Friday, July 31, 2015

Grain Free Breakfast Muffins

Remember when I made those fabulous  black bean brownies that everyone loved and no one knew they were made with black beans?  Well, this time I tried making muffins using chick peas! 

I know it sounds weird, but guess what? These grain free/gluten free breakfast muffins came out fabulous as well, and you will never know they were made with chick peas! 

Beans give baked goods lots of moisture and a substantial amount of protein. I don't know why, but you can't detect any bean taste in the baked goods.  Beans are a healthy choice for those who want or need to eliminate grains in their baking or for anyone who just wants to eat healthier !

Great For Breakfast

These luscious muffins are really fast and easy to make and versatile. You can try different nut butters ( peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter- they will all work)  and different flavor all- fruit jellies.  I used all fruit strawberry, but you could try all fruit blueberry, all fruit raspberry, all fruit grape, etc. These convenient muffins make a perfect breakfast grab and go that are high in protein and low in sugar! Make them in advance- they will keep for a few days or freeze them and pop them out as needed.  

Don't want the jelly? Leave it out !It will be a less sweet muffin- but will still nice and nutritious for breakfast with a cup of herbal tea or coffee. 

Great for Snacks or School lunch Boxes

These muffins are a perfect idea for a high protein snack or even added to the school lunchbox for kids. I made mini muffins so little ones could eat just one or as many as they like. I think the muffins taste best when they are small. 

When you pack them into a school lunches,  these muffins are similar to making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but in a muffin. They provide significant protein, healthy fat, substantial fiber, and other nutrients. They are kid tested by my grandkids and they love them!

If you are concerned about packing nut butter to school, substitute Sunbutter which is made from sunflower seeds, not nuts. 

SunButter is available in most health food stores or can be purchased online.
SunButter Natural Sunflower Seed Spread, 16-Ounce Plastic Jars (Pack of 6) 

Chick pea muffins are a great after school snack to have on hand or can be packed in baggies to bring along when traveling in a car, train, or airplane. 
Going to mall?  Pack some along for the kids for a nutritious snack. 

Author: Judee Algazi from Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 8 minutes 
Bake Time: 10-12  minutes oven time per 12 mini muffins
Preheat Oven: 400 degrees

Ingredients ; 
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained ( canned works)
1/2 cup of any nut butter or try Sun butter 
1 ripe banana, sliced
2  eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of organic coconut crystals or use raw honey
1/4 teaspoon baking powder ( aluminum free)
1/2 cup of all fruit jelly ( any flavor) 

Put the drained chick peas, nut butter, banana, eggs, vanilla, coconut crystals, baking powder into a powerful blender ( Vitamix or Bullet) . Blend well. Grease a mini muffin pan for 12 and fill with 3/4 batter. Spoon in a 1/2 teaspoon of the all fruit jelly into the middle. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

*coconut crystals - I buy mine at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods,  or any health food store; coconut sugar is low in carbohydrates and also low on the glycemic index. They work great for baking as a sugar substitute. 

buy at Trader Joe's, Whole Food, or any health food store
Wan't to add chocolate chips?  I get dairy free chocolate chips in Shoprite supermarket in NJ and Pa or order online !Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy, nut & Soy Free, Mini Chips, 10-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6) 

Another healthy gluten free/dairy free/ egg free snack:   

Creamy chocolate pudding made with creamy avocado. 
Whip it up in just 5 minutes in your blender!
chocolate pudding made with avocado
Best and healthiest chocolate pudding ever is DF GF Egg Free

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  1. Judy would canned chickpeas work? I would love to try these!

  2. Barbara,
    Canned chickpeas work fine! That is what I used.. Hope you enjoy the recipe

  3. Thanks! Will buy the chickpeas! Thanks! Would One 15 oz can do it?

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    2. Barbara,
      a 15 ounce can has a little bit less than 2 cups, but the 15 ounces should work fine in this recipe!

  4. Thanks so much, Judee. This week for sure.

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    1. Yes, everyone who tries them comments how easy they are to make and how good they are even without flour.

  6. These sound HEAVENLY! I would love 3 right this very second, ha! ;)

    1. Gigi,
      So glad you stopped. I think you would like these muffins!

  7. And lunch today was, 4 mini muffins! Loved them. I got 24 from this recipe, which I followed to the letter. I may try an egg substitute next time as eggs are not nice to me. I even had a little batter left. I used my regular blender and we forged ahead and got it blended. Thanks, Judee! A keeper.

    1. glad you liked them Barbara and glad the regular blender worked for you.

  8. Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party. It has been pinned to our party board on Pinterest.

    1. Always glad to participate in the Healthy Living Link Party. It's a great place to get interesting healthy ideas

  9. Thank you for joining the Country Fair Blog Party for August! Laurie - Co-Host

  10. I never knew you could use chickpeas like this - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  11. What fantastic healthy and delicious muffins, Judee! Love that you have used Chickpeas! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

  12. looks delicious and healthy recipe, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

  13. Wow, would never thought to use chick peas in a muffin. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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