I like to browse grocery stores like most women like to browse clothing stores. I love to read labels, smell produce and discover new products! My favorite spot is the Health Food section at our local store. I am now on a first name basis with the buyer of the Health Market at HyVee. She does a tremendous job of ordering in what you request! However, after saying all that, I hauled these Mashups back from Arizona this winter and every time I open my pantry door, they are staring me in my face saying…” What are you going to do with us?” Since muffins double as bread and dessert at our house, this is where they went! This is a Sweet Basil Kitchen original recipe and my honey gave them an A+.
The ingredient list on these Mashups is: organic fruit purees (apple, banana, pear, mango) citric acid. That is what I call a clean food! Even though I have not seen these on our local shelves, baby food could double just as well!
Whisk egg, almond milk, fruit, stevia and vanilla together. I used 10 drops of Sweet Leaf lemon stevia.
Next whisk almond meal, coconut, salt, soda and baking powder together. You could use your flour of choice but I am having fun experimenting with various nut and legume flours.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together until just mixed. Fold in nuts. Spoon into sprayed muffin tins. Bake in 350 oven for 15-20 minutes or until top springs back when gently touched.
These muffins were moist and had just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth. Most muffin recipes are loaded down with sugar and fats making them almost a junk food. You will notice that there is no added fat in these muffins! With just a bit of creativity, you can make healthy and nutritious muffins for your family. I suggest start calling them cupcakes and serve them as your dessert!
Tropical Muffins (Sugar, Fat and Gluten free)
2 1/2 c. almond meal (you could use the flour of your choice)
1 t. soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. pureed fruit (I used Tropical Mashups)
1/2 c. almond milk
1 t. vanilla
10 drops of Lemon or Orange Stevia
Whisk dry ingredients together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk egg, almond milk, vanilla and stevia. Stir into dry ingredients until just mixed. Spoon into sprayed muffin tins. Bake in 350 oven for 15-20 minutes or until top springs back gently.