spiced paleo pumpkin almond muffins

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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” ?


Some things in this world just confuse me.

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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.”


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


  • 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


  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.

  • http://clairetherd.com Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

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

    • Cait

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

  • http://RDexposed.com Molly @ RDexposed

    You’re getting me excited for fall!

    • Cait

      Haha – I’m getting ME excited for Fall!

  • http://www.sprint2thetable.com Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

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

    • Cait

      It’s kicking my butt so far!

  • deb franzoni

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

    • Cait

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

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    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.

    • Cait

      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!

  • http://www.forloveofcarrots.com Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    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!

    • Cait

      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!

  • http://www.whatkellysaid.com Kelly

    These are a must make.

    • Cait

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

  • http://rachrachbobach.wordpress.com Rachel

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

    • Cait

      Let me know what you think!

  • http://talkless-saymore.com/ Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    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! :)

    • Cait

      Definitely do! These were delicious!

  • http://www.yesiwantcake.com Katie

    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.

    • Cait

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

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Look amazing! Yummy! :P

    • Cait

      :) They were!

  • http://www.chareatsgreens.com char eats greens

    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 ;)

    • Cait

      They add the PERFECT crunch! :)

  • http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/ ally

    oh wow i can just imagine how moist, flavorful & delicious these would be!

    • Cait

      They most definitely are! Give them a try :)

  • http://bigfamilysteps.blogspot.com krimp

    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!

    • Cait

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

  • Hafizah Coston

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

    • Cait

      So glad to hear it!!

  • Nicole

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

    • Cait

      Oh so glad to hear it!! :)

  • Caitlyn

    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

    • Cait

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



    • Cait

      Nice! I’m so glad to hear it!

  • Violet

    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!!!

    • Violet

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

      • Cait

        Love it! :)

    • Cait

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