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Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Blender Muffins

Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Blender Muffins are an easy and healthy breakfast option or a delicious afternoon snack.

Gluten-Free Cranberry Blender Muffins are an easy and healthy breakfast option or a delicious afternoon snack.Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

I love this recipe, not only because the muffins are delicious and healthy, but because it is so easy to put together. It’s like a one-bowl recipe except you’re using your high-speed blender as the bowl! Plus, super easy cleanup.

Gluten-Free Cranberry Blender Muffins are an easy and healthy breakfast option or a delicious afternoon snack.

This recipe calls for sour cream OR plain Greek yogurt. Use which ever you have on hand. Make sure you use the full fat version for both options. The fat-free just doesn’t cut it in this recipe;  you need the extra fat and richness. I use Swerve granulated sweetener as a substitute for refined sugar. Have you tried it yet? I love it.

Gluten-Free Cranberry Blender Muffins are an easy and healthy breakfast option or a delicious afternoon snack.

I like to add a drizzle of Swerve confectioners sweetener mixed with a little orange juice to the top of the muffins once they’ve cooled. This is totally optional, but I love that little bit of orange flavor mingled with the tartness of the cranberries. So good!

Here’s a simple video of the process:

 

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Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Blender Muffins
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Muffin Batter:
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup full-fat sour cream OR full-fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup Swerve Granulated Sweetener
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • Orange Glaze Drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ cup Swerve Confectioners Sweetener
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.

  2. Line a muffin pan with parchment liners.

  3. In the container of a high-powered blender, combine sour cream (or yogurt), eggs, and vanilla extract. Cap it and blend for 30 seconds.

  4. Add the almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Blend again until smooth; about 45 second or so. If the batter is too thick, add a splash of water to thin it out.

  5. I like add my cranberries at the end, by hand, to each muffin cup, so go ahead and fill each muffin cup with batter, divided equally among each cup.

  6. Now add cranberries to each cup, poking some down into the batter and leaving a few exposed on the top.

  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until just golden brown.

  8. Remove and let cool completely.

  9. Orange Glaze Drizzle:
  10. Mix the orange juice and Swerve confectioners sweetener. Add more sweetener to taste or for thickness. Drizzle the glaze over the top of each completely cooled muffin.

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Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

Here’s my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It’s my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

I’ve always loved eggnog, even as a kid. There’s just something about those holidays flavors that I love. I remember the eggnog of my childhood as being very rich, and really, too sweet. I could sip just a little at a time before I was sugared-out. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to try making my own. I finally hit on a recipe that my adult palate and sugar-free self can confidently recommend, so here is my healthy homemade dairy-free eggnog recipe.

Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

I use canned coconut milk as the liquid base. I’ve tried almond milk and a combo of almond and coconut milks, but I think the canned coconut milk gives the best richness and thickness of texture that I’m looking for. I also use organic eggs; their yolks are superior, I think. I’ve tried different sweetener options and I like maple syrup, but have also switched it out with Swerve. I do not like honey as the sweetener – somehow that just messes with the flavor, but that’s just me. I also probably add more spices than other recipes, so I always say adjust it to your taste.


I love that I zoom the contents up in my Vitamix and then warm up the whole thing on the stove. That will take care of any of your (ahem…”my”) concerns about raw eggs! Once the mixture has been nicely heated (never boiled), pour it into a glass container and stash it in the fridge to get nice and cold. Leaving it overnight is best, but if it’s something that you want to drink in the evening, plan accordingly and make this yummy beverage in the morning so it will be well-chilled by the time 5pm comes around.

 

Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

Oh! And don’t add the alcohol until you’re ready to consume it. I just add a splash of rum or brandy to individual servings…or not, depending on my mood or who the recipient is. This is totally kid-friendly without the refined sugar and booze. Also, this recipe is easily halved if you don’t want to make that much.

Enjoy!

Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
 
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Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 (13.5 fl.oz) cans of full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 organic egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup organic maple syrup OR ¼ cup Swerve granular sugar replacement
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Rum or Brandy (optional - add a splash to individual servings)
Instructions
  1. Separate eggs. Reserve egg whites for another use.

  2. Add milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, sweetener, and spices into a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamin, and blend until smooth.

  3. Pour contents of blender into a sauce pan and heat very slowly (never boil this mixture) on medium heat until eggnog starts to thickened. Stir often.

  4. Once the eggnog begins to thicken remove from the heat.

  5. Pour eggnog into a glass container and chill overnight in the refrigerator.

  6. When ready to serve, add and stir in alcohol if desired.

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Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

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Easy Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction


Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes!

Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite. Note: This post contains affiliate links.

Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite.

I like to make this in a cast-iron skillet, like this one:

A heavy duty stainless steel skillet will work just fine, too.

Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite.

Reduction is just a fancy way of saying “glaze.” Okay, it’s more than that, but it is a concentrated sauce of ingredients, in this case, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar, that is cooked down (reduced) to a thick sauce or glaze. The reduction adds depth of flavor which is exactly what you want when pairing with pork chops, which on their own can be a bit…bland. Not so with this reduction; try it yourself – it’s so easy!

I like to serve these chops with a side of yummy garlic mashed potatoes and these easy Brussels Sprouts.

Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:
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Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 4-oz. boneless pork chops
Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2½ T. real maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Season pork chops on each side with salt and pepper, to taste, and add to the pre-heated skillet. Brown pork chops on each side, approximately 3 minutes per side. Remove pork chops from pan and set aside on a rimmed dish.

  3. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to hot skillet and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and cook mixture until it is reduced to about ⅓ of its original volume. When ready, the glaze will become thick and syrupy. (Do not overcook or the mixture will become hard and sticky).


  4. Return the pork chops to the skillet along with the juices that collected on the plate. Stir liquid to blend juices into the syrup and cook for another 1-2 minutes. 


  5. Transfer chops to a serving platter or individual serving plate and drizzle with pan sauce. Serve immediately.

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Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite.Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite.Have this easy skillet Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this simple skillet dinner of Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Reduction will quickly become a family favorite.

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15 Easy Holiday Appetizers

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time entertaining your guests with these 15 Easy Holiday Appetizers.

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time entertaining your guests with these 15 Easy Holiday Appetizers. These 15 easy holiday appetizers are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and beyond. Many can be made ahead so that you can spend more time entertaining at your party as your celebrate the festive season.

These 15 easy holiday appetizers are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and beyond. Many can be made ahead so that you can spend more time entertaining at your party as you celebrate the festive season.

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BAKED GOAT CHEESE ROASTED CRANBERRY APPETIZER
Recipe and photo courtesy of Honey and Birch


GRILLED HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN SKEWERS

Recipe and photo courtesy of Salt and Lavender


STUFFED MUSHROOMS WITH SAUSAGE AND CREAM CHEESE

Recipe and photo courtesy of Zesty Olive

These Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage and Cream Cheese are a zesty appetizer to serve when entertaining. They are easy to make and your guests will love them!




BLUE CHEESE, CRANBERRY AND PECAN CRESCENT PINWHEELS

Recipe and photo courtesy of Five Heart Home


ROASTED OLIVES WITH FETA AND LEMON

Recipe and photo courtesy of Zesty Olive

Roasted Olives


TATER-LESS PARMESAN ZUCCHINI TOTS

Recipe and photo courtesy of Averie Cooks


HOT SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP

Recipe and photo courtesy of Zesty Olive

Hot Spinach And Artichoke Dip



WARM FIGS WITH GOAT CHEESE, PISTACHIOS AND BALSAMIC GLAZE

Recipe and photo courtesy of Culinary Ginger


MINI SALMON QUICHES

Recipe and photo courtesy of Simply Recipes

WARM AND CHEESY BACON DIP
Recipe and photo courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker


ROASTED SWEET POTATO WEDGES WITH MAPLE AND CINNAMON

Recipe and photo courtesy of Zesty Olive

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges


FRIED PICKLES WITH REMOULADE SAUCE

Recipe and photo courtesy of Salt and Lavender



JALAPENO POPPER DIP

Recipe and photo courtesy of Spend With Pennies


WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE AND PISTACHIO STUFFED PROSCIUTTO CUPS

Recipe and photo courtesy of Zesty Olive

Whipped Goat Cheese and Pistachio Stuffed Prosciutto Cups



MEATBALL MARINARA POPPERS APPETIZER

Recipe and photo courtesy of Yellow Bliss Road

 


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