Naturally sweet, but with no sugar added, these orange coconut oat muffins are great gluten free snacks, but also perfect for breakfast or post workout! Plus they take less than 30 minutes to make!
Hi ya! Oh wow, is it really the last week of March first week of April? Indeed it is. Seems like just last week we were in New Zealand for Ironman. Take me back! Please? Okay okay, I can’t complain here, our weather has been delightful.
You know what else is delightful? Gluten free snacks like muffins. I JUST LOVE BAKING MUFFINS! ALL KINDS! How’s that for excitement?
But here’s the thing, my husband (aka the Kiwi) is not in full on training mode at the moment, which I think is good. The body definitely needs to rest after so many years of endurance training. Ya know? That being said, I’m still playing sherpa in the kitchen, just scaling back on a few things… ahem.. like added sugars. EEK! Say it ain’t so!
Yes, it’s true. At least for the time being. Scaling back on sugar can also help the body recover faster. Don’t get me wrong, you definitely need that glucose when you are in training, but when the body is actively resting, it’s great to shift focus away from ADDED sugar and focus more on healthy fats, fiber, and nutrient dense foods. Which is why I chose to use fresh orange juice, shredded coconut, and coconut milk in this recipe. These ingredients are rich in vitamins, naturally sweet, and the coconut milk is a perfect “healthy fat” addition.
Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. These muffins can really be used for any meal or snack and for ANYONE, training or not. But when the kiwi (or any friend/family) is in training, any training, I will add in at least 1/3 cup of honey or brown sugar. Shhh… don’t tell them my sugar secret. Besides, it’s for their own good, like restoring your glycogen good!
So you see, you can tailor this recipe to your current FITNESS needs. That’s the beauty of it! Taste great either way. Plus, it’s one of my favorite gluten free snacks.
Have a wonderful Meatless Monday friends. Hope the day is as bright as these muffins! Sorry, Corny Cotter moment.
What’s your favorite way to naturally sweeten baked goods?
p.s. You might want to add these to your Easter brunch. Total Crowd pleaser.. just sayin.