Yes, we have another savory muffin for you today for March Muffin Madness. Paleo Bacon Muffins from Starlene of GAPS Diet Journey. These muffins are not just your basic muffins with some bacon added. They will surprise you with all their healthy ingredients. They’re actually pretty much a complete meal in a muffin! And a very tasty one! They are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, primal, and GAPS compliant.
Enjoy learning more about Starlene and her Paleo Bacon Muffins (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here).
Starlene authors the blog GAPS Diet Journey, which she started to chronicle her experience on the GAPS Diet. Cooking and baking since the age of 10, she has always found experimenting in the kitchen to be a relaxing and creative outlet.
Starlene began GAPS, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, to help her husband heal from Ulcerative Colitis. However, in reading Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book, she realized that she herself could also benefit from this way of eating.
On her blog, Starlene shares her experience following the GAPS diet and also shares other healing modalities that she has explored. Her recipes are appropriate for anyone who is gluten free and grain free and many of her recipes are dairy-free as well.
Starlene is the author of several e-books including, Beyond Grain & Dairy, Baking with Coconut Flour, and Everyone Loves Pudding. The most popular of the three has been Baking with Coconut Flour.
It’s really a great book because in it Starlene not only shares her successful recipes with you, she explains the properties of coconut flour and walks you through converting grain-full recipes to coconut flour-based grain-free recipes. She even includes a troubleshooting section in her book. Oh, and the Pumpkin Poppers included in this cookbook are one of her most popular dessert recipes. You won’t want to miss out on her Sandwich Bread recipe or any of the other recipes in this book either.
Starlene and I “met” almost 4 years ago. My blog was part of the BlogHer ad network at the time and Starlene had seen my Bourbon Banana Colada recipe post linked in one of BlogHer ads and clicked over. She left a comment admitting that although my beverage didn’t fit her diet, she couldn’t resist the photo!
A short time later, Starlene graciously shared a guest post here on gfe—her fabulous recipe for Polka-Dot Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Almond Butter Frosting. She had made the cake for her husband for Father’s Day. As the recipe was not GAPS compliant at the time (GAPS did not allows cocoa powder then), she thought it was a better fit here. Whatever the reason, we were so grateful that Starlene shared this delicious grain-free chocolate cake with us all!
Here are some additional compelling or tasty posts from Starlene’s blog:
~ 7 Reasons I Wish I Had Been Willing to Change
~ Coconut Pecan Frosting (GAPS Legal)
~ Coconut Yogurt—How to Make it Thick, Creamy, and Delicious
And now it’s time to hear what Starlene has to say!
Thank you for inviting me to join in with the March Muffin Madness event, Shirley! Today I’m sharing my recipe for grain-free Bacon Muffins, which are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo, and work for my GAPS Diet.
They are high in protein and contain two kinds of vegetables so you could actually eat them alone as a meal but they are sensational with the addition of gravy. Think biscuits and gravy… delish! I’ve served them for breakfast and we also love them with chili for dinner. Really they are delicious any time of the day.
Paleo Bacon Muffins Recipe
Paleo Bacon Muffins
- 4 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup bacon grease, liquid state
- 1-1/2 cup steamed cauliflower, pureed (about 1 small head of cauliflower)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup zucchini squash, peeled, shredded and squeezed (1 medium zucchini)
- 4 slices thick bacon, fried and diced
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Steam cauliflower well above water level until fork tender – you don’t want the cauliflower to swim in the boiling water as it will absorb too much liquid and be too wet for the batter. Remove and blend using a food processor, Magic Bullet or stick blender until pureed.
- Peel the zucchini, and shred it. Measure one cup of the zucchini shreds, place in a cotton kitchen towel and squeeze the liquid out.
- Dice the bacon into small squares.
- Insert cupcake papers into muffin tin, or grease and flour using coconut flour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- To a large mixing bowl add the four eggs, coconut flour, bacon grease, pureed cauliflower and salt. Mix with a whisk or hand mixer for one minute until well blended.
- Allow to sit one minute so that coconut flour can absorb the fluids.
- Add bacon and zucchini into the batter, mix thoroughly with a spoon.
- At the very end, add in the baking soda and mix just until it is well mixed into the batter.
- Drop spoonfuls of batter into the muffin tins.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
By themselves, these muffins are a complete meal. But for something really special, serve them with paleo gravy for the muffin equivalent of biscuits and gravy.
Originally published March 24, 2014; updated March 28, 2020.
Thanks for including me in your March Muffin Madness, Shirley!
These look yummy. Except we’re on a no egg, no squash diet. It’s killin me to go without.
Thanks for sharing recipes.
I want breakfast muffins! Hold the eggs please. Lovely.
Amy George says
Oh man…now this looks delish!! Just starting my GF journey and I’m LOVING these ideas!!
Linda S says
I’m not a fan of bacon but my husband is. He would LOVE these! All I need is a zucchini squash and I’ll be trying these for sure. thanks!
Can’t wait to try these! I’m a huge muffin fan & DH prefers the gluten free ones to regular wheat flour ones so we both benefit 🙂
I prefer sweet muffins and my husband would probably like savory muffins, so these would be a good recipe for him! Thanks for the recipe!
Bacon is my friend.
This is also good for low-carb gluten free diets/keto diets.
Now that is an interesting muffin recipe!
Rebecca Bowen says
My younger daughter was crazy for bacon when she was pregnant, she would have loved these. I’m gonna have to make them now, her daughter loves the foods she cravedd
Pamela Hurlbert says
Now I have to buy some bacon!
Ronalyn Hurley says
I love bacon!!
I love bacon and all the ingredients in these muffins. Never would have thought of putting them all together though.
Those look really good and seem like a great way to sneak some extra veggies into the kid’s diet.
My brother would love these 🙂
Jamie S says
I’ve just finished the GAPS book, and getting ready to start implementing. Thanks for another great recipe!
Ha! These are amazing! I’m totally making them for my husband as he’ll eat anything with bacon and he won’t even know all the veggies that are in them! Perfect!
I love muffins & it is so nice to find them gluten-free & with “whole food” ingredients.
Thank you, thank you, for sharing another savoury muffin recipe. Sometimes you just don’t want sweet. These sound yummy!
Barbara Franklin says
My daughter loves bacon and hates vegetables. She’ll probably love these.
Bacon!! Love bacon!
Even my boys think these look yummy! Looks like I need to go shopping. 🙂 Great pics to show the steps. 🙂
Sounds interesting and a great way to get some veggies.
[email protected] says
i can’t even imagine this combo of ingredients…I am SO curious! Bacon makes everything amazing!
These sound SO delicious AND they have bacon?! What more could a (glutenfree) girl ask for?! Yum!
Megan Hart says
My husband will love these! Bacon = Better!
Cindy W. says
Wow, these sound really great. Thank you for sharing.
my son would love these, he loves bacon
Savory Muffins are just perfect, I wonder how they accompany my Asparagus dish on Sunday. I guess I have to try them.
I love, love, love bacon! Thanks!
Why an interesting combination!
wendy brazeau says
hmm sounds delish!
Especially interested in these since I’m thinking I need to do the GAPS or Specific Carb diet.
Wow! I like all the veggies in this, makes the bacon not too bad!
These look amazing to go with beef stew or chili. Muffins with bacon….great idea!
too bad there are so many eggs in this recipe. egg replacer probably won’t work.i love savory muffins.
Mary Tokar says
Love the hidden veggies!
Mrs G says
These are very good. I did not have enough bacon fat, so I used coconut oil to make up the difference.
Lewann Rice says
Never heard of bacon in a muffin but it sure sounds good!
This sounds like a good quick breakfast idea.
Melanie Binkley says
maybe these are tonight’s dinner
Tracy mann says
Yes! I easily have all of these ingredients most days. Thanks for an easy-to-pull-together-BACON delight!
Totally healthy and unexpected!!
These would be great for breakfast!
Lori Lewis says
Not a fan of baking with bacon fat, sounds quite fatty but I guess it’s only 1/3 cup for all… might make these to see what they’re like!
Mmm… everything is better with bacon 😉
Connie Sue! says
*OINKS for this Yummazing, Healthy recipe, Starlene!! Can’t Wait to try it! Grateful Hogs ‘n Kisses for You!!
Can anyone recommend a brand of bacon that is GAPS legal (not cured with sugar, etc.)? Or do I need to make my own/have some made?
Hi Cari–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 It’s my understanding that U.S. Wellness Meats has bacon that’s GAPS legal, but it’s pricey and currently out of stock. I’m sure there are other options. Hopefully, some others, like Starlene, will weigh in. 😉