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Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins - Moist, gluten and refined sugar free, healthy and tasty muffins recipe with fresh or frozen cherries. | ifoodreal.com

Remember 9 lbs of coconut flour in my pantry? You would think the situation would be getting better and every month I would be using more and more of it slowly diminishing my coconut flour barrel. That is not the case. More than that, I am now a hoarder of 13 lbs of coconut flour. Hence, chocolate coconut flour muffins.

There are 2 underlying reasons why:

  1. My neighbour gave me her bag of Costco’s coconut flour. She had no idea what to do with it and was going to throw out. I can’t let that happen.
  2. I use only 1/2 – 1 cup per recipe because it is highly moisture absorbing.

Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins - Moist, gluten and refined sugar free, healthy and tasty muffins recipe with fresh or frozen cherries. | ifoodreal.com

Many more years of coconut flour baking ahead for me. But that is OK because I have about 50 cups of frozen applesauce from my backyard that have to be used before new harvest this Fall. The key is to double or triple recipes at a time, I think. Less cleaning and more food.

On Tuesday I made these chocolate coconut flour muffins and spaghetti squash quiche. It was rainy – a perfect day for baking. Dripping quiche all over the oven made my smoke alarm go off. I opened the window which was a perfect cooling muffin spot. A tip if you are impatient.

Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins - Moist, gluten and refined sugar free, healthy and tasty muffins recipe with fresh or frozen cherries. | ifoodreal.com

My 9 year old got home from school and ate 3 muffins! He loved how fudgy they are. I always buy bags of frozen organic dark sweet cherries at Costco which kids polish off within a few weeks. They love to snack on frozen fruit in little ramekins. So, I thought these muffins would be a hit since they contain chocolate and cherries. AND I can hide anything behind those ingredients. Coconut flour, here you come.

I bought this bowl at Homesense and love it. It was like $8, made out of organic bamboo fiber, super light and top rack dishwasher safe. And that grey colour. I do not use plastic so this was just perfect. Just sharing my hacks.

Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins - Moist, gluten and refined sugar free, healthy and tasty muffins recipe with fresh or frozen cherries. | ifoodreal.com

To be honest, I love coconut flour for its sweetness, high fiber and protein content. It is really good for us. It is lighter than whole wheat flour. You just have to get used working with it.

Instead of traditional cocoa powder I am using cacao powder. 2 different things and you can use any but once you run out of cocoa powder, buy yourself organic fair trade cacao powder. Not only you will be consuming more antioxidants and less processed ingredient, but also eat ethically raised product where people and resources are treated fairly!

Malnourished children working to satisfy bursting at seams Westerners who LOVE their chocolate. Western world’s high demand => companies like Nestle putting pressure on cocoa bean manufacturers => child slavery => 1 in 7 obesity rate in the world => cancer. This world is so screwed up! A reason I do not buy Girl Scout cookies knocking on my door every week. Not that I am mean or think little girls are not important. My money are better off to tackle more important issues our world is facing today rather than supporting junk food production and kids’s slavery.

Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins - Moist, gluten and refined sugar free, healthy and tasty muffins recipe with fresh or frozen cherries. | ifoodreal.com

Anyways…

I added frozen cherries. No need to thaw. Cherry season is in a few months so you definitely can use fresh ones. A few readers have reported using dried cherries successfully. Probably around half amount of fresh. You will love these fudgy, sugar free and healthy chocolate coconut flour muffins!!! I tested half of one and it was magnificent. Couldn’t eat more because goals, people, goals. Midsection and ass are in trouble!

What are you up to this weekend? I will try to squeeze in a hike or a bike ride in between kids’ activities. I am a bit tired of all life centered around kids and house work. Man, where is my palapa on a beach?! A few more years and it will get better. Then on Sunday I’m heading down to Avocados of Mexico event all by myself. Like a big girl, wow. And I am skipping all alcohol and ready carbs, I promised myself.

Have a super-duper weekend!

Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins

Cherry & Chocolate Coconut Flour Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with liners** and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add applesauce, milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and whisk well to combine. Add cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  3. Add coconut flour and stir well. Add chocolate chips and cherries; give a few gentle stirs to incorporate. Using large ice cream scoop, divide batter between 12 openings. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out sort of clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let muffins cool off another 15 minutes to firm up.
  5. Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 - 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*A few readers have reported using dried cherries successfully. Probably around half amount of fresh. **I highly recommend to use liners as coconut flour muffins are a delicate matter.

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving = 1 muffin:
Calories: 132.2
Total Fat: 6.0 g
Cholesterol: 53.8 mg
Sodium: 68.7 mg
Total Carbs: 17.5 g
Sugars: 9.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
Protein: 3.1 g
WW Points+: 3

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23 Comments

  1. Blair

    These sound delicious!! I love frozen cherries (and chocolate)…but I don’t have nearly as much coconut flour in my pantry as you do! 🙂 What a great snack or breakfast idea!

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    • Olena

      I wish you were my neighbour!!! Seriously, I would gift you half of it. Honestly, if someone here lives nearby I will share my coconut flour!!!

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  2. Conni

    Your weather always coincides with mine and photos look like home … Western Fraser Valley.
    There’s something about the thought of big, plump, juicy, dark red cherries – yum!
    The thought behind your pretty bamboo bowl is wonderful, but I can’t bring myself to buy it as I don’t trust much that is made in China.
    I’ve been wanting to give coconut flour a try but I’m the only one in my family who LOVES the taste of coconut. Does the flavour come through?

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    • Olena

      Hi Conni. That is because I live across the bridge from you probably LOL. I hear you about China but I think everything is made there now…Food from China is a big NO for sure. You think my bowl might be made with a sprinkle of manure? Haha.
      Just tasted the muffin again and no, the coconut flavour is not that prominent.

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      • Conni

        Ohhhhh, I might just give it a shot then. If they don’t like it, well, all the more for me😉 . So, off I go to try out some coconut flour! Thank you. I ❤️ that bridge … It takes us to the LEC often.

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  3. Karen

    I love cherries, but everyone in my family is not. Thinking of replacing the cherries with blueberries..

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  4. Michelle @ Vitamin-Sunshine

    YES!! Coconut flour lasts forever! One reason I love it. I will have to save this recipe for when I am in Oregon this summer– no cherries here! Although coconut flour is one thing I can get. All those types of specialty ingredients are 2-3xs more expensive here than in the States, but I never mind buying coconut flour because I know how long it will last!

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    • Olena

      You can use mangoes. I know you got lots of those! Yes, I could see how much premium you would pay. It is like maple syrup or sockeye salmon in Europe costs an arm and a leg.

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  5. Amy

    Olena

    Hi what can I use instead of coconut flour ? I don’t have coconut flour. Can I use whole wheat?

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  6. Loida

    Hi there! What can I use instead of applesauce? Living in Dominican Republic we have lots of coconuts (I even make my own coconut flour) but not many apples. I discover your website recently and I love it. Thanks!

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    • Olena

      Hi Loida. I see. Makes sense haha. Use Greek or other plain yogurt that is not 0%. So do you have cherries then? Those must be hard to find in Caribbean too. Awe, thank you. Enjoy!

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      • Loida

        We have a more sour version of them but thinking of substitute them for something else. Thanks!

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  7. Jennie

    Will dried cherries work in this recipe? I want to try these in the morning but I only have dried cherries on hand right now. Thanks

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  8. Kathryn

    Delicious! Stumbled upon this recipes when I did a keyword search for “Coconut Flour” and “Dried Cherries” It’s a keeper! 🙂

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  9. Christelle

    Can I use splenda instead of maple syrup or honey? Need your immediate response. Planning to make these for our xmas party on monday. Thanks!

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    • Olena

      First of all, you can’t replace a liquid sweetener with dry because it will throw off batter’s consistency. Secondly, please stop using Splenda. It is a chemical sweetener with many side effects harmful for your health. It is horrible. Google it. You are way better off eating real food like honey or maple syrup with nutrients and vitamins. And it will not make you fat!!! Moderation is key.

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