Sweet, tangy and oh-so-lemony Poppy Seed Muffins are on the menu today and you are going to love the moist texture and the zesty flavor of these. You are also going to love how nourishing and filling they are. These Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, low-carb but full of flavor.
I have made these a few times, adjusting the ingredients until I achieved the flavor and texture I wanted. I decided to use blanched almond for the bulk of it, mostly because I wanted the light color and texture, but I always couple almond flour with a little flax meal and coconut flour. This cuts down on the cost and I find that the combination of the three makes for a nice “crumb”.
Here is the Recipe: (pin it for later)
1/2 cup Truvia (or equivalent amount of preferred sweetener)
1/4 tsp pure stevia powder
zest from 2 fresh lemons
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp lemon extract
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
Blend above ingredients together until smooth
1 and 1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Add dry ingredients to wet and blend just until fully mixed.
Stir in 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds.
Pour into 12 paper lined or greased muffin tins.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
If you like an extra little zippy-wowza for these muffins… Try an optional glaze drizzled on the top.
Lemon Glaze: (glaze is not dairy free)
4 ounces cream cheese
1 Tbls Truvia
juice from one lemon
1/2 tsp lemon extract
Heat cream cheese enough to soften. Add the rest of the ingredients and whip until smooth. Put in a zip-lock back and snip one corner to “drizzle” over warm muffins.
For Trim Healthy Mama’s, This recipe is an S meal or snack.
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with my entire family over this past Christmas holiday. Along with the amazing fellowship and delicious food, I have to say that the coffee ranks right up there in the highlights of the trip! Partly because we would all sit around Mom’s kitchen table sharing and laughing, but partly because we were drinking 100% pure, organic Kona Coffee straight from the slopes of Mouna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii that my Brother and his family brought to share with us all! We got to bring a pound of this black gold home with us and have been savoring it on the weekends. So came the inspiration for this next recipe. A sugar-free, grain-free, low-carb but Full Flavor Coffee Cake!
In a bowl, mix together:
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond flour
(or 3/4 cup THM Baking Blend)
2 tsp baking powder
Crush up the clumps, mix well and set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine:
1/4 cup of melted butter
1/3 cup of sour cream
1 tsp maple extract (you may also use caramel, coffee or vanilla extract)
1/4 cup of Sweet Blend from THM (truvia, erythritol blend or other sweetener may be used but you may need to increase the amount to taste)
Blend above ingredients well then add dry ingredients. Pour into 8×8 square baking dish or comparable dish of your choice.
1/4 cup melted butter
2 Tbls melted coconut oil (or more butter)
1 Tbls of ground cinnamon
2 Tbls Sweet Blend or other sweetener to taste
1/4 tsp molasses
Mix topping well and spoon onto batter then swirl with a knife
Top with 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or other nuts of your choice.
Bake at 350 for 30 min.
Dairy Free Option: Used coconut oil or a non-dairy butter spread like Earth Balance in place of the butter and Use coconut milk or coconut milk Kefir in place of the sour cream.
May be served warm, room temperature or cold,
but make sure you have a cup of coffee or tea to go with it!
Options and Info:
~For a Single Serve, quick and easy, microwave version, find it exclusively on my Facebook Page!
~I have found that the combination of Flax, Coconut
Flour and Almond Flour lends itself to the flavor and texture that I like best. If you need to sub out one of these for more of another it certainly can be done. Coconut flour tends to be much dryer so it is not an even swap for almond or flax. You will need to play with amounts of flours and liquids if you want to make substitutions.
~Plain Greek Yogurt may be subbed for the sour cream, but if you have the sour cream, use it… So yummy! Full or reduced fat should work.
~This recipe can also work great in muffin tins. Just portion it out equally into greased muffin tin or use paper liners.
~Pin this recipe on Pinterest.
For Trim Healthy Mama’s, this recipe should be kept in you S fuel setting.
Divided into 8 servings, each one will contain approximately :
2 net carbs, 25 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.
There is a special menu item that, to my knowledge, is only sold at Starbucks in Hawaii. Oat Cakes! Oh how I loved to eat those and felt that they must be oh-so-healthy with all their low fat oat-y goodness. Come to find out that those dense and moist little cakes have 450 calories, 12 grams of fat and a whopping 75 grams of carbohydrates…. No wonder I couldn’t lose the weight from that 3rd baby! Yikes!!
Fast forward to a trimmer and healthier me but still missing those Oat Cakes… Until now!
This quick, easy and economical little Oat Cake has become one of my favorites.
½ cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
¾ cup Oat Flour (ground up oats)
¼ cup Vanilla or Plain Protein powder
½ tsp salt
1 Tbls ground Flax
1 Tbls Baking Powder
4 Tbls Truvia (or use your preferred sweetener to taste)
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup egg whites (carton or fresh)
1 tsp apple pie spice or cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 Apple (or 1 cup) diced very small.
Pour everything in a mixing bowl and blend with a fork… you don’t even need an appliance for this!
Pour in a greased 8×8 pan or muffin tins.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 min or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cut into 6 servings
Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories-152, carbohydrates-24, fat-2, protein-10.
For Trim Healthy Mamas, you will enjoy these in an E setting.
This recipe is especially for my THM friends who have the munchies but are missing the crunchies!
I came up with this idea after making Gwen’s Bread (which you can find over here at Gwen’s Nest) It’s an easy, refrigerator sour dough, maybe not quite the super food that you would get from catching all those live spores, but honestly I don’t think I could be nurturing enough to go that route.
But with a few tweaks, I have been making soft, yummy wraps and crispy spicy chips.
So here it what you need.
1 cup of water
2 tsp yeast
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
3 tsp truvia or dash of stevia powder
(add any other spices you like, chili powder, curry, garlic, oregano, cayenne pepper… you get the idea)
Dissolve yeast into luke warm water, set aside and let foam
Add flours and spices to a bowl and mix
Add water & yeast and stir with a wooden spoon until there are no dry spots. No need to knead!
Let rise for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature then transfer the the refrigerator with a loose cover.
Leave it there for 5 days.
When you are ready to use, bring it to room temperature.
You may use all of it or take out just a handful for one or two wraps.
Flour your counter and rolling pin and roll out into a tortilla shape.
Get it nice and thin and round if you are talented like my dad who can roll the most beautiful, round tortilla you have ever seen. But don’t worry, it will taste good even if it is the shape of Africa.
Plop it onto a nice hot griddle or pan. Cook on one side for 30 seconds or so and then flip. Cook the other side 1 to 2 min and then flip back to the first side to brown slightly.
Fill with lean meats and veggies for a tasty and filling E meal.
But if Chips is what your are aiming for, there is just one more step. Cut the wrap into square or triangle or whatever shape strikes your fancy and lay them on a wax paper lined plate. Pop them in the microwave for 1 minute.
I am not gonna like. They don’t taste like Doritos… But feel free to spice them up as much as you like and maybe you will get close. They hold up great for dips and salsa but are delicious and crispy all on there own.
(If you are a ThMer, just remember to keep these in an E setting) Enjoy!