We’re heading into the final stretch for March Muffin Madness (MMM). That makes me treasure all these muffin recipes more than ever—recipes like today’s Paleo Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins. You only have to think of luscious chocolate-dipped strawberries to know that the strawberries and chocolate combination is one that works. With this recipe, you get that winning flavor combo in a muffin, which is the classic, no-fuss, “grab-and-go” breakfast or treat in my opinion.
Let’s learn more about this gluten-free, grain-free (and “more free”) muffin recipe, its chef/caterer author, today’s daily prizes (two out of three of this author’s cookbooks), and, of course, the overall grand prize giveaway.
See the whole lineup of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here.
Simone of Zenbelly is a self-taught, highly talented chef and professional caterer based in San Francisco. She’s also a lovely person. She eats mostly paleo and provides all gluten-free options in her business. Simone creates beautiful, vibrant, and delicious recipes as evidenced by her blog and her three cookbooks: The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine, The New Yiddish Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day (co-written with Jennifer Robins), and Paleo Soups & Stews: Over 100 Delectable Recipes for Every Season, Course, and Occasion.
Many of Simone’s recipes are the kind that you think are impossible, such as decadent paleo chocolate layer cake, paleo challah (she actually has two challah recipes on her site!), and paleo bagels–all of which get raves! Incidentally, Melissa Joulwan does an excellent job of capturing both Simone’s spirit and her work in the Foreword that she wrote for Paleo Soups & Stews. If you use the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon, take a moment to read her words.
Paleo Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Simone says: “I personally am a big fan of the strawberry + chocolate combo, but if you’d rather skip the chocolate, these muffins will still be great. And, of course, if you have a variety of berries, feel free to add them all in!”
More Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes (and More) from Zenbelly That You Should Check Out
~ Blueberry Muffins (from The Zenbelly Cookbook)
~ Paleo Challah (from The New Yiddish Kitchen)
- 1/4 cup palm shortening or softened butter or ghee
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 8 ounces strawberries, washed, hulled and diced (about 1 1/4 cups diced)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Equal Exchange Bittersweet Chocolate Chips recommended; see notes)
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 12-cup muffin tin with parchment liners
- In a blender, combine the shortening, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the almond flour, arrowroot starch, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt. Add to the blender and blend for 8-10 seconds, or until well incorporated.
- Stir in the strawberries and chocolate chips.
- Divide among the prepared muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Cool the muffins in the tin on a wire rack before removing them.
Makes 12 muffins.
As noted in Simone’s introduction, the chocolate chips can be omitted if you wish and other berries (including a mix of berries) can be substituted for the strawberries.
Grain-free baked goods tend to mold faster than regular ones (because of higher protein content), so make sure to refrigerate after a day if you haven't eaten them all yet.
Simone recommends Equal Exchange Bittersweet Chocolate Chips. Some folks also consider Enjoy Life chocolate chips (which are more readily available) paleo friendly.
Update: All the giveaways are now closed. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!
The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine (4 winners; co-sponsored by author Simone Miller/Victory Belt Publishing and gfe)
Simone is both the author of and photographer for this book. For every recipe, there’s a “before” photo of the ingredients laid out—mise en place—and a photo of the finished dish. As Simone states, the “before” photos really show you how few ingredients are needed to create her incredible recipes. I almost love the “before” photos as much or more than the “after” photos because real food is always so appealing and the ingredient display shows exactly what’s in each dish. The Zenbelly Cookbook has over 200 reviews on Amazon and its average rating is 5 stars! One review title summarizes this cookbook simply and well: “Great cookbook for great dinners with friends who won’t even notice it’s paleo, just that it’s delicious.”
Paleo Soups & Stews: Over 100 Delectable Recipes for Every Season, Course, and Occasion (4 winners; co-sponsored by author Simone Miller/Victory Belt Publishing and gfe)
Simone said that she wanted this cookbook to be more than what you might think a book about soups and stews would be. A good example is the Harvest Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato Gnocchi recipe that’s included. It’s definitely not your basic chicken soup. She teaches you how to make the wow-worthy sweet potato gnocchi for the recipe but those who want an easier method can use spaghetti squash or sweet potato noodles. You can also see that this cookbook is about more than soup and stews by taking a look at the chapter titles: Broths and Basics, Blended Soups, Hearty Soups, Stews and Chilis, Chilled Soups, In Soup (Noodles & Other Fun Additions), On Top (Garnishes), On the Side (Breads, Crackers & Dippers) and even dessert in the final category, Sweet Soup and Cookies. Like Chocolate Soup with Graham Cracker Marshmallow Dippers. Fun! Being a huge soup fan, I can’t wait to make these recipes!
Remember that you can use the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon (click on the cover image on the left side of the book’s Amazon page) to see specifics in these cookbooks that might appeal to you.
Enjoy Life Mega Chunks (10-ounces, 2-pack) (sponsored by gfe)
Grand Prize Giveaway
See all 10 prizes here. Shown are the top six prizes (per monetary value—they’re all tops in my opinion). Again, this giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere!
Originally published April 6, 2019; updated November 10, 2020.