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When my sister-in-law told me she had to watch her cholesterol level, I made her some muffins which would actually help to improve her level. My son started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet five years ago when he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. He's become a wonderful cook since he has been away at university and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of his recipes he's developed this year when he comes back in the Summer. I decided to adapt one of the recipes he really enjoys from Grain-free Gourmet by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass , two wonderful people from Toronto, Canada. I contacted Jenny before we travelled out to Toronto for my son's wedding for some advice about buying SCD safe muffin loaves while we were out there. She was so helpful, the network for people following the SCD seems to be very supportive on the other side of the pond!
Research suggests that honey and almonds can help to lower cholesterol levels and contrary to what was once believed, eggs are now perceived to be a healthy addition to our diet. Since these muffins don't include any fat in the recipe, they are quite a healthy treat!
Summer Berry Muffins GF SCD
21/2 cups fresh/frozen summer berries
1/2 cup water
21/2 cups almond flour (ground almonds)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup honey
Set the oven to 160° C. Place 8 medium muffin cases in a muffin tray. Pour the berries into a pan with the water and simmer until the liquid is reduced and has started to thicken. Leave to cool.
Using a 237ml cup as the measure, mix together the ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl. In another bowl whisk together the eggs and honey. Pour the cooled fruit into the eggs mixture and stir until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
Using a spoon evenly fill the muffin cases.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the top of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.
These are nice eaten warm and are lovely for breakfast.
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This recipe was linked to Grain Free Tuesdays, Allergy Friendly Friday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, March Muffin Madness