Coconut Muffins

These protein-packed, gluten-free muffins are a staple in our household.

Use muffin liners that you have brushed with melted coconut oil or butter. Silicon baking sheets work well without any additional oil.

Ingredients (Makes 12 muffins)
6 eggs
¼ cup butter, melted or ¼ cup melted ghee
3/4 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sifted coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Brush 12 muffin liners with oil and place in the muffin cups. (No need if you are using silicon.)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. In another bowl, mix together the coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing thoroughly until there are no lumps. Stir in the lemon zest

Divide the batter into the 12 cups.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are browned and firm on top.

Notes:

These keep fresh, refrigerated, for up to a week.

Sift the coconut flour, then measure.

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Making Ghee

Ingredients
16 ounces (1 pound) of butter- preferably unsalted, organic
Equipment:

A medium size saucepan, a fine wire mesh strainer, cheesecloth, a spoon, a 16-ounce or larger measuring cup, a clean jar for storage
Instructions

Cut the butter into cubes and place in the saucepan.
Heat the butter over medium heat until completely melted. Reduce to a simmer.
Cook for about 10-15 minutes (this will vary based on how hot your stove is). During this time, the butter will go through several stages. It will foam, then bubble, then seem to almost stop bubbling and then foam again. When the second foam occurs, the ghee is done. At this point, the melted butter should be bright gold in color and there should be reddish brown pieces of milk solids at the bottom of the pan.
Let cool slightly for 2-3 minutes and then slowly pour through the wire mesh strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth. The small bits of milk protein are usually discarded, though a friend told me that her grandmother used to mix those with flour (or almond flour) and a small amount of honey to make a flavorful fudge-like treat.
Ghee will last up to a month at room temperature or even longer in the fridge. I typically store mine in the fridge, just to be safe.

Gingerbread

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Picture above is before cooking–

Ingredients (Makes one 8×8-inch square)
• 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
• 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 1⁄2 cups brown rice flour
• 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 teaspoons ginger powder
• 11⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
• 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1⁄2 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
• 1⁄2 teaspoon orange or lemon zest (optional)
• 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Instructions
• Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Oil a 8×8-inch square baking dish.
• In a stand mixer with the paddle, combine the maple syrup and oil. (Alternatively, use a hand mixer in a large bowl.) Beat on high speed until thoroughly blended. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Be sure to beat well between eggs. Add in the orange rind and vanilla and continue to blend together. Set aside.
• In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Stir in the nuts. Add some of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, a little at a time, blending well. Add in 1⁄4 cup of the applesauce, blend, then add in more flour. Continue this process until you have added all of the ingredients.
• Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the gingerbread is done. Check to see if complete by inserting a toothpick, or touching lightly on the center.
The gingerbread keeps refrigerated for up to four days and freezes well.

Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Ingredients (Serves 6)
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1 cup maple syrup
• 5 tablespoons cornstarch (optional substitute- Agar flakes if no allergies to seafood)
• 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
• 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder of Kudzu
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ cup semi-sweet shaved chocolate or chocolate chips (2 ounces)
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
• Add the water, maple syrup, and cornstarch to a medium saucepan.  Bring the liquid to a boil, once the boiling liquid thickens lower heat to a simmer. Stir frequently to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom.
• Remove 1/4 cup of the coconut milk to a small bowl. Mix it with arrowroot to make a slurry and set aside.
• To the pot on the stove, add the remainder of the coconut milk, and the cocoa powder. Then once all mixed stir in the arrowroot mixture, stirring constantly on medium heat.
• Remove the pot from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and the vanilla. Let the chocolate sit for a few minutes and then whisk it in until thoroughly melted.
This can be consumed hot or cold…

Hot Cocoa– Great for cold winter days!

Ingredients (Serves 2 to 3)
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 2 cups nut milk
Instructions
• In a small saucepan warm cocoa powder, maple and 1/4 cup nutmilk, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles. Add nutmilk just until mixture comes to a boil. Serve immediately.
Variation:
Add a sprinkle cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract.