Paleo Real Muffins

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This is The Most Perfect Muffins Recipe EVER! You can’t tell it’s made from Zero Grains! I got so excited after making these that I decided to taste-test them on some non-Paleo friends and got a great reception from them. Two of them asked for the recipe (doing a little dance now).

Of course, there’s a secret ingredient to the recipe that makes the muffins so much fluffier and more like wheat-based muffins.

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The ingredients are pretty simple: almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, ghee, eggs, honey, chocolate chips, and … the secret ingredient…a little bit of whey protein powder. If you’re concerned that whey protein is not Paleo or Primal or good for you, then I’d suggest you read Mark Sisson’s article on this…in fact Mark even sells whey protein powder! So, unless you’re super lactose intolerant, there’s no harm to adding this ingredient to your baking arsenal.

Paleo Muffins

I also want to thank Carolyn Ketchum (from All Day I Dream About Food) for first introducing me to the possibilities of baking with whey protein powder, and in fact, this muffin recipe is based on her almond crusted butter cake recipe.

This recipe makes exactly 12 muffins using this silicone muffin pan. Let me know if you love this recipe as much as I do!

Paleo Muffins

Paleo Muffins

Paleo Real Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Paleo Real Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup whey protein powder (chocolate or vanilla flavored or unflavored)
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup ghee, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together (you don't need a whisk) except for the chocolate chips.
  3. Add in the chocolate chips to the mixture last.
  4. Place into a muffin pan (makes 12 muffins).
  5. Bake in oven for 35 minutes.
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Comments

      • says

        Whey is the protein from milk. Unfortunately, there’s not to replace it with, but you can just omit it. The muffins won’t be as fluffy.

        • LeeAnn says

          Would a quality source of gelatin work for added protein? I’m not opposed to whey, just don’t have any on hand and I’m wondering how gelatin would work in it.

          • says

            Great idea LeeAnn – I’ve seen gelatin used in baking before, but I’m just not sure how it’d affect the texture in this case (and the texture might be different when the muffins are hot vs when they cool down). Please let me know if you try it out, and I’ll try to experiment with it soon too.

  1. Terri says

    Have you tried this recipe with coconut flour? Just wondering if I could use coconut instead of almond flour. Thanks!

    • says

      Terri, I haven’t tried it with coconut flour. It would probably work, but you would have to add in more eggs as coconut flour can be really dry and crumbly without extra eggs. Please let me know if you try it!

      • Terri says

        I made a half batch, replacing 1/4 cup almond flour with coconut flour. I used three eggs. I used 3/4 cup homegrown blueberries instead of chocolate chips. The rest of the recipe was the same as yours. Excellent! My husband and I think these are the best muffins we’ve made so far. Thanks, Louise!!

        In case anyone’s wondering about the coconut flour, I bought a bag of it and keep trying to use it in different recipes. It has such a distinctive taste, so I keep trying to mask it. I also made crackers with it: 2 eggs, 2 T butter, 1/3 c. coconut flour, 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese. Still didn’t love them. Next time I’m going to try one egg, 1 t. garlic powder, only half the coconut flour .

        • says

          I’m so glad both you and your husband liked them!

          Regarding coconut flour – I’ve found that mixing it with almond flour (mostly almond flour) works well.

  2. helaine delillo says

    omg…best muffins ever!! Thanks so much for sharing…I am brand new to this paleo life style…just trying to learn as much as I can…I want to be able to eat and not gain weight and I hope paleo is the way to go.Any advice to a new “paleo”?

    • says

      Hi Helaine! My best advice would be to start cooking more. It’s easy to get derailed if you eat out too much (I’ve been there!). What I love about Paleo is the community atmosphere – so definitely reach out with any questions or problems.

      • Terri says

        Check out marksdailyapple.com

        Two things really resonated with me–severely limit sugar and severely limit grains. His website is “primal” rather than “paleo.”

  3. Jenny says

    These muffins are beautiful. Just beautiful.
    However, I am super lactose-intolerant [really frustrating living in the land of dairy with access to the most incredible pastured+raw cheeses and such]! Do you think I could use another “healthy choice” protein powder, or maybe something like unsweetened applesauce?
    Great work and thank you for the grade A food porn!
    Jenny

    • says

      Thanks Jenny – the protein powder makes the muffins fluffy because they act in a similar way in baking to gluten in wheat flour. I haven’t tried making this with egg protein powder (which tastes quite different), so I’m not too sure if it would work. I believe hemp protein powder might be another option, although again I have not tried it out. You could also just omit the protein powder, although it won’t taste quite the same.

  4. Candace says

    Can’t wait to try theses out! What type of whey protein do you prefer? Any favorites? Or what did you use?

  5. Dawn says

    Yum! Just made these, but substituted one cup of almond flour for a cup of coconut flour. Was a bit nervous that I would mess up the balance, but they are delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe. :-) It was really easy.

  6. Peggy says

    Thanks for this amazing recipe. It’s easy t0 make, and the ingredients are all good for you! The resulting muffins are ridiculously delicious :-)

  7. Gina says

    What would a guide be on servings of these – can you eat one a day?!?…..or more…..they’re so yummy I can’t help myself!!

    • says

      They’re great as treats or if you have cravings, but I would try not to eat any type of Paleo dessert daily if you can. I think of them as great for transitioning to Paleo and for those tough days. It also depends on how well you digest almond flour and if you’re looking to lose weight. Some people can eat one a day and not notice anything, but other people might not experience that. Hope that helps some!

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