In the last week, despite the icy temps and snow on the ground our girls are laying out the Whazoo!!. That is, of course, because the daylight is increasing. It's time to do some baking, I have got a great recipe at the end of this post for Gluten Free Cupcakes and Muffins that calls for 15 eggs!!! Super Nutritious!
So, when we collected the eggs yesterday... THIS was in the nesting box...
Where or where doth thou cometh?
This is such a tiny little Mystery Egg the kids were squealing with joy! Keep in mind, all of our hens are full grown. There are no pullets!
Fun times on the homestead... Perfect opportunity for a homeschool research project!
Speaking of chickens, does this sight bring y'all as much joy as it does me?
When we have an over-abundance of eggs I like to make quiche, egg salads, and these muffins. They can also be made into cupcakes. I will give the BASIC recipe, and then I will list all the wonderful variations one can use to make all sorts of types and flavors.
15 Eggs (beaten)
3 cups Applesauce
1 3/4 cups Coconut Flour
3 tsp Baking Soda
3 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup Butter (melted)
3/4 to 1 cup real Maple Syrup
Mix all ingredients together and let stand 5 minutes.
Pour into muffin tins lined with muffin liners
Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 16 minutes
Note: These muffins are very moist, for something less moist, add a dash more of Coconut Flour, or a few TBS of Arrowroot powder
These muffins are seriously SO easy and forgiving. You can truly have creative freedom with the basic recipe!
Instead of applesauce, you can use any fruit sauce, and even pureed butternut squash or sweet potatoes (my personal favorite.)
For Banana Nut Muffins, use banana puree, and add walnuts and chocolate chips to your hearts content.
For Chocolate Cupcakes add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and cut the coconut flour to just 1 1/2 cups, instead of 1 3/4 cups
for Blueberry Muffins, use the basic recipe but add in 1+ cup frozen blueberries, and add a little dash of extra Coconut flour.
Try adding nuts and topping with Ganache, or use Nut Butter in place of applesauce
You can also use coconut oil in place of butter if that's how you roll
I'm not kidding, as long as you have the core ingredients, these turn out good every time!
I even use this same recipe to make triple layer Chocolate Cake! Follow the directions for chocolate cupcakes but bake in three round cake pans, keep an eye on the time, they might take a just a wee bit longer than for cupcakes. Once cooled you can ice them with your favorite icing recipe.
What I love about these muffins is that they are quite healthy and the whole family can enjoy them without feeling sick or guilty afterwards.