Wednesday, December 29, 2010

COCONUT-BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH PECAN CRUMBLE TOPPING -- AND A GIVEAWAY

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My New Year’s resolution:  to eat more healthfully and exercise more.  Instead of cookies or cake for dessert, it’s muffins for me.  Especially these.  Made with extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil, coconut  and whole wheat pastry flours and antioxidant-rich blueberries, these are not only good for you, they’re delicious to boot!  I buy Bob's Red Mill Organic High Fiber Coconut Flour, available in most grocery stores, and keep it in the freezer with my other whole-grain flours. 
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Made from the meat of coconuts after the milk has been removed, coconut flour is loaded with nutrients that offer numerous health benefits.   It’s gluten free, and doesn’t trigger an inflammatory response within the body.  Containing almost double the amount of fiber found in wheat bran and as much protein as wheat, coconut flour helps to reduce cholesterol and prevent heart disease and diabetes. 

I guarantee that this will be one of the best blueberry muffins you have ever eaten.  Moist, light and tender with an outstanding flavor, this muffin is very satisfying because of the high fiber content.  And to encourage you to make these, Bob’s Red Mill will send a one-lb. package of their organic high-fiber coconut flour  and a 24-oz. package of their whole wheat pastry flour to three of my US/Canadian readers.   My apologies to readers who live outside the US and Canada.

To be entered into this giveaway, do the following:

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:  Follow this blog.  Leave a comment saying that you follow.  (If you already are a follower, leave a comment saying that.)

OPTIONAL EXTRA ENTRIES: 
1. Follow my other blog, The Bear Cupboard.  Leave a separate comment saying that you follow.
2. Follow me on TWITTER.  Leave a separate comment saying that you follow.
3. Follow me on FACEBOOK.  Leave a separate comment saying that you follow.

Remember, you must leave separate comments if you want each one to count as an entry.
Deadline for entries is Friday, January 7.

Oh, and here's the recipe --

Coconut –Blueberry Muffins with Pecan Crumble Topping
Source:  Judy’s Kitchen
Rating:  9.5 out of 10

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COCONUT-BLUEBERRY MUFFINS: 
1/4 cup organic extra-virgin coconut oil
2/3 cup sugar ((or sugar substitute)
1 large egg
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, divided use

PECAN CRUMBLE TOPPING:
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 425F.  Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray, or line with paper cups.  In large bowl, whisk together oil and sugar.  Add egg, milk and vanilla and whisk till smooth.

In small bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in 3/4 cup blueberries, then fold this mixture into the wet ingredients.  Do not over mix.  Spoon batter into prepared pan, using about 1/4 cup batter for each muffin.  Press remaining blueberries onto tops of muffins, pushing in slightly.

In small bowl, combine topping ingredients with fork or fingers.  Sprinkle over muffin tops.
Place muffins in oven.   Reduce heat to 350F.  Bake about 20 minutes, or till a wooden pick inserted in center of muffins returns with just a few crumbs.  Cool in pans 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.  Yield:  12 standard-size muffins

27 comments:

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

i follow your blog!! love it!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

i follow you on twitter

BrookiesCloset said...

That recipe looks to yummy! I follow you on Facebook and this blog. I'll have to go check out your other blog. I didn't know you had another one! I'll see you over there!

Hanaâ said...

Judy, these blueberry streusel muffins looks delicious. The fact that they're healthy/ier, is an extra plus!
I'm now a follower of your blog.

Hanaâ said...

I'm also following you on Twitter :o)

Hanaâ said...

I'm already a follower via Facebook. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. Happy New Year to you!!

MelindaRD said...

I'm a follower Judy!

MelindaRD said...

Now I am following your other blog.

Toystory said...

Following on GFC
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Sassy Chef said...

Oh I love those muffins! Yum! You already too my foodie heart! :)
Will visit again soon!

TZel said...

I am your follower as bridgestranslation. Thank you!

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bella (roz) said...

Judy, sorry that I haven't stopped by lately, but I've been posting only randomly due to dealing with my father's failing health. Thank you for a delightfully healthy recipe . . . I am so on board with you on the better eating and exercise focus. My son wants me to start incorporating more of this theme with my progress (or lack of it) on weekly posts. I wish you a most beautiful new year and hope that you are staying warm up in NC....it sure has been cold down here in SC! Roz

faithy, the baker said...

These look so light and wonderful! Yummy! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments! :D And you have a fab blog!

kthy said...

Love the way you comment on your efforts and give us a refreshing and delightful blog!!!

Sharon said...

I'm a new follower. The blueberry muffin recipe has been saved! They look delicious!

Sharon said...

I am following you on twitter @rusthawk.

Sharon said...

I've sent a request to join your facebook page.

Sharon said...

I am following your other blog and now I am craving a Reuben! :)

Kerstin said...

I follow your blog, of course, and would love to try their coconut flour :) The muffins look super addicting too!

Food Junkie said...

i follow

Suzanne said...

Judy these muffins look heavenly,I adore blueberries and coconut. I've not seen coconut flour before sounds interesting. I already follow you on FB!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I follow your blog! And would love to win!! :)

John W said...

Me and my belly follow your blog. Thanks

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

Domestic Diva said...

I follow TBC on gfc