Insanity kicking my butt… check
80 degree weather in Iowa mid-March… check
Round 2 chemo… check
Boatloads of March Madness… check
New iPad delivered… check
Best muffins ever…. check
For my second post from the Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Cookbook, I am sharing our favorite recipe thus far. These bad boys didn’t last more than three days tops in our house. They were were just that good!
Almond Muffin Mania
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup spelt flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup organic milk (can use almond, rice or soy milk)
- 2 brown eggs
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
I had never used almond flour before and WOW, I am in love.
The delicate nutty flavor was out of this world.
With the most perfect burst of almond flavor.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini muffin tin with pan spray or olive oil.
- Combine almond meal, spelt flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl combine agave nectar, mashed banana, milk, eggs, oil, almond and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients until well combined.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling about three-quarters full.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the muffins spring back when touched in the center.
- Let muffin tin cool on wire rack for 15 minutes or until cool.
- Use rubber spatula to loosen muffins out of pan and enjoy!
Some nutritional notes:
Serving size 1 muffin. Calories: 100, Total Fat: 6.4, Carbs: 8 g, Protein 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sodium 100 mg
*Agave Nectar is an anti-inflammatory and has lower glycemic index (lower sugar content).
*Almonds are an anti-inflammatory, great source of fiber and a blood-sugar regulator which is especially important for those going through chemo.
*Bananas are rich in potassium which replaces electrolytes that can be lost during chemo treatments. They also contain pectin, which soothes the stomach and has natural fiber that sweeps the toxins out of the intestinal track and improves bowel function ( a must in this house).
*Sea Salt is an appetite stimulant which contains numerous essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium which you cannot find in table salt.
*Spelt is an anti-inflammatory and has sugars known as mucopolysaccharides, which provide energy to the immune system and assist in blood clotting.
You would never know that these muffins are actually good for you and contain so many important nutrients for you body!
Jake and I devoured these minis so fast I made another batch the following week… but with blueberries!
The only difference to the recipe above was the addition of 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries and some raw sugar sprinkled on top.
The berries definitely added a nice fruity flavor. If you like anything almond, you have got to check these out!