Today for our March Muffin Madness event, I have the pleasure of introducing Lisa Wells of Cook Eat Paleo. Lisa is sharing her Orange Blueberry Muffins, which is appropriate since Lisa and I met by way of her delicious gluten-free desserts. She’s a featured contributor on my other site, All Gluten-Free Desserts—where I share the best of gluten-free desserts! So I thought she’d also be a terrific contributor to MMM. I guess that lets you know that most of the time I consider muffins to be desserts. I said “most of the time.” Not every muffin qualifies as dessert. Some are less sweet and some are definitely savory—and you’ll see recipes that fit both of those categories in MMM—but most of the muffins in this event, including Lisa’s recipe, will work just fine for dessert!
Enjoy Lisa’s recipe (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—just added from the kind folks at Blendtec—a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance!—oh my goodness, such great kitchen tools! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)
More on Lisa and Cook Eat Paleo
Lisa’s blog’s tagline is “Simple Recipes for Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Living.” She said that she started Cook Eat Paleo to share all the tips and tricks she’s learned on her paleo journey. After going gluten, grain, and dairy-free—and “more free” for the paleo diet—for health reasons, she had to relearn how to cook and bake without all the ingredients she had always used. Even if you’re “just gluten free,” I’m sure that re-education process sounds familiar. After that, she had to figure out how to make it all easier. “Because really,” Lisa asks, “who has time to cook complicated meals every day?” Indeed. And even those of us who have abundant time prefer to keep things simple.
So Lisa’s recipes all use real food ingredients that you can find at your local farmers market, grocery store, or natural foods store. Lisa was a perfect person to invite to participate in MMM because she truly excels at muffins! Here are some of the paleo muffin recipes Lisa has shared on her blog:
For the Orange Blueberry Muffins that she’s sharing with us today, Lisa said, “I did a variation on my popular blueberry muffins. I added a touch of orange. I love experimenting with different recipe variations, and since I had some fresh oranges and blueberries it was the perfect combination. It’s important to use fresh blueberries. Frozen berries tend to be too wet, and add too much moisture to the batter.” Lisa also shares her method for measuring almond flour, which is clever and helpful!
Lisa’s Orange Blueberry Muffins Recipe
- 200 grams almond flour (about 2 cups)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 orange
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons ghee, melted (see notes for substitution ideas)
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease or line muffin tin.
- Combine dry ingredients and orange zest in large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then fold in blueberries.
- Using a large ice cream or cookie scoop, fill muffin cups ¾ full.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
It’s important to use fresh blueberries. Frozen berries tend to be too wet, and add too much moisture to the batter.
If you don't have or use ghee, butter would be the closest substitute. Coconut oil will also work, but it will change the flavor slightly adding a hint of coconut.
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