Sunday Around the Table: Gluten Free Muffins

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Okay, before you are scared off by the words "gluten free," let me explain. I am not on a gluten free diet, if I had more self discipline I might be though. About a year ago, one of my girlfriends went GF and she has lost 15 lbs! She also exercises and leads a healthy life, but I am intrigued by her diet plan and I asked her to share some of her recipes with me.

I am very cautious not to get caught up in any particular "diet" plans. I like to pick and choose things that work well in my life. It's not practical for me to assume I'm never going to eat wheat again, I mean what about when I go to Italy?

I would however like to cut out some of the junk from my diet, and let's be honest, processed wheat ain't so good for you. If you're like me and you hear the words "vegan," "gluten free," "paleo," and "Atkins" etc... you are probably thinking it's going to taste like cardboard. I cannot vouch for all GF recipes (and all those other diets), but these GF muffins are Ah-mazing!

Let me warn you, this recipe isn't very cheap, it's crazy how expensive eating healthy can be. I will promise you though, what you spend in dollars you will save in inches around your waist ;)

Here's what you'll need:

3 cups almond flour (Bought mine at Trader Joe's)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 Ripe Bananas
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional, my addition)

*I have altered this recipe by adding walnuts and using less flour. I have also substituted the bananas for zucchini. You could also use pumpkin pie mix in substitution for the bananas too!

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Make a hole in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Grease muffin pan and Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. This recipe makes 12 muffins.

These may sink a little, don't be alarmed. I have seen other people put banana and almond slices on top too. The creativity is all yours now!

This recipe is very simple, and delicious! My husband, who usually hates healthy food even loved them!

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Keely said...

The muffins sound delicious. Being newly gluten-intolerant I'm always looking for tasty GF recipes. And yes, sometimes, GF tastes like cardboard. It's really hit and miss. I've found my favorite store-bought brands, but I'm still working on my baking skills.

Audrey Allure said...

It looks so delicious!

Head to Toe Chic said...

I love muffins and these look so good!! Definitely giving them a try :)