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Double Chocolate Banana Salted Caramel Muffins (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Sugar)

It’s December 1st, aka. The month of baking!  I whipped up these Double Chocolate Banana Salted Caramel Muffins over the weekend – yes it’s a mouth full.

But I’ve been obsessed with using the Lily’s Sweets salted caramel chocolate chips in pretty much all my baking lately. All of Lily’s sweets chocolate is SUGAR FREE and you honestly cannot tell the difference! I order these off of NaturaMarket.

Now of course, you can always add more sweetness to this recipe if you like as cacao can be slightly bitter, but I much prefer them without the sweetness and the extra guilt.  Not to mention the insane cravings that start to follow once you consume too much sugar. Ever notice that? You go sugar free or low carb for a while and then – BAM – one bite of a sweet cake or cookie or piece of bread and your cravings come back full force?

It’s normal. Sugar triggers pleasure receptors in your brain, which cause you to want more and more and more.  This is why I like to keep my sugar intake very low and my fat intake high. It keeps my sugar cravings at bay, it helps to balance my blood sugar, it keeps my brain fuelled and it provides me with lots of energy. Plus, fat is incredibly important for hormonal health. 

Fats are structural components of some of the most important substances in the body, including prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that regulate many of the body’s functions. You need fats because they regulate the production of sex hormones, which can often be the reason why some teenage girls and women in general can experience amenorrhea (no period). 

High fat and low carb recipes are the main thing on the menu inside my Metabolic Reset program but they help to bust through sugar cravings like nobody’s business (and it might be going on sale real soon, so stay tuned 😉

😋 Here’s the recipe for ya!

 

Double Chocolate Banana Salted Caramel Muffins (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Sugar)

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Course: Treats
Servings: 12
Author: Samantha Gladish

Ingredients

  • large bananas mashed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour finely ground
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a muffin tray with muffin cups.
  • Add all ingredients except chocolate chips into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer batter to the lined muffin pan, filling the holes 3/4 of the way up.
  • Bake on the centre rack of the preheated oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until muffins are puffy and cooked through.

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins (Gluten Free and Grain Free)

These chocolate chip cherry muffins are so good! The combination of chocolate and cherry together is my FAV! 

I often whip up a smoothie with chocolate protein powder + frozen cherries + coconut milk + almond butter and it is so incredibly delicious. Oh! and my fat bombs! If you’re a chocolate-cherry lover, you’ve got to try my Chocolate Coconut Cherry Fat Bombs. They are so easy to make and perfect for a high fat, low carb diet. 

The truth is, as delicious as these muffins are, I’m in the process of eliminating almonds/almond flour/almond butter from my diet. They came up high on my food intolerance test + I’ll be eliminating all nuts and seeds for my AIP protocol, so I won’t be able to have these muffins for at least a good 6 weeks, once I reintroduce almond products back into my diet. 

When I baked these up last week I enjoyed them like they were my last meal!! Giving up almond butter is HARD. It’s really one of my favourite things to eat, plus I often bake with almond flour. But, you can bet I’ll be getting creative in the kitchen over the next few weeks, testing out different kinds of flours.

A food elimination diet definitely has its challenges, but if you’re currently struggling with autoimmune issues or hashimoto’s, it might be time to consider the AIP diet

And here’s the thing. There is NEVER going to be the right time to go on any type of ‘diet.’ With family events and parties and commitments, it can seem like following any type of program is just never going to happen. But, YOU have to create the time and make it a priority. 

With easter around the corner and lots on family dinners and brunches, I’m going to be faced with some challenges – for sure! But, I also recognize that there will never be the “right time” for healing. The right time is now. The right time is one I create. 

My priority is my health. It is very high on my list of values, which is why making these changes to my diet and lifestyle isn’t something I ever question. I just dive right in and go for it and at the same time recognize that it might not be perfect.

You are better off doing SOMETHING versus doing NOTHING. So if you’ve been holding back from losing weight, balancing your hormones or healing your autoimmune disease, the time to get started is right now. Dive in, trust the process and just begin. 

So, with all that said, let’s get to these delicious Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins. They are gluten free and grain free, which is perfect for many elimination protocols and diets (but unfortunately, not AIP friendly).

* As a note – I used Lily’s Sugar free chocolate chips, which you can find here. And if you’re looking for the lakanto sweetener (which is my favourite to bake with), you can find it here. 

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins
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Delicious gluten free, grain free and dairy free muffins that are bursting with chocolate and tart cherries.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup cacao powder
  3. 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  9. 1/4 cup almond butter
  10. 3 tbsp lakante sweetener
  11. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup frozen cherries, roughly chopped
  13. 1/3 cup lily's sugar free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Add all DRY ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined. T
  3. hen add WET (minus the cherries & chocolate chips) and blend until combined.
  4. Scoop batter into bowl. Add in cherries and chips and fold in gently. Spoon batter into muffin liners, filling 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake for 26-28 mins, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 mins.
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