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Paleo Carrot Muffins- Guest Blog Post

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These are grain free, dairy free and free from refined sugars and taste amazing!

Guest Post by Tamara from www.alotofthings.com

As a stay-at-home-mom I make a lot of muffins. They are easy to make and travel well and something a toddler (and who are we kidding – everyone) always wants to eat. So when we were drinkingcoffee[1]following a grain free diet I still wanted to make sure we had some of our favorites to keep us motivated. Learning to bake with almond and coconut flour has been a bit of a learning curve (ongoing!) but I absolutely love the taste and texture these ingredients give to the finished product. This recipe produces a moist and fluffy – almost cake like – muffin. I love the flavor of orange and carrot together. Its a classic combination and the added cinnamon really brings out the flavor of the orange. You can add nuts and/or raisins to this as well for a more traditional carrot cake feel. If you’re looking for a grain free cupcake recipe, these are a great option as well – just add your favorite frosting.

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Paleo Carrot Muffins


Ingredients

2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon flaked sea salt (I use Maldon)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
the zest and juice of one large orange
3 eggs
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup grated carrots

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and grease or line your muffin tin. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg). Set this aside. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, honey, vanilla, orange juice and orange zest. Add the dry mix to the wet mix just until combined and then gently fold in the grated carrots.

Divide the batter evenly among the liners and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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A little bit about me:
I am a wife, mother, traveler and a pretty darned good cook. I share the same birthday with my 2.5 year old twin boys and my mother-in-law…so it makes remembering birthdays pretty easy for my husband :) I was born in Canada and since then, have lived in 5 different countries. For now, we call Amsterdam home. I’m a feeder and love to cook for people. When I’m not in the kitchen, I can usually be found running after my twin terrors on some rainy playground around Amsterdam or looking sideways at my enormous pile of laundry.
Blog: alotofthings.com

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Paleo Almond Butter Banana Bread {Guest Blog by Hanja}

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Hi, my name is Hanja! I’m so honored to be the first official “guest blogger” on April’s site!
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I’m trying very hard to cut out gluten but sometimes I just like something sweet for breakfast (see our Chia Seed Pudding recipe for alternatives!).  This was a perfect remedy to my incessant sweet tooth.  My office gets fresh fruit delivered every week and we had a bunch of bananas on Friday that would go bad if left over the weekend and…light blub idea!…time to make Paleo banana bread!
The recipe is pretty self explanatory.  The bananas I grabbed were quite large so I had at least 3 cups of banana mash in my recipe, which made the bread a little more spongy.  I meant to add some walnuts to the batter before I put it in the over but I spaced, oh well.
The next morning I ran over to April’s apartment to take some photos and we ended up spending the entire day cooking and watching The Real Housewives.  Talk about some girl time – we threw in a few cocktails for good measure…but only after a long walk with Lucy down to the beach.
I ended up leaving town a few days after I made this and had to throw it in the freezer so it wouldn’t go bad.  This stuff freezes so well, it was as moist as the day I made it after being in the freezer for over a week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Paleo Almond Butter Banana Bread {Guest Blog by Hanja}


Yields 8 servings // Prep time 10 min // Cook time 60 min
Ingredients
  • 4 bananas, (2 1/2 cups mashed) I got a little over 3 cups but went with it
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (140 grams)(or coconut, sunflower seed, macadamia nut, etc butter)
  • 4 Tbsp grass-fed butter, melted (I used a combo of Ghee and Coconut Oil)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (can also use almond flour, macadamia nut meal, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine bananas, eggs, and nut butter, and grass-fed butter in a blender, food processor or mixing bowl and mix well (if using a mixing bowl you need a hand-mixer)
  3. Once all of your ingredients are blended, add in your coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well
  4. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with a fat of your choice (I used  combo of ghee and coconut oil).
  5. Pour in your batter and spread it evenly throughout
  6. Place in your preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  7. Remove from oven and flip your bread out onto a cooling rack
  8. Slice and serve

 

This is a modified version of this recipe: http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/grain-free-goodies/paleo-banana-bread/

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