RIDICULOUSLY HEALTHY MUFFINS

This is a turbo-charged muffin (nutritionally speaking). It’s the healthiest muffin I’ve come up with to date and is so yummy. It’s gluten-free and sugar-free. It is very rich in fiber and omega 3′s because of the chia seeds, which you should be able to find in any health food store. I made mine in my Vitamix blender because it’s so very quick. I used the lowest speed, but literally threw the ingredients in, in the order listed below. You can obviously use a proper stand mixer if you prefer. The advantage of a high-speed blender is that the coconut oil gets whipped up real good. Remember coconut oil solidifies under a certain temperature, so if you’re not using a high-speed blender, I suggest gently warming the coconut oil by placing jar in a bowl of hot water, first.

3 tbsps virgin unrefined coconut oil

1 small ripe banana

3 organic eggs

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup almond meal

2tbsp chia seeds

1/2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp salt

1tsp vanilla essence

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/2cup coconut milk

1/2cup pecan nuts

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Yields 4-5 medium muffins (just enough to see me through the week…hands off everyone else!!

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F

As I said before, simply blend all the ingredients in the order listed and pour into a greased muffin pan or muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

 

 

3 tbsps virgin unrefined coconut oil

1 small ripe banana

3 organic eggs

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup almond meal

2tbsp chia seeds

1/2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp salt

1tsp vanilla essence

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/2cup coconut milk

1/2cup pecan nuts

1/2 cup dried cranberries

As I said before, simply blend all the ingredients in the order listed and pour into a greased muffin pan or muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 

SUPER CRANBERRY & ORANGE GRANOLA

I’m always playing with different granola recipes to find one that’s yummy, crunch and really healthy. I recently went to the bulk bins in a Wholefoods store and “sampled” a bunch of their “healthy” granolas – in my opinion, they were at best, absolutely tasteless.

Since homemade granola is really easy to make, it just makes sense to whip out a baking sheet once a week and get a batch in the oven.

I’m a great fan of a company called Navitas Naturals, as they carry every kind of fair-trade Super Food imaginable, and if you’re into giving these potent/health-giving foods a whirl, granola is a great place to start. You can pack every batch with tiny seeds, which contain more nutrients than almost anything you can find at a grocery store.

I also tried a superfood powder called Lucuma (Navitas Naturals,) which comes from a Peruvian fruit and is an excellent low-glycemic sweetener, which is full of vitamins and minerals – perfect for baking too. If possible I like to avoid eating sugar, particularly at breakfast, so this is a great alternative. If you can’t get hold of it right away, for now just substitute with brown sugar.

I also wanted to use quinoa because it’s a grain which is really high in protein. I came across a bag of sprouted quinoa at my local health food store, which is fantastic because you don’t need to cook it first. If you can’t find this rather more unusual ingredient, substitute with another grain, such as millet, or just add another cup of old-fashioned oats.

If you order your seeds and lucuma from Navitas Naturals, a small bag will keep you going for a while, and you can also add them to smoothies.

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup sprouted quinoa (millet seed or more oats if you can’t get the sprouted quinoa)

1/2 cup of hemp seeds

1/2 cup of chia seeds

4 tbsp of lucuma powder (or two tbsp of brown sugar)

1tbsp ground cinnamon

2tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Zest of 1 medium orange

1/2 cup raw virgin coconut oil (heated to liquify) – you can substitute with a vegetable oil such as canola if needs be.

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Simply mix all the ingredients except the cranberries. together in a large bowl, making sure that the oats are well coated with all the ingredients.

Spread evenly on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for about ten minutes or until slightly browned on top. Use a large spatula to turn over the granola and pop back in the oven for a further ten minutes or until nicely browned. Add the cranberries.

 

I love to serve it with Almond Milk or plain yogurt. Greek yogurt is a little too thick for this granola, but a more runny plain yogurt is fab.