August 24, 2013

Paleo Chocolate Cherry Muffins

                                          

Again, I have a new favorite flour, almond flour!  It bakes up so moist and it is full of healthy fats and protein.  I got this recipe off of the blog, againstallgrain.com.  There is also a cookbook, "Against All Grains".  The author is Danielle Walker.  She has some delicious recipes.  This cookbook is great if you are eating a diet low or void of grains.  I love whole grains and my family eats a wide variety.  However, any recipe that is full of whole foods (grains or no grains, gluten or no gluten, dairy or no dairy) and is worthy of posting then I don't keep it a secret! 

Complements:  againstallgrain.com

4 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cacao butter, melted (I used coconut butter)
1/4 cup coconut milk (I used full fat coconut milk from the can)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup blanched almond flour (the almonds have been quickly boiled and skin removed, in blanched almond flour the almonds have been processed slightly to make a "lighter" flour)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (this is raw chocolate powder, you could use "regular" cocoa powder too)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.  In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the eggs with the cacao butter for 30 seconds to a minute on medium high speed.  Add the honey, vanilla and coconut milk then beat for a minute longer until fully incorporated.  Combine the coconut flour, almond flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.  Using a sifter or a fine mesh strainer, sift the dry ingredients into the wet.  Beat for one minute, scraping down the sides to make sure everything is mixed well.  Stir in the chopped cherries and chocolate chips by hand.  The batter should be fairly think and lumpy.  Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup to 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Try not to over bake them.  You can store these in an air tight container on the counter or in the refrigerator.  They also freeze well.  You can top with a cherry pie filling and whip cream or they are delicious all by themselves!  Enjoy!
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