Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wheat-Free Muffins, Grain-Free and Low-Carb too!

The recipe I am sharing today is a wonderful alternative for those steering away from wheat, grain or carbs. Whether you are gluten-intolerant or whether you just want to cut down on the amount of grain in your diet, this is a great muffin to try! We call these Love Muffins... only because my husband requested them... and he almost never makes specific requests... so I consider them an expression of my love for him... the extremely loving man that he is!

Love Muffins:

Blend together 12 eggs. I use some very healthy yard hen eggs from a friend of mine. See how dark the yolks are! (I am doubling the recipe here... some for now, some for later... these freeze well.)

Add:
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of real milk
  • 3/4 cup of raw honey
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
Then, combine 1 cup of sifted Coconut Flour with 1 tsp of non-aluminum baking powder. Add these dry ingredients to your eggy mixture and blend until there are no lumps.
Note: you really want to start with sifted coconut flour so that you don't get lumps.
Second Note: you will be really surprised at how much the coconut flour expands. I think it must more than double its bulk as it absorbs the liquids.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins. (The recipe says it will make 24 muffins, but I have always made 12 really big muffins instead.) Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the tops are starting to brown. They burn quickly! Take it from me, you don't want to let the time escape you!

This recipe is from the book Cooking with Coconut Flour: A Delicious Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Alternative to Wheat By Bruce Fife. The recipe comes with many variations. We have tried the Orange Poppyseed Muffins and the Cinnamon Raisin Muffins. But, since these are primarily for my husband and he prefers the taste of honey, we continue to make the basic recipe... our Love Muffin recipe.

10 comments:

Andrea Manor said...

Here's another good looking one using coconut flour. Haven't tried it yet:

Banana Coconut Flour Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup organic coconut flour
6 eggs
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
2 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt

Procedure:

Pre-heat oven at 350 F degrees.

Mix coconut flour and baking powder (put it in separate bowl.) In a mixing bowl, beat eggs gradually, and then add milk, honey, coconut oil, butter, vanilla and salt. Continue mixing. Then add the coconut flour with baking powder and mashed bananas. Blend well. Grease 12 muffin cups with coconut oil. Fill greased muffin cups with the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Yield: 12 muffins

Amy Ellen said...

Thanks so much, Andrea! I'll have to try this one next. It sounds very delicious.

Kirsty said...

These look wonderful. I am a big fan of muffins but not of what is in them ;) How readily available is coconut flour? I don't think I have ever heard of it before!

Amy Ellen said...

Hi Kirsty,

Unfortunately, Coconut Flour is not readily available. I purchase mine from TropicalTraditions.com and have been very pleased with it. It is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way!

Thanks for your comment, Amy Ellen

Christian Frugal Mama said...

Wow. Coconut flour. I have seriously never heard of it before. Does it give it a kind of coconut flavor or is it similar to wheat flour? I might have to try it sometime. Thanks for the post!

Amy Ellen said...

Hi Christian Frugal Mama,

Coconut Flour has a very, very mild coconut flavor but no coconut texture. It is not nutty like wheat.

Hope this helps! Amy Ellen

Xazmin said...

Those look yummie! I'm going to have to give them a try!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Looks yummy! I've never heard of coconut flour.

Thanks for your lovely comment on the Helpmeet Ministries blog.

Now that I'm back from the ministry/vacation trip to St. Thomas I'll definitely be visiting your blog more often.

Have a wonderful day!

Andrea Manor said...

I made your recipe. It was good, but not as sweet as I was imagining it. I'm still new to this no processed sugar thing, so maybe my pallet isn't used to it yet. : ) I'm eager to try the banana one next. It was nice to eat a muffin, though, haven't had anything with flour in awhile.

Christie said...

Wow, this looks great! I'll have to substitute some stuff for the dairy, but I think it will still turn out great... I can't wait to try them! Thanks so much for pointing me to this recipe!! I would be thrilled to see the loaf bread recipe you mentioned in your comment... my email is christie(at)theweathersfamily (dot)com