Thursday, January 30, 2014

SWEET POTATO APPLE MUFFINS (THE BEST PALEO MUFFIN EVER)

Since I woke up at 5:25 this morning, I decided to make the very best of my time by baking. I've said this before, but I don't often make paleo baked goods because they usually aren't that good. But these were outrageous. This is the best paleo treat I've ever baked. They are super fluffy-- not dense like most paleo muffins. I think this is because of the cashew butter! You could make them mini or regular. I made them tiny because I was too lazy to dig the regular sized paper muffin cups out of the back of my pantry. You may certainly substitute coconut oil for the butter in this recipe, but I prefer the butter (who doesn't?)! After eating three of these, my 5-year-old specifically requested seven more. Haha. These are so good and easy to make that they will probably become a regular weekend treat in our house. You could even serve these as birthday cupcakes with some kind of fancy paleo frosting or glaze (for which I do not have a recipe, by the way). I hope you enjoy these as much as Donnie did! How cute is he, by the way!? He is so genuinely happy in that picture!


Sweet Potato Apple Muffins
makes 24 mini or 12 regular
1/2 cup (packed) cooked sweet potato
1 small apple, peeled and grated
3 eggs
1/2 cup cashew butter
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 Tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 350º and line a muffin tin with paper liners (24 mini or 12 regular). In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together the sweet potato, apple, eggs, cashew butter, butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a separate, medium bowl, combining well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to combine well. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly in the muffin tin (filling them 3/4 way full). Bake at 350º for 15 minutes for the mini muffins or 24 minutes for the regular, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

One reader asked for the carb count on these. If you make 12, each has 121 calories and 8.5 grams carbs. For 24 mini muffins, the count is half! I hope this helps! http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

By the way, did you know that I went to the Grammy's last weekend!? What an amazingly unforgettable experience. It was like 24 different concerts in one night. The fashion, music, food--- everything was over the top, including my hair. Don't laugh. I took it down like 2 minutes after we took this photo.

I love Los Angeles, as it turns out! Anyway, while I was there, look who I ran into! Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo! She is such an inspiration to me (her podcast introduced me to the paleo lifestyle years ago). Her sister actually won a Grammy, which is so incredible. She must be so proud. Anyway, it was so much fun! And now, one more muffin pic:

6 comments:

  1. These sound so good! I don't have cashew butter on hand and we have a huge snowstorm coming. Do you think they would be okay with almond butter?

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinclass@gmail.com

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    1. Cathy, one of my Facebook followers has already made two batches -- one with cashew and the other with almond. She said they both turned out great! I'll trust her! Stay warm! You'll love these muffins =)

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    2. Yay! I know what I will be doing in the morning! Thanks!

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  2. So excited to try these! Probably with almond butter since that's what I have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi just curious if you know what the carb ciunt is per serving? I know it's low carb, but I have a resident I take care of that's on a strict carb counting diet and is allowed so many carbs per meal but I think she would love these! I already made a batch but I substituted almond flour for coconut because it's what I had on hand (delicious by the way!)

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    1. Hi Taylor! If you make 12, each has 121 calories and 8.5 grams carbs. For 24 mini muffins, the count is half! I hope this helps!

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