These yummy little muffins are gluten free and happen to be refined sugar free (er, except for the chocolate), which means as far as muffins go, you can eat these for breakfast, snack, or dessert in relatively good conscience. Not that a muffin should ever give anyone a bad conscience. They're too cute! This recipe is adapted from one on Sara Keiffer's beautiful The Vanilla Bean Blog. —fiveandspice
almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
rolled oats (you can replace these with more almond flour if you'd like grain free muffins)
olive oil or melted coconut oil
coconut milk (or milk/buttermilk/other milk alternative)
finely chopped dark chocolate
small pear (or other fruit), cored and diced into small pieces
Heat your oven to 375° F and line a muffin pan with 9 liners (or grease the pan very very well).
In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, coconut milk, vanilla, egg, and baking soda until mostly smooth and fully combined
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring in the chopped chocolate and pear at the end. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup almost to the top.
Bake until brown and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling (or eat them warm!). As is always the case with muffins, these muffins are best eaten the day they are made, but I found they store pretty well if I kept them in the fridge.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.