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Prep time – 40mins

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Cooking time – 35mins

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Serves – 12

Dairy Free
Ketogenic Diet
Gluten Free
Shellfish
Soy Free
Ingredients Qty Protein Fat CHO
Oranges, medium – 2 400g 4 0 38
Eggs (60g) – 4 4 28 24 2
Almond meal – 2 cups 200g 42 100 18
Erythritol – 1/2 cup 100g 0 0 0
Bicarb of soda (bicarb) – 1 teaspoon 1 tsp 0 0 0
Walnut halves – 12 25g 4 16 1.5
Butter to grease tray
Total per serve 7g 12g 5g

Serves – 12
per Serve – 150 cal   /   640 kJ

Increase the erythritol to 3/4 cup if you are looking to satisfy a very sweet tooth, otherwise, the recipe has a nice balance of bitter orange and sweet – perfect with lashings of butter!

Making the Orange Puree
Making the day before is a good option. On the day is fine too – just allow enough time for oranges to cool.

  • Use organic oranges if you can find them to avoid chemical residue in the peel.
  • Place oranges in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until oranges are soft when pierced with a knife.
  • Drain and leave to cool then cut oranges in half and remove any seeds.
  • Once cool, add to a blender or food processor and process until oranges are a smooth puree.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to make muffins or use straight away.
  • Tip: if you have more than 400g of puree freeze the extra for next time.

Making the Muffins

  • Grease a 12 hole muffin tray with butter, or line with paper cups.
  • Preheat the oven the 180 degrees c.
  • Beat the eggs then mix in the orange puree.
  • Combine the almond meal *, baking soda and erythritol, then add to the eggs and fold through.
  • Spoon into the muffin tray or paper cups and top with the walnut halves.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Serve hot with butter. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

* Almond meal can be made at home if you have a blender or grinder. I prefer to make my own as I can be sure it is fresh, and it is cheaper too.
1 cup of almonds will make about 1 and 1/4 cups of almond meal.

Difference between almond flour and almond meal
Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds to a meal (without the skin). Almond meal is ground raw almonds (with the skin). Almond flour is lower in fibre than an almond meal and gives a lighter product with baking. But either can be used. Beware of store-bought almond flour that has gone rancid (the smell is a give away).