I love muffins, coffee, chocolate and cake…big surprise. So every now and then I make a Paleo friendly treat for my family (ok, just my husband, if there is any left for him, lol). I recently bought some cocoa powder and it made me come up with all kinds of ideas.
Some experts believe that cocoa and coffee can have cross reactive proteins that act the same as gluten in the body. Also caffeine in coffee and cocoa is enough to keep me up late if I eat it in the afternoon or evening. Coffee and chocolate can be very addictive and seems to form a habit in me for sure.
Also if you have stressed and overworked adrenals coffee and chocolate can be an additional stressor. As long as you are aware of these issues and test yourself to see how these foods will affect you. These grain free mocha coffee cake muffins are full of nutritious ingredients including healthy fats like coconut oil and proteins such as soy free eggs. Feel free to make them as sweet or as low carb as you see fit.
Grain Free Mocha Coffee Cake Muffins
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
6 soy free pastured eggs
1/2 cup coconut sugar or honey
(or 1/2 cup xylitol for lower carb)
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1/4 tsp of baking soda
3 Tbsp organic cocoa powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350.
Mix the wet ingredients together in one bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.
Combine and whisk them all together well.
Put in muffin cups and bake for 30 minutes.
Are you looking for more creative grain free breakfast ideas?
The new book Awaken by Karen Sorenson has 30 great ideas including:
- Skillet scrambles with meats and veggies
- Easy no cook strawberry pudding
- Blueberry cobbler
- Bacon twists
- Breakfast pizza
- Pumpkin faux-meal
- Grain free granola
- Breakfast cookies
- Fruity smoothies
- Savory grass fed and pastured sausages
- Spaghetti squash hash browns
- Strawberry and blueberry crumble
- Apple sauce
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Zucchini soup
- Zucchini stuffed meat boats
- Chocolate smoothies
- Grits (my favorite!)
Get all these recipes and more in this great book!
More reasons I love this book!
She also gives a great chart about how to interchange sweeteners for gaps/paleo and low carb diets. This makes it easy use your choice of sweetener based on your diet. She also has a great chart on measurements for successful egg substitution.
Karen shows us where to source these great ingredients so we can order them from our couch.
She seems to have thought of everything: did I mention the awesome full page photos?
She also includes the nutrition info about each recipe.
Karen offers us ways to easily change up the recipe for more varied options.
She also has great step-by step tutorials for how to make chia eggs, cauliflower rice and more.
If you ask me this book is worth 3 times the price and it is on sale until March 11! Don’t miss it!