Gluten Free Banana Crumble Muffins

These banana muffins I made this morning came out incredibly moist, soft and delicious. I really like nuts in my muffins, but with a nut allergy in the house I opted not to add any.  So if you feel so inclined you can also add 1/3 cup of chopped nuts too.   You can also use all-purpose flour if you’re not in need of the gluten free option.

I have to say these were one of the best banana muffins I’ve had.  Perfect for my sweet tooth!  If you make them, I would love to hear your opinion.

gluten free banana crumble muffin

Gluten Free Banana Crumb Muffins

1 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted (or 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

3. In a small bowl, mix together remaining brown sugar, 2 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.


A Call to Worship

Sunday Psalms 9/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms. May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.


New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

Living in Full Surrender
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God Is Speaking to You.

God Is Speaking to You

It sounds like a pretty foundational point, but I believe there are many who still question whether God really talks to people. Have you ever wondered about this? Do you ask yourself if God would ever speak to you? You’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes.

Toward the end of His time on earth, Jesus told His disciples,

“I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or take them upon you or to grasp them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)”  John 16:12-13

When Jesus spoke these words, He was talking to men with whom He had spent the previous three years, yet He still had more to teach them. This is surprising, because I would think that if Jesus was with me personally for three years, day and night, I would have learned everything there is to know.

But Jesus always has more to say because we will always be facing new situations in life that He wants to guide us through. That’s why we’ve been given the Holy Spirit – so that we can hear God speak, even though He may not be physically in front of us.

Through Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, God wants to speak to you on a One-to-one basis every day. He wants to lead you step-by-step to the good things He has in store for you.

The Father will give the gift of His Spirit to all who ask for Him (see Luke 11:13). I want to say again emphatically that each of us can hear from God and be led by the Holy Spirit daily. Are you listening?

Prayer Starter: God fill me with your Hold Spirit right now.  I surrender all of me to you and I hold nothing back.  Take my life, fill every part of it and do what you want to do with me.  I thank you Father for the Holy Ghost;  He baptizes us with fire and the Holy Ghost.  God we are hungry for your full power.  We refuse to live a weak, wimpy, pitiful life.  We are so hungry for more of you.  We pray right now, in the name of Jesus, that you would fill every hungry person that prays now, in Jesus’ name.  We refuse to be denied.  We’re not going to do without you.  Thank you Lord!  Hallelujah!  Thank you for the Holy Spirit.  Thank you God…

Exerts taken from the Promises for Your Everyday Life Devotional on YouVersion.

P.S. Today I’m linking up here, here, here, here and here

The Lord a Fortress in Adversity

Sunday Psalms 8/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms. May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.


Psalm 31:1-5

New King James Version (NKJV)

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.

For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Living in Full Surrender

Let them rejoice…

Sunday Psalms 7/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms.  May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.


Psalm 5:11-12

Amplified Bible (AMP)

But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.

For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).

Living in Full Surrender

Easy Cupcakes | Simple Baking

Looking for a simple, easy way to make delicious cupcakes every time?  Don’t feel like baking from scratch?  Well, here is your answer!  My friend Saucy over at Saucy Sprinkles has a no fail recipe using store-bought cake mixes that will always keep you coming back for more.

Here is what she says:

“Pick your mix. Don’t pay any attention to the package directions. Saucy is serious about this. It’s her way or the highway. You will need: one package of cake mix (use the good kind… Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines), three large eggs, one half cup of butter or margarine, and one cup of water.  Saucy usually bakes with butter – she’s a butter fan – but for a batch of cupcakes from a mix, margarine will do just fine”.

DEvils Food Cake

Melt your butter or margarine in the microwave so that the melted liquid fills your measuring cup to the 1.5 cup line.  Dump all the above ingredients, along with your cake mix into your mixer and mix on low for a couple of minutes.  Be sure to scrape the entire bowl at least a couple of times to ensure you don’t miss any of the dry batter.  I didn’t scrape to the bottom the first time and had to go back and do it again when I discovered dry cake mix lumps .  Then turn your mixer on high and let her rip for a good minute or so.

Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full, and bake according to the directions on the box.  Saucy also says to be sure and “cool them on a rack absolutely and completely before you do anything to them”.  That’s a must.  Unless you like runny icing.

 I have a problem waiting to eat anything sweet before its completely ready.   Don’t they look yummy?  They taste pretty snazzy.  I know because I couldn’t resist a spoon full!


{In fact, I completely forgot to take a photo of my finished product, so I borrowed one via}

So there you have it.  Simple easy DELICIOUS cupcakes.  They are SO incredibly good, but I’ve only had a few so far… today that is!

 P.S. I’m linking up here and here today

Discount BarkBoxes For the Puppy Lover!

I recently discovered Barkboxes and I’m so excited!   See, I love my puppy!!!  He’s super cute and I just adore spoiling him with treats, toys and goodies each day, so this is perfectly PERFECT.

BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal? To make dogs happy. They aim to surprise and delight with their monthly BarkBoxes that contain all-natural treats and other coolest pup products in each box — things you can’t find at the typical big-box pet store. They have treat and toy scouts scouring the country every month for the best toys and treats that will make your dog happy and healthy.

When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!  You also have the option to purchase a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription for consecutively greater discounts.  I’m down with that! Continue reading