Real Life Paleo

Prepping for Vacation with Apple Cinnamon Mini Crumb Cakes

Holy cow. Who knew that getting ready for vacation could be SO stressful. At this point, the Low Carb Cruise canNOT come soon enough!

Stacy’s been working 15 hour days at her job in anticipation of not being there next week. I’ve been doing everything from finding passports to building a schedule and making meals in advance, for my mom coming to stay with the boys for the 9 days we’re gone.

We thought after all that work we’ve put into it, you might want to know what we’ve done to ensure our paleo-kids will stay well fed and nourished in our absence. As awesome as my mom is, I’m unfortunately not able to say we’re just handing them off. My mom knows mostly nothing about paleo diet (her most common at-home meal is a grilled cheese sandwich), so we had to do A LOT of food prep, in addition to planning out the boys every waking moment for the next 9 days.

I’m sipping on liquor as I draft this post because there’s no other way to recover from all the work done this week.

You know, we’re a modern family, despite our “caveman” pretensions. We have lots of stuff going on, from school to sports to activities. I never realized how hectic our schedule was until I was forced to write it down! For example, on Fridays we have two kids at two different schools plus a playgroup I run! On Mondays I often co-op at Finn’s school, but have to be back by 1 to get Cole from school only to turn around and take him to gymnastics. Luckily for us, they’re good kids and ought not cause grandma too much trouble. (Fingers crossed!)

Alright, alright, so you want some of the recipes we prepared and froze?

All grandma has to do is cook them (and thaw in some cases)! Should be easy peasy at meal time.

But… it’s the dreaded snacking and lunch packing that is a major concern for her. So we stocked up on our go-to favorite quick foods for the boys:

Oh, did the sweets in the freezer above catch your eye? Yeah, we thought so. They caught our boys’ eyes too. Since grandma’s used to a bit of carbs, and frankly it’s easy to bribe young boys, we made a bunch of treats that grandma could give to the boys… plus, this way there’s no temptations to go out and treat anyone! We made:

Apple Cinnamon Mini Crumb Cakes
This recipe is egg-free, made specifically for all the allergen requests we’ve been getting lately!


1 1/2 C Almond Flour
2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
2 Tbsp tapioca flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 C applesauce (make your own or we used this)
1/3 C honey
1/3 C coconut oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 large apple, peeled with core removed

1/2 C Almond Flour
1/2 C slivered almonds
3 Tbsp palm sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon


  1. ♥ Sift together flours and cinnamon
  2. ♥ Puree together in a food processor or electric mixer applesauce, honey, oil and vanilla until smooth
  3. ♥ Pulse in dry ingredients until just combined and smooth – apple should have small pieces but not completely pureed
  4. ♥ Pour into muffin or loaf pans, 2/3 full (a scant 1/3 cup)
  5. ♥ In separate bowl, us fork to combine topping ingredients
  6. ♥ Distribute toppings evenly over top of loafs
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until lightly browned

Let cool slightly before serving, to help them stiffen. Store at room temperature for a day or two – or refrigerate up to a week before freezing.

We used a mini loaf pan that had 9 loaves, so this would probably work the same as a large muffins – just cook a little less long. And make sure your kids help with the ♥ steps!


If that’s not enough for grandma to survive, we’ve also written up detailed info on where and what the boys can eat out or order in. Frankly, as long as they’re alive when we return, I’m not going to think about it and enjoy our first lengthy vacation as a couple!

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  • Nancy

    Wow, I thought I had it bad having to prep food and instructions for the care of my three dogs for while we’re on the Low-Carb Cruise.  Now I realize that I’ve got it easy!  See you soon.

  • Marni

    That. Sounds. Crazy!!  But good for you in planning and prepping everything, very inspiring! Hope you enjoy your much needed break! And have another sip … 😀

    •  Crazy indeed! Hopefully it pays off and everyone sees each other again next week happily! 🙂

  • Trilogymom77

    I’m actually going through a similar process, though I will only be gone 4 nights and 3 days. Planning and prepping those meals is stressful, but you know Grandma is going to thank you for making that part of it easy for her. And I know my kids will be thrilled to have more Frozen Waffles from ELaD!

  • Have fun!

  • Tanya

    Ha! I feel your pain. Life is so busy with multiple kids. My husband and I always say we should go somewhere.. you know a “quest for fun”.. then say ah no, it’s easier to stay at home. LOL Great job prepping, you guys will have a much more relaxing holiday knowing that you have all that yummy food all set to go for the kiddos and Gran. Have FUN!!

  • Hope you guys have tons of fun! A well-deserved vacation, enjoy it to the fullest! 

  • guest

    Which meals were fully cooked and which ready to cook?  I am at a loss when it comes to freezing prepared and cooked food.
    Thanks.  Have a great vacation!

    • As much as possible, I froze them uncooked and ready for the oven. Fresher that way!

  • Have fun on your cruise!  And thanks for including an egg-free recipe. I just discovered that my two-month old, who is nursing, is sensitive to eggs so I have been on the lookout for yummy recipes that are egg-free.  Thanks!

  • Cat @

    I need to make this. I have some blackberries that would be pretty good in it.

  • Adrie

    You guys are awesome! My baby turns one in a week, and he and I are both on an elimination diet, but I still want to make him something resembling a birthday cake – thanks so much!!

  • Are these supposed to be super gooey on the inside? I did everything according to instructions/ingredients and
    they have cooked for 45 minutes in muffin tins and are not cooked. Should it be bread-like? No baking soda in the ingredients? They taste okay, but are a hot mess 🙂 Thanks for any advice

    • No, not supposed to be gooey. Sounds like they’re not done to me. Almond flour stays soft and spongey until it’s fully cooked – unless the top is burned I’d cook them longer. Not sure why the time difference is, since we used mini-loaf pans instead of muffins, sorry.

      • we called them “apple pie” and just ate it. haha. It still tasted good, just didn’t get done for some reason. I think I left them in at least an hour. Maybe I put too much topping on them, (the recipe did make a lot of that.) and it kept the inside from getting done. hmm. Anyways, thanks for the response! Maybe I’ll try again sometime. Thanks for all your recipes.

        • Julia Caruso

          Ditto! Same thing happened to me. Still yummy but not cake-like.

          • Julia Caruso

            Also- I wasn’t able to ‘pour’ the batter. I had to scoop it with a spoon. Not sure where I could have gone wrong as it’s a pretty simple recipe. Again, it’s still yummy, just not as pictured.