These cinnamon muffins have been a huge help in getting Tosh to adhere to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. He's always been a cinnamon lover, and these muffins are delicious and moist but don't have an overly eggy texture. They include a separate cinnamon sugar topping that you can swirl through the batter so they come out like real cinnamon buns. You can play around with this, leaving some extra to spread on the top or filling the cups only part of the way and layering cinnamon sugar in between two batter layers.
Sure, they don't taste exactly like Cinnabon, but they also don't bloat the tummy, cause aggressive behavior or spike your blood sugar. Autism is a long game, and the momentary joy that comes from gluteny, artificially flavored foods is an easy sacrifice to make when your severely autistic, nonverbal child can function in public and in school, and starts to speak. (And yes, he is starting to speak!!!!!)
Here's the recipe, taken from my new best friend, Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Cinnamon Bun Muffins
For the muffins
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup yogurt or dairy-free milk
1/2 cup honey (I use about 1/3 cup or less and it's still plenty sweet)
For the cinnamon topping
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, ghee or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350F or 175C. Place muffin liners in your muffin tins.
Combine the coconut flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and blend well. Add the eggs, yogurt/milk and honey, and mix with a whisk or electric mixer to remove any lumps. (A whisk works fine for me.)
Fill the muffin liners about 3/4 full with batter.
In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon topping ingredients. Drip a spoonful of topping over each muffin. Use a toothpick to swirl the topping into the batter if you wish.
Bake for about 20 minutes (my oven takes 25 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Serve warm or cover and store at room temperature for a couple of days or for up to a week in the refrigerator. Lunch box friendly!
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Heather Anderson is a natural health educator, writer, blissfully happy autism mom, fintech marketer and lover of life in Southern California.
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