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Lemon Coconut Blueberry Macadamia Nut Muffins (Dairy, Sugar, Grain, and Gluten-Free)

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These lemon coconut blueberry macadamia nut muffins came about when I needed something sweet and dessert-like to fill a craving one day. These muffins are full of flavor and each blueberry is a little burst of sweetness. There is no added sugar in this recipe, only the natural sweetness that is present in the coconut cream concentrate and the blueberries. Slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside make these a delicious sweet treat that won’t derail whatever style of eating you’re following!

As many of you know, I embarked on a healing journey back on August 1st to help with thyroid and adrenal fatigue issues, as well as to hopefully lose weight and get my body into better shape, both physically and emotionally. Things have been very easy, yet at the same time, things have been super hard. One of the hardest things for me is giving up sweet treats. As part of my healing, I eliminated all grains, gluten, dairy, legumes, and sugar (even stevia) from my diet, starting August 1st. I also started cutting back on my carbohydrates, because my carb intake had gotten out of control and I knew it was greatly affecting me (and not in a good way). These muffins evolved from a need to fill that void left by the reduction of carbs and sweets. For those of you who do count carbs, according to my calculation, these will contain around 7 grams of carbs per muffin. Now, that will depend on the size of the muffin tins that you use, so if you’re concerned, you could do the calculations based on what your ingredients say. Rough counts are all I really care about.

I can’t take full credit for the muffin base of this recipe. I was inspired by my friend Patty’s recipe for her coconut butter sandwich bread. I have made countless loaves of this bread and one day I thought that I wanted to try something different. I started looking through my available ingredients and lemons, blueberries, and macadamia nuts all jumped out at me. Patty is the author of the Loving Our Guts blog and if you haven’t tried her bread recipe yet, I strongly encourage you to! It’s amazing!

Quick note about “coconut cream concentrate” and “coconut butter”, since I get asked this all the time.

Whenever I refer to those two terms in my recipes, it means the product that is super finely ground coconut meat, which has a consistency similar to a nut butter. It’s not referring to coconut milk or coconut cream (the liquid beverage-type products), and it’s not referring to those vegan “butters” that often use coconut oil in them.

You cannot substitute dairy butter for coconut butter, nor can you substitute coconut oil for coconut butter.

Please read this post where I discuss all the differences between coconut products in an effort to clear up the confusion that is circulating around the Web.

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In addition, my affiliate partner, Tropical Traditions, is where I get all of my coconut products from and if you make a purchase from them through any of my links, you will receive a free copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil book, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.


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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food nut, coconut everything enthusiast, avid reader and researcher, blossoming yogi, and animal lover. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

12 comments

  1. These recipes just look amazing! Especially can’t wait to try the pumpkin custard. Love the especially autumnal feel of lots of these.
    Thanks for including me!

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    Lulastic
    Posted 10/17/12

    • Is there a substitute for the coconut cream concentrate? Such as almond butter or butter from grass fed cows? Thank you. These look delicious!

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      Brenda
      Posted 10/17/12

      • Hi Brenda – Thanks for stopping by. Nut butter or regular butter won’t work for these muffins, because the coconut cream concentrate (also called coconut butter) is what gives it the bread-like consistency. It is essentially the flour for the recipe and what holds it all together. Coconut butter is pure, ground up coconut meat, which is what allows this to be a flour-free recipe. Hope that helps! :)

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        Jessica
        Posted 10/17/12

  2. Yum. These look delicious! I’m definitely saving this recipe for future use. Thanks!

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    Amy @ Anktangle
    Posted 10/19/12

    • Thanks Amy! They are SUPER tasty! I hope you enjoy!

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      Jessica
      Posted 10/20/12

  3. These look absolutely wonderful. I’m going to make them tomorrow. I make my own coconut cream in my Vitamix. It only takes about 60 seconds and saves a lot of money since the jars are so expensive.
    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    Deborah
    Posted 12/01/12

  4. Hi there!

    Coconut butter turns into coconut oil when melted, does this mean I should use 1.25 cups of oil for this recipe?

    Thanks!

    Lina

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    Lina
    Posted 07/18/13

    • Hi Lina – I think you must be thinking of a different product, perhaps a coconut oil spread that is used as a butter replacement? Like Earth Balance? Coconut butter and coconut oil are two totally different products. Coconut butter is made from ground up coconut meat and it is high in fiber (it has a consistency like other nut butters). The coconut butter is used as the flour in this recipe. If you notice, there are not other flours used. Using coconut oil in place of the coconut butter will not work and will leave you with a bowl full of oil. The coconut butter is a required ingredient. You can typically find it at your health food store with the nut butters, or online. Hope that helps! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 07/18/13

      • OO I see now!! Thank you!

        Is it possible to substitute with Coconut flour? Or anything else?

        thanks!

        Lina

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        Lina
        Posted 07/20/13

        • I’ve never made them with anything other than the coconut butter, so I can’t say one way or the other! Sorry! :(

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          Jessica
          Posted 07/20/13

  5. These look and sound yummy! I am trying to be low carb and avoid the other nuts higher in omega 6. It’s killing my hubby that I’ve pretty much stopped baking so maybe this will work for the both of us. :)

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    Sybil
    Posted 03/09/14

    • Hi Sybil – I developed this recipe when I was in my super low carb phase. I really hope you enjoy — I find them very satisfying! :)

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 03/09/14

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