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Grain-free Almond Flour Zucchini Muffins for Thyroid Nutrition

Posted on by Magdalena

An amazing recipe for thyroid nutrition that is both gluten-free and grain-free.

This recipe really pushes baking principals to their limits. There are no eggs and no grain flours, which are the two principal ingredients that hold, form and make a muffin, right? Let me show you otherwise. My friend asked me “why complicate life?”, which is a good question. The truth is: I myself don’t feel great on grain flours in baked goods, even if they are gluten free; I feel rather lethargic after eating them. I’ve also been working more with the GAPS diet which is ideal for people with seriously compromised digestive tracts. GAPS, however, does not allow grains in the healing phase. Yet, a successful transition is one when a person has many substitution options and feels abundant and not deprived. And who doesn’t like a good muffin?

The other thing I’m doing here is going away from sweet muffins to savory muffins; we get enough sugar from so many foods (even the healthy ones like dried fruit), so this is a creative way to enjoy a muffin sans sugar. A delicious and wonderful recipe for healthy thyroid nutrition.

Warning: the muffin will be dense and moist. It will also be yummy. So be prepared for a different but delightful experience.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

Makes: 12 muffins

The Ingredients

  • 3 cups almond flour/meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 small zucchinis, grated
  • a handful of black olives, pitted and chopped roughly
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 large tbsp of ground flaxseed (this is to replace eggs. If you can tolerate eggs, go ahead and use them)
  • 1 large tbsp of honey (or stevia if avoiding fructose)
  • 2 tsp dry oregano
  • 2 tsp dry tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

The Making

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F or 190C
  2. Combine flaxseed meal + warm water and let it stand for a few minutes to thicken
  3. Combine all dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder)
  4. Combine all wet ingredients; zucchini, olives, oil and honey and mix them well
  5. Mix dry, wet ingredients, herbs and flaxseed into a liquid mixture; if it’s not liquid enough, add some oil
  6. Dish out mixture to about 12 muffin cups
  7. Bake for 25-30 min or till tops are firm.

You can use eggs if you can tolerate them, GAPS also encourages them. I wanted to give you an option without the eggs as many of my clients (me included, the most difficult client of all!) are sensitive to eggs. Sans eggs, the muffins will be rather soft. They are best kept in the fridge as the coconut oil will set them firmer. If you are using eggs, the muffins will be firmer.

5 Responses to Grain-free Almond Flour Zucchini Muffins for Thyroid Nutrition

Sally says: January 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Magdelena,

Thanks for all your information – so far so good! Sadly, I seem to have missed your Xmas special as the link doesn’t work now. Are you planning any near future specials for your DIY program?

I was also wondering if there is an alternative to using flax in these recipes as I have a very negative digestive reaction to any kind of flax product, even in minuscule amounts. What else could be used to replace eggs?

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Magdalena says: January 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hi Sally,
yes, you can try these:
1 egg = 2 heaped tbsp potato starch or arrowroot powder

or
1 egg= ¾ teaspoon tapioca flour, 
¾ teaspoon potato starch and a 
pinch of baking soda

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Abi says: February 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm

YUMMY! I did use egg and substituted diced dried tomatoes for the olives. Great texture–very muffin-like while still warm.

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Sybille says: November 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Magdalena,
Thank you so much for your great site and this muffin recipe so delicous and easy to make….
Looking forward to try other of your recipes ;-))

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