spiced paleo pumpkin almond muffins

by Cait on August 1, 2012

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First of all, before we get to that up there (and trust me, we will, because it’s so worth discussing), can we just take a minute and talk about how this is a thing?

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for doing what you love and what makes you happy when it comes to fitness.  But do we think we can really take classes like “Video Vixen” (where ‘each class teaches you a new sexy dance routine to a popular music video’) and “Sassy Shake and Tone” seriously?

I’m sure it provides a decent workout…but do we need to name ourselves “Sassy Girls” in order to work out?  Especially when that then requires us to call an Abs and Glutes class “Sassy Abs & Booty” ?

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Some things in this world just confuse me.

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ANYWAY.

While we’re on the fitness topic, I’ve been looking for ways to mix up my usual cardio/yoga routine and decided (clearly during some sort of mental breakdown) to try P90x (or as I prefer to call it, ‘The Poor Man’s Crossfit”) for a little bit.

I think this review best describes my current state (minus the having a wife and being a guy part…and possibly minus the ‘bring it on’ part at the end):

“So, my wife and I decided to give this P90x thing a try. We finished day 3 yesterday. I think I can safely file this decision in the “overly optimistic” category (like the time I said “yes” to dodge ball with middle schoolers…but that’s another story). Here’s my brief synopsis of the experience thus far:

Day 1: We decided to start with the plyometrics disc. Tony (the leader-whom I have officially declared to be my arch-enemy) pointed out that one of the guys on the video had a prosthetic leg. Assumption: how hard could it be if a one legged man could do it? Stupid assumption. I collapsed around 40 minutes into it. I was no longer the boss of my own legs.

Day 2: I decided to go with the “chest and back” disc as my legs felt like jello and were barely functional. My wife was initially opposed to this disc because she wanted to avoid getting a muscled-up “man back” (as she so eloquently put it). I assured her that this wouldn’t happen to her…and warned her that it might not happen to me either. Apparently each workout includes a “warm up”. This “warm up” included things called jump-lunges. I hate Tony. As for the rest of the workout….I, again, ended up sprawled on the floor-like a dead man-after semi-completing countless push-ups. Pain. So much pain. Not only am I unable to walk like a normal human, I am now unable to lift my arms to floss my teeth.

Day 3: I sifted through the discs and found a disc titled “Yoga”. YES. This one had to be easy. I knew a fat guy in college who took a yoga class to meet women (didn’t work). Assumption: if he could do it, surely I could also. Horrible assumption. Apparently all yoga is not the same as P90x yoga. It’s as if the P90x trainers thought to themselves: “By now, the people who are stupid enough to do our program probably have ridiculously sore legs, arms, and shoulders. I wonder how we can intensify that pain until our participants cry…….OH, I KNOW! Let’s make them do 90 minutes of yoga!” I did something called a “downward dog” until my soul hurt. Realization 1: I am not flexible at all. AT ALL. Realization 2: Yoga is not what I thought it was (a style of peaceful, calming stretching and breathing). Yoga is not peaceful at all. Yoga is designed to punish you for not being flexible. I hate yoga. I hate Tony.

I’ll admit, before beginning P90x, the thought crossed my mind: “the wife might be impressed with my strength & athleticism”. Wrong. Unless, of course, shouting various insults at the tv whilst lying motionless on the floor is “impressive”.

P3x down. P87x to go. Bring it on.”

Yup.

That about sums it up.

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All the reviews say that following the diet (which seems to be similar in a lot of ways to the Paleo diet) is one of the most important aspects of getting the results you want.

Which would be great if I were aiming for “results” (and not just “varied fitness”) and if I could diet.  Unfortunately I’m neither aiming for results nor do I really do diets, but I’ve definitely been having fun mixing things in up the kitchen and experimenting with Paleo recipes.

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Spiced Paleo Pumpkin Almond Muffins (from Paleo Plan)

Makes 8-12 muffins

Recommended serving size: 2 for breakfast or 1 for a Paleo snack

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 generous tsp. almond butter
  • Slivered almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Line muffin pan with paper liners
  3. In a stand mixer or by hand, combine all ingredients and mix until well-combined.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop even amount of batter into prepared muffin pan.
  5. Top with slivered almonds.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes on the middle rack.

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Little tip for ya: serve these guys warm and slather in almond butter until it’s so melty it drips down your arms.  Then lick it off.  You’ll thank me later.

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 1, 2012

These look and sound amazing – love the slivered almonds on top! I have the P90x DVDs but never tried the whole plan.

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Cait August 1, 2012

It’s kinda crazy! I’m not doing it in a super intense way – just following the workouts for now :)

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Molly @ RDexposed August 1, 2012

You’re getting me excited for fall!

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Cait August 1, 2012

Haha – I’m getting ME excited for Fall!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 1, 2012

Haha – I love P90X. Great review. The one-legged man pushed me to “quit being a wuss” every time. ;)

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Cait August 1, 2012

It’s kicking my butt so far!

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deb franzoni August 1, 2012

Very funny posting but I can’t wait to try the muffins.

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Cait August 1, 2012

They’re delicious! Let me know what you think if you try them :)

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Lauren August 1, 2012

These look great! Still have yet to try a Paleo recipe for P90X but they are both things on my to-do list before the year ends.

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Cait August 1, 2012

These are a great Paleo recipe to start with! I’m also posting a pancake one soon so stayed tuned! As for P90…can’t wait to commiserate with you if you do it!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots August 1, 2012

haha that p90x review is awesome! I have never tried it except for the stretching videos we did during winter training in college. Those muffins look awesome!

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Cait August 1, 2012

Haha I know I was literally doubled over on the floor laughing at it. I can’t WAIT for the stretching DVD – the ones I’ve done so far are no joke!

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Kelly August 1, 2012

These are a must make.

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Cait August 1, 2012

Yaaaaaay! I hope you like them as much as I did :)

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Rachel August 1, 2012

Love pumpkin muffins in the fall! I’ll have to try these out :)

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Cait August 1, 2012

Let me know what you think!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 1, 2012

YUM! I have been thinking about doing some baking in the near future and I was looking for something with decent stats…hm…I might have to make these! :)

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Cait August 1, 2012

Definitely do! These were delicious!

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Katie August 1, 2012

I just signed up for the Pole Sampler class.

I kid, I kid. But these muffins…serious business. Meeker is going to LOVE them, you know, since he basically eats like a caveman anyway. Faaaantastic.

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Cait August 1, 2012

Hahahaha – I just love you. And yay! Tell me what he says if you make them for him :)

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Shannon ~ My Place In The Race August 1, 2012

Look amazing! Yummy! :P

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Cait August 1, 2012

:) They were!

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char eats greens August 1, 2012

I love the idea of having the slivered almonds baked on top of the muffins. They look so appetizing! Especially with the melted almond butter that you recommend ;)

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Cait August 1, 2012

They add the PERFECT crunch! :)

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ally August 2, 2012

oh wow i can just imagine how moist, flavorful & delicious these would be!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

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Cait August 2, 2012

They most definitely are! Give them a try :)

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krimp September 22, 2012

I have been on the lookout for a good paleo pumpkin muffin recipe for a few months now. I’ve tried one or two but none came out right. I made these today and finally- perfection! Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe. And I am a huge fan of the p90x review! I had a baby 1 week ago and plan on insanity/p90x with my husband when I’m approved to workout. I was doing insanity a few months ago, but had to stop when I found out I was pregnant thanks to low iron levels (exhaustion). Beachbody’s programs are no joke!

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Cait September 22, 2012

Oh yay! I’m so glad to hear it! Good luck with the beachbody workout – it’s definitely no joke! :)

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Hafizah Coston October 18, 2012

I just made these and they came out perfect! thanks!

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Cait October 19, 2012

So glad to hear it!!

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Nicole November 6, 2012

Love this recipe! definitely making it again! thanks so much!

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Cait November 6, 2012

Oh so glad to hear it!! :)

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Caitlyn November 16, 2012

My family can’t get enough of these and I’m def making them for Thanksgiving. From one Cait to another, thanks for the amazing recipe.
~Go gluten free, feel great, live well

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Cait November 21, 2012

Oh I’m so happy to hear it! Thanks for letting me know and I’m glad they were a hit! :)

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SANDY November 24, 2012

JUST DID A DOUBLE RECIPE, AND THEY ARE VERY LIGHT AND JUST GREAT!!

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Cait November 27, 2012

Nice! I’m so glad to hear it!

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Violet January 21, 2013

oooh… just made these and they turned out great. only modifications were replacing 1/6 of the almond flour with coconut flour and used maple syrup instead of honey, since that’s all I had. they’re quite delicious! I’ll be making these again!!!

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Violet January 21, 2013

and an extra egg white just to use it up. mmmm I’m eating my 2nd one now sooooooo good

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Cait January 21, 2013

Love it! :)

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Cait January 21, 2013

So glad to hear it!! Thanks so much for letting me know :)

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