Enter the world of grain-free baking with confidence. And with an easy low carb muffin recipe to fuel your mornings!
When you decide to go grain-free, the world becomes a very different place. It becomes a little tougher, a lot more complicated and not nearly so friendly. At least, that’s how it can feel when you start this dietary journey. It’s not easy being grain-free, because grains are everywhere and in everything. You start looking at labels and find yourself continually astonished at the seemingly innocuous foods that actually contain gluten or grains. And all those comfort foods like biscuits and breads and muffins? Forget about it. You’re terrified of even eating a crumb.
Except that if you take a little time and explore the grain-free world, you’ll quickly discover it’s not quite as unfriendly as you think. Okay, so you can’t walk in to too many stores yet and buy grain-free muffins. The world isn’t quite that ready for the grain-free revolution. But if you are willing to make these things yourself, you will find you have more options than you ever dreamed possible. And if you need a little helping hand a little guidance, that’s where a book like Every-Day Grain-Free Baking comes in.
I will be honest and say that I am not completely grain-free myself. I don’t have any sensitivities, so if a little bit of grains sneaks into my diet, I am fine with it. But I certainly can’t sit down and eat a slice of grain-based bread or I will pay the price in a glucose spike. So the majority of my cooking and baking, and subsequent eating, is free of grains and I’ve come to love it. It’s not a strange and unfriendly wilderness any longer, but I do remember vividly how uncertain it felt when I first started out. When Kelly Smith of The Nourishing Home asked me to review her new cookbook, it seemed like a good fit for All Day I Dream About Food readers.
Now, Kelly is not low carb per se, although she does steer clear of refined sugars. But there is so much crossover in our lifestyles and grain-free baking is something of an art form. When you see someone with great skills and solid recipes, you know you have a good basis for adapting the recipes to fit your own needs. Kelly was more than happy to allow me to adapt her recipe for my low carb sweeteners, so I quickly settled on her Grab-n-Go Pancake Muffins. I live a busy life, you live a busy life, we all need easy recipes, right?
Cook’s Notes: Word to the wise, these muffins are not meant to be sweet muffins. They are like pancake batter baked in muffin tins and as such, are delicious spread with butter. You could up the sweetness easily to suit your own tastes. I did change one other little item, simply out of sheer laziness, and that was to stir some of the berries right into the batter in the blender. I simply didn’t want to dirty another dish by transferring the batter to another bowl to stir in the berries. I held some of the berries back to press a few into the top of each muffin so they’d look berry bountiful. I think these were a definite win. And a ridiculously easy grain-free recipe, making the world of grain-free a little easier for all of us!