Well, it appears as if my camera issues are beyond my expertise. Really irritating. I’ve cleaned it, oiled it, and fiddled with all of the doo dads…and it still won’t take pictures. I’ve fixed it twice in the past, but I guess the inevitable has finally happened. I will have to pay someone a ridiculous amount of money to take my camera for a ridiculous period of time to get it back into shape. So until my camera is returned to me, I will have to live (and so will you) with pictures from my iPhone.
Now that we’ve all come to grips with that…
I’ll give you yet another reason why I love New Hampshire. It is full of quaint beautiful towns, as you’ve seen in my previous posts. And with quaint beautiful towns, come really interesting local and neighboring state goodies. The shops are full of locally made crafts, jewelry, homemade jams and jellies, maple syrup, goat’s milk caramel, local milk, eggs, cheese, and cream, furniture, hand-made soaps, lotions, candles, pottery, quilts, scarves…I could go on and on. I love that I can support my local community as well as the neighboring New England states when I shop. New England takes pride in its communities. You can see that by how beautifully the towns are maintained and decorated, by the genuine kindness of the people that inhabit them, and by the support that is given to local craftsmen, jewelers, and other crafting gurus.
While my mom and son were here visiting and we were out exploring, they wanted to check out a cheese shop in Brattleboro, Vermont. Something I don’t get all that excited about, because of course, if I ate the amount of cheese they consumed while perusing the cheese shop, I wouldn’t want to get out of bed for at least the following three days. But, as with most of the quaint shops in New England, there were plenty of other goodies for me to see.
This little 7 ounce jar of Wild Maine Blueberries (touted The Caviar of Maine), has added its delectable flavor to our pancakes and the muffins I made this morning. It went a long way. It’s just beautiful, little blueberries in white grape juice. Nothing freaky added and no artificial sweeteners. Yum!
I’m on a buckwheat and coconut oil kick. Have you done your research on both? The benefits of coconut oil are particularly amazing to me. If you haven’t already watched this video on the benefits of coconut oil for Alzheimer’s disease, please do so. It will leave you in awe. Truly amazing.
According to organicfacts.net, coconut oil has all kinds of benefits. “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.” Crazy, huh? And so simple to add to your diet.
Did you know that buckwheat is a fruit seed? It’s related to rhubarb and sorrel. That of course, makes it gluten-free and a fantastic substitute if you and certain grains don’t get along. Not only can you bake with it, but you can eat it as a porridge as well. Something I wasn’t aware of until I researched the benefits.
(buckwheat seed photo courtesy of smallbites.andybellatti.com)
But there are also some other very interesting benefits of buckwheat. It’s high in manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc. It also contains all 8 essential amino acids. It’s high in fiber and studies have shown that it slows down the rate of glucose absorption making it a healthy choice for people with diabetes and blood sugar issues. It has been shown to have significant cardiovascular benefits for post menopausal women, it helps prevent gall stones, breast cancer, and when you combine the whole “grain” benefits of buckwheat and fish oil, it’s been shown to be highly protective against childhood asthma.
When everyone decided that carbs and fats were bad for us and mass quantities of protein or even just living off of vegetables and raw foods were good, we didn’t take into consideration the benefits of certain grains and seeds and fats that would be missing from our diets. Carbs and many fats are not bad for you, in fact, according to the information above, they can be very beneficial.
Combine the benefits of buckwheat, coconut oil, a little protein, the benefits of banana (vitamin A, iron, phosphorous, potassium, high fiber), the benefits of blueberries (high in fiber, the highest in any fruit in antioxidants, and 1/4 of your daily need of vitamin C), and you have a pretty tasty and pretty healthy muffin. You could probably even replace the brown sugar with a grated apple or applesauce.
Wild Blueberry Banana Buckwheat Muffins
Preheat convection oven to 350°
3 organic free range eggs
2 overripe organic bananas
3 Tablespoons wild blueberries
1 Cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 Cup organic coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1 1/2 Cups Mama’s All Purpose Almond Flour
1/2 Cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Lightly mash the bananas ( I like mine chunky) in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and blueberries.
In another bowl add the flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Whisk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold with a spatula carefully until fully combined.
Fill muffin papers almost to the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
John is a huge buckwheat fan so I will be making these for him PLUS I had forgotton about coconut oil, I used to pop it in everything.. now I AM off to make the muffins though I will have to replace the almond flour as ridiculously almonds make my throat swell.. how boring is that?! Thank you for reminding me about the coconut oil!! c
Those look great! I’ll make them this weekend.
Sorry about the camera issues but I’m glad that you’re in a recipe groove again.
Yikes! I don’t want your throat to swell. That would be really scary. 😦 Hope you enjoy the muffins!
As you know.. allergies are Very disappointing .. I feel i should be able to eat whatever i like!! c
I’ve gotten off track, diet and otherwise, over the holidays. Thanks for reminding me of the benefits of some of my favorite ingredients. I commit to restocking the pantry with all good things starting today! And did I ever happen to mention that I am seethingly envious of you up in NH? Seething.
Nevertheless, I did nominate you for a Blog award. There’s a long winded post about it on my site. 🙂
Nice! Thank you for nominating me! I’m trying to get caught up on blog emails, posts, etc. this weekend. I will admit, New Hampshire is AWESOME for so many reasons. Not to rub it in or anything. 😉
I just baked up a batch of these…with a couple changes. I didn’t have enough coconut oil so I substituted butter, didn’t have almond flour but have my own mix of AP gluten free flour and used frozen blueberries. They just came out of the oven and am waiting to dive in! Thanks for the great recipe! Thanks also for sharing your journey to NH. I love New England!
You are very welcome and I hope you loved the muffins! 🙂
They are wonderful! My 13 month old daughter loves them too!
Those bad boys look tasty!
Despite being so good for you, these muffins look tasty, April. 🙂
Maine caviar … Who knew? You’ve got quite an exciting year ahead, discovering new shops and places surrounding your new home. What fun!
What a great recipe and I would love to make these. I’ll just have to rush out and buy some coconut oil and some buckwheat flower first. So sorry to hear about your camera woes. xx
Nothing makes me more excited than scrolling through a recipe’s ingredients and thinking “I’ve got that.. and that..”. And it’s great that most of these ingredients are so good for us too! April, it sounds like the perfect place for a food blogger to live!! Just look at those blueberries!! Adorable! xx
Mmmm I need to eat this muffin soon 😀
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