Lemon Blueberry Muffins and Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

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Hands up if you’re equally excited to get back into the routine, but also mourning the end of summer. We’re officially back to school, back to the dance, horse, and homework show, and while I thrive on a schedule, things are busy, as I’m sure many of you can relate.

I’m here trying to make the week as streamlined as possible and these are some of the things that have helped me:

– Doing everything you can the night before. This means packing lunches, preparing uniforms (including hair accessories and shoes), packing snacks, and preparing water bottles to fill. I also make a mental note of what the kids have for breakfast, so I can prepare anything in advance.

– Start dinner in the afternoon. Many nights, Liv finishes late with the dance, so I have dinner waiting for the team when they finish their activities for the day. I’ve found that late afternoon, before picking him up at school, is the best opportunity to chop up some veggies and do as much as I can before picking him up.

– Snack preparation! I try to make basic snacks at the beginning of the week so the kids have plenty of options.

Here are two favorites that are loving them lately!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins and Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

Lemon and blueberry muffins

These lemon blueberry muffins have a bright and tangy flavor. P says they taste like pancake muffins! I also like that they are not too sweet. You can absolutely increase the sweetness by adding more coconut sugar or maple syrup. Make a batch and freeze it to have on hand throughout the week. I’ll warm them up and serve them with pre-cooked eggs for a quick morning school breakfast.


Lemon and blueberry muffins

A delicious and healthy muffin recipe that you can make ahead, freeze, and enjoy all week long. Gluten-free and dairy-free.

  • Author: Gina Harney
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Time to cook: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Produce: About fifteen muffin 1x

1 cup gluten free baking mix

1 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

A pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup Maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 eggs

1 cup blueberries

enthusiasm of 1 lemon

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp vanilla

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

Preheat oven to 350 and line a standard muffin pan with liners.

In a small bowl, combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Add the remaining ingredients and add the cranberries last.

Fill muffin cups 3 to 4 full then bake for 15 minutes or until set. Let it cool completely before freezing.

Chocolate and Coconut Energy Bites

These Coconut Coconut Energy Bites taste almost like a chocolate bar and are a great source of healthy fats. The girls love them as a sweet snack and I will include them in their lunch snacks. I like to have them on hand, waiting in the refrigerator, especially when I want a quick snack on the go.


Chocolate and Coconut Energy Bites

A delicious and healthy energy bite recipe that kids love! Make a batch to store in the refrigerator so you can easily eat it all week long.

  • Author: Gina Harney
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Produce: 810 energy bites 1x

1/2 cup raw cashews

8 pitted medjool dates

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (plus more for rolling)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder

pinch of sea salt

1 tsp vanilla

In a food processor, pulse all ingredients until they are chopped and a dough-like mixture forms. (Add a little water if it needs help coming together.)

Form 8 to 10 balls. Roll each ball in the extra coconut like a small coconut layer.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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