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I’m a huge muffin lover! In high school one of my favorite treats was a big, fat, cheesecake muffin from the local coffee shop. They were so sweet and moist, I didn’t even think about all the processed sugar and white flour.
Now that I’ve discovered my tummy loves me a lot better when I pass on the gluten, I’ve had to get a little more creative in the kitchen. You won’t find white flour and sugar in my pantry anymore. And the vegan margarine sticks and store bought white eggs have been kicked out of the fridge.
If you need to make these dairy free, you can substitute coconut oil for the butter. I have yet to find a dairy free, soy free, crud free cream cheese in the stores, but this article from Healthful Pursuit shows you how to make some using cashews. I’ve had cashew “cheesecake” before, and I was surprised at how much like real cheesecake it actually tasted. You could use it as a spread, like butter, on top of some muffin halves. However, since it’s made from nuts, it would lose the cream cheese texture if baked.
These muffins use almond flour as the base, just like my family’s breakfast staple, banana rasperry muffins. Pair it with a homemade superfood vanilla latte, and you won’t even miss the overpriced coffee shop!
Unless you're able to shell out some money for really nice, super fine almond flour, the texture of almond flour baked goods is usually much coarser than those made with wheat flour. What I like about this recipe is that the arrowroot powder makes these a little lighter. Just be sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container to keep them moist. Assuming you have any leftovers that is.
My husband really could care less about anything resembling a cake. We even had ice cream cake at our wedding. He does however love these muffins, which he told me as he stuffed two into his mouth…not both at once of course.
Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 tsps aluminum free baking powder
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- ¼ cup softened Butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 4oz cream cheese (1/2 a block)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 drop high quality lemon essential oil (optional)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 and ½ tsp arrowroot powder
- Thoroughly mix together the almond flour, arrowroot powder and baking powder. Add the maple syrup, butter, vanilla and eggs.
- Gently fold in the blueberries.
- In a separate bowl combine all of the filling ingredients and beat until smooth. These can also be mixed in a food processor.
- Spoon some of the muffin batter into a muffin tin, so that it just covers the bottom. Drop about 2 tsps of the cheesecake mixture into the batter. Cover the cream cheese with more batter, so that the muffin cup is about 2/3 full. Exact measurements aren’t really important here. Jumbo muffin tins are easier to work with here, but I just used the regular size.
- Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes, or until no longer wet looking and just starting to turn golden.
- Allow to cool before eating so that the cheesecake center firms up. Unless you just can’t resist the urge to eat one immediately, then I don’t blame you.
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Jamie blogs about how to be a good steward of your God given resources at The Herbal Spoon. She's taken herbalism and aromatherapy courses and creates her own plant based, safe for the whole family bodycare items for her etsy shop, This & That Herbal. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for real food recipes, DIY bodycare and natural health information.