Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dairy Free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins (made with coconut oil and blanched almond flour)

I took a break from muffins for a bit. I was eating a lot of them and really, they're just basically little cakes. I'm back on though because they're a great nutrient dense snack and good for travel or to bring to work. I can get really hungry and gluten free pretzels, grapes or carrot sticks just DO NOT cut it some times. So I've been trying to eat muffins that have a little less sweetener and a little less fat. Sometimes the recipes I make just taste too dense or too greasy, and there's still good fats from the almond flour. So I've been using half the fat and adding water and it actually improves the batter and makes it fluffier and lighter!

You can find the first version of my Dairy Free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins here. Made with coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour and walnuts. For this second version I kept it a little simpler with coconut oil to keep it dairy free and just used blanched almond flour as the base. No coconut milk or coconut flour in the batter this time and no walnuts in the cinnamon swirl. There's a little less honey so they're not quite as sweet, and I used half the cinnamon which you could just double if you want a stronger flavor.

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Dairy Free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins (made with coconut oil and blanched almond flour)
makes 12

Muffin Batter
2 eggs
1/4 C melted coconut oil
1/4 C water
1/3 C honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cinnamon Swirl Topping
1/4 C melted coconut oil
1/4 C honey
1 T cinnamon
2 T blanched almond flour

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with paper liners
First make the batter and whisk together the eggs, cooled melted coconut oil, water, honey and vanilla
Mix in the blanched almond flour, salt and baking soda
Use an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tin
Next make the Cinnamon Swirl Topping by mixing the melted coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and blanched almond flour
Spoon the topping on top of each muffin then use a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife to swirl the topping into the muffins
Bake 15-18 minutes and let cool a few minutes before eating or the sugary topping will be a little too hot and sticky and more of the muffin will stick to the paper liner

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