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As a nutritionist there are certain things that I know, that I sometimes wish that I didn’t. One of those things is how unhealthy wheat can be, and also how sugar is treated by the body and some of the effects that sugar can have. It kind of ends up limiting what sort of snack/cake/savoury items you can enjoy and herein lies the problem. I sometimes really, really want to eat cake… and muffins… and biscuits. Because let’s face it. There is something comforting about these foods and well, they taste good!

So, on a quest, lately I’ve been putting my nutritional know-how to good use and I’ve been playing in the kitchen. Below is a recipe that even passed the “Mr Belle” test!

These muffins are wheat free, sugar free, and also filled with fibre and healthy fats. Try them out and see what you think!

Buckwheat and Carrot Muffins

Buckwheat and Carrot Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup linseed (flax seeds)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 carrot – grated (if small, use 2)
1/2 cup full fat natural or greek yoghurt.
1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg – beaten
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
Big dash of nutmeg
Big dash of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of stevia powder.
Dash of vanilla extract.

Method:
Put oats and linseeds in food processor. Whizz until oats are a meal.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl (this includes carrots)
Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add wet to dry and mix until just combined.
Put into muffin/cupcake papers in a muffin tin and bake for 15-20 mins in a pre-heated moderate oven.
Will make up to 12 muffins.

Optional extras:

Want more protein?
Add a serve of protein powder.
Teresa Cutter’s line are clean with no nasties; Nutzest also do a ‘no-added-icky-bits’ protein powder; Sunwarrior also boasts a no added nasties product.

Want it a bit sweeter?
Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of sultanas/currants/raisins.

Want more fibre?
Add a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Golden Flaxmeal (I like Melrose brand)
Nutritional bonus – this will also up the ante in the healthy fat stakes! 

Speaking of fats and protein…
Adding crushed walnuts to these muffins would make them divine.

Notes:
Add a dash more coconut milk or some water if the mixture is too dry.
You may need more bicarb soda if they don’t rise enough. A good trick is to sift your flours into the bowl along with the bicarb and spices.

Yum Yum!

…and don’t you just love my T2 tins in the background? So very cute. It’s little things like that which can make me so happy.

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