When I read my fantasy/young adult/romance books, I always seems to notice the food.  I realize it’s already pretty weird that I am obsessed with these books (that are clearly intended for people younger than me – I mean they are called young adult, not full blown adult lady novels) but it’s another one of my eccentricities that I fixate on the food involved.

So when I read the Scorpio Races recently, and they talked about these sticky honey cakes I needed them in my belly asap.  My version are gluten free and they also happen to be grain free and paleo-friendly.  In my brain, the place where the book was set was quite poor, so I imagine my sort of rustic, but sweet and dense take is fitting.  I really enjoyed these.

If you are a YA reader like me (let’s be BFFs about it please) and are interested I really loved the book.  It took me a little while to get into it, but then I was sucked in and couldn’t stop reading it.  It was one of those books I decided was worth staying up until all hours of the night so I could find out what happened next!!

So, normally I would end my ramblings here, but today is a special day because it is my Mom’s birthday!! And I felt like this would be an appropriate recipe to share with her birthday wishes, because I always make her read the books I love.  And she ends up loving them too. Which rules.  So Happy Birthday Mom!!

My Mom, Me, and Gary (my stepdad) at my wedding

My Mom, Me, and Gary (my stepdad) at my wedding

Health highlight of almonds:  “Heart healthy” and “healthy fats” are terms often used when describing the health benefits of almonds.  These are both very true!  Almonds contain monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to decrease the risk for heart disease.  Studies show people who eat 5 ounces (about 1 cup) of almonds per week are reduce their risk of heart attack by 1/3.   Almonds are also a good source of magnesium, which can help people with migraines and chronic headaches because it helps relax blood vessels.  Magnesium is also a mineral that is protective of the heart and brain.  Almonds are also a very good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin, and could be helpful in digestion.  And, it was recently discovered that almonds contain 30 less calories per ounce than previously thought!!

Honey Almond Cakes (November Cakes)
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Serves: Makes 6 muffin sized cakes
 
Sweet, decadent, grain free, paleo friendly muffins. I used regular sized muffins for this, but these are super filling, so I only ate ½ at a time. If you have a mini muffin tin, this is the perfect recipe for it :)
Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
  • ¼ cup EV Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Honey (I used raw honey)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
Dry Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup Almond Flour
  • ¼ cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. In a large bowl whisk the wet ingredients together well
  3. Add the dry ingredients and whisk well, until everything is well combined
  4. Grease a muffin tin
  5. Scoop the batter evenly between 6 muffins
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until they are set to the touch, and a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Allow to cool before removing from the pan (they are very fragile when they first come out of the oven, but are totally sturdy when cooled)
Notes
Not that I think this needs to be mentioned, (because we chocolate lovers know everything is better with chocolate) but these would be fantastic with chocolate chips or cocoa nibs added to the batter.

 

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