Don’t worry, I haven’t decided to go all paleo on you. While I know the Paleo diet has lots of benefits in that it encourages lean proteins, non-starchy veggies and fruits, I have to admit… I like dairy and oats too much.
I saw a version of this recipe on The Big Man’s World this morning and decided I felt like being creative with my Sunday brunch. The original recipe came with three different versions- paleo-free, gluten-free, and vegan. I settled on the paleo version because I didn’t have peanut flour! Other variations I made were adding raisins, using 1 egg white instead of a full egg (or 2 whites), and a handful of oats instead of the full amount of almond flour. I realized after I made these that the fact that I used oats completely goes against the Paleo principles… oops. So I guess these aren’t really Paleo. But they’re still delicious. And gluten-free!
- 1 T almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp ground flaxmeal
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1 egg white
- 1-2 T almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 T raisins
- Toppings: peanut butter, applesauce, jam, banana, honey
- In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients, followed by egg white whisked with almond milk and vanilla.
- Sprinkle in salt and raisins.
- Spray a small ramekin with cooking spray, then pour mixture into ramekin. Microwave 3 minutes or until firm. (I had to turn the muffin halfway through to make sure the bottom cooked all the way! I also used a fork to periodically stab holes in the batter so it didn’t spill over the sides of the ramekin).
- Slice in half and toast (oven or toaster) to crispness of your choice.
- Top with PB, applesauce, jam, fresh fruit or honey!
The result was not exactly as I expected, but better! After toasting in the oven for a few minutes, the english muffin was hearty, savory and a bit like a pancake! I love that you can make one serving of these when you only have one mouth to feed, and that you can really play with the ingredients based on what you’re in the mood for. I decided not to add any sweetener because I was serving it with honey, banana and the homemade applesauce I made with my friend Natalie yesterday, but you could also add a pinch of sugar or maple syrup in the batter if you wanted a sweeter muffin.
Enjoy this paleo(ish) Sunday!