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Delicious Coconut Blueberry Muffins

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Hi everyone,

Today I decided to have a rest from workouts, because I have been very active all week, so need a break. Instead of leaving you with nothing to read, I thought I would share a lovely recipe I came across the other week.

As you know, I love food. And I love treats even more. I really like coconut products and I am always looking for ways to use them in recipes. These muffins are actually quite healthy. They are low carb, high fibre and they contain only healthy fat.

I found the inspiration for this recipe here and after changing it slightly, I made these as a guilt-free treat :)

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 desert-spoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Method

Whisk the eggs and then slowly whisk in the melted coconut oil.

Now mix in the salt, vanilla essence and the honey.

In a separate bowl, sift together the coconut flour and the baking soda.

Slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients together. You want the mixture to be able to hold up the blueberries, so don’t make it too thin.  Add more flour or a little water until the consistency is just right. (Because of all the fibre, coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture)

Lastly fold in the blueberries.

Divide the mixture between 6 – 10 (I got 8 this time) muffin cases and place in a pre-heated oven at 170 degree C for about 20 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.

Let the muffins cool on a rack and enjoy as a snack.

This recipe is a MUST TRY! The muffins turn out so moist and taste delicious. Also, one or two of these are quite filling because of all that fibre.

Feel free to leave me feedback, if you have a chance to try these.

Marianne

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6 Responses

  1. Jessica Jane says:

    Great recipe – possibly one of my favorite for baking! I think it’s even better when the coconut flour is sifted with some dark cocoa powder, and then fold in some crushed nuts and raspberries (frozen makes these babies tart!). I roll them into little balls, then flatten them slightly and bake at 350deg until they’re slightly firm around the edges but still super gooey (so make sure the eggs are pastured and “clean”!) I even enjoy eating them warm with a spoon. Decadent!

    Marianne, are you “paleo” or just play some sort of variation of it?

    • Marianne says:

      Thanks Jessica, I will try that version for sure :) No I don’t do “paleo” at all, I just do Intermittent Fasting and eat what I feel like. Right or wrong, I guess it just works for me :)

  2. Heather says:

    Hey Marianne

    Thanks for all the information. Jason is sort of recovering today. The poor guy had to go with us to the Science Centre for Kids as we had bought tickets ages ago and when we left he thought he was going to be okay. It was a rough day. I think he’ll have to make another visit to the doctors ASAP because he is pretty none functional. I think the ulcer is the worst thing right now…He is negative for the gene as well but he has a number of people in his family that have had similar issues. He is going to give the diet a try for now and we will see what happens. When I found out I was celiac he stopped eating wheat (to help me out) and has not been able to eat it since without severe pain (we didn’t know that it was related at the time).
    I am glad that you were able to wait and not have to take Methotrexate my Grandmother has been on that since she was 58 for Rheumatoid Arthritis and that is one nasty drug. She actually has had no twisting of her joints from taking it but it has had many other side effects and has not reduced the pain. My family is very prone to auto-immune diseases, my uncle has MS too. Anyways, thanks for listening and I will keep you posted about what happens next.
    Heather

  3. Heather says:

    Hey Marianne

    These are in the oven baking right now… It is crazy that you just posted this recipe. My husband has been really having a hard time with the NSAID’s and we are pretty sure that he has an ulcer now. So he stopped taking the Naproxen for several days to let his stomach heal but now his back is in such a state that he can’t function (everything hurts really – couldn’t get out of bed for most of the day) and he has taken the naproxen again and his stomach is killing him now again. We had seen the low starch diet earlier and had decided to wait to try it but now he’s ready to try anything. We are already gluten free as I am gluten intolerant and lactose intolerant so low starch and no dairy is not going to be a huge leap for him. DId you ever try the low starch diet for pain relief. I am not sure what to believe as there seem to be many people out there that advocate it but of course the doctors don’t really think it is worth the time. Having said that if I had listened to the doc’s I would be very ill right now myself as the doc’s didn’t think I could possible that I could have celiac as the blood test was negative… sorry to ramble!!!

    Anyways, they just came out of the oven… Very yummy. I will probably add a teaspoon of xantham gum next time to make them a little less crumbly. Mine were a little drier than yours looked in the picture. Maybe I went too heavy on the flour. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Marianne says:

      Hi Heather,

      I don’t blame you for venting. I totally understand where you two are at right now. It’s so frustrating when noone can offer you any solid answers. I was in the same boat with NSAIDs. I ended up in hospital with bleeding stomach lining. I begged the doctors to invesigate my back pain while I was in hospistal because that was why I was taking the tablets that caused the stomach thing. All they did (reluctantly) was an X-ray which wasn’t focused on the right place, so showed nothing. I waited another year before I was diagnosed with AS. When I was first diagnosed I was put onto Arcoxia 90mg (a one tab per day NSAID, which was a good one), and Sulfasalazine (a disease modifying drug). This combo worked for a while. The next alternative is Methotrexate, but this has other side effects. I didn’t want to go on it as it has problems if you get pregnant while you’re on it. I was given several injections of depo-medrone (as a systemic steroid injection), for acute flare ups, which did work too for a while. I waited it out until I FINALLY got my anti-TNF therapy. Maybe until his stomach recovers he should be put on a course of steroids. I know this is not ideal, but it sounds like he’s in agony!

      As for the low starch diet, I tried this too. I do think it has strong evidence, although I do think it depends on what triggered a person’s AS to start with. I has to do with klebsiella bacteria in the gut, which genetically mimic a human anti-gen. When starch is high, klebsiella are high and anti-body response go mad to fight off the bacteria, but mistake the human anti-gen for the bacteria. This anti-gen is often located in collagen and connective tissue in typical inflammation sites in AS sufferers.

      Over 95% of AS patients possess the HLA-B27 antigen whilst it is present only in 8% of the general population. I tested negative for this antigen, so my AS is “seronegative”. I did think though that the low starch diet helped anyway.

      The best thing I ever did for pain relief was have weekly physio. I was lucky and had a great physio from occupational health in work. He mobilised joints and worked on all my muscle knots and spasms (which were a major source of pain). This helped me be able to do a little exercise. My neck used to be so stiff I couldn’t turn it 45 degrees at times! And because of my Sacral Illiac Joint (my worst area), my glutes, lower and thoracic back and hip flexors where like solid bands of concrete! They stayed to tight so to protect me from the pain of sudden movements, or even just relaxing in bed!!

      I’m rambling too, but it’s because I really do feel for your husband. Living with chronic pain AND getting no help really does bring you down. Just keep hassling the doctors. Seek out the leading doctor in the area and hound him/her. I was a pest to the NHS, and I think, believe it or not, I got seen quicker!!!

      The muffins are so nice, but they can end up dry easily. Just add a little water one tablespoon at a time to the mix until just right :)

      Marianne

  4. Sarajane says:

    I’m love treats too! They look amazing, definitely have to try this out soon :)

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