Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paleo, Gluten-Free Muffins - Carrot, Banana, Date

Moist Carrot Banana and Date Muffins
for the Paleo Inclined
They're Grain-free and Gluten-free

For everyone who loves a tasty, moist muffin without a grain-based flour, these are the best I've ever eaten. In fact, I like them better, because wheat flour always leaves me wishing I hadn't eaten it.

My daughter sent me this recipe which she had recently tried. Her husband had announced that it was the best thing she had ever made! That's quite an endorsement, so I had to give it a try. They are delicious!

This recipe makes a dozen medium-size muffins. I used a non-stick spray on the non-stick muffin tin before spooning in the batter. Alternatively, you can use the paper liners. I just happen not to like those.

Yes, there's sugar in the fruit used, but no additional sugar.

One more thing: I've seen 1# of Bob's Red Mill almond flour at my local grocery store for $14.49 (no kidding), but also found it somewhere for $10.49 and bought it there. One can also check out Amazon.com or Vitacost.com.  Then again, I can purchase almonds when I find them at a good price  and run them through the food processor. Not a bad idea.

Update:  I just bought a pound of raw almonds for $5.49 at Farm & Fleet. This weekend they're going to be on sale for 2 bags for $9.00 (They won't work for people with an actual gluten intolerance, cuz they're processed in a plant that also processes wheat products - but perhaps those with a wheat sensitivity will be fine with these). For me, they work fine. I'll put them in my food processor. A pound is a pound, and I don't care how cute the packaging is, I'll never spend $14.49 on a pound of almond flour.

Paleo, Gluten-Free Muffins Recipe - Carrot, Banana, Date:


2 c. almond flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. sea salt (next time I will leave out the salt. I felt they didn't need it)
1 T. cinnamon
1 c. dates, pitted (and yes, you can use dates you find in little vacuum-packed bags in the bottom your freezer, even if they've been there for 5 years. Remember my Woolly Mammoth Story??
3 ripe bananas
3 eggs
1 t. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 c. carrots, shredded
3/4 c. finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
In a food processor, combine dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar, and oil.
Add mixture from food processor to dry mixture in the large bowl and combine thoroughly.
Fold in carrots and nuts.
Spoon mixture into the muffin tins.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let sit in muffin tin for about 10 minutes before turning the muffins on their sides (still in the tin). Okay, maybe it makes no sense to you, but I like to turn them before they get stuck to the tin. I'm tired. I'm sure there's a better way to explain this...or maybe not necessary to even try...

These would probably have stayed moist for a week, just sitting on the counter with a sheet of plastic wrap placed loosely over them. I'm not totally sure, however, for they were gone in a couple days.

Don't make these just before starting on a diet. It's impossible to leave them alone.


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Trace4J said...

Oh they look wonderful friend.
I am on a no bread and sugar diet.
So I will copy and save this one for sure.
Sounds so healthy good.
I am one who cannot eat just one when good. lol
Woolie HUGS

MadSnapper said...

they look really good to me and all the ingredients are on my love list except for the almond flour, never used that or even seen it in the store. yikes on the price.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning! These look/sound delicious! Thx!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

They do sound delicious! Of course, I don't think you could go wrong with carrots and bananas.

Unknown said...

Those look and sound really delicious.. but I'm not a huge date fan... do you think I could leave them out?? :(

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I can't wait to try these!! We are muffin lovers over here!!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

These look and sound delicious! I've never heard of almond flour. I'll have to check that out.

Ruth Kelly said...

It sounds delicious to me. I make almond flour muffins.

Unknown said...

I printed the recipe and can't wait to try them-it's so great that they are grain-free. Thanks.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

They look delicious. Thank you.

Chatty Crone said...

I just bought some almond flour yesterday. Can't wait to make these. sandie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Thanks for this recipe! Paleo = a good thing!



podso said...

I''m not gluten free but these sound tempting. Your endorsement wants me to dig for my frozen prunes and look for walnut flour ... thanks!

Denise said...

Yummy, I love muffins.

Yenta Mary said...

Those have all sorts of delicious, nutritious goodies in them! I love muffins - such a nice way to start a morning ... :)

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing. We have been on a paleo diet for almost three months now, so I will be pinning these and making them. I'll be substituting pecans for walnuts because the hubby is allergic to walnuts.

Chatty Crone said...

I pinned it and made a copy this time - I have the ingredients!


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