I love these muffins! They're seriously yummy, with gorgeous flavour - a sort of lemony banana hybrid. They have a nice consistency too. Healthy baking can be a tricky one, when you start substituting this ingredient and that ingredient, things can quickly turn sinister. These are lovely though, and are totally free of gluten and dairy for all of my friends out there with allergies or intolerances.
In replacement of flour I've used a nifty little ingredient called coconut flour, which is basically powered dried coconut meat. Aside from being grain free, it's fascinating from a culinary perspective - you cannot use it as a replacement in a 1:1 ratio to other flours as it's wildly absorbent of liquids soaks up liquids in no time, producing a stiffer batter. Here the ratio of liquid and eggs is important - without the right balance the end product may otherwise be dry and crumbly. Not these muffins though - they're lovely and moist. Whole food muffins do tend to be a little denser then you're standard muffins, but they're also packed with goodness, just FYI.
The recipe below is just for the muffins - feel free to ice them like I did, and make sure to garnish with extra poppy seeds and lemon zest. If your strictly dairy-free then a coconut based icing is great, otherwise you can make a classic icing, using coconut oil in place of butter to keep it dairy-free. I love a cream cheese icing with lemon - it suits these perfectly.
Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup liquid/runny honey
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
4 free-range eggs, at room tempature
1/2 medium super ripe banana, mashed (eat the rest of the banana as a snack, or slice and freeze it to add to a smoothie)
1 medium lemon, zest and juice
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 cup rice/almond milk
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a muffin tray with 8 standard sized muffin cases. Grate lemon zest, and then juice lemon - keep zest and juice aside.
2. Add to a large mixing bowl the coconut flour and baking powder. Mix together.
3. Whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla essence, eggs and mashed banana in a seperate bowl.
4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until smooth. Fold through the milk with a spatula. The mix will start quiet liquid-ey, but watch as it start to thicken before your eyes - that's the coconut flour doing its thing!
5. Add the zest, juice and poppy seeds, and fold through until even in the mixture.
6. Divide the mixture between muffin cases - they should be relatively full as these won't rise to the capacity standard muffins do.
7. Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes or until a fork comes out clean when inserted.
Makes 7-8 muffins