Sunday, June 8, 2014

Grain Free Peanut Butter Blender Muffins





Whichever diet you follow, Paleo, grain free, gluten free, or flourless-, these delicious peanut butter muffins are perfect for everyone. AND This recipe is made in the blender, which makes it so fast and simple , you could whip up a batch in the morning before work. It's made with only 5  ingredients and makes 6 regular muffins or 12 mini muffins. I really like the recipe because you don't have to mess with all kinds of gluten free flours ( it's flourless) . Even if you are not gluten free, you and your family will love them.

The other day my friend Seraphine came over for lunch. Seraphine is an excellent cook and although she and her family are not gluten free, she likes to limit the amount of wheat her family eats.I knew these muffins would be perfect to serve to her. I was really pleased when she raved about them and  asked for the recipe.


It seems that many people are trying to cut back on wheat or grains for a variety of health reasons. Some are following lower carbohydrate diets for weight loss , some want to limit the amount of flour and sugar in their diet to regulate stable blood sugars, others feel that grain and flour is unhealthy, and yet others need to follow a gluten free diet as I do.
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It seems no matter what the health problem, reducing or eliminating sugar and flour is part of the answer. It makes sense. We are a nation that eats way too much sugar and way too many processed products made with flour. We are also a nation where diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are on the rise; and they all respond to changes in diet.

Homemade flourless snacks are a better alternative than store bought packaged products, especially when they are this easy to make.

5 ingredient grain free peanut butter muffins

The muffins are light and spongy and very flavorful. I especially feel good serving them to my grandkids ( who are not gluten free, but adore these muffins). I like them because they are high in protein, low in sugar, and rich in healthy fats. It's a nutrient rich snack for everyone.

You could make them with many variations as well.
  • Use any kind of nut butter (natural  almond butter worked the best for me- if you use peanut butter, use the natural -not real smooth commercial kind) ) 
  • Use Sun Butter 
  • Add raisins
  • Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup cocoa powder) + 2 Tablespoons almond or coconut milk) 
  • Chocolate chips ( ok , anything rocks with chocolate) 

Author: Judee Algazi at Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 5- 10 minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes
Makes: 12 mini muffins or 5 regular muffins

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup natural almond butter or peanut butter ( almond butter worked best for me)
1 medium ripe banana
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of organic coconut crystals or raw honey
1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
( I like to use coconut crystals because they are a low glycemic sugar alternative) I get them in the health food store, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe's. 

Directions: 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking oil and set aside.  Place all ingredients in a heavy duty blender like a Vita Mix or Nutri Bullet because the nut butter is thick, or put the nut butter on top,  and blend until very smooth.  Fill 12  mini-muffin cup 3/4 's full or 6 regular muffin tins.  Bake for 8-10 minutes. Double recipe if you want 12 full muffins. 
package of coconut sugar

I am not much of a baker, so when I do bake it's got to be simple, fast, and healthy.
However, I'm trying to add more baked goods to my posts because I think that is what is wanted.
What type of recipes are you looking for? Dinners? Snacks, healthy desserts, menu plans, Breakfast? Other??
It would be very helpful to know what my readers prefer.. Please leave me a comment . 
If you want to read more about the negative affects of grain on our bodies and mind, read Dr. Perlmutter's newest best seller, called Grain Brain and it's surprising truth about carbs, wheat, and sugar.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers

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36 comments:

  1. Your muffins look delicious! We're not following a gluten-free diet but I love trying out flourless recipes... especially if they have five ingredients or less :-P (I'm a big fan of 5-ingredient recipes)!

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    1. It doesn't get easier than this recipe

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation on the book. It sounds exactly like what I have been looking for. I hadn't heard of it before, and when I read the description, and checked the Amazon reviews, I knew this was the book I have been looking for. Thank you so much. I am going to order the book after the next payday, and in the meantime, these muffins look good.

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    1. It is a really good book. In the meantime, you can go on youtube and he has an hour long interview where he shares many of the ideas in the book.

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  3. You asked what we would like to see. Right now, I am into side dishes. Since, we are cutting down on meat, I turn some of the sides into the main food and work around it. I am always looking for more ways to do this.

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    1. Hi Chaya,
      Thanks so much for the feedback on my questions. I trying to make some changes on my blog and the feedback is helpful

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  4. YES pinning this to try this weekend! THANK YOU for sharing!!

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    1. Hi Lindsay,
      You won't be sorry.. so easy and so good!

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  5. it don't get much better than this.... :D

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    1. Thank you .. I appreciate your comment and they are good

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  6. Pinned this and will give it a try. We need to cut back on flour and sugar, but we LOVE our breads. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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    1. I promise you will not miss the grain. These taste great

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  7. Wow, those look amazing! I want to give those a try!

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    1. Hope you do . We love them. Thanks for the visit and the comment

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  8. These look great! I love how easy the recipe is as well! Thanks for the fun post!

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    1. Amy,
      I'm so glad you stopped by. All of my recipes are easy. It's the only way I cook or bake!

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  9. I never would have guessed you could make muffins like this. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. Adelina,
      I know- and I can't believe how good they taste too.You would never believe there is no flour in these.

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  10. These look great, and you're so right- homemade is so much healthier than store bought! While I am not in need of a gluten free diet, I DO need to be better about carbs (diabetes is in my future based on family history and recurring gestational diabetes). This looks really yummy and not too crazy difficult with ingredients. Thank you so much for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!!

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    1. Alesha,
      I think everyone needs to be thinking of ways to reduce sugars and carbs. Unfortunately, diabetes is continually rising in the US .

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  11. now these sound interesting and so much better for you than regular muffins. yummy ;-) #weekendbloghop

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  12. I'm not much of a baker either and am loving the idea of making muffin batter in a blender!
    Breakfast ideas would be something I'd like to see. I always draw a blank.
    Thank you for sharing, Judee.

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  13. These look good...I think I need to find me the coconut crystals :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. What a lovely versatile recipe, Judee! I like that your muffins can be made in the blender as well.

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    1. Easy isn't it a great way to make muffins

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  15. Love it. A guilt free sweet treat is right up my alley...always looking for healthy nibbles. Passing by from the Hearth & Soul blog hop. Happy Monday.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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  16. Thanks for sharing these with us on Foodie Friday.

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    1. Diane,
      I'm a regular. I love your blog party

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  17. Thanks for introducing me to Coconut Crystals. I have never seen these before.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

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    1. a healthier alternative and lower glycemic index that regular sugar. Hope that you try them

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  18. I am sharing these with my sister. She has been gluten free for a couple years. She will LOVE them. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Hi Judee,
    Your muffins look so good, wish I had one to go with my coffee break. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Miz Helen,
      Thanks for the comment. I take it as a compliment as you make the BEST recipes

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  20. Those look fantastic. Love the photos too!

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  21. This goes on the list to make with the grandkids. I claim a few for myself.

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    1. My grandkids love them.. but so does my husband and my friends

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