rainy day muffins.

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it’s been raining for two full days now, and is likely to continue tomorrow as well. you know what happens when a one year old has to stay inside all day? the one year old actually undergoes a slow transformation that goes something like this:

sweet baby -> a little bored baby -> a lion baby on the hunt for anything and everything that she hasn’t yet destroyed (growling and biting is also involved).

thank Gd we put her to bed before she moved onto the next phase which is altogether nonhuman.

here’s how we survived day two of rainy captivity: MUFFINS!
mini paleo pumpkin muffins, to be exact. (gluten, dairy and sugar free)
they are alex and tzofie-friendly, and i added chocolate chips to a few in order to make them emily-friendly too. recipe below.

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mini paleo pumpkin muffins

1c almond flour
1c pumpkin puree*
2 eggs
1/4c almond butter
1/4c honey
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (i made my own from this recipe)
pinch of salt


1. preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius
2. oil a mini muffin pan
3. combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend well.
(i used a kitchen aid, but it wasn’t necessary. i just like to make use of it since it traveled halfway across the world to sit on my counter.)
4. drop about 2 teaspoons worth of batter into the muffin pan
5. bake for 25 minutes, let cool for a bit, then EAT!

*let me say something about canned pumpkin in israel: it’s hard to find and expensive. because i had it, i used it, but you could easily make your own squash puree with the giant “pumpkin” pieces you can buy in the shuk, or use a butternut squash or even sweet potatoes. just roast the squash or sweet potatoes in the oven until tender, then puree in a food processor or with a hand held blender, colloquially known as a “jzujzer”. is there a better spelling for that?

this recipe is very adaptable. you could add raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts etc. depending on who is going to eat them. they can also be made in regular muffin size (though, mini muffins are SO much more fun). just increase the baking time by 5-7 minutes. lastly, since almond butter is also hard to find in israel, you could substitute peanut butter. if you’re concerned about giving honey to your baby under a year, use agave, maple syrup or even apple juice concentrate. i’m a firm believer in experimentation. take this and make it your own. tell me what you tried and how they came out 🙂

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