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Last night I watched Julie and Julia for probably the 10th time :-) So, of course, after I watched it, I had to eat two poached eggs. "How can something as simple as a poached egg be so perfect?" I wondered. Then I drooled over this muffin by La Tartine Gourmande and all of the photos and recipes on La Tartine Gourmande. If you haven't been to this site yet, you're in for a treat. So beautiful.
This morning I made the muffins, and they were sensational. Seeing that the recipe made only about 8 muffins, I decided to double it for my family of four. However, when I looked at the amount of sugar and oil that doubling the recipe would need, I made some changes. Here is what I did:
I doubled the recipe but in place of white sugar I used 1/2 cup coconut sugar (which is low glycemic index and unrefined) and I added 1/4 tsp vanilla liquid stevia. (So I used half the amount of sugar the recipe called for.) I also added 1 tsp cinnamon. Rather than double the oil (I used coconut oil, liquified) I used the single batch amount and added 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp applesauce. For the quinoa flour I ground Quinoa Flakes in my Magic Bullet (a Blendtec or coffee grinder will also work) because we prefer the milder taste of the flakes. Finally I substituted 2 cups of organic blueberries for the fruit.
They took about 18 minutes to bake in my oven.
What I love about this recipe, besides how yummy the muffins are, is that all the flours are nuts and seeds. You grind the walnuts into meal, and quinoa and buckwheat are seeds, not grains, making this is a grain-free recipe. These muffins are so healthy and easy to digest. I can't wait to make them again, and try another recipe from La Tartine Gourmande.