Sourdough Blueberry & Red Maca Muffins
I love muffins, don’t you? Muffins are an easy and versatile snack. They work well for a busy morning on the run. They can be an afternoon treat, or a yummy side served with supper.
Yesterday we were out cleaning the grove and the kids appreciated snacking on muffins during our break. I appreciated the fact they were Sourdough Blueberry & Red Maca Muffins.
Because these aren’t your ordinary muffins.
Superfood maca and filling sourdough
These muffins are filling. Maca muffins keep you full longer because they’re made of sourdough. They also contain the superfood maca which has been shown to enhance strength and endurance. Something we needed after several hours of cutting up trees and dragging brush!
You’ve heard me talk a lot about maca lately – and for good reason. As I come across foods that ‘wow’ me with their health benefits, I can’t help but share them.
Maca’s proven health benefits for balancing hormones, enhancing strength and endurance, and building bone density (just to name a few), go a long way in convincing me it’s something I want the kids to eat regularly.
. . .capable of attenuating or even eliminating variations in homeostasis produced by stress since it reduces or abolishes stress-induced ulcers, elevated corticosterone levels, the reduction of glucose and the increase in the weight of adrenal glands produced by stress. It also eliminates the decrease in free fatty-acids (FFA) in plasma produced by stress. . . (source)
Black Maca appeared to have more beneficial effects on latent learning in OVX mice; meanwhile, all varieties of Maca showed antidepressant activity. (source)
Lately, I’ve been reading about maca’s benefits in mental clarity, focusing, and stress-reduction.
I don’t know about you, but our calendar gets full pretty fast. There’s school, yard work, weekends away, planting season…it can make for long days and late nights. This, of course, can do a number on you stress-wise. It doesn’t help if you need to be on top of your game at work or alert when working around machinery.
Help kids focus
The same goes for the kids. Schoolwork has deadlines, and tests loom in the distance. We all know how hard it can be to focus on a reading assignment. So anything that helps the kids keep their focus is an added plus! That’s just what these maca muffins are good for!
Try these hearty muffins and reap the benefits of sourdough and maca all in one delicious morsel!
Muffins are an easy and versatile snack. Try these hearty maca muffins and reap the benefits of sourdough and red maca in one delicious morsel!
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1 1/2 cups yogurt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 3 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons red maca (can use other varieties/colors)
- 3 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 pinch stevia (to taste)
Combine sourdough starter, yogurt, coconut oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Add whole wheat flour, oatmeal, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, red maca, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt and mix well.
Cover the bowl and let sit in the fridge for 24 hours.
When you're ready to bake, take the muffin dough out of the fridge and let come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray muffin pans with coconut oil.
Mix in the baking soda, frozen blueberries, and stevia.
Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Let cool for about five minutes, then remove carefully from muffin pan and let cool on a cooling rack.
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Lepidium peruvianum chacon restores homeostasis impaired by restraint stress. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.1455/abstract
Effect of three different cultivars of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on learning and depression in ovariectomized mice. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16796734
Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/table/tab1/
Delayed gastric emptying rate as a potential mechanism for lowered glycemia after eating sourdough bread: studies in humans and rats using test products with added organic acids or an organic salt. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8942413