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zesty muffins

zesty muffins

Because life is all about balance and enjoying real good food, I decided to give the classic muffin a little Health Boost twist. The kids requested two different flavours – Lemon and poppyseed and choc-orange. I accepted the challenge and this recipe is for 12 light and fluffy muffins – 6 of each flavour. I have used ground almonds instead of flour and raw honey as the sweetener. 



makes 12


240g ground almonds
6 large eggs, separated
4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
150ml raw honey
1 teaspoon baking powder

Lemon & Poppyseed (quantity is for 6 muffins)
3 unwaxed lemons, grated ( we use the zest only)
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Orange & Choc chips (quantity is for 6 muffins)
2 large oranges, grated ( we use the zest only)
50g dark chocolate chips



Prep time: 30mins
Cook time: 30mins

  • Preheat oven to 160°C

  • Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tin and line with tulip paper cases

  • In a large bowl beat together the honey, egg yolks and coconut oil

  • Add the ground almonds and baking powder and stir to combine

  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form

  • Gently add and fold the egg whites into the almond mixture

  • If you are opting for 2 flavours, now is the time to divide the mixture into two bowls

  • In one bowl, add the orange zest and chocolate chips and stir

  • In another bowl add the lemon zest and poppy seeds and stir

  • Spoon the mixtures into the prepared muffin tin

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until muffins are golden brown and spring back to the touch

  • Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes

  • Set on a wire rack to cool completely


the health boost tip

The secret to a light and fluffy muffin is the beaten egg whites. It makes the world of difference. As the days get shorter and darker these are a perfect Sunday treat with a quiet cuppa and the newspapers! They are of course a treat but a vastly improved adaptation of a shop bought sugar and calorie loaded version. 
My recent research on the high street showed that a standard fruity muffin ranges from 380 to 450 calories and a single one of those contained more sugar than the WHO recommended maximum daily intake of 25g! 
There's nothing like a home baked treat!

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