Healthy Recipes

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

Recently I made a batch of gluten-free carrot cake muffins adapted from @healthbymads on IG! I made mine gluten-free and vegan by subbing in almond flour for regular flour. I wanted to make this recipe because carrots have so many benefits! They are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. They are also a good source of several B vitamins, as well as vitamin K and potassium. These muffins are a delicious way to get some important nutrients first thing in the morning or as a quick afternoon snack. 


  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 grated apple (peel the skin first)
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 eggs/flax eggs 
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get a non-stick muffin tray

2. Grate the apple and carrots, then mash the banana and combine all in a bowl along with the melted coconut oil, eggs & vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients, then in parts, combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

4. Lastly, fold in raisins, then pour into the muffin tray

5. Bake for about 14-17 min and enjoy! 

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Top 3 Healthy Fall Trader Joe’s Finds

Photo from Trader Joe’s

It’s officially fall and the beachy and floral decorations in storefronts have all been swapped out for pumpkins and colorful autumn leaves. The autumn season is not only known for changes in fashion and temperatures in NY, it also starts a shift in how we eat as well. Fall (and winter) are notorious for causing weight gain as people decrease their level of physical activity and consume heavier foods. While I love a good piece of pumpkin bread, I have found some alternative foods that are hearty but also healthier from Trader Joe’s. Here are my three favorites:

Autumnal Harvest Soup

The Autumnal Harvest Soup from Trader Joe’s has been a life saver for me this season. This soup comes in a resealable jar and has about three servings. It is a tomato based dish but the butternut squash and other flavors add a sweetness that tones down the acidity of a traditional tomato soup. The Autumnal Harvest Soup can be warmed up on the stove and in the microwave. I recommend taking a jar to the office and keeping it in the fridge for when you forget your lunch or having a jar handy for an easy yet filling meal.

Butternut Squash Pizza Crust

I actually found this Butternut Squash Pizza Crust when I was looking for the usual gluten free pizza crust I grab. I recently made a pizza with this crust and it tasted like fall– without the stereotypical apple or pumpkin flavors. I definitely recommend building your own pizza with this crust. I made a pizza with organic tomato sauce, vegan cheese, spinach and cherry tomatoes that was super comforting and delicious.

Riced Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Risotto

This lower carb risotto is not only perfect for those watching their carb or gluten intake, but also for anyone wanting to eat more vegetables. This can be eaten as a side dish or all on its own. I am keeping a few bags of this in my freezer for a rainy day. Please note that this does have dairy– if you are sensitive I would avoid this.

And there you have it! Three healthy Trader Joe’s find that are hearty for autumn. Let me know if you try and enjoy these dishes!