Gluten Free Nut Muffins
May 9, 2014 § 1 Comment
Many, many years ago I found a book called “Food and the Gut Reaction” by Elaine Gottschall. I’m sure many of you have heard of this book. It contains diet and nutritional information to help people with serious intestinal issues such as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and the like. Back then diet was not even considered for these illnesses, and really most allopathic doctors still think that way today.
Although no one in my family had any of these illnesses, the book supplied valuable information and helped me on my quest to understand the body. It also had many healthy recipes, one of them these delicious nut muffins. When I want to avoid gluten for awhile, which I think is a good idea, I make these.
Here’s the basic recipe and some variations. Just put it all in the food processor, no other bowls needed. You can use almost any nut, walnuts, almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts. I use 3/4 almonds and 1/4 hazelnuts because I love hazelnuts!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin liners or grease.
2 1/2 cups ground nuts (2 cups whole nuts equals about 2 1/2 cups ground)
1/4 cup melted butter ( I use half butter and half melted coconut oil) you can use yogurt also
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup more or less as desired ( you might need to heat the honey to liquify it a bit)
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
Put nuts in food processor and grind until very fine. Add all other ingredients, adding the melted butter last according to how much liquid you need to get the batter to a muffin consistency.
Batter can look a little runny but it’s ok.
Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling about 1/2 full.
Bake about 15 to 20 minutes until tester comes out clean. They won’t rise like regular gluten muffins just so you know.
Here are the variations:
Add 1/4 cup raisins
Juice and rind of one orange
Substitute dried, unsweetened coconut for part of the nut flour
1 mashed banana
And you can make nut bread by adding an extra egg and bake in greased loaf pan.
These are great spread with peanut butter!
Makes 12 muffins, usually