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My new found love of almond flour continues… and love of muffins… and all things gluten free that taste nothing close to it. The wonderful thing about these poppy seed studded gems is they aren’t super sweet, so can pass for a “dinner roll” side, breakfast, dessert or snack topped with savory or sweet things.

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Almond flour gives amazing texture and low carb qualities to baked goods. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store buy it online or make your own, tutorial at http://www.pastrypal.com/2010/12/pastry-technique-make-your-own-almond-flour/.

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Of course I’ve chosen the sweet route for this vehicle of flavor and have enjoyed mine so far with a smear of 100% black raspberry fruit spread and a little real whipped butter (also consumed with a couple dark chocolate squares not pictured). These would also be great spread with lemon curd, orange marmalade, apple butter, pure honey or almond/peanut butter.

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Poppy Seed Muffins
gluten & dairy free
makes 6 muffins

• 4 large EGGS
• 2 tbsp HONEY, PURE or RAW
• 1 tsp PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
• 2 tsp FRESH LEMON JUICE
• ZEST OF 1 1/2 LEMONS
• 2 cup ALMOND FLOUR or MEAL
• 1/2 tsp BAKING SODA
• 1/8 tsp SALT, SEA
• 2 tbsp POPPY SEEDS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a regular muffin pan with 6 paper liners (or a mini muffin pan with 12 muffin cups).

2. In a large bowl whisk eggs with lemon juice, zest, honey (melt if using raw) and vanilla extract. Stir in almond flour, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds. Spoon batter evenly into the six prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

3. Remove muffins from oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, gently pull off paper liners while warm. Top warm muffins with a little real butter, fruit spread, honey or nut butter. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator or freezer. Makes 6, serving size one muffin.

VARIATIONS: Stir dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, currants) or some dark chocolate chips into batter.

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING: 260 calories, 20g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 200mg sodium, 15g carb, 4g fiber, 8g sugar, 11g protein

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PRINT RECIPE – PDF

WORK OFF THE MUFFINS or MUFFIN TOP…

I had to include my new favorite at home workout. Yes, Pilates! It says weight loss in the title, but I’m in it for the toning & strengthening aspect. Good breathing workout too and a little cardio component. It also tends toward beginner-intermediate level. Some moves might be challenging if coming off an exercise hiatus or never performed Pilates before, but instructor gives modifications for certain challenging parts.

pilates DVD

http://www.amazon.com/Element-Pilates-Weight-Loss-Beginners/dp/B001AYWY6I (only $9 on Amazon)

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