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Secret Recipe Club

It’s Monday.

The only special Monday of the month though.

Secret Recipe Club Monday!

Let’s dive in head first, shall we?

This month I was delighted to found out that my secret blogger was international!

Yep, my secret blogger this month was the lovely Louise, the awesome wife, mom, and food-aholic behind the blog, Lick The Spoon.

Louise lives in Australia…so naturally, I am super jealous.

Now, I must say that Louise has an extensive, kick-ass recipe list, so of course I wanted to cook and bake everything I could get my hands on.

However, I had my eye on her Pear Crumble Breakfast Muffins.

Only, I didn’t have any pears…so I used apples.

Oh my word.

Soooooooo good!

I decided I was going to put some apple butter jam up in these.


Oh, and you know I put some apple chunks up in these too!


But the crumb topping…


y’all…this is serious business.


It’s like a super buttery, crumbly, crunchy heavenly mixture all toasted


up on this fluffy, muffin masterpiece.


This muffin is the shiz-nit.


These muffins are major!


Plus, I totally paleo-fied them.


So, ya know…you can have one…or five.


Oh, a warning to the wise: they cause induced hypnotization in dogs.


This is the only time we are b.f.f.’s…ever 😉

4.7 from 3 reviews
Apple Butter Crumble Muffins
Recipe type: Muffins, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
Muffins made w/ apple butter jam, chock full of sweet apple chunks, and topped w/ a crunchy walnut crumble topping. Gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free.
  • For the muffins:
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. ground cloves
  • ¼ t. ground ginger
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ¾ c. liquid egg whites, or 4 large eggs
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • ½ c. apple butter jam
  • 1 small, honey crisp apple, roughly chopped
  • For the topping:
  • ½ c. ground walnuts or walnut flour
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ¼ c. chopped walnuts
  • 2 T. coconut oil, softened
  1. For the muffins, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9 muffins cups w/ cooking spray or line w/ paper liners and grease the liners w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, stevia, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and baking soda.
  3. Stir in the eggs, evoo, almond milk, and apple butter.
  4. Fold in the chopped apple.
  5. Evenly distribute the batter between the prepared muffin cups.
  6. For the topping, in a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients until combined and a crumbly topping begins to form.
  7. Sprinkle the topping over each one of the muffins.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are slightly golden and a toothpick inserted into each muffin comes out clean.
  9. Let cool slightly then devour!



Fist Pump.


It’s Friday…fist pump(s) are in order.

I’m on the hunt for a job.

Anyone have connections in Houston?

Send em’ my way!

I need a change of pace.

I’m kind of upset that Christmas is over.

I even got a little sad when the decorations were taken down this year.

I think it’s because I get to hang out with my family more often.

It’s always amazing.

So, I am going to continue celebrating Christmas here on the blog w/ Christmas themed food.

This will probably be my last pumpkin post for the holiday season.


Let’s talk pumpkin butter.


It’s like all the holiday flavors combined into one silky, smooth, thick, luscious jar of pumpkin jam.


Actually, that’s exactly what it is.


It’s amazing spread on top of crispy toast, my scrambled eggs, or a slice of banana bread.


Butttttttt…what if we put it into the bread?




bet I just blew your mind.


I just solved all your problems.


You love me.


Admit it.

Pumpkin Butter Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Quick Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10
Melt in your mouth pumpkin bread spiced w/ ginger, cinnamon, and cloves and made w/ thick, creamy, pumpkin butter jam. Gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, nut-free.
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. ground cloves
  • ¼ t. ground ginger
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ c. pumpkin butter jam
  • 3 T. light coconut milk
  • pumpkin butter, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-in. loaf pan, or two mini loaf pans w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, salt, baking powder, and spices.
  3. Stir in the eggs, egg whites, evoo, pumpkin butter, and coconut milk until smooth and even.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter between the two mini loaf pans.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean.
  6. Let the loaves cool completely.
  7. Slice and serve w/ additional pumpkin butter.




let’s do some New Year goal-setting.

After-all, this is a chance for a fresh start.

We all know that organization can take a back seat to our lives occasionally.

At least in my life, ESPECIALLY when it comes to MEAL PLANNING.

I bet y’all think I’ve got meal planning down to a science.

Just because I talk about food all the time doesn’t mean I have all of my meal’s planned out.

In fact, some of my best meals are due to on the fly planning.

But let’s plan together…it will make our lives simpler.

Allow me to introduce you to my new little tool: ZIPLIST.

Tons of mine and you’re favorite sites use ZipList, so of course I wanted to add it to my site as well!

Here’s a little tutorial just in case you have no idea what on earth I am gabbing about 😉

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 12.07.36 PMAlong the top navigation menu under the “mangia” header on my front page, you can click on “Recipe Box”. This will take you to your own personalized recipe box where you can save from my site or any other site on the web.

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 12.10.54 PMFor example, if you want to save a recipe from Mangia, just click the “Save” button in the top right hand corner of the recipe. This recipe will show up in that same spot, right next to the “Print” button, on each recipe that I have on my site.

Moving on, a page will appear that looks like this

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 12.20.09 PMthis will allow you to create an existing account or use you’re already existing account to log in.

Once you have added the recipe to you’re recipe box, you may also add it to you’re shopping list.


Oh, and you can bet you can pull that list up on you’re smartphone app while you’re at the store.

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You see that “Grocery Deals” tab up there?

Yea, that will take you to a page with all of these FABULOUS COUPONS.

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I know I just blew yall’s mind.

I hope you will love ZipList as much as I do.

Please, please, use it…it will rock your world.

Oh, and if you have any questions feel free to comment or hit me up via email!

Happy Tuesday!


 I love, love, love watching celebrity awards shows.

But only for the red carpet.

Because that’s the most important part, right?


I could care less who wins these things.

For me, it’s all about the glitz and the glam.

The dresses…OMG!

If I had that kind of money.

Well, honestly, it’d probably be vintage…but ya know what I mean.

If I were famous, I’d wanna sleep on the red carpet.

I wonder what they eat at the Golden Globes.

I can only imagine who caters it!

Maybe me one day…hah!

I also like to snack on things while I watch these awards shows.

Then I like to wonder what these women do to fit into these dresses.

Do they eat granola?


Probably not.


I’m pretty sure I’d be the Jennifer Lawrence type actress who tells their manager, posse, tabloids, and paparazzi to “blank” off when they comment on her weight.


Nobody in their right mind would tell me to step away from the barbecue in exchange for a green juice with…god knows what in it.


Don’t misunderstand me, I love me some healthy eating, but “fasting” is not in my dictionary. Not happening.


And that my friends is why I am not an actress.


Oh, and believe me I can act.


My middle name was drama when I was little…my parents definitely said that I could put on a show…once or twice.


So here I sit, with my crunchy bowl of coconut quinoa granola watching women who have been on a “cleanse” for three weeks and to that I say…


hand me another bowl 😉

5.0 from 2 reviews
Coconut Quinoa Granola
Recipe type: Breakfast, Granola, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8-10
Crisp granola made w/ crunchy quinoa, flaky coconut, almonds w/ a touch of cinnamon, maple syrup, and olive oil for the perfect snack! Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free.
  • 1½ c. uncooked quinoa
  • ½ c. unsweetened, coconut flakes
  • ½ c. sliced, salted almonds
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. salt
  • 3 T. pure maple syrup
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ c. dried goji berries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, coconut, almonds, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup and evoo and combine until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Spread the granola out evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden, flipping the granola at the halfway mark during baking.
  6. Once the granola is finished baking, add in the goji berries and let the granola sit until completely cooled.
  7. Devour!


Make Muffins.

Life decisions.

They suck.

Sometimes, I wish I could just have someone tell me what to do, or tell me what I should do.

It’s as though I make a decision and then the other person living inside of my head says “no, Chelsy, you don’t want that,” or “hey, Chels, what about this?”

Seriously, what is up with the conflict?

I need someone like Alfred, Batman’s confidant, telling me what to do and when to do it.

Will you come make my life decisions?

See you tomorrow 😉

One thing I am always sure of…food.

When I want a muffin,


I make myself one…or some.


There is nothing better than a hot cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven.

These are a total play on cinnamon rolls…in muffin form.


Because that’s how I roll.


No pun intended.


When I was younger, the occasional Sunday morning consisted of the one, the only…


Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls.


The smell of sweet cinnamon wafting through the kitchen and to my bedroom was enough to drag me out of bed.


I’m pretty sure the cream cheese glaze barely made it on top of the actual cinnamon rolls…


more of like all over my hands and in my mouth.


Those were the days.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cinnamon Roll Muffins
Recipe type: Muffins, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
Scrumptious cinnamon muffins made slightly sweet with the addition of maple syrup. Topped w/ a honey yogurt glaze for the perfect treat! Gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, nut-free. TASTES LIKE A CINNAMON ROLL!
  • For the muffins:
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 2 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • 1 c. + 3 T. liquid egg whites (or equivalent 5 eggs)
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 t. pure vanilla extract
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ c. Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt for paleo)
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ¼ t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1¾ t. coconut flour
  1. For the muffins, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 6 muffin cups w/ paper or non-stick silicone liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Stir in the eggs, maple syrup, evoo, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Distribute the batter by rounded tablespoons into each muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  6. Let the muffins cool completely.
  7. For the glaze, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  8. Drizzle the glaze over the top of each cooled muffin.