Some days I really dislike the technologically-driven world we live in… we are addicted to our phones and would rather spend time arguing with complete strangers over dumb political bullsh*t on Facebook than engaging our friends and family in meaningful conversation that will bring us closer together. That is a rant for a different day… (Probably not, actually- at least not here. You are here for delicious recipes not that. Whatever that is…ha!)
Other days, though, I can really admire and appreciate all of the different ways which technology has brought us together, allowing us to connect with complete strangers who turn into trusted friends or support one another in positive and uplifting ways. Facebook sometimes gets it right…
Where am I going with this and how the hell does it relate to Paleo Lemon Almond Poppyseed Muffins? Well, friends, today we have a guest recipe from a wonderful girl named Stephanie, whom I have never had the pleasure of meeting in person (yet) but with whom I became friends on Facebook upon the recommendation of my awesome sister-in-law, Nicole. When I found out I had Celiac disease in June, I knew having a few experienced friends on my side was going to be instrumental in learning the ropes of going gluten-free. Nicole told me all about her good friend who had been following the Paleo diet for some time now and assured me that this friend of hers would be happy to chat with me, even though we had never met. I added Stephanie as a friend on Facebook, and 4 months later, here we are collaborating and sharing recipes and ideas with one another!
Stephanie is incredibly sweet and supportive and it has been so great to get to know her. I am really excited to share with you her recipe for Paleo Lemon Almond Poppyseed Muffins, in her own words and voice. I am sure ya’ll get tired of listening to me… Reading me? I don’t even know what to call that… ha! She is surely a girl after my own heart, and I enjoy learning from her. ❤
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do a guest post on your blog.
I absolutely love your blog and your recipes! A little background , I started eating clean/ paleo about 5 years ago! And I’m definitely not perfect, I indulge in some bad choices more often than I would like! Oh well! If ya want to eat it, then just do it!! Being hooked on sweets definitely got me into trying new ways to re-create things in a healthy way! My mom used to make lemon poppy seed bread every Christmas, so these kind of imitate the taste and the joy I felt after eating them!
My boys and I love these little gems! Whether you need a breakfast on the go or a little sweet treat, these are slightly sweet, lemon and almond flavor!! I can’t decide which flavor I like better, so I decided to go with both!! Yay!
With a heap of joy and a pinch of love, I hope you enjoy them!
Lemon Almond Poppyseed Muffins
Lemon Almond Poppyseed Muffins
Pre-heat oven to 325 deg
I start mixing the WET-ingredients, starting with the eggs, in a stand up mixer! Hand mixer will do, too!
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
3/4 cup RAW honey (melted)
1 TBSP maple flavoring … I use Frontier maple flavoring, 0 g sugar! If you like it sweeter, just use REAL maple syrup
2 TBSP almond extract
1 TBSP lemon oil (I use Frontier, it’s got more flavor than extract! This is important!!)
1 TBSP real vanilla extract ( I use Mexican vanilla, imitation won’t have same flavor )
mix well until combined
4 cups blanched almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 TBSP arrowroot
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
2 TBSP poppyseeds
Mix well and at the end add:
1/4 cup palm shortening, adding a glob at a time! (This helps them fluff up like a wheat flour texture would!)
Grease up some mini muffin liners in your MINI muffin pan ( I use coconut oil spray), then use a cookie scoop to scoop in a little less than one scoop per muffin! Should be just right at the top! Boom !! Almost done, throw those bad boys in the oven for 15-17 min until just slightly golden brown on top!
Back to me now, friends. I cannot wait to try these delicious-looking muffins. We are huge fans of muffins in our house, and when they are actually healthy they make such a great grab-and-go breakfast. This recipe has all the right stuff… truthfully, I have had FAR MORE LUCK with Paleo baking than with regular gluten-free baking. If you are just testing the waters, I highly recommend you start with Paleo recipes.
Stephanie- THANK YOU! I appreciate you and your friendship, and I look forward to many more recipes from you in the future. 🙂