recipes!


    • Hi Jenny! Unfortunately substituting almond flour for coconut four would not work here, as you’d have to modify every other ingredient in the recipe. Almond flour and coconut flour work very differently and require the support of different ingredients (and quantities) for their appropriate use. You can try some of my other almond-flour based muffin recipes! Here is a link for you:
      Have fun baking! 🙂

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