When one is on the Lyme diet (and on antibiotics), it’s a rare occasion to be able to eat something baked that can actually satisfy a sweet tooth; afterall, sugar is a definite no-no as it can cause an overgrowth of yeast. The natural sweetness of the bananas and dates does the trick here – as does a bit of added Stevia, which is the only acceptable sweetener to use when combating Lyme.
Who doesn’t love the crunchy goodness of the top of the muffin? It’s my favorite part! If you have a muffin top pan you can recreate these tasty treats (the pan I use is Paderno, which I ordered online when they were on sale for $6). You can also bake them as muffins if you don’t have the fancy pan.
This recipe calls for all ingredients to be at room temperature, but I often forget to take out the eggs in advance (that’s a Lyme brain for you!). If you forget too, add the eggs to a bowl of warm water until they are no longer chilled and you’ll be good to go.
Yield: 12 muffin tops or muffins
- 2-1/4 cups Oat Flour (can use 2 cups Oat Flour + ¼ cup ground flax seed instead)
- 1/8 cup Krisda (Stevia sweetener for baking)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Dates, pitted and chopped (about 7) *
- ½ cup Walnuts
- 4 Ripe Bananas, mashed
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (liquefied in microwave)
- 1/4 cup Goat Milk or Unsweetened Almond Milk (can also use vanilla flavored almond milk to add some vanilla flavoring – since vanilla extract contains alcohol which shouldn’t be consumed on the Lyme diet)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) No need to prepare the muffin top pan if it is non-stick. Put muffin liners into each compartment of the pan if making muffins.
3) In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, ground flax seed (if using), baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
4) Add a few tablespoons of the dry mixture to a chopping board so the dates won’t stick. Chop dates, then chop walnuts and set aside.
5) In a separate bowl, gather the liquid ingredients: mashed bananas, eggs, apple sauce, liquified coconut oil and milk. Stir together until the mixture is just combined and smooth.
6) Add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix until everything is combined – but don’t over mix. Then fold in your dates and walnuts until combined.
7) Using a large spoon, scoop the mixture into your muffin top tins or fill prepared muffin liners ¾ full, if making muffins.
8) Bake for 30 minutes or until fully cooked through. If making muffins, increase cooking time to 40 – 45 minutes.
Allow to cool. These can be stored in the freezer in Ziploc containers. I put a piece of waxed paper on the bottom and in between each muffin top so they don’t freeze to each other. In the morning, I pop it into a toaster oven for 8 minutes at 350 degrees and slather it with some goat milk butter.
* Note: you may want to avoid dried fruit while on the Lyme diet because of the sugar content; you can try omitting it or reserve this recipe for later in treatment (or when off treatment altogether).