Perfect almond flour muffins that are grain-free, Paleo, and easily made Keto, too! Vary them in multiple ways with different add-ins and flavorings.
Easy Almond Flour Muffins
My friend Kim informed me last week that she has been following a Paleo diet (grain-free, dairy-free) for the past month and that if I could come up with a go-to Paleo muffin/bread recipe, she would be ever so grateful. I detected some urgency in her voice (she mentioned that the entire family was on the diet and dissension in the ranks was mounting), so I set to work at once.
I knew I had some almond flour in the freezer from a bulk foods buying spree, so I decided to put it to immediate use on Kim’s behalf. I love working with almond flour. Working with it is fairly straightforward, but it does require some finesse.
For example, it cannot be used as a measure-for-measure replacement for all-purpose or whole wheat flour; it benefits from a lower percentage of overall liquid (almonds have far more moisture than wheat) and benefits from an a higher proportion of eggs (to aid leavening due to the absence of gluten).
How to Make Perfect Almond Flour Muffins
In my mind a good muffins should have a tender crumb but must also be firm enough to stand on it’s own without crumbling into your lap. I wanted a minimalist muffin, as well as one with a minimal amount of added oil) too much leaves almond flour recipes greasy). A bit of pumpkin, applesauce or banana works perfectly in its place.
I also scale back on the many eggs often found in many almond flour recipes. Almond flour baking recipes need eggs for structure and a good rise, but add too many and the results can taste overly egg-y.
The resulting recipe is easy as can be; in one bowl, combine the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda and salt). In a small bowl, whisk the we ingredients (eggs, mashed banana, water, oil, and maple syrup) and then add to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined.
Add in Fruits, Nuts, Chocolate Chips & More
You can vary these endlessly with a cup of fresh fruit (not too wet; blueberries are always welcome additions), unsweetened dried fruit, cacao nibs, or chocolate/carob chips if you are not following a paleo diet. Have fun with differnt flavorings, too, such as extracts, spices, and citrus zests.
Alterntively, head in a savory direct with fresh or dried herbs, savory spices, seeds, nuts, you name it.
Fresh blueberries are always a favorite add-in at my house.
Scoop the batter into 10 lined cups of a standard size muffin tin (the batter will be thick). Now comes the only difficult part of making these muffins: waiting for them to bake!
Enjoy the recipe and happy baking!
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