No gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no preservatives: “Clean” muffins!

March 29, 2011

“Morning Glory Muffins” **

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup light agave nectar
1 T pure vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups grated carrots
1 large apple, grated
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (which I roasted in 1 T olive oil)
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 cup pecan meal
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt

450 degrees for 5 minutes, then 350 degrees for about 12 – 15 minutes

Melt coconut oil.
Grate apple and carrots.
Roast sunflower seeds.
Mix all ingredients together.
Spoon into muffin cups greased w/ coconut oil.

** Sorry, I don’t know where the recipe came from. (* See Comment below). It wasn’t in the book. Em had sent it to me via email and I’m assuming she found it online. I did change a couple of the ingredients.

Our daughter, Emily, is not a woman who flies quickly to the latest fads. Sensible, astute and discriminating, she assigns plaudits sparingly to books that others are ascribing to and gushing over. But she is fair, and she likes to “see for herself”–certainly valuable attributes in any age, but especially so in our craze-driven society. So when she said she had recently adopted N.Y. Times Bestseller Clean, by Alejandro Junger, M.D. (2011) as her new guidebook to a new eating program, I was instantly intrigued.

Plagued with intestinal issues and an overall physical malaise in her entire adult life, she was ready for a radical “fix.” Which was why she was drawn to the book. So after finishing it, and after much careful planning, research and experimenting, she began the shift. Two weeks after she began eating only the foods on the “Yes” list, she did indeed feel brand new, not only physically, but mentally. Whew. These are not quiet, small words; I heard the change even in her voice as I spoke to her on the telephone.

I haven’t yet read the book, (my husband has), but since David has multiple allergies, including exczema that is, shall we say, absolutely no fun, he’s ready to try it, too. Hmm…worked for his daughter, so it just might do the trick for him. So now we, too, are stepping into the shallow waters of experimentation and the purchasing of new ingredients. Hence, the “clean” muffins this morning. Gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free, they’re going to be a staple in our breakfast menus, especially after the one sampled hot out of the oven: YUM. Of course, the aroma of the cinnamon filling the house didn’t hurt the idea either.

So there you go, Allergic Friends!

But don’t worry; if you’re not an allergy-sufferer, the cinnamon smell that wakes you up in the mornings here will be from the homemade, not-at-all-good-for-you cinnamon buns made with white flour and pure, cholesterol-clogging butter. And the only “Clean” thing will be the plate that you lick after they’re served.

So the muffins will just be something that we’ll be offering on request…I’m just sayin’. If you need to know.



  1. Emily says:

    Mom, the recipe is from the Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal. Oh, and Adrian really loves these muffins too!

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