Savory Olive Oil Rosemary Parmesan Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free)

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The other night a friend sent me home with some red pepper soup — made with fresh garden peppers and white wine. I decided to make dinner out of it, so I grabbed some rosemary from her garden and whipped up these cheesy muffins to go along. And boy, was it a stunning combo. These babies are best served warm, right out of the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (this and this brand work well)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
    Note: xanthan gum can be hard on some people’s stomachs and/or hard to find. This recipe works best with it, but also will work without it. Without it, the muffins will be a little more crumbly.
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • Several tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
    note: for the first version of this muffin I tested, I used 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil, and it was also quite tasty.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (full-fat is best)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup strongly-flavored olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Line or grease 6 muffin tin cups.
  • In a bowl combine the flours, baking powder,  salt, parmesan cheese, xanthan gum, and rosemary.
  • In another bowl combine egg, honey, oil, milk and sour cream. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling three-quarters full. Bake in preheated over for about 20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and dry.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins (grain and gluten free)

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Since eliminating gluten from my diet three years ago, all my baking has slowly become completely gluten-free. And, since I’m always looking for ways to get more nutrition into the kids, I’ve also started replacing traditional gluten-free grains with things like almond and coconut flour. Here’s one of my newest client and kid favorites. It’s packed with protein and fiber, yet tastes like a treat.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups almond flour (this and this brand work well)
  • 1/4 cups tapioca flour/starch
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
    Note: xanthan gum can be hard on some people’s stomachs and/or hard to find. This recipe works best with it, but also will work without it. Without it, the muffins will be a little more crumbly.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. light olive oil (melted coconut oil would be a great substitute)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (raisins would be a great substitute)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Line or grease a 8 muffin tin cups.
  • In a bowl combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and xanthan gum.
  • In another bowl combine egg, honey, oil, vanilla, and zucchini. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling three-quarters full. Bake in preheated over for about 20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and dry.