Antioxidant Superfood Muffins

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Antioxidant Superfood Muffins (grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

Hello, friend. I must confess: I don’t believe in OMG ANTIOXIDANT SUPERFOODS too much. I believe that some foods are more full than others of the things that make us healthy and happy, yes. These foods come “packaged” in skin and shells and scales, they have roots and rinds, ripeness and rottenness.

But! Sometimes it’s such fun to play with the buzzwords, to write a recipe crammed with as many delicious natural ingredients as possible that are also included in the “antioxidant superfood” lists (such as they are). Grassfed butter, pastured eggs, cinnamon, turmeric (don’t forget the black pepper, because curcumin loves piperine like peanut butter loves jelly!) and cacao. Blueberries, walnuts, and ginger. With a list of ingredients like that, is it any wonder that these happy, berry-packed, citrus spiked, warmly-spiced, nutty-crunchy little superfood muffins were the result? 

Antioxidant Superfood Muffins

Now, blueberry muffins are not the totally-super-unique-snowflake kind of thing to post on a food blog, but these are not your average, everyday blueberry muffins. With a drizzle of coconut cream and a dollop of honeyed goji compote, my first thought when I tasted these was not so much superfood muffins as superhero muffins. These fight crime (all that tummy-friendly grain-free, dairy-free goodness) plus look good doing it.  Okay, the analogy is a stretch but if Wonder Woman ate breakfast it would be one of these and a black coffee, to go. 

Antioxidant Superfood Muffins (grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo) | GrokGrub.com

It’s key to go all-in with flavor-forward things when undertaking more health-centric, grain-free baking. The spices, the vanilla, the fruit, the toppings: they all work together in a dance of delicious. If I’m paleo-izing/healthy-fying something to bake, I double-down on the vanilla, use spices and citrus zest with abandon, and reach for flavorful grassfed butter as a general rule. Lastly, stirring the batter with a light touch until everything is just incorporated is key for a nice texture. You could apply that principle to any muffin recipe, but it’s especially important here in a finicky grain-free situation. So let’s get to it. Antioxidant superfood muffins, or more like your basic blueberry muffins taken for the ride of their lives.

Antioxidant Superfood Muffins (grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo) | GrokGrub.com
Antioxidant Superfood Muffins
 
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Serves: 9
These grain free, dairy free, refined-sugar free muffins are loaded with flavor and perfect for breakfast or a power snack.
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup grassfed butter, softened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Pulse the almond flour, arrowroot flour, walnuts, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, turmeric, black pepper, ginger and salt until combined.
  3. Add the butter, honey, eggs, orange zest and vanilla extract, and then pulse until combined and the walnuts are coarsely ground.
  4. Stir in the optional cacao nibs and blueberries. Mix in two tablespoons of water to loosen the batter slightly, then spoon into the muffin cups.
  5. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then allow the muffins to come to room temperature in the pan before serving.
 
Notes
Cacao nibs are very bitter, so omit if you prefer a sweeter muffin.

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37 comments

Real Food with Dana April 27, 2015 - 2:22 am

Wow, girl! You definitely have a way with words when it comes to describing your recipes. My mouth is watering! I’m not usually one to follow all the “SUPERFOODS OMG!” stuff like you said, but I love your idea of superhero muffins, haha! Great idea to add the turmeric in there too. Pinning these for sure!

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Grok Grub April 27, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Thanks, Dana! I love putting turmeric in baked goods… such a warm color and taste.

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Erin April 28, 2015 - 1:55 pm

These sound so good! Can’t wait to try them

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Emily @ Recipes to Nourish April 28, 2015 - 4:06 pm

These look so yummy! I love that you added orange zest – such a lovely flavor with blueberries.

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Tash April 28, 2015 - 4:39 pm

You always make such beautiful food! These muffins look like a perfect addition to my fiance’s lunches! I love the idea of turmeric in there too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Grok Grub April 28, 2015 - 5:28 pm

These were so good I had to freeze them to stop myself eating most of the batch!

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Vanessa April 28, 2015 - 7:07 pm

You weren’t kidding when you called these superfood muffins!! These guys are packed with awesome ingredients!!

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Grok Grub April 28, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Maybe went a tad over the top, but superfoods are so fun!

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Krystal April 28, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Oh yes please!! Do you deliver?? The ingredient list alone gets me excited !!

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Grok Grub April 28, 2015 - 10:03 pm

Your excuse to come to San Francisco!

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Megan Stevens April 28, 2015 - 10:34 pm

These look fantastic– I love the inclusion of arrowroot, cocoa nibs, butter– oh! Walnuts. So many favorites.

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Grok Grub April 28, 2015 - 11:06 pm

I just packed it with everything I love, glad you’re a fan too. 🙂

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Daja @The Provision Room April 28, 2015 - 10:37 pm

I am cooking for my mother-in-law who is doing a grain-free keto thing for healing cancer. These look like a nice treat!!! Pinning this!

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Cathy April 29, 2015 - 5:11 am

These sound delicious but is there any substitute for the arrowroot flour please?

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Grok Grub April 29, 2015 - 4:13 pm

I would try a straight substitution of tapioca flour. It will make for a chewier muffin, however.

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Susanne Runion April 29, 2015 - 8:50 pm

These look amazing. It is a really important point that you made about eating pepper with turmeric, they really are synergistic. I have been looking for something new for afternoon snacks and these look perfect. I also love that there isn’t a ton of honey or other sweeteners in them.

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Grok Grub May 1, 2015 - 10:03 pm

Haha, of course the nutritionist would catch the curcumin and piperine connection! 🙂

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Bethany May 1, 2015 - 9:49 pm

These look delicious!

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Nóri | ingeniouscooking.com May 2, 2015 - 10:40 am

Hi, these muffins sound amazing and all the ingredients are safe for me – it is a great day today. 🙂

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Grok Grub May 3, 2015 - 6:47 am

I love it when that happens (have all the ingredients)!

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Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen May 6, 2015 - 1:33 am

Love the idea of a superhero muffin! These are certainly packed with a plethora of amazing ingredients.

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Miz Helen May 6, 2015 - 2:39 pm

These are awesome Muffins! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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Alexa [fooduzzi.com] May 26, 2015 - 3:13 pm

LOVE this recipe idea! It’s so packed with wholesome ingredients…I am definitely going to give these a try! Pinned!

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hailee September 4, 2015 - 3:04 am

Would this still work if I omit the baking soda? Thanks for the recipe though!

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Grok Grub September 4, 2015 - 5:13 pm

The recipe will still work, they just won’t rise as much. They’ll be a little denser…

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Amelia May 18, 2016 - 8:31 pm

These are splendid!! Not too sweet, great texture- just perfect. Couldn’t stop licking the batter 😛

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Grok Grub May 18, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Fantastic! I haven’t made them in ages… I should again!

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Christine February 23, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Favorite muffins I’ve made in a while — we all loved them. Didn’t have turmeric but can’t wait to use it next time. Thanks for the recipe!

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Fresh Planet Flavor February 23, 2017 - 9:22 pm

Glad you enjoyed! Reminds me to make them again. 🙂

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Esmeralda April 10, 2017 - 1:24 am

I tried the muffins today. Really liked them. Where do i get the nutrition information on them?

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Fresh Planet Flavor April 10, 2017 - 12:52 pm

Hello Esmeralda, I’ll be transitioning to a recipe format that outputs the nutrition information soon, stay tuned!

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Susan May 3, 2019 - 10:26 pm

I made these with the tapioca substitution, because I needed something for a picnic pronto! They were great! I also used some vegan cultured butter I’d just made ( we have a lactose intolerant family member). I sprinkled turbinado sugar on top and used some maple syrup along with the honey in the muffins. They were great even though I had to chop up mixed larger berries to sub for some of the blueberries. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. I will try to make according to recipe one day….except for the butter. So delicious!

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Fresh Planet Flavor July 28, 2019 - 11:41 pm

This is so great to hear! They sound so delicious; I’m glad the vegan butter worked out.

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