March 03, 2015

Almond Muffins Everyone Can Love - (even if they eat Paleo, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Atkins, Low Carb...) OR NOT

Muffins in general are not healthy.   If you grab an almond poppy seed muffin from say, Costco - (who doesn't love these huge, awesome bakery items!?)  you are now getting ready to eat something that has almost 700 calories and almost 40 grams of fat, not to mention 75 carbs!

Just for kicks, I looked up the nutritional value of one:

Calories 670 (calories from fat 342)
Total Fat 38g
Sat. Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 140mg
Sodium 650mg
Total Carbs. 75g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 42g
Protein 10g
Calcium 150mg

The muffins I make taste like a 'real' muffin.
Look like a 'real' muffin.
Have the texture of a 'real' muffin.

But they have no flour.  They have no sugar.  They have almost no fats.  They are also packed with protein power and healthy flax meal.  

The nutritional value changes with the products you use and the brand names you use, but generally speaking you are going to have about 5-7 carbs.   I use zero carb and zero sugar protein powder so watch your brands closely on that item if carbs or sugar is important to you. If you are doing Paleo, you'll want to use almond milk or coconut milk in place of the half and half.  Tweak it as you need it.

You don't have to be eating any special 'way' to enjoy these muffins.  Anyone can enjoy them!  They are that yummy and the health benefits are just a perk!

Almond Muffins
Wheat free, low carb, sugar free!

2 c almond flour
1/4 c flax meal
3/4 c unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 c thin sliced almonds
3/4 c sweetener granules - brand of your choice (Ideal or Just Like Sugar are my top choices)
3/4 c pure pumpkin puree  (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 stick real butter, melted
3 eggs
2 t almond extract
1/2 c half and half or cream

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients;  almond flour, flax, protein powder, baking powder, soda, salt, sliced almonds and sweeteners.    In another bowl mix the pumpkin, butter, eggs and extract.   Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon while adding the cream or half and half.  Add a little bit more cream if you have to make it thinner, but remember your batter should be thicker than a cake mix yet still able to be scooped or poured into muffin tins.  Add a little more almond flour if you need it thicker.  Pour batter into greased or lined cupcake tins filled  3/4 full. You can top the muffins with a sprinkle of additional sliced almonds if you wish.  Bake at 325 for approximately 25 - 30 minutes.   This will make roughly 16 muffins.

Ready to make the muffins!

A nice, thick batter

You can add a few sliced almonds to the tops if you wish

Yummy muffins cooling on the counter

You might also be interested in;
Bob's Red Mill Organic  Flaxseed Meal
Ideal No Calorie Sweetener - 4 Packs
NOW Foods Almond Flour, 10 oz
100% Pure Erythritol  Granules
Nature's Best Isopure Unflavored (Zero Carb)
Truvia Natural Sweetener


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