|The end result alongside PaleOMGs wonderful Paleo cookbook: The Paleo Kitchen.|
Without further ado, lets get into this delicious recipe (taken from http://paleomg.com/chocolate-cherry-muffins/, check it out on PaleOMG!). I did add some of my own comments here and a little My Prep section:
-½ cup coconut flour
-½ cup tapioca flour
-½ cup coconut sugar
-½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-½ teaspoon baking soda
-½ teaspoon baking powder
-3 eggs, whisked (The first time through this recipe I didn't have a whisk. A fork did the trick for the most part, although this time around I grabbed a whisk from my local grocery store.)
-1 cup applesauce (I ended up making my own applesauce; I just didn't quite trust the store brand stuff to be free of extra sugar...and it was fun! I found a recipe here from the PaleoCupboard; The only change I made was leaving the peels on the apples I used.)
-½ cup melted coconut oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-½ cup dark chocolate chips
-⅔ cup sliced fresh cherries (I'm lucky enough to live in Seattle, WA where Rainier Cherries are in abundance. They aren't cheap...I had a little bit of sticker shock at the register; They are so worth it though!)
1. Whip out your cutting board, a sharp knife, and a bowl. It's time to slice some cherries! I experimented with cutting them a couple different ways. Somehow or other you have to get the pits out. At the end of the day, the hardest part was not eating the cherries as I cut them ;).
1-1/2. Preheat the oven! Make it wait for you; Not the other way around!
2. Pull out two mixing bowls; One for the dry ingredients and one for the wet ones.
3. I used one glass measuring cup for all of my (incredibly accurate I swear) measuring needs. In the future I think I'll try to acquire a half-cup measuring cup. That would probably help (and allow for easy leveling, etc). Wait, I guess I also used a teaspoon and a half-teaspoon measure for the vanilla extract, baking soda, and baking powder.)
4. Gather all the other ingredients within arms reach or so ;).
Please check out PaleOMG for the rest of the instructions! Juli from PaleOMG has been kind enough to allow me to share the ingredients lists from *her* hard work. She has asked that I omit the full instructions so that you go over and read her blog as well! She has a GREAT blog that you should check out at PaleOMG.com.
I'll add some of my notes and pictures below as well =) but for full instructions on how to make these delicious treats, please head on over to PaleOMG as well. The more knowledge we have the more power we have; Juli's blog is full of great tips and tricks. Please read both!
My additional notes (and the rest of my blogging on this chocolate cherry muffin journey):
I forgot where I read it, but I always try to preheat the oven early. That way I make the oven wait for me, not the other way around.
|Coconut Flour (Smells delicious! I keep mine in a jar in the fridge. I should probably label it eventually..).|
|Tapioca Flour (Also kept in a jar in the fridge).|
|The Coconut Sugar (Mmm...sugar. Everything in moderation ;)).|
|Cocoa Powder! This stuff smells like a chocolate factory exploded in your kitchen.|
|The baking stuff. From what I hear, you really want to try to be exact with these. I try to level off the spoon.|
|Homemade Apple Sauce! Easy..Just boil up some apples w/ a dash of natural honey and cinnamon. I enjoy leaving the peels on the apples =).|
|Organic Coconut Oil (Useful for so much! Seasoning cast iron pans, cooking steaks, you name it!)|
|Vanilla Extract (Smells like I've gone to vanilla heaven).|
|Local, free-range eggs from vegetarian feed hens. Sure; It's a little more expensive than other eggs, but think of the happy hens!|
|Mix it up!|
|Ok, so I'm not an advanced cook yet. Note the knife being used to get the mix out of the whisk. I ended up just ditching the whisk and using the knife itself to mix this stuff =).|
|The picture has gone into the past a little bit, but you can see the cut cherries and dark chocolate chunks. I couldn't resist eating two little pieces of chocolate. And maybe a cherry. Or two ;).|
|Not the prettiest looking muffins, but they were beautiful to me! Note the rice cooker paddle/spoon thing. I kept using it to form and mold the muffins in place. I ended up with 12 muffins =).|
|Oh my dishes! Knock 'em out! I try to keep a clean kitchen *as I cook*. It doesn't always work. I find that keeping your kitchen as clean as possible helps make cooking more fun (and easier)!|
|...CHOCOLATE!! AND CHERRIES! YAY!! =). Thank you PaleOMG for yet another DELICIOUS recipe!|
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks to PaleOMG again (http://paleomg.com/chocolate-cherry-muffins/) and more to come soon!
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