Rich dark chocolate with a hint of lavender make these paleo muffins a decadent dessert or Valentine's snack.
It's Valentine's Day. I hate Valentine's Day. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't have a heart of ice (hey Frozen reference). Or a black heart. I LOVE love. It's Valentines Day itself I'm not a fan of. For a multitude of reasons.
In my 35 years, I've been sent flowers once. This is okay, as the expense of February flowers is a little crazy, and the one year I did get flowers from a boyfriend (away at work), it was a complete surprise. Although there were many less than awesome things about how we broke up, he currently holds the title as the best V-day BF for surprising me like that. But the cost of flowers in February becomes excessive, which means when I get the urge to buy myself flowers, they are more expensive. Boo. That is strike one V-day.
If you look deep into the origins of Valentines Day, well, not that deep… It started as a pagan fertility ritual and evolved into romantic notions and Christian martyrs. Paper valentines and candies correlate to love? And fertility? And sacrifice? Strike two for not making sense to celebrate V-day.
Think sending a card, buying some chocolate, or candies one day of the year can make up for 360 days of neglect in a relationship? Wrong. (The math on that is 365 days a year, minus a day of appreciation for: V-day, birthday, anniversary, Christmas, and an extra day thrown in). Maybe my heart is a little black, around the edges, like lace trim. I think if you love someone, you should show them every day, or at least once a week, not just save it up for a special occasion. Life is too short. Show the love. Every damn day, show love.
This isn't some sad single girl story. Like I said I LOVE love. I have heaps of friends and family that love me and I reciprocate. Every day, not just on Feb. 14th. And I have had some amazing V-days over the years! I had a girl gym date and then my gym buddy made me dinner. Best. Gym. Buddy. Ever. I have had Girl dates for dinner, fun-filled v-days working, random adventures, singles parties, and cozy nights in. One year I got a card with $20 and instructions to “buy myself something nice.” But I'm just not sold on the idea of it all. Like I said:
“Every damn day, show love.”
In fact, if I could have left the love posting to Raj with his bacon roses, I would have. But I joined a kick ass muffin exchange. These Paleo Chocolate Lavender Muffins were born out of muffin love, not Valentine's love. I do love sending real mail, so this exchange was right up my alley. 6 paleo home-bakes muffins sent with #cavemanmuffinlove all over North America. I had to make something fun! I picked up this culinary lavender at the farmers market, and was just waiting for the exact right time to use it. Actually, I had forgotten it was in my cupboard, until I pulled the baking stuff out to find ingredients for other baking I was doing. I love baking. See… I love love.
This year I rented a hotel room, to just chill in all by myself and will spend the day with my Bestie and her 2 small girls (3 years and a fresh 3 weeks). We will get tea, (I love tea), and shop for leggings, (I love leggings). I am totally loved, and have heaps of friends and family that care. But there won't be much romance, unless you count my self romance, but that's a story for another time and place.
Paleo Chocolate Lavender Muffins. Rich dark chocolate with a hint of lavender make this fluffy grain free muffin a new love for breakfast, snack or a sweet treat.
- 1 tbsp culinary lavender
- 6oz 85% coca chocolate bar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup chestnut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Pre heat oven to 375F.
- Grind the lavender and chocolate bar-set aside.
- Combine dry ingredients, cocoa powder, chestnut flour baking soda and salt, and set aside.
- Blend: coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla and applesauce.
- Add lavender and chocolate, and mix well.
- Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until smooth. I used a food processor, but a hand mixer would work just fine.
- Scoop into a lined muffin pan or silicone muffin pan.
- Bake for 18-20 min, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- cool and serve!