Mango is a sweet and tangy fruit that we love to eat on it’s own, in baked goodies and sweet-savory sauces. This tender, moist muffin I came up with is decadent, satisfying and fueled with high-energy ingredients. I finally got my hands on a jumbo five pound bag of blanched almond flour, a gluten free ingredient I learned about from my friend Elana of Elana’s Pantry. She said it was great, her readers agree and it was time for me to try it too.
With my lower carb lifestyle and the constant need for energy sustainable foods, almond flour is a great choice. It is a protein and healthy fat power house. As much as I like a handful of almonds as a snack I would much rather have a muffin. All the benefits of the almonds are in the flour. They are simply ground up.
The tagline over at Elana’s blog says “Healthy Gluten Free Recipes.” Without a doubt her recipes are healthy, but also jam packed with delicious flavors. She combines whole foods with great attention to detail, also with amazing simplicity. She stays true the integrity of each and every ingredient. Her recipes are easy to follow and you don’t need a gazillion hard to find foods.
Elana and I met briefly last year in Boulder at the Food and Light Photography workshop. We were both very focused on learning new photography skills so did not get to talk much. Lately we have been chatting a lot. We could go on for hours talking about food, life, kids, business, everything. She has a wealth of knowledge about gluten free and the Paleo Diet, two things I want to learn more about.
Elana has written two cookbooks The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook was her first. The new one is Gluten Free Cupcakes 50 Irresisitible Recipes. Both books are awesome. The cupcake book uses both almond flour and coconut flour. She keeps the ingredient lists short, healthy and simple. Whether or not you are gluten free these recipes can convince you how delicious a GF lifestyle can be. Elana and I share similar philosophies on sweets. No deprivation, whole foods, low carb and everything in moderation is the key to happiness & great fitness too.
Some of the muffins in this book are more indulgent then others, but there is a recipe to suit any occasion, whim or wish. There is no refined sugar and there are some vegan options. Elana has created “special occasion cupcakes” and what she calls “savory cupcakes” aka “muffins.” A neat thing is that she includes a sweetness rating for each recipe. This muffins I came up with would probably fit into her lightly sweetened category. They are not too sweet, but perfect with a glass of milk or a steamy latte.
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Gluten Free Muffin Recipe Links
- Blueberry Muffins Elana’s Pantry
- Healthy Pear Muffins Simply Gluten Free
- Matcha Green Tea Pistachio Muffins MarlaMeridith.com
- Peter Rabbit Carrot Muffin/Cupcakes MarlaMeridith.com
- Pineapple Coconut Muffins Gluten Free Goddess