Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins


**Image above is a stock photo. The entire batch was eaten before I remembered to snap a pic. Since these are made with coconut flour, their presentation is not as perfect as the one above. However, don’t let that stop you from making them.  My entire family eats them- that says a lot!


  • 3 Very ripe bananas
  • 6 eggs room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (75g) coconut flour, packed
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz. chocolate chips



  1. Grease and/or line your muffin tins and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract until fully combined.
  3. Add the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into your muffin tin.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean and if you press down light on the top of the muffin, it should bounce back.


New York City Date Weekend

In October, Keith and I stole the opportunity to getaway in NYC alone for a date weekend. Our trip did. not. disappoint! We went in July as a family, details on that trip are here.

Once again, I was surprised HOW much I love NYC! I don’t consider myself “fancy” at all and actually love a slow vacation (think warm blanket, mug of coffee and a book in hand). However, I do in fact LOVE New York City. It is sensory overload in the best way. The smells, the sounds, the food, the lights and the people watching- hard to top!

Since we had recently vacationed here and done all the touristy things. This time we could focus on just being together, eating good food, shopping and seeing new things. Really low pressure 🙂

Here was our weekend Itinerary.

Day 1: We had a departing flight from Atlanta at 3p but our flight was delayed by 2 hours due to weather. Then, upon landing, we jumped in the wrong Uber, had to turn around and return to airport for correct Uber. There is also major construction at LaGuardia airport. Pretty great instructions on how to navigate are here.  After we arrived at our hotel. It was pretty late but we found our way to Jack’sWife Freda for dinner- We had the most delicious Crab cakes, fried zucchini cauliflower and arugula salad. The atmosphere was perfect too.

Day 2: We slept in and headed to Black seed bagel. I ordered the BEC on everything w Café au lait. Then we walked (almost 8 miles that day to be exact) through Chinatown and Little Italy, more shopping and had an early Dinner at Supper – the best tiramisu on Earth- I would know 🙂 Followed by  Beautiful the Carole King Musical -incredible, seriously Best day/date ever! Beautiful far exceeded my expectations and is now hands down my favorite Broadway Show.

Day 3: We began the day by eating again!! We were in line bright and early before Clinton St. Baking company opened to get a seat. They serve the most delish pancakes and Keith got a large mug of apple cider. Later we watched the Auburn football game at St. Pat’s Bar and Grill. The food was typical pub type food, nothing impressive. However, it was neat to hang out with NYC Auburn fans. And, while there we even met a couple actually from Auburn and another couple we were friends with in college. Crazy to be in NYC and see people you know. After the game, we walked to Hudson Yards, The High Line and The Chelsea Market (which was so insanely crowded it couldn’t be enjoyed).

Day 4: We started our day at Blue bottle coffee company iced latte and an egg muffin that I’m still daydreaming about. Then we returned to our room to pack up and fly home.

Random extra thoughts:

  • Many of the NYC hotels do not offer in room complimentary coffee. So, I had to get completely dressed to go down to the lobby for coffee. Random but important.
  • Do NOT stress about what to wear. You cannot be unfashionable in NYC. You see it all. I stressed too much about what to pack/wear and upon arrival I quickly realized it was all wasted time.
  • I forgot to bring my Phone battery pack and wished I had it.
  • K downloaded a NYC subway app which proved to be super helpful and we bought the $29 metro card.
  • Many restaurants are cash only.
  • New Yorkers are really nice. I had heard the contrary but both times I met the most interesting, kind people (that I decided I wished I could be friends with:). One cultural difference to note is they do not make eye contact and smile like most southerners do.
  • I wanted to go to church on Sunday really bad. However, we didn’t because I thought we didn’t have time. Next time, I’ll plan my trip to ensure I can visit Hillsong and maybe Brooklyn Tabernacle. I think that would be awesome to experience a worship service there.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

  • Martha White Chocolate Chip Muffin Pack (like this)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • 1 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (or sub cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine all and spoon into a greased muffin tin.

Bake approximately 15 minutes.

*I love, love these so much that I have to refrain from eating the entire pan. They’re a Fall tradition in our house. The next time I make I will experiment with adding some protein powder to the mix.

All the Fall Things

Who knows why, but I am especially nostalgic recently. Maybe it is because my baby is now 6. There are so many things I see that make me realize this season is ending. He will not be amused with those novelties soon, teardrop.

Typically super practical and frugal, I have splurged more lately- justifying these purchases because I know the kids are changing stages of life and outgrowing so many things.

I better decorate more now, I better buy him the sweet pajamas, I better do all the things while I still can 🙂

For example:

  • I have already bought giant pumpkins and a wreath for the front porch. I bought these to decorate with and Keith bought these.
  • While shopping at TJ Maxx, I bought a delicious Pumpkin pie scented candle for the kitchen – Much to Keith’s chagrin. He has an aversion to smells, especially deliciously strong ones. Thankfully, when I was shopping they didn’t have these. They’re my absolute favorite. T
  • Splurged on these for Gaines, running out of time for things like this. Nothing sweeter than a “baby” in sweet and soft pajamas.
  • Stumbled on these cute gift tags, haven’t gone all in yet.
  • Enjoying drinking my first cup of coffee on the back porch since the temps are a smidge cooler in the morning. These fall cups elevate the experience.
  • These remind the kids of Fall and so of course I have already purchased a bag. Yep, even the dentist’s kids eat candy, ha!

This is the recipe that I make every. single. fall. I love to make them in muffin tins.

What are your favorite fall traditions?

PS. Adorable infant costumes that I shared with a friend: I thought this , this and this was cute