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Coconut flour muffins

I’ll tell you right up front: this recipe borrows heavily from Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins. Thing is, I link to it so often, with my variations, that I figured it’d be easier to just post how I make them. Thank you for creating these, Elana! I love them oh-so-much!

My husband LOVES muffins, & he especially loves them with strawberries. Personally, I love a good old-fashioned blueberry muffin, but I’m not picky. Sometimes I make these with my usual Sunday morning cook-a-thon, & they never seem to last long enough.

Coconut flour muffins

gluten-free, high fiber – makes eight muffins

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fruit, thawed if frozen (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries – the possibilities are endless!)

 

How to do it:

  1. Melt butter
  2. Mix all ingredients, except fruit, together in a large bowl.
  3. Allow to rest for about five minutes.
  4. Stir in fruit.
  5. GREASE muffin pan or muffin liners with butter. Without it, the muffin sticks to the liners in a most unfortunate way.
  6. Pour batter into muffin pan/liners. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.

 

Enjoy! Next time you have a staff meeting or other engagement that will include donuts, bagels, & the like, take these along. They’re quite divine with a nice cup of English Breakfast tea…


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Chocolate-Almond Butter Smoothie

This is my go-to smoothie. I’ve always been a sucker for the chocolate-peanut butter combo, but I’ve since upgraded to the better-for-you almond butter. Just as tasty, I swear! It’s a great meal replacer – sometimes I have this for breakfast, sometimes I have it when I just want a quick lunch, & occasionally I’ll make it for dessert. The best part? There’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty indulging in it! Chock full of protein, good fats, & all the yummy things in a banana & cocoa without needing to worry about too many excess sugars & calories. Delicious!

Chocolate-Almond Butter Smoothie

dairy-free, vegan

For one smoothie, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 6 ounces plain coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons real unsweetened cocoa powder

 

Blend altogether, & enjoy!

Nutrition information via Livestrong.com: 43g fat, 21g carbs, 7.5g protein; 478 total calories.