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.
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!