So, yesterday I left you hanging at the tail end of the Chicken Taco Soup recipe with a reference to these almond muffins. You may find that I do that now and again…but I’ll always try to get the referenced recipe up soon after the first one.
Shortly after we first started making the Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, it seemed natural to serve it with something like sweet cornbread…kind of like how cornbread and chili just seem to be meant for each other. It got to where the kids just expected to see cornbread in the oven while the soup was simmering. If we failed to get started making it while we were preparing the soup, the kids would start pulling the ingredients out of the pantry and digging out the mixing bowls. The meal just wasn’t the same without it.
The issue, of course, with sweet cornbread on the Primal diet is that the bulk of the ingredients are pretty devastating to our insulin sensitivity and our internal health. Things like cornmeal, wheat flour, and sugar just don’t work well with our prehistoric digestive systems. You can imagine the kids’ response, after adopting Primal eating, when it was announced that we weren’t having corn bread with the chicken taco soup…an alternative had to be found. And luckily, we did. One that mimics the texture, the buttery sweetness, and the comfort of those sweet cornbread muffins without all the offending neolithic ingredients.
- 2 cups natural (non-blanched) Almond Flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup pastured butter
- 4 eggs (fresh free-range if you can)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey*
Get the oven warming up to 350 degrees. Grab a “standard” 12-muffin pan (or if you want mini-muffins, grab a 24-mini-muffin pan). Either butter the individual cups, or put a little paper cup in each one. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a mid-sized mixing bowl. In case you’re wondering which ones are the dry ingredients – that would be the almond flour, the baking powder, and the salt. Mix them well.
In a 2-1/2 cup microwave-safe measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Depending on the starting temp (mine was fresh out of the fridge), the time will vary. Start less than you think it will take (like 15 or 20 seconds), then see how close you are. If it’s more than half melted, then give it maybe 5 more seconds and then stir it to try and melt it all that way. If not, then go in 10-second intervals until you have it 70% melted and then stir it the rest of the way. Whatever you do, do not leave it on HIGH for 60 seconds and walk away! Just trust me on this… Butter is not as easy as you may think to wipe out of the inside of a microwave.
Once the butter is melted, pour in the honey and the water and mix it up a little with a fork (like you’re making an omelette). Then crack in the eggs and beat the whole thing with fork some more. The butter will likely start to congeal a little, but that’s fine.
Pour the wet ingredients (that’s the butter/honey/water/eggs…in case I lost you there) into the dry ingredients and mix well. Make sure to get everything out of the measuring cup using a spatula (hold onto it when you’re done, you’ll need it again in a minute). It will seem a little runny compared to your usual muffin batter, but the extra eggs will take care of things.
Fill the muffin cups around 2/3 full (I went a bit too full here, as you’ll see in a minute. Use that spatula again to get everything out of the mixing bowl (unless you’ve got a helper insisting to lick the bowl!) Put them in the preheated oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, check them with a toothpick – go a little longer if need be until the toothpick comes out clean.
And here they are. You can see they don’t really “crown” like a muffin… With the cups over-full like I had them, they spilled over the cups and out across the pan a little while they cooked. It’s not a problem other than trying to keep them in one piece when you pull them out of the pan – it certainly doesn’t affect the taste (which is perfect for the taco soup).
You can use this recipe as a base for a lot of other muffins as well. Toss in a cup of fresh (or frozen) blueberries or huckleberries for a tasty breakfast snack. Try substituting the honey with homemade unsweetened apple-sauce for some tasty apple-butter muffins. Try some chopped up dried cherries or cranberries. Maybe even some finely chopped fresh rhubarb and strawberries… Use your imagination!