By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey
These fabulously moist paleo muffins are packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries. The muffins also contain olive oil, which keeps them lovely and soft. Oranges and blueberries provide plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants, which have been shown to stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, thereby keeping the brain sharp as well as supporting immune health.
(makes 10 muffins)
50ml olive oil, plus extra for greasing
190g almond butter or cashew nut butter
80g ground almonds
50g xylitol or erythritol
Zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
90g frozen or fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4/350F/Gas 4 and grease a 10-cup muffin tray.
Put all the ingredients, except the blueberries, into a food processor and whiz to form a smooth batter. Add the blueberries and pulse very briefly or simply stir them in to prevent breaking up the blueberries too much.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through and firm to the touch. Cool in the tin.
About Christine Bailey
Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes, Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. As well as seeing clients and writing for national press, Christine runs ‘Nourish’ cookery classes including popular hands-on days for children. Christine is an inspiring nutritional chef well known for her engaging style and enthusiasm.
Christine is the author of numerous health and recipe books including ebooks on paleo eating and gluten-free recipes. Her books include her popular Supercharged Juices and Smoothies, The Juice Diet Book, The Raw Food Diet Book and Eat to Get Younger. Christine has particular specialisms in paleo diets, allergy free cooking, digestive health, coeliac disease and other autoimmune conditions, allergies, healthy ageing and weight loss.