Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins and More
Pumpkin spice and EVERYTHING nice! This easy lectin free recipe triples as a muffin, cookie and bread batter. Make three treats in one! Get the recipe!
Make pumpkin spice chocolate chip muffins, cookies and bread from one easy batter. All are kid-approved for taste and sweetness, and nobody will suspect you made them with fiber-rich tiger nuts, hemp hearts and acacia fiber. A good healthy dose of prebiotics for "good gut bugs" in a fluffy , unbelievably moist treat
Every fall, the grocery stores seem to rub pumpkin spice chocolate chip baked goods in your face. Cookies, sweet breads, and muffins are everywhere. You can't get through the store without seeing the lectin- and sugar-laced treats. Deny, deny, deny the temptation.
And then go home and make them better, with wholesome ingredients from Dr. Gundry's YES list. Whip up one big bowl of batter and make a loaf of bread, a dozen cookies and six muffins. Your family will think you caved and made a sugar shack bakery haul. But as they devour the sweet, pumpkin spice goodies, you'll be smiling because you'll be in with the good gut bug gods.
So earlier I mentioned prebiotics. These are fermentable fibers found in many plants. Inulin is one type of oligosaccharide in the fructan family. Fructans are fructose sugars that are chained together, and when they travel through your digestive system, your microbiome eats them and ferments them, making a delightful environment for your colon. Inulin help normalize the colon. I don't want to talk too much about that because it could take away from how amazing these muffins actually taste. But just know, these lectin free sweets are not just easy on your taste buds. They will help you feel amazing inside.
So back to the recipe. Let me preface by saying I can't stand tiger nuts as a snack. I rather lick the bottom of a shoe than chew on tiger nuts. But ground into flour and used in muffins, cookies and cake breads, tiger nuts have a quite neutral flavor. And they provide a light and fluffy texture. If you can't find tiger nut flour, you can make your own in a blender. Just throw the tiger nuts in a give them a whirl. It's quick and easy. Here's a link to the VitaMix blender I use for the best price I've seen.
I'm also using hemp hearts for added gut health. And why not throw in some acacia fiber while we're at it. Oh, hell, how about some sweet potato puree, too? Okay, maybe I should call these fiber muffins. But that wouldn't be as appetizing, now would it!
Let's make them!
1 C Tiger Nut Flour
1 C Hemp Hearts
1 C Tapioca Flour
1 T Acacia Fiber Powder
1 T Ground Cinnamon
1 T Ground Ginger
1 T Ground Clove
1 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1/3 C Erythritol Granules
3 Pastured Eggs
1/4 C Olive Oil
1 C Sweet Potato Puree
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
2 t Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 C 85% Cacao Chocolate Chips
Step 1: Blend the Dry Ingredients
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a good blender (I like VitaMix), dump all dry ingredients including tiger nut flour, hemp hearts, tapioca flour, acacia fiber, cinnamon, ginger, clove, baking powder, salt, and erythritol. Blend until very finely ground. Set aside.
Step 2: Whisk Wet Ingredients
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, olive oil, sweet potato puree, vinegar, and vanilla together.
Step 3: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients
Dump the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Stir until well incorporated. Finally, add chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed
Step 4: Bake
Prepare a cookie sheet, small bread pan, and muffin tins with appropriate parchment liners. Divide batter amongst the treats you want to bake. Spoon batter onto parchment lined cookie sheet. It will spread. Pour batter into parchment lined bread pan, about 3/4 full. It will rise. And finally, spoon batter into lined muffin hollows about 3/4 full. Again, it will rise. For cookies, bake for 10 minutes. For muffins, bake for 25 minutes. For bread, bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
I like the bread and muffins with coffee for breakfast. And my son likes the cookies as an after-school snack.