Gluten + Dairy Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

9:46:00 AM

I don't share a ton of recipes on here, but a little over a year ago our family went gluten free for my oldest son (no he does not have celiac disease, but we discovered by process of elimination he is intolerant to it and thus it was effecting other areas of his body, mostly his mood and behavior. Maybe I will do another post on that sometime.) and ever since then it has been a process learning how to eat, finding new recipes and adjusting recipes that I already have.

I have tried making banana muffins multiple times throughout the past year and this recipe by far has been an overwhelming favorite in our family. I think I finally found a good balance of flavors and a great texture. If you have individuals in your household or life that have allergies, give these a try!


3 medium very ripe bananas
1.5 cups GF all purpose flour (I use Bobs Red Mill gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour)
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. baking soda
½ Tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand - they are dairy and soy free - very good for all of the big allergies. They sell semi-sweet minis, dark chocolate regular and semi-sweet chunks so you can play with these options depending on your level of sweet tooth). We use the minis so our muffins are just a little sweet.

1. Preheat oven to 375°
2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt) in a large bowl. 
2. Smash bananas (I use a fork) and combine eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla in medium bowl. Once mixed well add to your dry ingredients.
3. Mix well and stir in cinnamon
4. Fold in in chocolate chips.
5. Bake for approx. 18-22 minutes
6. Let cool for about 10 minutes and ENJOY!

My oldest son, Gabriel and I had so much fun baking these the other day. We had even more fun eating them 😉

I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does. And if you give it a try let me know in the comments below! HAPPY BAKING FRIENDS!!


Choose Joy

2:42:00 PM

Being happy is a choice, but can most times be a result of our circumstances. Joy is something we find and something we choose despite our circumstances. What is my reason for being happy and joyful today and every day? JESUS.

I heard something a while back that really helped change my perspective when doing the daily mundane, tedious tasks of the day. Dr. Bob Barnes, of Sheridan House Family Ministries in South Florida (I am an faithful listener to his podcast, Parenting on Purpose) said, "I'm doing this for Jesus." He wasn't talking about his ministry or volunteering at the local shelter, he was simply talking about emptying the dish washer. I feel like God spoke directly to my heart that day, because I have this nasty habit of feeling underappreciated and overworked with all the daily tasks of taking care of kiddos and our home (as I'm sure a LOT of you mamas out there can relate). It was like He was saying, "Morgan, I see you, don't do it for them, do it for ME."It changed my heart.

All of a sudden my bitterness and resentment turned into joy. I felt free from a prison I had put myself in. I suddenly felt totally and completely appreciated and loved for even the tiny tasks.

I don't know what you are struggling with today, but I think we all can relate that at some point or another in our life we have felt like our valiant efforts go unnoticed or underappreciated. But I am here to tell you, today, in this moment, whatever you are doing, whether it be dishes, laundry, making dinner, wiping booties, or scrubbing toilets. When you start to really and truly, from the bottom of your heart do these tasks for the creator of the Universe. Who by the way, HE SEES YOU. Who gave up everything for you. It really does help change your point of view and can help you find joy even in the ordinary, everyday.

So, my friends. I hope you read this and are encouraged today. To know that someone sees you and loves you and appreciates everything that you do. I hope today you CHOOSE JOY.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Colossians 3:23


Crated with Love Date Night Subscription :: Giveaway

9:31:00 PM

As a mom of three little ones five and under I know first hand it can be hard to find extra motivation and energy to get yourself together for a night out, let alone the time or money to spend on a nice evening out including paying a babysitter. If I am truly honest with you guys, my husband and I probably get a proper date night out of the house 4-5 times a year...I know. Sad. But true.

As a result of our far and few between date nights for my most recent birthday, my very sweet hubs got us this Crated with Love Date Night Subscription box. It quickly became our favorite night of the month!! A fun way for us to get quality time together not in front of a screen.

Each month has a unique theme and is surrounded with the idea in mind to strengthen your relationship through fun games, DIY projects and lots of communication. I love this subscription box!! It gives us our monthly date night without having to go through the trouble of having to find a sitter or even get dressed up. Some months we do our date nights in our pajamas. And I am totally cool with that!

This month was all about setting relationship goals while on a "Sweetheart Safari." We journeyed our way through the jungle, calculated our safari skills, and headed on a jungle river excursion. Each game, activity or task uniquely created opportunities to discuss our relationship, because well, love is a lot like a jungle. It is wild (especially if you have kids) and can be completely unpredictable, but is completely worth it when you are on the journey together.

I asked my husband what his favorite part of this month's date was and he said, and I quote, "All of the smooches." Ha! Such a man.

My favorite part was (and still is) the sloth button. How this works is one person hides the button and whenever the next person finds it that person has to stop whatever they are doing and come give the hider a kiss. Now it is their turn to hide the sloth. We have been having so much fun with this sloth all week and I'm pretty sure we plan to continue hiding the sloth as long as possible. Last place I hid him was in a box of tissues for my husband to find later in the day. He hid it last and I still haven't found it yet.

Okay, so now for what you all have been waiting for...because I am so ecstatic about this subscription and I am a firm believer that communication is the KEY ingredient to every healthy relationship and marriage. I have partnered up with Crated with Love to give one luck couple a FREE date night box of your own!

1. If you don't follow me on Instagram..head over to my page and follow me @mrsmorganellis
2. Be sure to follow @cratedwithlove
3. Like and leave me a comment with when your last date night was and what you did (over on my Instagram post)
4. all entries must be in by 9PM (EST) on January 18, 2019. Winners will be chosen January 19, 2019.

I can't wait to hear what you guys think and to see you enjoy connecting, laughing and just having fun with each other. HAPPY DATING!

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