Berry Healthy Muffins

cathy nelson arkle

When my girlfriend Alice offered me her “paleo-friendly” grain-free, gluten-free and sugar-free muffins, my first instinct was to pass on her “free“ offer.  I am glad that I didn’t because flavor-free they are everything but!

I make these every two weeks to make sure there are always a couple available in the freezer. If not, I hear about it from my husband… who loves these crazy muffins!  After talking with Alice, it appears her husband loves these peculiar muffins as well.  I almost called them the “Men-Magnet Muffins”.  My Uncle Bill, who proclaims that muffins are girly food, has since converted to a muffin man after munching one of these ugly, yet substantial treats.

Astounding Almonds

These protein-packed muffins are made with almond butter and almond flour.  If you can’t find either in your local store, make your own. It is easy and less expensive than most store bought brands.

To make your own almond butter click here
To make your own almond flour click here

Oh yes I did…

Discipline will be required when making these muffins… obviously I am still working that one out.

cathy nelson arkle

Berry Healthy Muffins
Recipe type: Healthy Snack
These protein-packed healthy muffins make a great start to your day. Use whatever berry is available to you. They store great in the freezer.
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup almond meal/almond flour
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • ¼ cup Xylitol
  • 2 packets of Stevia, preferably with LoHan by KAL
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder (I use this, because it has no sugar in it) or 1 teaspoon regular vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup fresh blackberries, blueberries or raspberries
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If you’re good at baking, you’ll know to mix the dry then the wet ingredients then mix together, but I do all the ingredients together and it works.
  3. Put a couple of tablespoons of batter in a muffin tin greased with coconut oil, or use muffin liners.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
If you are using big berries, cut each berry in half. One half cup raw honey can be substituted for the Xylitol and Stevia. Cook time:15-20 mins. Serves 8

If you don’t want to use sugar substitutes, replace the Xylitol and Stevia with ½ cup raw honey. Try to buy Xylitol that is produced in America from organic hardwood trees, not corn such as Smart Sweet®.  If you use honey the texture will be smoother and you will need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.

Photo by Cathy Nelson ArkleMuffin baked with Xylitol & Stevia on left  –  Muffin baked with honey on right

Food Tip of the Day:

To keep your muffin from turning too blue when adding berries, coat the berries with flour or cornstarch before mixing them into your batter.

Just for Fun:

Do you know the muffin man?

Quote of the Day:

“You know a muffin can be very filling.” – Jerry Seinfeld

This satisfying muffin recipe is a healthy way I like to be filled.
… and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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10 Responses to Berry Healthy Muffins

  1. Leslie Macchiarella February 16, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    mmmm berries, mmmm almond butter, mmmm almond meal. I can see why your hubbie adores you, I mean them. haha! They look beautiful to me and Im so ready to give them a try!

    • Cathy@ShePaused4Thought February 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

      Leslie, I would love to have your take on this recipe. You get baking better than anyone I know.

  2. Sonja February 16, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    These look great! Pinning!

    • cathyarkle February 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks Sonja! I hope you make this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do.

  3. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen February 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I just love the colors! Beautiful!

    • Cathy@ShePaused4Thought February 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Thank Kristi! I thought they were ugly, so thank you for calling it beautiful. 🙂

  4. Cheri Cameron Newell February 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    CATH… Very excited to try this recipe because I’m trying to cut out sugar and it’s killing me!!! These look yummy and a great snack for a tennis match!!! Do you think Bananas will work??? Need more potassium in my diet!!! Love almonds now… my new best friend snacks!!! Thanks so much!!!


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