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Try it Tuesday - muffins

Baking is sometimes difficult. With cakes and muffins you don't want to over mix, or stir the batter too much. If you do, you end up with a tough chewy product. Or you may have tunnels in it.

A couple of tips

  • Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients all at once

  • Mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 15 to 20 light stirring

February 26, 2018 by Bethany Thomson, RDN, LDN, CLT

Prep time Cook time Total time 15 mins 22 mins 37 mins


  • 2 cups spelt flour (or try any LEAP friendly whole grain flour such as oat, kamut, barley, or spelt)

  • 4 tablespoons flaxseed meal

  • ¾ cup Sucanat (dehydrated whole cane sugar) + 2 tablespoons for topping

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 large carrots, grated (about ½ cup)

  • 1 large, tart, organic apple, cored and grated (such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady - but any apple will work)

  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or other LEAP friendly nut)

  • ½ cup dried raisins (or other LEAP friendly dried fruit)

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

  • ¾ cup olive oil (or other LEAP friendly oil

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 12 standard-size muffin cups or fill with liners.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the spelt flour, ground flaxseed, sucanat, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Add the carrots, apple, coconut, pecans, and raisins and stir until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, olive oil, and vanilla. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Do not over stir. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.

  4. Bake the muffins for about 22-24 minutes, until golden brown but still slightly undercooked in the center. Rest the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

I really like this recipe because it is easily modified for the Leap diet.

It does have quite a few ingredients and some prep work - grating the carrots and apple and mashing the bananas. The other thing you could do with apple is to cut it up into small pieces instead of grating it.

MY STORY - Is this you?

I love my family. Especially my grandchildren. They are so much fun to have around. I would get down on the floor and play with them whenever they would come over to my house.

Then afterwards, I would hurt in my muscles and joints for 3 days. Every part of my body would hurt. I didn't want the pain in my joints and muscles to interfere with playing and spending time together with my grand kids.

"I had constant and excessive diarrhea. Because of this, I could barely leave the house. Before I also had a lot of pain with my muscles and joints."

After working with Juanita, "I can now comfortably leave the house without worrying about where a bathroom is. I can also get down on the floor and play with my grandchildren."

Cindy C

Perhaps you want to enjoy playing with your children or grandchildren but you experience terrible joint, muscle pains and fatigue afterwards.

Perhaps you stay home most of the time because you never know when you are going to need the bathroom because of your IBS and constant diarrhea.


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