Sunday, May 17, 2015

Banana Nut & Maca Muffins | Gluten Free

I went to the Celiac Disease Foundation's 2015 Expo earlier this month, and was really blown away by how many friendly vendors (some I knew others didn't) I came across, products sampled and laughter shared. Pamela's Products were one of the vendors there & I scored some samples of their baking flour. They've made allergen-free products for a long time We had really perfect gloomy weather in Los Angeles the past few days which gave me craving to bake. I adapted their recipe and added warming spices & maca powder. 

banana maca walnut muffins @

Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family and its rich in B, C, and E vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is fiber dense and has been traditionally used in Peru as a stress-fighting adaptogen, increase stamina, and combat fatigue. It has a nutty flavor but its best used with warming complements like these muffins. However, feel free to omit the maca powder and do not consume maca root if you are pregnant or lactating. 

These muffins are perfect for a gloomy easy morning binge watching shows on Netflix, or a filling breakfast addition. 

Oh and I found edible flowers at the market from Rocket Farms, I used some to make a tea and others just for a garnish.

Banana Nut & Maca Muffins *adapted from Pamela's Product baking recipe

4 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter alternative)
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 bananas)
1/3 cup raw honey (or maple syrup)
1 flax egg* 1/2 cup water + 2 tbsp flax seeds
3/4 cup Pamela's All Purpose Flour Blend
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts & pecans 

1 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of organic maca powder *optional
pinch of nutmeg

Use a non-dairy butter or oil to grease a muffin pan, preheat oven to 350 degree

  • Mix the water & flax seeds. Stir until it becomes a gel.
  • In a bowl, mix together mashed bananas, honey, oil, spices, mac, sea salt, vanilla & flax egg
  • Mix well until all ingredients are throughly dispersed
  • Add dry ingredients: all purpose flour & baking powder
  • Fold in chopped nuts
  • Add the mixed contents into the greased muffin pan and gently smooth out the top. 
  • *optional dab a little tiny bit of honey (or maple syrup) to the tops of the muffin
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes until the fork comes out smooth, or your desired 
  • remove from oven and let cool, top with edible flowers if you'd like
  • store any leftovers in a glass/airtight contained 
As I mentioned, you can make these vegan by subbing out honey for maple or coconut syrup, or raw sugar
Blueberries or chocolate would make an excellent addition too, go visit the farmers market
If you dont have flax seeds, you can use chia seeds to make the vegan egg replacement
I used coconut oil, if you use a butter alternative please use a non-palm oil based one

Thursday, May 14, 2015

“Memory and dream are intermixed in this mad universe.”

Where does the time go? Literally where does it go? Between university, starting up freelance artwork commissions, and getting out of the house as much as possible I find a rhythm in Spring that involves conversation, walks with canine creatures, forcing myself to sit still and watch films, and reading. I have been filling my sketchbook with freehand concepts, visualizing. I suppose I am accepting momentum. I used to be a very shy person who second/triple/quadruple guessed life instead of taking chances. I'm exponentially grateful that I walked my way out of that mindset.

Many people contemplate the concept of happiness but I think its easy to accept an idolized, sometimes wayward form of it. I think happiness can be found in surrounding yourself with whatever makes you feel alive | inspired | whole.  And it differs for everyone and that's pretty special. Pursue your passion but take deep breaths along the way.

I sound really positive but its a work in progress. I try not to strive for perfection because I would much rather discover contentment with embracing myself.

fox painting