Some things in life are just meant to be savored:
The perfect open-toed sandals and the warmth of spring.
Pastured butter and freshly-baked muffins.
Childhood and sweet, seasonal memories.
Tart, juicy lemons and delicate poppy seeds.
Growing up, I fondly remember early mornings with my mom. She possessed a special touch for making even the most hurried mornings extra memorable. From chalkboard coffee mugs with an “I love you” message to carefully preparing my favorite cheesy eggs. She always knew how to add that special “mom touch”.
Every breakfast was special, but springtime meant an extra special morning treat, lemon poppy seed muffins. Yes, they were store-bought, but the miniature muffins with cake-like texture made spring breakfast extra delicious.
With the first spotting of spring– the breezy warm weather, clear blue skies, and flowers blooming; my mind (and taste-buds) always drift back to those early morning lemon poppy seed muffins. Such sweet memories are meant to be recreated and savored, so who am I to resist? Creating the perfect lemon poppy seed muffin, that mimics my sweet and tangy memories, has been no easy task. Until last weekend…
A few weeks ago, my friends at Bob’s Red Mill sent me a couple bags of almond meal/flour. Our family isn’t gluten-free, but Bob’s Almond Meal/Flour has quickly become one of my favorite flours for baking, producing wonderfully moist results. With fresh bags of almond flour and a springtime breakfast memory calling, I spent last weekend baking.
Light-textured almond meal/flour was whisked together with coconut flour; along with a touch of baking soda and baking powder.
Butter, fresh eggs, golden honey, and sour cream were harmoniously creamed. A splash of homemade vanilla extract was added, complemented by the sweet zest of an orange.
The result was glorious, bringing back childhood memories with each bite (and trust me, there were many). The light texture of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour combined with creamy, rich ingredients, produced the perfect lemon poppy seed muffins. Gluten-free, cake-like muffins that are delicate and bold, sweet and tangy. The almond flour not only provides the perfect light texture, but also boosts the nutritional benefits with: protein, vitamin E, and healthy fat.
Today, I’m sharing this delicious and nourishing recipe. A spring-inspired muffin sure to please everyone in the family. My friends at Bob’s Red Mill are also graciously giving away a 1lb bag of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour to three Live Simply readers. The giveaway is simple, no strings attached, just follow the widget below.
Almond Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal/flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl (I use a stand-mixer bowl), add the butter and honey. Using a mixer (if using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment) or lots of muscle and a wood spoon, cream together the butter and honey. Add the sour cream and continue to beat until combined and smooth.
Add the beaten eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Finally, fold in the poppy seeds and orange zest.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring together.
Scoop into muffin cups and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Recipe makes 15-18 muffins.
The giveaway contest runs from April 23rd, 2014 (10am EST) to April 30th, 2014 (11:59pm EST). The three winners will be announced within 48 hours of the giveaway ending, here on the blog.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. The opinions and photos expressed are completely my own.
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