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Old 09-27-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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Blueberry Crunch Top Muffins (gluten-free, dairy-free)

These are some moist and fluffy dairy-free, gluten free, and naturally sweetened muffins! There's an optional cinnamon crust reminiscent of coffee cake for the tops. A hint of lemon flavor pairs quite well with the key ingredient--olive oil! These are a snap to make. Just stir them up with a whisk and you're good to go!

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Berry Crunch Top Muffins


Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cage-free organic eggs
1/2 cup erythritol or preferred sugar-free sweetener
1/2 teaspoon pure NuNaturals stevia extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup lite coconut milk
1 cup blueberries or raspberries
oat flour, for dusting (optional)

For Crunch Topping (optional):
2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated shortening or unsalted butter
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons golden flax meal
2 tablespoons erythritol
1/4 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon stevia extract

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mash together the ingredients for the topping with a fork, then stick it in the freezer while you make the muffins. Whisk together wet ingredients plus the erythritol in one bowl. Stir together the dry ingredients in a different bowl. Add the wet to the dry ingredients, whisking until incorporated. Coat berries with a light dusting of oat flour (to keep them from sinking), and gently fold 3/4 of them into the batter. Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full, and sprinkle remaining berries over the tops. Pinch off bits of the cold topping, dropping them over the tops of the muffins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Let cool until lukewarm, then turn muffins out of the silicone muffin cups (if using) so the tops are facing down. After completely cooled, store in baggies or tupperware with paper towels.


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Old 09-27-2008, 04:26 PM   #2
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I would pay for one of these RIGHT NOW!

You're amazing!
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
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How awesome! My DH just started working with a man whose child can't eat gluten or dairy. I will send him this recipe.
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WOW! Those look incredible!!
Definitely sending this recipe off to print!
Question though.
Lite coconut milk. Is that easy to find??
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WOW! Those look incredible!!
Definitely sending this recipe off to print!
Question though.
Lite coconut milk. Is that easy to find??
I get it at the asian markets but you might find it at Walmart in the Asian food section
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:40 PM   #6
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Thanks. I'll check Walmart. We only have 3 of them in our little area and no asian markets.
I need to move!!
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:44 PM   #7
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Thanks. I'll check Walmart. We only have 3 of them in our little area and no asian markets.
I need to move!!


I'm fairly certain they have coconut milk..just not sure if it'll be light
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Thanks, SnowWhite! Hopefully they're be as good as your yummy bean cake.

Melle, how thoughtful of you to consider your DH's coworker. I'm sure he'll be appreciative with those sort of dietary restrictions!

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Thanks. I'll check Walmart. We only have 3 of them in our little area and no asian markets.
I need to move!!
I often see lite coconut milk next to the regular coconut milk, so hopefully it's the same in your area! Otherwise, regular coconut milk or half n half would work.

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lauren have you seen DRIED sugar free blueberries anywhere?
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lauren have you seen DRIED sugar free blueberries anywhere?
No, haven't seen these! What do you use them for?
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No, haven't seen these! What do you use them for?
well...I'm thinking about using them as a raisin sub. Cinnamon "FauxRaisin" Oopsie or muffins, etc.

I saw a package at Whole Foods but they were sweetened with apple juice. I don't remember the carb content.

I really wish I had a dehydrator. I'd make my own.
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well...I'm thinking about using them as a raisin sub. Cinnamon "FauxRaisin" Oopsie or muffins, etc.

I saw a package at Whole Foods but they were sweetened with apple juice. I don't remember the carb content.

I really wish I had a dehydrator. I'd make my own.
How creative of you! I saw dried cranberries at Whole Foods--perhaps they could be used similarly soaked in some sort of sweet juice over night? That's definitely something to try! Raisins are SO carby.
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well...I'm thinking about using them as a raisin sub. Cinnamon "FauxRaisin" Oopsie or muffins, etc.

I saw a package at Whole Foods but they were sweetened with apple juice. I don't remember the carb content.

I really wish I had a dehydrator. I'd make my own.
snowWhite, you might try asking the produce guy at whole foods where the freeze dried blueberries are... i know they carry them, along with freeze dried peaches, pineapples, strawberries, etc.. they are expensive tho, about 7.99 for a pint sized container...trader joes carries freeze dried strawberries, for about 2.99 a pint size container, if you have one near you, just to mix it up a bit....hth

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well...I'm thinking about using them as a raisin sub. Cinnamon "FauxRaisin" Oopsie or muffins, etc.

I saw a package at Whole Foods but they were sweetened with apple juice. I don't remember the carb content.

I really wish I had a dehydrator. I'd make my own.
I have a big can of those, freeze-dried, that I bought from Honeyville Grains. They're crunchy and good right out of the can, or to use in recipes.

They're not dried "moist" like raisins but you can rehydrate them . I love them.
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THANK YOU Bella & Char! I'll have to check those out!
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Wow I am drooling! Those look fantastic!!
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WOW! I need to get some coconut milk asap..........or do you think almond milk would work? I have that already. I cant wait to make these.
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WOW! I need to get some coconut milk asap..........or do you think almond milk would work? I have that already. I cant wait to make these.
OHH!!
I have Almond milk too! What do you think??
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My almond meal is not blanched either. So I know mine will not be so pretty!
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This recipe looks awesome! I love your blog too.

Question for anyone who has ideas. I don't to flax. Can anyone suggest an alteration for the topping portion of this recipe?

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This recipe looks awesome! I love your blog too.

Question for anyone who has ideas. I don't to flax. Can anyone suggest an alteration for the topping portion of this recipe?

Thanks!!

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I dont do flax either and usually sub with some crushed pecans or walnuts or leave it out altogether and just increase the almond flour.
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Pocahontas - Almond milk would be fine!

Doggygirl - What Pocahontas said--more almond flour or even some chopped nuts would work just as well as the flax. I just have it in there for the health benefits.
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Thanks Andi and Lauren!! Maybe someday I won't be so "duh" with this stuff.

Can't wait to try these!

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I had to make these delightful muffins today. All I can say is that they are awesome, out of this world!
My hubby, who is not LCin it, ate 2 and gave them 2 thumbs up!

Should I store these in the fridge?

As always, I have to thank you Lauren, for a great recipe!
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I made these yesterday morning. My diabetic Dad and low carb brother RAVED about them. Thank you for working so hard on your recipes and then sharing them. I have also made your Ooey Gooey Brownies and they are wonderful as well - and get a thumbs up from "non" low carb hubby. (well, he's as non-low carb as he can be living with me.)

Your Apple Crisp and also your chocolate cupcakes are "in the Q."

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So glad your dad and brother enjoy the muffins, DG! Ohh, non-LCers like your hubby can be tough critics, so it's good to hear he was satisfied!

I made these with raspberries and choc chunks (no crumb topping) and they were like little cupcakes. You could really put whatever you like into them!
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Thanks for the rasberry / chocolate suggestion. That sounds awesome!! We sure love both of those flavors around here.

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I finally went out and got some blueberries. DH has been asking for Jiffy brand bb muffins for weeks. Those are cr@p. He's SO going to love these instead. He's had a rough week at work. Ugh.
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