Chocolate for Breakfast and Other Pleasant Surprises

I apologize in advance for the shit photo but these muffins were out of control

While simultaneously trying to clear out my food stores and come up with some festive baking projects, I threw these muffins together to bring in for breakfast.  The best part?  CHOCOLATE.
 
 
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Muffins
 
2 c Almond Flour
1/4 c Flax Meal
2 t Cinnamon
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Baking Powder
2 Bananas, mashed
1 c Pumpkin puree
1/2 large Sweet Potato, grated
4 Eggs
1 t Vanilla
1 c Dark Chocolate Chips (I used 75% cacao)
 
 
Combine all ingredients well.  Spoon into lined muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
 
These made the best breakfast for a nasty cold Monday morning back at the office when nobody else is here…about 99.999% of the Army is already on Christmas leave and I’m still here for another week all by my lonesome.  *Sigh*
 
You could certainly try these with 2 cups of pumpkin and without the bananas, but I find that keeping a couple of really ripe bananas in the mix keeps grain-free baked goods really moist and adds a wonderful hint of sweetness.  I wasn’t originally going to add the sweet potato but I’m so glad I did–I had a half leftover from last week’s banana-yam muffins and it gave them a wonderful nutty texture and an earthiness that paired really well with the chocolate and cinnamon flavors.  SO GOOD…I’ll be making a big batch of these before we leave so we have something tasty to snack on while we drive.
 
In other news, I stumbled across a few new web resources I’m really excited about:
 
 
Randomly generates a WOD based on what kind of equipment/facility/inkling you happen to have, be it weightlifting, bodyweight workouts, kettlebells, couplets, C2, etc.  How cool is that?!
 
 
I’m always looking for new Paleo foodie type resources, so I was thrilled when a blog I hadn’t already heard of was featured on Chris Kresser’s list of the best Paleo recipe sites.  These South Carolina Crossfit coaches are also authors to over 100 incredible recipes (many Southern-inspired, like their stuffing hushpuppies and…*drool*…fried chicken skins).  They’ve also got one of the best info-graphics I’ve ever seen…the Health-Bent Umbrella.
 
I also did a little research on some new Crossfit gyms…trust me, I love Defiant but we might be re-locating soon (oh, Army, you love to shake things up as soon as I get comfortable), so I was scouting out some potential candidates.  The nice thing about any military post is that there are usually a few options to choose from nearby, or at least a good facility on post that offers Crossfit classes.
 
I’m only working till noon today (yay for holiday half-days!), so this afternoon I’m heading home to finish up the first wave of wedding invites (I divided them into family/bridal party and friends to make it more manageable).  Tonight we’ve got “Daniel” laying in wait to kick our asses…if I haven’t been reduced to a pile of steamy lactic jell-o, I’ll let you know how it went.
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