Spice Muffins :: No White Flour/ No White Sugar

A simple pleasure is a spice muffin made with almond flour, no white flour, and ingredients from the SimplyCooking® Pantry.

A simple pleasure is a spice muffin made with almond flour, no white flour, and ingredients from the SimplyCooking® Pantry.

Spice muffins can be so simply made with fine ingredients from your own curated pantry and by stirring with your own fine hand.  When you bake foods like muffins for yourself, you choose the quality of ingredients and the size of the muffin.  I've chosen blanched almond flour and unsweetened applesauce instead of white flour and white sugar.  And I choose my own fragrant, organic spices which I know are fresh and of a high quality.    Coffee shop muffins are large, almost four times the size of ones I make.  Using standard tins, these muffins are a portion I prefer.  

The root of success in the kitchen is the pantry.  When stocked with basics that are high quality and fresh,  a curated pantry reliably provides  just what's needed for anything desired.  Making muffins can be such a simple thing and with quality ingredients I think making your own is both an indulgence and necessity.  

spice muffins

150 grams {1 1/2 cups} blanched almond flour

1 Tbsp arrowroot starch

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or your own combination of ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice

1/4 tsp. salt, Celtic sea salt preferable

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup grape seed oil 

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  In a second container combine the wet ingredients until perfectly smooth.  I find an immersion blender the most simple, or, beat well with a whisk or use hand held mixer.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well. Line a standard muffin tin and fill about 3/4 full with batter, making sure there is an even amount of batter in each.  The recipe will make 8 or 10 muffins, depending your type of paper liner.  Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 25 minutes, or until firm and golden.  



Green Fried Rice

Green Fried Rice

Green Fried Rice

Simple fried rice.  I like the uniform green color; the hint of coconut and ginger.  This is a subtle recipe, one you can make over and over and never tire of.  Make it on a whim for lunch or tonight's dinner; the ingredients are all in the SimplyCooking® Pantry.  

The proportions I use for brown jasmine rice are 2:3; 2 parts rice to 3 parts water.  Use 1 cup rice to 1 1/2 cups water  for 2 - 3 entree sized servings.   

1 cup brown rice

1 1/2 cups water

pinch of salt, Celtic Sea Salt, preferred

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. sesame oil { optional}

1/2 onion chopped

1" fresh ginger, peeled and diced

2 green onions

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup green beans, frozen or fresh

2 tsp. butter, divided

2 eggs, beaten with a fork

Place the rice, water and salt in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes, until the rice is tender and no water remains.  Remove from the heat, fluff the rice and let stand, covered, at least 10 minutes.

Warm the oil in a skillet.  Cook the onions over medium heat until soft.  Add the ginger and green onion and cook 2 minutes more.  Stir in the peas and green beans, cover, and cook 10 minutes, until tender.  Remove this to a plate.  Add a teaspoon butter to the warm pan and scramble the eggs. Add a pinch of salt and remove the eggs to the plate with the vegetables.  

Add another tsp. butter to the pan and add the cooked rice.  Stir fry until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.  Add the vegetables and eggs and stir until warmed through.  Serve hot.