Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

Prior to these muffins, bananas would never find their way into my nourishment. I never cared much for their flavor and texture: too bland, an off-putting “sweetness.” As the inner Lara-Jean Song in me awakens, I let whatever is in the cupboard, pantry, fridge dictate what sweet I will create that day.  

A few weeks ago I truly wanted to put these fresh blueberries for good use but was lacking a jumping point. After overlooking several banana-blueberry xyz recipes I kept lingering on the possibility of indulging the banana in my repertoire. I bit my tongue and thought “what’s the worse that can happen, I’ll hate it and never make it again”

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GRAIN FREE SALTED ALMOND CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

AWILDFLOWERSPIRIT.COM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Sometimes I get the urge to bake. Think of Lara Jean Covey from Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I loved Before Series. I can stress bake, creative bake, leisure bake, etc. It’s a habitual meditation for me – carefully measuring out the ingredients and mixing for a proper consistency. It is also creative when it comes to integrating new flavors and textures, an art form at best. However, it is frustrating when you’re missing key baking ingredients but don’t get the urge to run out to the market as replenish what is needed. So I improvise, mentally taking note of what I do have and what can be used in place of.  

These are some of the most delightful cookies I have savored and they come together quite easily. If you don’t use tahini very often, this recipe will come in handy as you can use the remaining tahini to recreate these cookies when your first batch disappears. I will admit the variety of chocolate is absolutely important and it took this recipe to see that. I had some Taza chocolate discs in my pantry that I thought “what the heck, let’s put them to use.” They look like jeweled cocoa jewels nestled in the brown (coconut) sugar color of the cookies.

This recipe is adapted from The Chalkboard Magazine, I highly recommend following all the directions and making them for a cozy day. If you don’t have chocolate feel free to sub with almonds, cranberries, or dates. These cookies are chewy and not too sweet – just right. 

To make these cookies:

1 large egg replacement (like flax egg) or egg
½ cup tahini
½ cup blanched almond flour
½ cup coconut sugar
½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla
one 2.7 ounce Taza chocolate disc (I used Salted Almond)
¼ tsp pink sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the egg replacement/egg, tahini, almond flour, cinnamon, coconut sugar and baking powder. Chop the chocolate into medium chunks, a little bigger than a chocolate chip and fold in the mixture gently.

Taking about 1 tablespoon of batter and form into a cookie shape. Place on the baking sheet and space each cookie 2 inches apart, until you have used all of the dough.

Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet.

Per the Chalkboard: “These can be stored in a cool place in the pantry for 2 days or in the fridge for 1 week. You can freeze these for 3 to 4 months.”

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REAL TALK: I HAVE CREATIVE IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Lately I realized I have been experiencing Imposter Syndrome. Then I realized that this is nothing new because I have been living with Imposter Syndrome for years now. If you wondering what the heck I’m talking out, here’s a little TLDR;

“Impostor Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary.” (Scientific American)

I dabble in various art forms: painting, photography, styling, and drawing. While some have fallen off throughout the years, others have recently flourished. From an early age I drew consistently like clockwork, I never took lessons but I was always considered a great artist, but I never really believed that I was. I just thought I was a good artist because other people were validating me and telling me. For a few years now I haven’t really painted and there’s several factors for that:

  • I felt I was not growing as an artist
  • I doubted myself when others weren’t validating me
  • I wasn’t impressing myself with my artwork/living up to a standard
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FEATURE: ARIA LATTNER JEWELRY

The aesthetic of the wild child who dances through a festival underneath the moon is not only an archetype but a fashion symbol. The one who walks through flower fields and daytrips through their passports in search of a new adventure. However, there is also expression of Summer with a sun kissed glow and late nights. 

Aria Lattner Jewelry embodies this style with beautifully created signature pieces. Using natural elements like gemstones. While Aria Lattner features a strong bohemian influences there’s a also a variety of styles ranging from minimalist, mystical, and southwest influences. 

The brand does not skimp on quality, these necklaces features here have 18k gold-plated chain and are truly well crafted. They come across as signature pieces, to care for and treasure. 

Let’s explore some of their line//

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Travel With Me: San Francisco Dreaming

Living in Los Angeles, you fully understand the trials of traffic, and San Francisco is no exception. Being a popular city to visit, I wasn’t too surprised at the number of bicyclists cruising down the winding streets. Parking isn’t very favorable but public transportation is nearly everywhere. The weather is favorable for strolling down the districts and discovering new neighborhoods. Which is precisely what we did on our 2 day stay in San Francisco. Here’s some of what we did. 

Mission District: 

The districts of San Francisco are diverse and full of character. We spent our nights in an eclectic AirBNB in Hunter’s Point that was a 15-minute drive into the Mission District. The neighborhood was pretty quaint with not too much traffic or tourists. We mostly walked around the district and admired a lot of the murals adorning the walls and buildings. 

SIGHTGLASS COFFEE

DRINK: Sightglass Coffee for a local cup of joe, this is a sit-down café with plenty of coffee, tea and pastries. The design of the café is modern and sleek and almost asks you create conversation rather than linger with your laptop. The coffee was absolutely delicious and my first sip of what San Francisco had to offer, in terms of coffee

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