Jul
07
2013

gluten-free raspberry muffins

One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is “What are some good healthy breakfast options?” Today, in honor of YOU and July being raspberry season, I am sharing a delicious raspberry recipe. If you’re looking for a high protein, low-carb, gluten-free, vitamin packed, nutritious breakfast, or on-the-go super-snack, this IS IT.

Raspberries are one of the most nutritional fruits you can consume. They are high in vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and very low on the glycemic index (low sugar). Raspberries contain fiber, vitamin A, C, E, K, B6, folate, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, iron, manganese, selenium, copper, zinc, and is one of your very best choices for calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Raspberries are also a great anti-inflammatory…making it a great female fruit – helps with pms, water retention, and bloatedness.

These muffins also incorporate a fine amount of flaxseeds.  Flaxseeds are a super seed. They contain omega-3s, fiber, magnesium, lignans, which protect against estrogen based cancers. One ounce a day of flaxseeds helps regulate estrogen in the body, making them a great choice for peri-menopausal or menopausal women.  (Note – be sure flaxseeds are always ground for best digestion.)

GLUTEN-FREE, HIGH PROTEIN RASPBERRY MUFFINS:

-2 cups raspberries
-1/2 cup water
-2 1/2 cups organic almond flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-2-3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
-1/2 teaspoon pure gf vanilla extract
-1/4 cup agave (light) syrup, or raw honey
-3 eggs (or 2 tablespoons of applesauce)
-2 tablespoons coconut oil (melt in small pan before adding)**

DIRECTIONS:
-Heat oven to 350°F
-In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients.
-Next combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
-Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
-**Add the coconut oil last or it will harden and be difficult to mix
-Add in the berries and toss gently.
-Line cupcake tins with paper wrappers.
-Use an ice cream scoop to fill each baking cup with the batter.
-Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes ~ 1 dozen muffins.

EXTRA Protein: You can add 2 scoops of  protein powder to the batter if want even more muscle-building protein.  A great pre-workout meal.

Feel free to play a little with these and have some fun too.  Try adding in different fruits like blueberries, strawberries, peaches and/or perhaps some yummy superfoods like cacao nibs, gogi berries or coconut. The ideas are endless. :)

Enjoy!

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