Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins

Happy New Year! I hope you had a Merry Christmas! Today I am sharing an easy to make breakfast that is perfect for a busy morning, breakfast oatmeal muffins. They are little cups of baked oatmeal goodness.

Breakfast is my very favorite meal of the day and since doing the Elimination Diet last year many of my loved favorites are no longer an option for me to eat. Eggs and my body do not agree with each other and sadly I have had to forgo my Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes and also Overnight Blueberry French Toast.

I have become a huge fan of hot cereals and love oatmeal, quinoa, and rice in the morning. The only thing with hot cereal is you have to plan ahead or wake up early to make sure they are done in time for the kids to eat. This isn’t usually a problem but on a rare morning that I happen to sleep in until Caden’s sweet little voice is telling me he is awake from the other room or Maisie little coos and giggles wake me up I need something that is a little quicker to prepare for breakfast.

Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins

These grab and go breakfast oatmeal muffins are great to make on the weekend so you have them for the week ahead. Plus any leftover breakfast oatmeal muffins can be easily frozen and reheated until needed. This is also the easiest recipe to follow. You dump all the ingredients into a bowl, mix well, and are ready to scoop the batter into the trays and place in the oven. It really doesn’t get easier than that for a homemade recipe. Oh, and did I mention they are egg free, dairy free, and gluten free!


  • 5 cups gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3 cups over ripe mashed bananas (5-6 medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life) or 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (I did 50/50)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Grease cupcake/muffin tray with coconut oil. Scoop mixture into tray. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. While still warm remove muffins from tray. Enjoy. These can be eaten right away or frozen and reheated for a delicious breakfast on a busy morning.

Yields: 24 muffins

Let me know what you think!

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Natural Grocers Scottsdale

This weekend Josh and I were invite to a sneak peek tour and shopping event at the new Natural Grocers in Scottsdale. While normally we wouldn’t drive 15 miles north of our house to grocery shop we were both intrigued and wanted to check out this new store. Now after visiting and shopping we are hoping and asking that they please open a store in Chandler. Please, please, please.

Natural Grocers Scottsdale AZ

The Scottsdale store is Natural Grocers 100th store and is a specialty retailer of organic and natural groceries, body care, and dietary supplements. Natural Grocers has stores in over 17 states and this year they are opening 18 new stores. The Scottsdale store features a community room with free wi-fi, complimentary coffee and tea for shoppers, and contains a kitchen that will be used for cooking demos and lectures.

Why we are really hoping they open a store in Chandler…

In the grocery department:

  • Natural Grocers does NOT carry products that contain artificial colors, flavors, sweetness, or preservatives. 
  • They do NOT sell hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils.

In the produce department:

Natural Grocers Produce

  • You will only find USDA Certified Organic Produce at Natural Grocers. The produce was beautiful and I loved not having to search for my organic fruits and veggies.


  • They are knowledgable in the products they carry. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of information the employee in the supplement section offered us about fish oil. Explaining how to read the labels and what to look for in regards to EPA and DHA.
  • Each store has a Nutritional Health Coach that is available for FREE consultations to shoppers to answer questions on special diet needs, design eating programs, and can educate consumers on individual health and fitness goals.


  • Natural Grocers believe healthy foods and nutritional supplements should be affordable to everyone.
  • They are the low price leader in this industry and they will price match.

Natural Grocers cares about the healthy choices their customers make and what you to be your own advocate for your health. They firmly believe that affordable access to healthy food and nutrition education can change peoples lives and you can see that they incorporate this belief into how they operate.

They don’t have a butcher but they do carry Mary’s, Applegate, and several other popular non-GMO brands. Natural Grocers is also a bagless store. Either bring your own, buy reusables from them, or grab some boxes at checkout to carry out your purchases.

Josh and I were also able to sample a few tasty treats yesterday and I LOVED the Curry Cashew Chicken Wrap. It reminded me of the Curry Chicken Salad from Pita Jungle. So so good! They also provided us with all the recipes of the foods we sampled.

Curry Cashew Chicken Wrap

Curry Cashew Chicken Wrap Recipe

I would LOVE to shop here on a regular basis. I know many friends and family who would love this store in Chandler! If you live in Scottsdale be sure to check out the store. It is 1 mile north of Cactus Pool & Recreation Center.


STORE HOURS: MON – SAT: 8AM – 9:04PM, SUN: 8AM – 7:06PM

(480) 483-2200 | NATURALGROCERS.COM

Have you ever shopped at Natural Grocers or are you planning too?

PS…If you are local, Josh and I will be offering FITCamps for adults and families (3+) at Freestone Park in Gilbert in September. For details click HERE.Buschel Family Fitness


Gluten Free & Egg Free Banana Pancakes

Since being on the elimination diet I have discovered that gluten and eggs don’t react well in my body. Before we started I would eat eggs almost everyday for breakfast in some way. Scrambled, omelets, pancakes, waffles, donuts, muffins, and the list could go on and on. If you have been reading this blog for several years you know I love my breakfast foods. Sadly we have not been eating any Quinoa Blueberry Pancakes around here and won’t be anytime soon until I figure out how to tweak the recipe.

Yesterday morning I really, and I mean really, wanted a pancake. I wasn’t about to make them with eggs because my skin rashed up and broke out so bad the last time I ate them. Instead I decided to get creative in the kitchen before the kids woke up. I am so glad I did because WOW! I might have just made the best pancake I have eaten since being on this elimination diet in April.

I happily present to you my very own Gluten Free Pancakes made without eggs. Enjoy!

Gluten Free & Egg Free Pancakes


  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 1 mashed banana


  1. Combine all dry ingredients.
  2. Add almond milk, oil, extract, and mashed banana. Mix together until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. It is ok if there are chunks of bananas.
  3. Heat skillet over med-high heat. Coat skillet with coconut oil.
  4. Measure 1/4 cup of batter once pan is hot and pour onto skillet. This batter is a little lumpy so use the measuring cup to help you form the pancakes immediately after pouring batter onto skillet.
  5. Once bubbles form on surface flip pancake. Don’t, I repeat, don’t flatten pancake with spatula. Once cooked these pancakes should be fluffy.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

This recipe made about 12 small pancakes which was the perfect amount for me and my 3 and 1 year old. Josh was at work and sadly didn’t get to try them but as soon as he is home I will be making them for him.

I would love it if you could let me know if you think you will make these or do make these how they worked for you!