Saturday, August 16, 2014

Coco-Maca Raisin Muffins

I had a hard time deciding what to name there. Maca-Nut Raisin Muffins? Coco-Raisin Maca Muffins? Muffin shaped coconut raisin maca deliciousness? Eventually I settled for Coco-Maca Raisin Muffins. Still a bit long, but how else could I squeeze every aspect of yumminess into the name? I suppose I could call them C.M.R. Muffins, but nobody would know what the heck those are supposed to be, so they would either a) click the recipe to read more because they are intrigued, b) back away slowly and never return, c) run around screaming. Okay, maybe that last one was a little far fetched but you get my point. Mysterious and slightly foreboding title? Not the best way to attract people.

Now that I have discussed the name, on to the muffins themselves. Hmmm. Just thinking about them makes me want one. Coconutty with plump little raisins, and filled with nutrients from the maca powder, buckwheat flour, oatmeal, and coconut oil. Plus, there's none of that yucky oils and refined sugar and flour nonsense in muffins that you can buy in the store. These are a perfect way to start the day, or are great as a snack. I would even eat them for dessert! With a little nut butter slapped on top? Oh yeah. Move over cupcakes! There's a new small cake thing in town!

 Coco-Maca Raisin Muffins.

Coco-Maca Raisin Muffins.

Coco-Maca Raisin Muffins
-3/4 c old fashioned rolled oats
-3/4 c buckwheat flour
-3/4 c coconut sugar
-1/3 desiccated coconut + some for topping
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-2-3 tbsp maca powder
-1/3 c raisins (feel free to sub with other dried fruit of choice. Just make sure to chop it up if you are using bigger varieties, such as dried apricots)
-1/2 c melted coconut oil
-1/4 c honey
-1/4 c milk of choice 
-2 eggs
-1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
-1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with muffin cups, or grease the holes with some coconut oil (or non-stick spray/oil of choice). In a blender or food processor, grind your oats into oat flour. Then, transfer the oat flour into a bowl and mix in the buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, maca powder, and raisins. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then whisk in the honey, milk, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Once everything is combined (there may be a couple of chunks of the Greek yogurt, that's okay), pour in the melted coconut oil while whisking. Be careful not to let the coconut oil solidify. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix just until everything is combined. Try not to over mix! The batter will be pretty thick. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way with batter, then sprinkle with a little more coconut. Bake the muffins in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. 

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