Posts Tagged ‘Muffin’

My experiment with avoiding wheat and dairy this week is so far having absolutely no effect on my nursing baby’s skin issues.  Bummer.  One good thing that has come out of it so far, however, is these delicious muffins.  I found the original recipe here, and made very few changes.  I am just not confident in gluten-free creativity yet :).

My husband actually said these were the best tasting muffins he has had in years.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

6 eggs

1/2 c. coconut oil

3 ripe bananas

6 dates (pitted)

1/4 c. honey

1/2 c. coconut flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 /2 c. finely chopped walnuts

1/2 c. chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and proceed:

1. In a blender, combine eggs, coconut oil, bananas, dates and honey.  Blend until evenly combined.

2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda.

3. Dump the dry ingredients into the blender with the wet.  Blend again to evenly combine.  Scrape the sides as needed.

4.  Stir (don’t blend!) in the walnuts and the chocolate chips.

5.  Divide the batter evenly between 12 – 18 muffin cups (depending on how large you want them).  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.


I’ll be sharing this recipe with:

Real Food Wednesday’s

These Chicks Cooked

Full Plate Thursday


Sweet Tooth Friday

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CHRISTMAS WEEK!!!!!!!  Very exciting.  I just love weeks where special meals are part of the plan, don’t you?


Oatmeal/granola/yogurt x 2, fresh fruit

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits, Maple Icing, fresh fruit

Soaked Waffles, Homemade Blueberry Syrup

Crockpot Overnight Steel Cut Oats, fresh fruit

Leftover Andrew’s muffins (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip), fresh fruit

Christmas Morning Breakfast: Egg Bake, Caramel Rolls, Blueberry Coffee Cake


Cheese Omelets, steamed green beans, cucumbers, carrots

Andrew’s Muffins (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip), fresh veggies

Millet, Sausage and Spinach, fresh fruit

Chili, cornbread (friends coming for lunch and they are bringing the meal :)!), veggies and fruit

Baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, apples with PB

Sandwiches, veggies

Christmas Day! (Adults are usually still stuffed from the breakfast feast, and kids will have leftover Taco Joe’s)


Leftovers & Whatevers

Cream of Chicken Soup, mashed potatoes

Vietnamese Fried Rice, fresh fruit

Pizza, veggies and fruit (really hoping for take-out here)

Beef and Barley Stew, crackers, fresh fruit

Taco Joe’s, chips, shredded cheese, guacamole, tomatoes, black olives (kinda like a sloppy joe, but with meat and beans and taco seasoning – you eat the whole thing in a bowl with the chips)

Ham dinner (with my amazing pastured pork from R Family Farms!), Baked Apples and Cranberries, Cheesy Potato Casserole, steamed green beans

Yum.  I cannot be the only one really looking forward to food this week.  I think tomorrow is our day to finally make the Peanut Butter Blossoms that are so bad for you, but so good :).  Have you finished your baking already?  What are your favorite Christmas treats this week?

Read other bloggers’ menu plans at Menu Plan Monday!

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This is my first intentionally gluten-free and dairy-free recipe post.  Why gluten and dairy free?  No reason, really.  We are very lucky not to have any food allergies or sensitivities or Celiac disease at our house.  Praise God.

But, don’t you ever feel like you eat way too much WHEAT?!  I know I do.  I have been feeling like it would be a wise idea to branch out and try to serve other grains and seeds besides wheat.  There are so many fabulous looking recipes that call for coconut flour, I thought I would buy some in my last Country Life order.

Orange Coconut Muffin

These muffins are my first attempt at baking a grain-free muffin, and I have to say I was very pleased!  Laura, from Heavenly Homemakers, came up with a wonderful original recipe.  Reading through the comments on her post, I saw Jackie’s idea to include an orange in the batter and use a blender to mix as well.  Good idea – very good.  For someone who needs to avoid gluten and/or dairy, these are a treat.  And for people, like us, who have no medical need to cut them out, they are a yummy way to break out of the wheat box.

If you’ve never cooked with coconut flour before, you’ll be surprised to see how little flour and how many eggs you need.  No, they did not turn out tasting like scrambled eggs :).  And I cannot comment on how they may taste the next day – they were gone before lunch was over!

See - muffiny, not eggy

Orange Coconut Muffins

makes 12 muffins

6 eggs

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. honey

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. coconut flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 orange

1.  Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and preparing your muffin pan.

2.  Wash your orange, and then zest the entire orange into a bowl and set aside.  Now, peel the orange (discard the peel, obviously), pull it in half, and plop both halves in your blender.

3.  Add 3 eggs, coconut oil, honey, salt, coconut flour, baking powder, and 3 more eggs.  Blend until everything is nicely combined.  I used my Vitamix, but did not turn it on high.

4.  Add your orange zest and blend a little more to incorporate zest.  Or, just fold it in with a spatula.

5.  Evenly divide the batter between 12 muffin cups.  Bake in preheated oven for 17 minutes (or until done – they won’t look “wet” on top anymore, but they aren’t going to brown either!).


This recipe is linked to the following blog parties:

Tasty Tuesday with Nap Time Creations

These Chicks Cooked with This Chick Cooks

Real Food Wednesdays with Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Turning the Table Thursday with Around My Family Table

Full Plate Thursday with Miz Helen


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Another family favorite.  I just made these for lunch and had to cut the kids off at four each.  Sheesh.  I love that this recipe has minimal sweetener (and all natural – yay honey!) and butter.  I also need to take a moment and rave about the If You Care muffin cups in the picture.  These are amazing.  I have never had a single muffin stick to them.  Ever.  Highly recommend.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

(I always put the amount needed for 24 muffins, as there is no sense in making less if I am planning on feeding my family.  Make them all and freeze them – if there are any left.)

3 1/3 c. white whole wheat flour

2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. sea salt

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 t. grated nutmeg

1/8 t. ground cloves

3/4 c. honey

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 15 oz. can pumpkin

1 c. raisins (optional)

1 c. chocolate (I could say these are optional, but c’mon.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Stir in raisins and chocolate chips.

Mix all of the wet ingredients together in a large bowl.

Dump the wet into the dry and mix until combined.

Prepare muffin pans by greasing or lining the cups, while you let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake for 17-20 minutes or until done.

Join me over at Full Plate Thursday  and Turning the Table Thursday for more delicious recipes.


Credit for this recipe must be given to my friend Jane’s son, Andrew.  The first time we enjoyed these muffins, Andrew made them.  They will forever be known at our house as “Andrew’s Muffins” – thank you, Andrew (and Jane)!

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Apple Spice Muffins

Since we all seem not very excited about the fall weather, but extremely excited about the fall food – I thought I would share a new fallish muffin recipe.

Oatmeal Apple Spice Muffins

by Blessed Roots Farm

(I always make at least 24 muffins or there aren’t enough to feed our family.  If you only want 12, you need to cut this in half.)

2 2/3 c. flour (I use white whole wheat flour)

1 c. quick oats

1 c. rolled oats

2 Tbsp. baking powder

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 c. honey

1/2 c. maple syrup

1 c. milk (I use almond milk)

1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter

2 eggs

4 c. peeled and chopped apples

1 c. raisins and/or chopped nuts (if you like ’em)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Prep your muffin pans by greasing or using liners.  Prepare your apples.  In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.  In another large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.  Toss both the apple chunks and raisins in the dry flour mixture.  Dump the wet into the dry and mix until combined.  Fill your muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 17 -20 minutes or until done.

Join me over at Jam Hands for Recipe Sharing Monday  and Melt in Your Mouth Monday for more inspiration.


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Meal Plan Monday

With farmers market still going strong, Jason’s gold buying business picking up for the fall, school getting back to our regular schedule, and adding a new baby this year, my goal is to keep my cooking and shopping S-I-M-P-L-E.  Here is what we will be eating this week:


Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothies (I omit the yogurt and add extra almond milk and extra strawberries since we are dairy free) and cereal bars from Trader Joe’s (a serious treat around here)

Toast, fresh fruit

Bagels x 2, fresh fruit

Oatmeal or homemade granola x 3, fresh fruit (we also love frozen blueberries in our oatmeal!)


Just to spare you from reading it 7 times – I always serve fresh veggies with lunch (carrots, peppers, cucumbers and anything else I have)

No Bake Energy Bites

English muffins

Baked potatoes (we enjoy our potatoes with butter, and some of us like either a little salt or ketchup (not me – yuck!) since we don’t do cheese)

Burritos (I spread a whole wheat tortilla with refried black or pinto beans, add fresh veggies, and fold ‘er up – no cheese needed)

Pumpkin Raisin muffins

PB & J

Potluck with church – I’ll be bringing cookies since it is Jason’s 40th birthday this Friday :)!


Veggie Black Bean and Barley Soup, bread

Sautéed Veggies in Island Soyaki (a la Trader Joe’s), brown rice, homemade peach sorbet

Lentils and Spinach (I’ll throw in any leftover rice from above as well, and a ton of shredded carrots.  I serve with fresh chopped tomatoes and cucumbers.  This is definitely a great lentil recipe – coming from someone who doesn’t love the taste of lentils but appreciates their frugal qualities.), fresh fruit

Pinto Bean Bowls (I cook an enormous crock pot of beans starting in the morning), fresh salsa and guacamole, corn chips

Pizza (or popcorn for the dairy-free among us) and Movie Night, fresh veggies, fruit and veggie smoothie

Spaghetti, sautéed onions, zucchini and yellow squash, green smoothie

Leftovers and whatevers

Let me know if there are any recipes you’d like me to post.  Go snoop around the rest of the meal plans over at Meal Plan Monday.  Happy eating!

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