Almond Butter Banana Bread (Coconut Flour + Almond Flour)

The word threenager is totally a thing. So is a man cold. So is exhaustion due to a teething baby.


These are just a few of the things that’s been going on in the Crazy People Household. (I wish I could have come up with something a little more clever than CPH, but rememeber…exhaustion.)

We also had our hot water heater break, followed by water damage and mold, followed by 15 loads of laundry, followed by..where was I? Oh that’s right! Exhaustion.


So banana bread huh? Yes. Because there are not enough banana bread recipes on Pinterest.

And because I’ve decided that if I post a ‘not so healthy recipe‘ of something, then I have to follow up with a healthy version of that same type of food. It’s ONLY fair. I haven’t thought of a clever name for this series just yet, but as soon as I’m not exhausted…

I’ll get right on that!




Grain Free Almond Butter Banana Bread (Coconut and Almond Flour)
  • 1 c. + 2TB. + 1 tsp. Almond Meal
  • ¾ c. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1¼-1⅓ c. mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
  • ⅔ almond butter
  • 2 TB. maple syrup, pure
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. milk, or almond milk
  • 1 TB. chia seeds or ground flax
  • ¾ c. chocolate chips plus 2 TB. for topping
  1. In a bowl whisk together the dry ingredients, then set aside. (Not the chia seeds.)
  2. Ina separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Gently mix together the wet and dry ingredients until incorporated.
  3. Then fold in the chocolate chips and chia seeds.
  4. In a greased bread pan, add the batter. Sprinkle the extra chocolate chips on top.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 45-55 minutes, depending on your oven!



The good news is my husband has fully healed, the laundry is done, the threenager is asleep, and the teething baby didn’t bite me while nursing tonight.

I’d call that a success if you ask me! :)

Happy Monday friends, have a great week!


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (Muffin Tops & Ice Cream Sandwiches)

Let me share with you the conversations that a household of girls might experience…

Healthier Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (Muffin Tops)

Conversation between the 5 year old and 3 year old while getting ready for school in the bathroom:

5 year old: “Is Jack going to be at school today? Don’t you think he’s cute?! Is he your Boooooyyyyffrriiieennndd?!!!”

3 year old: “HE’S NOT MY BOYFRIEND! We are just friends! We are JUST FRIENDS!”

5 year old: “No, he’s your boyfriend. OOOOOHHH! You have a boyfriend! You have a boyfriend!”

3 year old:”(Inaudible screaming) Moooooooom! Tell Gia that Jack is just my friend. You can have boys and they can be friends, but not be boyfriends!! Mom, tell Gia!”

5 year old: “Boy friend! Boyfriend! Boyfriend! Boyfriend.”

3 year old: (More inaudible screams) “AHHHHHHHHHH!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!”

Baby: (Sitting and staring)

I’ll spare you the rest of that scene.


Conversation between the 5 year old, the 3 year old, and myself after school:

5 year old: MOOOOOM! I don’t have ANYTHING to wear. I have NO clothes! I just want a shirt that doesn’t have a print on it, but has pretty things on it! Can I wear one of Myla’s shirts?

3 year old: NOOO! Those are my clothes! (Starts crying) Don’t take my clothes! You are too big and they don’ts fit you! (Yes. Don’ts)

Me: Gia, you have plenty of clean clothes hanging in your closet. Go find a shirt in there, you aren’t wearing your sisters shirts. And why are you changing anyways?

5 year old: Ahhh! Why can’t you just let me do what I want?! All I want to do is have a cute shirt to match this skirt!

3 year old: (Crying. Loud.) DON’TS TAKE MY SHIRTS! THOSE ARE MINE!

End scene.


Conversation with the 5 year old, 3 year old, and myself:

Me: “Girls, I made cookies! Come have one and tell me about school today.”

Girls: (Grab cookies and sit down and eat)

Me: “So what did you do? What is one thing you learned?

Girls: (Eating. No response.)

Me: “Were you nice to everyone, and kind?”

3 year old: (Takes the last bite of her cookie.) ” Mom, I look like you don’t I?

5 year old: “No, you look like daddy.”

3 year old: “NOOOOOO! I don’t want to look like daddy!!”

Me: “Here, have another cookie.”



Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (Muffin Tops & Ice Cream Sandwiches)
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups. white whole wheat flour, oat flour, or unbleached white flour
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. milk + 1 tsp. baking soda, mixed together
  • 1½ c. chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a bowl mix together the puree, sugar, oil, vanilla, and the egg.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour spices, and baking powder.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, along with the baking soda mixture, and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the batter onto the baking sheet. Slightly press down the cookie a little.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  7. The cookies will resemble a soft pillow/muffin top texture!

Cookies adapted from here.

You don’t have to make ice cream sandwiches out of these cookies, but they are the perfect texture for them! I made the ice cream out of frozen greek yogurt ice cubes, and the recipe can be found HERE!


So what did we learn today friends?

Giving your kids cookies will shut them up.


Just kidding. I mean, kind of. Maybe for a second it will…


Conversation between my 5 year old, 3 year old and myself while tucking them into bed:

5 year old: (Squeezing my arm) “Mom, I just want to lay here and cuddle you. You are just the best mom.”

3 year old: (Reaching her arms out) “Hugs. Hugs. Hugs.” (Gives me a big hug) “Kiss. Kiss. Kiss” (Gives me a big kiss)

5 year old to 3 year old: (Hugging each other) “I love you little sister.”

3 year old to 5 year old: (Looking at her sister, then gives her a big kiss.) “I love you.”

Me: (Tears)

3 year old to 5 year old: “GIIAA, those are my pajamas!!”

Me:  “Is it too late for cookies?”


And ya know what…

I wouldn’t change anything.

Reality vs. Expectation

The other day I was walking with one of my mom friends and we were discussing some of the ‘crazy-ness’ that goes on in our every day life. Whether it be motherhood, wifehood, cleaning the house-hood…We talked about it all.

After the conversation I had this constant thought in the back of my mind that I couldn’t shake. I feel like I’ve always known this thought to be true. But convincing myself of it’s reality some days can be hard.

Just like me, this friend has a messy house. Just like me, this friend has crazy kids. Just like me, this friend has struggles and trials. Just like me, this friend eats ice cream. Just like me, this friend doesn’t have 6 pack abs.

Why do we have this ‘expectation’ that others have it/are doing it better?

Why do we believe what we see? Why do we believe what we read? And honestly, why have we become SO focused on things that are of little importance.

On a daily basis we SEE not only how the Jones’ next door are living, but we also see how the Smith’s in Idaho are living, as well as the Millers in California too. It’s no longer keeping up with the dang Jones’ next door, but now we’ve got to keep up with the neighboring states as well?! FU-REAK!

Trust me. We think ‘so-and so’s’ house is always clean. And that person never has to worry about money. Or her kids are dressed so cute, and so is she! Love the dress, hate her right? And I bet that mom is a fun mom, all my kids ever do is watch movies and play iPad. Oh look! Another romantic getaway for her and her husband! And COME ON, do those kids really like asparagus and eggplants?! Like seriously?

You guys. It’s not really that real.

It’s a filter of reality. It’s a filter of pretty things. And trust me, our eyes are just drawn to pretty, shiny, clean things! (Like clean kitchens! OMG! So hot.)

Part of living a healthy lifestyle, in my eyes at least, is not being drawn to the shiny, grass is greener on the other side aspect. It’s all about finding happiness in today, finding gratitude in what we have now, and realizing that although someone might look like they have it all, they don’t. No one does, and that my friends is ok. What fun is having a perfect life anyways?

I mean, isn’t it more fun to spend 45 minutes a night just trying to get 3 kids to bed?! Now that’s an adventure!

I won’t lie though. I love pictures of white kitchens and cute outfits. I’m a sucker for a dessert covered in sprinkles, kale salads, and running workouts. I find joy in these things, but we have to remember one thing…

It’s okay to find joy in these things, but it’s not the main source of joy. These things bring instant gratification but not everlasting happiness. Except I’m pretty sure dessert brings everlasting happiness…

Now, here is where it’s going to get real…Here is a peak as to what filters I could have used just this week:

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I recently finished decorating the babies room and it’s SUPER cute. I wanted to take a picture of the crib against the ‘THIS IS MY FAVORITE COLOR TURQUOISE” wall, and put it on instagram. The picture would have been cute, but I was having a hard time positioning it to where you couldn’t see my dirty laundry…Literally.

Bam, brick to face. Nothing wrong with pretty pictures of beautiful rooms, trust me. But what might look like a pretty clean room, is really hiding a week (or more) of laundry just begging to be taken care of. (I know you guys, laundry is of the devil. We’ve had this conversation before I feel like…)

But still. That wall color though…

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This one is pretty hard for me to post, being a ‘healthy eater’ and all. I was seriously about to post a picture of my lunch on instagram, but I had to move the Burger King Kids meals bags and milkshakes out of the way. Um…HYPOCRITE much?! “So you feed your kids shiz, and you eat healthy?!”


In that moment, yes. I make 3 meals a day for my family (expect my husband is only 2), and I rarely take them to fast food. BUT, we’ve done it. Do I hate it? Totally. But my kids love it, and it’s a treat to them. This particular day, my oldest had started her 2nd week of Kindergarten and needed a little pick me up/treat. We had construction guys in our kitchen and I didn’t want to go down and make 3 lunches, so I told them I would get them hamburgers and milkshakes. It was a fun outing for them! I had some of their milkshake and came home and made myself this lunch.

Of course you would have never have known the back story had I just ‘shoved’ the BK bags to the side…


I think I’ll end on this because well…

Love you friends!!


Lemon Roasted Broccoli

Wait what? Am I blogging? Are pigs flying?

(Check out the end of this post to find out why I was kind of absent!)


Are you guys mad at me? I hope we can still be friends, despite the fact that I’ve been THE worst. But I feel like, or at least I’m hoping, that we have one of those relationships that we can pick up where we left off. Kind of like I never left? Kind of like I wasn’t being a crappy blogger? Good. Glad we are on the same page ;).

I’ve had this Lemon Roasted Broccoli Recipe sitting on my computer desktop for a long time just begging to be shared! I usually make a version of this once a week, and I’ve played around with the flavors a lot too. So far, my kids AND my husband eat this every. single.time.

Like I said, it definitely needed to be shared!


Broccoli has always been a safe vegetable in our family, and if I want to feel like super mom I will whip up a batch and proudly watch my kids eat those little trees. Ignore the fact that they called the chicken I made disgusting, that’s not important.




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Lemon Roasted Broccoli
  • 2 heads broccoli, stems removed
  • Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat the broccoli with olive oil, just a few TB. until the broccoli is lightly coated.
  3. Sprinkle with a good amount of salt and pepper, and then the lemon juice.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, tossing every so often. (Depending on how crunchy you like the broccoli, you can adjust your cooking time. We like it super crunchy!)


What’s the one vegetable your family enjoys eating?!



We’ve had a great and relaxing summer, as I hope all of you have! I’ve been learning the ropes with 3 littles, and each day brings new, exciting, AND crazy moments! Just recently, as in this week, our little baby started to sleep more solidly. (AKA that’s why I’m able to blog right now.) She falls asleep and stays asleep for longer than 30 minutes!! I also had my two older kids start school, so I feel like a whole new woman! I’m hoping I can maintain a better blogging schedule!!

Have a great week!



Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review

86% of the time my children steal my food.


When food packages arrive in the mail I try my best to hide the goodies from those adorable little thieves, but it doesn’t take them long to find mommy’s hidden stash. ” Bite! Bite! Bite!!”


This month I was sent a box of Vegan Cuts Snack Box, and I was SUPER excited! It’s different than most snack boxes because not only are their snacks completely Vegan, but it came with more than just snacks!


(Note: I’m determined to find these bars in a store near me. I see a new addiction in the near future!)



Like a glass straw, which I’ve always wanted! I refuse to drink out of anything else now, because for some reason, water taste so much better….Is this possible?



And a smoothie, oatmeal, and savory tea! All three flavors that I’ve never considered to even try! This doesn’t happen often, but I love each one. Especially the espresso oatmeal. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love coffee flavored foods. Makes sense.



They also sent a protein powder sample which I LOVED. There are SO many proteins out there, that it’s nice to sample of few before you spend a lot of money on a whole tub of something you might like!


Check out Vegan Cuts Snack Boxes, if this box was exciting to me I can only imagine what fun items other boxes could have!

*I was not paid to write this post, but was sent a box on behalf of Vegan Cuts Snack Box team! All opinions are my own!*

The Diva Dish…Cookbook?

So I’m in the works of putting together a Cook Book…


I’ve wanted to do this for a while, and each time I’ve thought about it, I’ve scribbled a few random notes on paper of “cool ideas” for a cookbook I could put together. I’ve written on a handful of notebooks and papers, and I don’t know where any of them are…And half of them now have pink scribbles and princess stickers all over them. That about sums of my dreams.

I will add that I’m not in the works with a huge publishing company, but I’m working towards making an E-Book. (Something you could download on-line.) It’s going to be a 3, maybe 4, series book, Breakfast, Lunch (Snacks), Dinner, & Desserts. All geared towards busy families that have a desire to eat healthy. There will be a common goal with each book, but I’ll share that detail a little later :).


(Can I add, I feel like blogging about it makes it officially…official. Kind of scary.)

A few weeks back, I partnered up with AT&T to test out their Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet and it’s been helping me a lot gather my recipes and ideas for this new book. At first I was kind of prejudice because I’ve only ever used Apple products (GASP!), but once I started to play around with it I fell in love. It’m pretty sure this Tablet was created with bloggers in mind. Seriously.

It has Microsoft Word, where I’ve been able to keep track of everything blogging. I can also choose a format on there that is made for BLOG posts! Crazy right? In addition, they sent me a Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus where I can look at my recipes on the counter propped up, add notes as I’m recipe testing, write things down, and continue to cook.

It’s made this cookbook process a ton easier! I can’t tell you how many notebooks I have throughout my house with scribbled recipes on them! I also again can’t tell you where they are. It’s going to be nice to have everything in one place!


I promise you that things with this cookbook (e-book) will start picking up more, and hopefully you will be able to purchase it in the coming months! I’m going to be pouring my heart and soul into this project, and have each and every one of you and your sweet families in mind!

I’d love to hear feedback as to what you really want to see in this cook book series. My goal is to not just make it an ordinary cookbook, because there are SO MANY COOKBOOKS out there. I want this to stand out and make a difference in you and your families lives! No pressure…



See that beautiful food picture? You mean, a piece of technology without 457 pictures of my one year olds forehead? Yes…I love it.



Again, thank you to everyone for all of your love and support here on The Diva Dish! I’m amazed at how many wonderful people there are out there who are willing to support a silly girl like my self! I would LOVE your feedback for these new Cook Books coming out in the near future! After all…they are for you :).


*Thank you again to AT&T for sending me their Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet to review, along with the Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus. All of the opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this post. The tablet is a great tool for bloggers out there! And you love to cook and follow recipes in your kitchen, the Belkin stand definitely makes things a lot easier!

Boxtera Snack Giveaway

Ever since moving to Las Vegas, I’ve had this ‘Ba-Humbug’ attitude about what there is to do here that’s ‘family friendly fun’. Coming from San Diego where we had beaches and zoo’s and amusement parks…Hold on, I’m crying.


I’ve tried to have a better attitude about Las Vegas, even though I’m convinced all these rocks and dry dirt backyards is what Hell might look like…It’s not all that bad. There are some places that have grass.

Recently we’ve discovered the Springs Preserve Museum, and the girls love it. It’s a partly out doors dessert gardens, park, and discovery area! I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with it because there is a ton of walking, and I get a great workout in while the kids have a blast! Sadly, when summer hits and it’s 125 degrees we will have to say goodbye! So for now we are getting a lot out of the museum as possible!




Usually I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us, but this time we were lucky enough to have our Boxtera Snacks with us! Remember last month when we had a giveaway from them? Guess what, It’s happening again!

The snacks worked great because I didn’t have to lug a cooler around to keep them from going bad, and there was something for each of our taste buds! Some had protein, some were salty, one was sweet! It was perfect!

After a few hours of running around exploring, out family was definitely hungry!  And more importantly everything is natural and healthy! Win Win! Except for the fighting over the Fruit Filled Bars…Someone didn’t win there.






Would one of you like another chance to win a Box of Boxtera Snacks?!

Here is how you Enter:



After my tired little babies filled their bellies, they went perfectly down for a nice loooong…

30 minute nap.


Thank you Boxtera for sending me a sample of their snack box. I was not paid to write this post, all opinions are my own.

Dessert Bullet Giveaway

I’ve always been a Magic Bullet fan from the beginning. In fact I’ve had mine for almost SIX years now, and I just recently used it yesterday! It was the first machine that I ever made  a green smoothie from (and this green muffin!)



Well a few months back I was contacted by my wonderful friends over at Dessert Bullet, (same company as the Magic Bullet!), and they asked if I’d be interested in trying out their product! I obviously went all fan girl crazy and said yes, and couldn’t wait to try out the machine!

The Dessert Bullet is a machine that can make fresh & healthy sweet treats! For example, if you love Banana Ice Cream (Frozen Banana blended up), then you will LOVE this machine!



Since then, I’ve been contributing 4 recipes per month for the Dessert Bullet Blog, and I have to tell you…I’m having such a fun time playing and creating recipes that satisfy my sweet taste buds! My girls love when mommy is playing the kitchen with her ‘ice cream toy’, they go crazy!

I‘ve made chocolate covered popsicles, fruit fizzy drinks, coladas, almond milk slushies, cheese cake ice cream with strawberry sauce, lime pie ice cream, and a purple velvet ice cream!

(And this coming month I’ve got even more fun recipes including cake & cookies! All Healthy, Light, and Natural!)



Okay, are you ready for this!

My friends at Dessert Bullet and I will be giving away TWO Dessert Bullet Machines to my lovely readers and friends here at The Diva Dish!

I’d love for you guys to win one, so here is how you enter!

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Good Luck!

Boxtera-Healthy Snacks Giveaway!

While some parts of the country are inside watching snowflakes land on their window seals, here in Las Vegas we’re outside enjoying the sunshine…Sighhhh.



Despite living in a desert, there really are beautiful parts of the area including the stunning Red Rock mountains. Usually once a month we go on a family hike, and it’s been a fun family tradition to start. I’ve always been an advocate of doing a fun physical activity together as a family, and hiking is on the top list of ours! (Which is funny because I’m not a huge fan of out doors-y activities, or anything really where dirt is involved…)

(Note: I love this pic of m Husband carrying my camera bag and water bottle…)


Happy Hiker…


Usually 5 minutes into the hike, my three year old is starting to show signs of Dehydration and asking when we can stop and have a snack. Also by this point, i’m starting to feel that 45 pound backpack resting on my shoulders. So we find a nice shaded spot to rest, and fill our bellies up.


Usually i’ll pack snacks that are simple like crackers, bars, pretzels, dried fruits, granola, etc., but this time we had some extra special snacks with us! We got a sweet package from Boxtera, which is a monthly  healthy snack delivery service.




The girls enjoyed the dried mangos and bananas (which I swear taste exactly like banana bread), while my husband and I gobbled up this spicy mix of dehydrated nuts & beans. We also had these BBQ dried banana chips, but my husband doesn’t know about those. They are hiding in my purse because well…he’s a snack hog and they are all mine. mine. mine.



And since Boxtera is so awesome, they want to share some healthy snacks with YOU guys too! So nice right? These snacks have:

  • No trans fats
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors 

And I’ll add one more:

  • Toddler approved
  • Wife approved
  • Husband approved (when he’s allowed to taste that is)

Here is how to enter! (US residents only!)



Good Luck Friends!

Quest Nutrition Bars Giveaway!!

I love when new food obsessions come into my life!


A long while back I noticed many people posting about Quest Nutrition Bars and I have to admit how quickly I became intrigued! I saw a lot of different people/friends talking about how amazing these bars were, and “OMG have you tried this flavor?!”..I knew I had to try them immediately!


After a friendly tweet/email to the kind people over at Quest Nutrition, they generously sent me samples of their bars to try out for myself! I knew once my kids and husband saw those pretty packages, it would be a war to see who would get to them first!


I want you guys to know that I don’t promote ANY product I don’t believe in, because well, that’s just not fair to you guys!

But let me tell you…We LOVE them!

These bars are:

  • Usually under 200 calories
  • HIGH in fiber, Im talking like 17g!!
  • HIGH in protein, 20g!!
  • Healthy & Natural

Now, my final step of approval for most things usually has to get a thumbs up from my kids because you know…they run my life.


Initially the bars straight out of the wrapper are not soft enough for little hands and mouths, BUT did you know that a few seconds in the microwave (about 10), softened them right up and made for a warm and soft delicious treat?!


After you soften them in the microwave, you roll them into cookies,  bake them @350 for like 3-5 minutes, and you have the perfect COOKIES! Like seriously Quest? Seriously?! Amazing.


I owe Quest Nutrition a HUGE thank you because they want to share their amazing product with all of my friends! So nice right?!

And not just with ONE friend…but with THREE FRIENDS!!!

And you aren’t just entering to win 2-3 bars, you are entering to win a 15 SAMPLER PACK of Quest Nutrition Bars!! (No Matter Where you Live!!)



Here’s how to enter:

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Good Luck Friends!!

Giveaway End Wednesday Feb. 5th at Midnight!