I’ve had these grain-free coconut flour muffins in my freezer for the past two years straight. Not the same dried-out 2-year-old muffins, but consecutively.
As in, as soon as we run out, I make more and restock the freezer.
They’re so moist and easy to make, and they thaw in less than 30 minutes no problem, so these are my super-emergency-have-to-leave-the-house-NOW stash.
They vary in flavors, from plain to cinnamon-raisin or banana-nut, to my favorite, cranberry-walnut, or the kids’ fav, blueberry. The recipe is such a blank slate that you can pretty much make it into anything you want (and in Healthy Snacks to Go, the second edition, I did – I took the spices from our favorite healthy pumpkin muffins and made grain-free pumpkin muffins too).
I like to surround myself with easy, versatile, flexible recipes, like those famous muffins I just mentioned, which are made in one bowl and had no problem morphing into delicious gluten-free pumpkin muffins (that were also egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free).
During this week of a grain-free elimination diet challenge, if you just want to try one recipe, make this the one. Share in the comments how you adapt it with fun flavors!
To learn more about baking with coconut flour check out my how-to post. (It’s really more of a how-NOT-to post.)
Revamping an all-purpose flour or whole wheat recipe to use coconut flour is, I understand, possible. I’ve never been brave enough to try it, but in Baking with Coconut Flour, Starlene Stewart says to use 1/4 cup coconut flour for each full cup wheat flour and then add some eggs as well. The total number of eggs in the recipe should equal one egg for every ounce of coconut flour used.
Starlene has many more tutorials and tips about how to measure the flour, other compensations to make when revamping recipes, and even some great ideas for saving failed experiments so you don’t have to waste expensive ingredients.
You can get a copy of Starlene’s book Baking with Coconut Flour ebook 50% off by using the coupon code KSFIFTY. That code will get you half off Mastering the Art of Baking with Coconut Flour and it will also work for Baker’s Dozen Volume 1 Sweet Quick Breads.
Recipe: Easy Grain-free Coconut Muffins
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 c. unrefined coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp.
- 1/2 c. coconut flour (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Beat or stir eggs, coconut oil,
honeyand salt together until smooth. Be sure to mix the oil in immediately as it will likely solidify as soon as it hits the cold eggs.
- Sift coconut flour into the batter and sprinkle baking soda over the top so that it mixes in evenly. Beat or whisk hard until smooth.
- I highly recommend using muffin cup liners for this recipe, but if you don’t mind the clean-up, you can grease 12 muffin cups with coconut oil.
- Divide batter evenly between 12 cups (usually about halfway full) and bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes (350F if you use all honey) until a toothpick in the center comes out clean and tops are springy, not mushy.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store at room temperature 3-5 days or freeze immediately.
- Makes 12 muffins.
* I often use half maple syrup and half honey; I like the way the flavors balance out. I’ve also successfully used both date sugar and sucanat, so I’m pretty confident any granulated sweetener will work as well.
* More on how to bake grain-free with coconut flour.
* And my comparison of 3 different coconut flour brands to find the best brand of coconut flour.
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I’m guessing that if I did find a 2-year-old muffin in the freezer, it would still be moist and tasty, to tell the truth.
Have fun with this one!
This is perfect if you’ve just been told you need a GF diet, if you have a friend or family member eating GF and you’d like to cook for them, or if you’re just curious what it’s all about!