Red, White, Blue (& Brown) ‘Merican Muffins


JUST in time for 4th July, I lovingly share my latest gluten free, plant-based recipe 🌱 If you saw insta stories earlier today, you’d know the key ingredient within these fluffy, moist muffins is EGGPLANT (‘aubergine’ in Brit-speak)


Before you turn away in disgust (I see you!) give me a few insta secs to explain why I used this not-so-popular veggie…beyond the fact my husband detests it which creates a fire of desire to convert his disdain into admiration! Even though eggplant is a funny, slightly un-sexy-looking veggie, it’s such a wonderful veggie to include in your diet. A few key reasons: 

🍆Nasunin – a rare type of antioxidant housed within eggplant helps your body fight free radical damage.

🍆Manganese – has a profound effect on your body’s ability to form healthy bones thanks to its impact on bone mineralization and metabolism.

🍆Vitamin B6 & B1 – two vitamins vital for a healthy metabolism. Vit B6 helps create amino acids are critical for numerous bodily functions – not enough and you can experience all kinds of inflammation.

Convinced? If not, take a chance and be adventurous anyway! Make these muffins, marvel at the fact they DON’T taste like eggplant & enjoy all the healthy benefits…

Red, White, Blue (& Brown🍆) ‘Merican Muffins
Recipe type: Savoury Snacks
  • 370g steamed eggplant – drained of excess water
  • 100g dark chocolate – I used 70%
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Pre-heat oven 200C/400F
  2. Steam eggplant & place in strainer. Push to release water – you want a big ol’ lump of gooey-ness. Weigh out 370g. Place in food processor with dates & flour.
  3. Melt dark choc & coconut oil together, add to processor. Blend until everything is well combined. Stop & scrape down sides, then scoop mixture into an oiled/floured/lined muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 8 mins at 200C/400F & reduce heat to 180C/356F for another 5 mins. Remove from oven, leave to cool 15 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool further.
  5. Enjoy with/without healthy frosting
  6. Celebrate your INDEPENDENCE! 🙏🏻


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