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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
Yields 9
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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Almond Butter Banana Muffins

I’m kind of in love with almond butter. And I often just eat it right outta the jar!

C’mon now, I know I’m not the only one!

I’ve been more conscious of getting in healthy fats. And although almond butter is a great fat, I’m talking about things like coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butter and other animal fats that are amazing for hormonal health.

I also started using SCT oil in my coffee and to cook with. You’re probably familiar with MCT oil – which is medium chain triglycerides, which comes from coconut oil. 

PURE SCT OIL is a short chain triglyceride or short chain fatty acid. Short chain fatty acid is the preferred source of fuel for the colon and is associated with many health benefits such as improved insulin sensitivity, weight loss, anti-cancer, detoxification, and systemic anti-inflammatory effects just to name a few.

In just ONE serving of Pure SCT OIL you are getting an abundant source of Butyric acid, which has been shown to support gut and colon health and Vitamin K2 production, which is critical to the building and maintenance of strong bones.

Not to mention, Pure SCT OIL is great for jump-starting and igniting a sluggish metabolism. This special oil is a potent source of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which has been shown to aid in fat loss and muscle gains, support anti-inflammatory pathways along with the reduction of chronic inflammation. Plus, it is a perfect addition to a KETO or PALEO inspired lifestyle because of its high bioavailability and supply of “instant-ketones.”

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The SCT oil you see here comes from certified-humane organic Jersey cow dairies and it taste delicious! In fact, it has a slightly sweet taste. Oh! and my cat loves it! 

So if you’re trying to up your ante on healthy fats, check out SCToil.com and try some for yourself. 

Ok, but now.. onto these delicious muffins. As you know, I only want to bake up health-ified and delicious treats that are low in sugar and high in nutrients – which is exactly what you get with these gems. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! They were delicious right outta the oven and smeared with SCT oil. YUM!

ENJOY! xoxo

Almond Butter Banana Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond butter
  2. 2-3 mashed bananas
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1/4 cup lakanto monk fruit sweetener
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  9. 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with 9 paper liners.
  2. Add all your ingredients, except the pistachios, into your food processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
  3. Pour batter evenly into prepared muffin liners, filling each cup to just below the top and sprinkle with pistachios.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until just set and a toothpick comes out clean with dry crumbs. Transfer to a rack to cook completely, then serve and enjoy!
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Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Coconut Whip

I always think that when I bake muffins, I’m going to take a peak into the oven and see these overly fluffy, luscious looking muffins that actually rise!

Many times, this does not happen. But I’ve learned that as I continue to use more denser flours, such as coconut flour and/or almond flour, there isn’t always going to be that perfect rise in my muffins.

That’s what happened with these babies! I took a peak into the oven and well…not much was happening. I thought to myself, “epic fail!” BUT…the complete opposite happened. 

Once I took a bite into these golden gems, they were the fluffiest and lightest muffins ever! I was so happy, I ate 3!

You should eat 3 too. There’s a good chance you will, especially once you’ve had them with the coconut whip on top. Oh my! It takes things to a whole other level.

  Image 8 I hope you enjoy these carrot cake muffins as much as I did. I had 2 large bags of carrots in the fridge and had to find a way to use them up before they went bad.

On a random note… do you partake in a grocery delivery? I do! And that’s why I had 2 bags of carrots. My girlfriend started up her own organic produce delivery in my city and so I get a big box of delicious, organic and mostly local fruits and veggies dropped to my door every week. 

I love it! I highly encourage you to find a local and organic produce delivery in your area. With the array of fruits and veggies that I get every week, it’s encouraged me to come up with new and exciting recipes.  Happy Baking xoxo

Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Coconut Whip
Yields 12
Paleo, gluten free and dairy free
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup almond meal
  2. ½ cup coconut flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. ¼ tsp sea salt
  8. 2 eggs
  9. ½ cup maple syrup
  10. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
  11. ¼ cup coconut or almond milk
  12. 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  13. 1 mashed banana
  14. 1½ cups shredded carrots (about 4-5 large carrots, grated)
  15. Maple Coconut Whip
  16. 1-2 cups coconut cream
  17. 1 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Line a muffin pan with liners.
  3. Grate your carrots. This should equal approximately 1½ cups of packed shredded carrots. Put this amount in a small bowl and set it aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sea salt with a fork. Set the bowl aside.
  5. In another bowl (large), mix the eggs, syrup, and milk with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the melted coconut oil and mashed banana to the bowl and mix with the electric mixer until well blended.
  6. Pour floue mixture into wet ingredients. Use mixer to combine ingredients together.
  7. Fold in the shredded carrots.
  8. Scope evenly into muffin pan.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes- switching the direction of the tray half way through baking to help evenly cook.
  10. To Make Maple Coconut Whip - place 1 can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
  11. In the morning, scoop out the hard cream from the top of the can. Place in a bowl.
  12. Add in maple syrup. Use a whisk to combine together.
  13. Serve on top of warmed carrot cake muffins 🙂
Notes
  1. The maple coconut whip is amazing to use as a frosting on cupcakes or cakes. It's so simple to make and will last 4-5 days in the fridge. I like to dip my fruit into the leftovers. Makes the perfect snack.
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