Paleo Banana Goji Muffins

~delicious~

Quite possibly the BEST muffins I have ever made!  I am really starting to fall in love with my new Convection oven.  It’s either the oven or it was just a good day for baking.  Either way, I think in another life I would definitely cash in on my love for baking.

I added Goji berries to these muffins; one because they are super tasty, and two, because they are a widely used Chinese herb.  Otherwise known as wolfberry, lycium fruit or  Gou Qi Zi (Chinese pinyin), these berries are good for Liver health (in Chinese medicine speak).

Without getting into it too much, Gou qi zi helps to improve vision and eye health (the eyes are strongly correlated to your Liver).  In addition they nourish the kidneys (responsible in both Western & Eastern medicine as your source of energy – otherwise known as the adrenals), nourish blood and are very moistening in nature.  To break it down even further, these tasty little berries treat blurred vision (something I definitely need help with after 3 years of graduate school), anemia, dizziness, sore back and painful knees as well as cough.  In addition, they have been useful in managing Diabetes.

Hard to imagine such a sweet, small thing packs such a nutritional and therapeutic punch… but believe it!  There is such thing as something that tastes good and is good for you at the same time!

The goods:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 organic, farm fresh large eggs
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup goji berries (re-hydrated)
  • 3 packets stevia

How to:

Preheat your oven to 350˚.

Mix all your dry ingredients (including the stevia) together in a larger bowl.  Beat your eggs and grapeseed oil in a smaller bowl.  Add this mixture to the dry mixture, mix together.  In your smaller bowl smash your bananas then fold into your batter.  Finally fold in your goji berries (pressed free of excess H2O).  Place in oiled muffins tins.

Bake for 20-22 minutes (keep in mind I’m using a convention oven, so your time will be up to 10 minutes longer in a regular oven).

Makes 6 good size muffins, eat just out of the oven with a pad of Organic butter!  Enjoy & let me know what you think!

~Erin

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About Erin

Erin lives in Ketchum, Id. She is a practicing Acupuncturist and Kettlebell Trainer in the Wood River Valley. She graduated from Acupuncture and Oriental Medical School in the Fall of 2011 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. She now has a growing and busy business that offers services to both Hailey and Ketchum. Erin has created a practice where she treats, educates and cares for people with a variety of modalities which include Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Lifestyle coaching, diet and nutrition education, and exercise. Among these, is this blog which is just one platform Erin uses to help her clients learn how to eat healthy, cook and bake with as much ease as possible to create a balanced lifestyle that you can adopt easily and effortlessly. Changing your lifestyle and diet is never an easy thing to do, and Erin's hope is that this makes it that much easier. If you'd like more information about Erin and her practice please check out her website: www.myessentialhealing.com A note from Erin: Over the past few years I have changed my diet pretty dramatically and no longer eat grains & very little sugar due to chronic eczema; this blog is about how to cook and bake without wheat, gluten, rice or other grains and still get what you want out of the food you are eating. It is different, & it is tricky, but it is also possible and I've found some tricks to satisfy even the most carb loving baker without the extra sugar and gluten that some of us just can't eat; and I'm looking forward to sharing more recipes with you as I experiment along. View all posts by Erin

6 responses to “Paleo Banana Goji Muffins

  • andreaperuzzi

    Oh I gotta try these! Can’t find stevia in Taipei- what do you suggest I sub?

    • Erin

      Hey lady! I hope you are having an amazing trip!! I think you could probably use honey, agave, maple syrup or even molasses. Try it with only 2 eggs and 1/4 to 1/3 cup sweetener of your choice!

  • Debbie

    I just made these muffins this morning for 5 of us. Substituted stevia with molasses and whole family loved them. Both kids do crossfit and daughter is competing in crossfit games so will be making them for the weekend of competition too. Thanks Erin for the great recipe!!!!

  • Amy B.

    Oh yum, I am making these now. I subbed stevia glycerite for the packets and used coconut oil. I also added a little cinnamon and some unsweetened coconut as well as little cubes of fresh pineapple that needed to be used up. They smell absolutely amazing but since I am taking them in for Satya’s nutrition midterm tomorrow, I will have to wait to taste them. Oh the cruelty of it all! I will let you know how they go over with the class 🙂

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