Friday, May 11, 2012

Raisin Muffins (grain-free : GAPS : primal : paleo : gluten-free)

As we head into summer, sometimes it is hard to find fresh fruit in season.  Why not try some raisin muffins?  My daughter especially loves these muffins since she loves raisins.  They are cinnamon-y and delicious!

Raisin Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
  1. Melt butter or coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly. 
  2. Meanwhile, combine the eggs, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large bowl.  If using an immersion blender, pulse a few times to combine. Otherwise, mix to combine with a whisk or mixer.
  3. Add the honey to the butter (or coconut oil) and stir slightly.  Pour this mixture into the wet ingredients and blend well with immersion blender or mixer.
  4. Measure out the coconut flour.  Since coconut flour clumps, it will need to be sifted if you are not using an immersion blender.*
  5. Pour the coconut flour into the bowl with the wet ingredients.  Use an immersion blender or mixer to thoroughly combine all ingredients, making sure there are no lumps.  (Since coconut flour does not contain gluten, there is no worry of over-mixing it).
  6. Fold in the raisins.
  7. Line a muffin tin with paper cups.  Scoop the muffin batter into the paper cups.  I like to use a 3-Tb scoop for this, but you could just use a large spoon.
  8. Bake muffins in 325 degree oven for about 35-45 minutes, until muffins are set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  If you are in a time-crunch, you could bake them at 350 degrees initially, but you'll need to reduce the heat after a bit so they won't burn before being set in the middle.
  9. Remove from oven and cool.  Delicious with a pat of butter and a big glass of raw milk or milk kefir!  Pair these muffins with bacon or eggs for a hearty meal.
Time-saving tips:
*Pure baking soda is GAPS-legal, however it is a strong alkalizer so it can reduce stomach acid (and GAPS people typically already have low stomach acid).  My family avoided using baking soda for the first few months on GAPS just in case.
**If you use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients, you can skip the step of sifting the coconut flour.  This also gives you less dirty dishes!
***While you are at it, why not make a double batch of muffins and throw one dozen into the freezer?  It doesn't take much more time, and they will make a very easy breakfast for some other week.


Sammy Davis said...

These look great. Perfect for lunchboxes. I love your blog and recommend it to everyone who's interested in improving the health of their family. Thank you so much

Niki said...

Thanks for sharing your great recipes, we are looking to embark on a GAPs adventure as a family and your site has given me heaps of ideas and encouragement to get going with it. Thanks