I made these on a whim. Had a craving for something warm, gooey and chewy and boy did they hit the SPOT!
Since it is cherry season it is easy to find cherries here in Greece and they are so delicious. I love that, unlike most fruits, cherries are a “warm” fruit. This means that if you have a colder constitution, cherries are a great fruit source for you.
I just found out that both my daughter and I have egg sensitivities, mainly to the whites, so I have been making more vegan-based recipes, which is my culinary background. Chia or flax seeds are a great binding agent, as well as baking powder, agar agar and even bananas. I love using chia seeds as they are loaded with good stuff, including calcium, zinc, and antioxidants. Toddler approved, as my daughter ate these up!
1/3 coconut butter, coconut oil or coconut cream
1/3 cup water
1 cup GF oats, ground
handful of cherries, de-pitted
2 TBSP pine nuts
1 TBSP chia seeds
1/4 TSP vanilla stevia (or 2 TBSP honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice)
Dash of cardamom and sea salt
- If using coconut butter, thin over hot water until runny.
- Mix butter, water and oats.
- Fold in remaining ingredients.
- Pour into muffin cups or a greased muffin tin.
- Top with a sprinkle of pine nuts.
- Bake at 200C for about 15 minutes.
Makes about 6 muffins.