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Finding Joy in Almond Flour Muffins

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Can you imagine a delicious muffin with only 10 grams of carbohydrates? That’s the kind of joy I’m finding with almond flour muffins!

I follow a diet that’s low in carbohydrates (carbs). I don’t like eating much more than 40 grams of carbohydrates at one time, simply because it makes controlling my blood glucose harder. Eating more carbohydrates means that I need to also give myself a larger insulin injection… Which I find kind of scary. Yes, I use an awesome insulin pump, but dosing insulin is always a bit unpredictable, so I like to limit my carbohydrates to keep my mealtime insulin needs on the low side. Dr. Bernstein writes about this in “The Laws of Small Numbers.” He does a great job explaining the benefits of a low carb diet for managing diabetes. He recommends a lower carb diet than what I follow. I still eat the occasionally bagel — but usually only half a bagel at a time.

I was excited to see a bag of almond flour at Costco because it has a lower carbohydrate count than regular flour. So, I bought this bag of almond flour, but then I didn’t do anything with it for awhile, because I wasn’t sure if I would like almond flour bread. I also don’t bake a lot.

Large bag of Almond Flour
Kirkland brand Almond Flour from Costco

For the Love of Muffins

I found this blueberry almond flour muffin recipe which got glowing reviews, and decided to give it a try. The only issue was that I didn’t have any blueberries left, so I substituted cranberries. I made a couple of other changes and created my very own Lemon Cranberry Almond Flour Muffins.

I really found joy in mixing the ingredients and baking these lovely muffins.

The prep and baking time weren’t too long either. Warm, out of the oven, I got delicious low-carb muffins! Perhaps these muffins could even be described as keto or paleo.

There’s no store near me that sells Almond Flour Muffins… and even if they did, I doubt they would be as delicious as these!

Guess what?

The recipe says that one serving has about 10 grams of carbohydrates. This is amazing! A regular blueberry muffin may have 40-70 grams of carbohydrates. 10 grams of carbohydrates is an ideal snack for me… And I can’t tell the difference! Some people say that the texture is different because it’s almond flour, but the texture and taste seem perfect to me! My husband says that he can tell the difference from regular flour muffins, but that it doesn’t bother him. This flour also has a good amount of fiber in it, which has its own benefits, as well!

What kind of muffins do you like? Have any recipes to share?

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