St. Patrick’s Day Flourless Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

These muffins are kinda magical. They have the power and capability to turn a beautiful mossy green on their own, which is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The green is not mold or anything bad, and does not affect the flavor or nutrient profile either. It’s purely a natural chemical reaction.

So, here’s the deal: sunflower seeds contain chlorophyll — also known as chlorogenic acid. This acid reacts with baking soda (or baking powder) once heated and cooled, and turns green. It’s a natural phenomenon, but can be startling if you don’t know it’s coming!

If you want to make these muffins during other times of year and don’t want the green color, feel free to swap the sunflower seed butter for almond or cashew butter instead. Alternatively, if you still want to use sunflower seed butter, you can reduce the amount of baking soda to 1/2 tsp and up the apple cider vinegar to 1 tsp (lemon juice works as an alternative too). This will negate the green color.

Meanwhile, catch me making this recipe on Friday, March 16 between 3-4 p.m. PST on KATU Afternoon Live! Watch the replay of my segment HERE.

Cheers and enjoy!

Inspired by this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter (I used this brand)
  • 2 eggs, preferably pasture-raised
  • 3 Tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, plus extra for greasing muffin tin
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup, or more if you want it sweeter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (make sure there’s no sugar added)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tins with a little melted butter or other fat of choice and set aside. Alternatively, you can line with parchment paper liners, if preferred.
  2. In a small dish, mix together the baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the 1/4 cup of melted butter, ghee or coconut oil, sunflower seed butter, honey, vanilla, eggs, apple cider vinegar, and coconut milk until smooth.
  4. Next, whisk the dry ingredients into the wet. Once mixed, fold in the raisins.
  5. Fill each muffin compartment with about 2-3 Tbsp of batter. Be sure not to fill any more than 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
  7. Carefully remove muffins from tin and cool on a wire rack. Muffins will turn green once cooled and will deepen in color after a couple hours.

Yields: 9-10 muffins

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St. Patrick’s Day Recap

My St. Patty's Day meal.
My St. Patty’s Day meal.

Monday, already? It always comes so quickly, doesn’t it? Well, anyway, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and St. Patrick’s Day. Did you do or make anything special to celebrate? I made corned beef with carrots, onion and cabbage, which tasted delicious. I probably hadn’t eaten corned beef since I was between the ages of 12-15. I cheated a little and bought 2 lbs worth of fresh, local corned beef at Whole Foods. It was pre-brined and had spices rubbed all over it, and just needed to be cooked. I threw it in the Crock Pot with carrots, yellow onion, green cabbage and bone broth, and let it cook for about 4.5 hours. It was perfect and much better than the corned beef I recall eating as a kid. The beef was more brown than pink after cooking, because it didn’t contain any nitrates, but it did have beet powder in the brine, which allowed for a tiny bit of pink. I served it up for us in bowls, to allow for ladel-fuls of savory broth. Specifically, here’s what I did for the recipe:

Corned beef and cabbage

  • 2 lb pre-brined fresh corned beef, preferably grass-fed
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 6-8 medium carrots, chopped into 1-inch pieces (I used orange and multicolored carrots)
  • 1 head of cabbage, quartered
  • 4 cups bone broth
  1. Place corned beef in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with carrots, onion and finally cabbage. Pour broth over everything, making sure the meat is covered by about 1-inch.
  2. Put lid on slow cooker and cook on high for about 4.5 hours.
  3. Slice meat against the grain to serve. Top with veggies and lots of broth. Watch out for loose peppercorns from the rub!

For a St. Patty’s Day treat, I whipped up the egg version of Against All Grain’s, cinnamon ‘oat’meal raisin cookies. Holy moly, these really do turn green too, especially as they sit and cool. The reaction of sunflower seed butter and baking soda causes the green to occur, in case you’re wondering. Mine turned just as green as Danielle’s (blogger of Against All Grain) did in her pictures! They almost look mossy and even look slightly blue, which may be in part from the raisins. Because of their mossy appearance, they’re definitely a Portland-appropriate cookie! We have a lot of moss here, because of rain and being in a valley.

Speaking of this recipe, I had to chuckle when I read some of the comments. One of the readers, who clearly doesn’t pay attention or read Against All Grain’s posts very often, asked how much oats are needed for the recipe because it wasn’t mentioned in the ingredients. I loved Danielle’s response, telling her that it is a grain-free site and there are no oats in the recipe! The unsweetened coconut is meant to emulate the oats. Some people are so oblivious, yet I find it entertaining…sometimes.

Danielle's pictures were so pretty, that I decided to borrow one. Mine wouldn't do the cookies as much justice! (Photo credit: Againstallgrain.com)
(Photo credit: Againstallgrain.com)

So, that was my St. Patrick’s Day. The rest of my weekend included (kind of) studying for finals, working on a final project, working at the gym, laundry and errands.