[Emily's note: Just because you eat paleo or gluten free, avoid nuts, or are following a GAPS diet, doesn't mean you can't enjoy treats like these scrumptious apple muffins. Special diet or not, you're going to LOVE Naomi's creation…]
What can muffins be made of if they don't have grains or nuts? Coconut butter! And now that you can make your own coconut butter, you can make these perfect fall muffins with apples and warming spices.
The texture isn't exactly like wheat muffins, but they are moist and soft and stay together. They don't have a particularly coconut taste. Raisins or (soaked) nuts and seeds would be a lovely addition.
Another nice thing is that these can be made right away – no waiting for soaking nuts or fermenting sourdough, but a treat for immediate gratification.
I usually serve these apple muffins without any frosting (or icing, as we Canadians say) but I'll make a confession – I made this batch to take pictures and my oven was too hot (I'm blaming the kids) so the tops were very dark. I needed a frosting, and the coconut butter was still sitting out.
Thus was born coconut butter frosting. Happy accident. The frosting does taste like coconut, but I think a number of flavorings would pair well with it. It is quite rich, so be forewarned that you may only need a little. And, to top it off, the frosting is GAPS friendly as well.
Note: I've only ever used homemade coconut butter for the muffins, not store-bought. Store bought coconut butter has a higher moisture content, so I don't know how it would work.
Paleo apple muffins ingredients
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup homemade coconut butter (how to make it)
- 2 cups chopped apple
Paleo apple muffin method
- Whisk together eggs, honey, spices, salt, and baking powder. It's much better if the eggs are at room temperature, if cold the coconut butter will be harder to stir in.
- Stir in soft coconut butter (put it in a jar of hot water if too hard) until thoroughly combined.
- Add apples and stir, put into muffins tins. You can fill them more than regular muffins as they don't raise as much. Makes 12 muffins.
- In a pre-heated oven of 350F, bake for 20-25 min or until golden brown. Take out of oven and allow to cool.
Coconut butter frosting ingredients
- 1/2 cup coconut butter (how to make it)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water (or milk/milk alternative/juice) *
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (or other flavouring – almond would be excellent)
*Note: if using store bought coconut butter, use half the amount of liquid, so only 1/4 cup.
Coconut butter frosting method
- In a food processor, blender, or with a hand blender, blend together soft coconut butter, honey, and vanilla or other flavouring. Add liquid until desired consistency.
- Spread on baked goods or eat plain!
The closest Naomi has gotten to her dream farm is growing live bacteria in jars and wrangling her four children, including twins. A Canadian who now lives in Slovakia, Naomi writes about traditions, food, and life in Slovakia (as well as some pretty strange food) at Almost Bananas.