March 30, 2015

Blood Orange Carrot Turmeric Muffins

Blood Orange Carrot Turmeric Muffins

This weekend I locked eyes with a brioche donut muffin. A donut and a muffin combined. A do-in, if you will, as in: it was do-in’ everything right for my wallet to open itself and buy it.  I really can’t remember the last time I was that bewitched by / attracted to a noun (sorry, boyz.)  It was covered in sugar and cinnamon and everything nice and was light and fluffy and just so arousing. Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, the sugar and grain overload had me settling into a Saturday snoozZzZze 30 minutes later.  This was a fantastic way to spend my day off from work, but isn’t all that practical for 12 hour hospital shifts.  And speaking of the hospital, I don’t know how I’ve managed to not get sick yet?  It’s just a lagoon of illness with an associated soundtrack of moaning and coughing. This week, therefore, I’m focusing on energy and immune boosting foods.  These muffins, full of vitamin A, vitamin C, and the anti-inflammatory and magical turmeric / bee pollen are the perfect symbol of using food to prevent illness.  Make them for your friends and then taste them and get too attached and keep them for yourself.  Recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups almond flour
  • 3.5 cups oat flour
  • 4 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper (to increase turmeric absorption)

 

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • flax egg: ½ cup of flax meal + ½ cup water, whisked together
  • 2 blood oranges, juiced & zested
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Directions:

  1. Make flax egg by mixing 1/2 cup ground flax seed with 1/2 cup water. Let sit.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients: almond flour, oat flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, baking soda, turmeric powder, maca powder, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients: coconut oil, mashed bananas, grated carrots, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, flax egg, blood orange juice and zest, and hot water.
  4. Preheat oven to 375.
  5. Grease muffin pan and spoon in.
  6. Add toppings: I used bee pollen, cinnamon, banana, and blood orange slices.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 24 muffins.

Blood Orange Turmeric Muffins 2

Superfood Spotlight

The added maca powder increases energy, boosts sex drive, improves complexion, and balances mood.  Flax seed been used to treat a variety of chronic illnesses, cancer, arteriosclerosis, and strokes to name a few. It does so by stimulating the bio-oxidation of cells and assisting in oxygenation of every cell in the body.  Carrots are a source of beta-carotene and vitamin A.  In fact, one cup of carrots contains 113% of your Vitamin A daily value and clears the body of cancer-causing free radicals.  The body uses beta-carotene to manufacture vitamin A, which has been shown to effectively destroy cancer cells.  Vitamin A also assists in detoxifying and cleansing the liver.  Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory that neutralizes free radicals and helps treat and prevent cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. Bee pollen is more rich in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.  It’s also an energy enhancer, allergy soother, and immune system booster.  Overall, these are definitely a twist on your traditional muffin, packed with satisfying and tasty superfoods and nutrients. Do the damn thing, Africa.

Recipe adapted from: Vidya Cleanse

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