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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins & An Announcement!

Gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins

I’ve been withholding information.

I’ve practiced this speech in front of the mirror and through false starts, a shaky voice, slurred speech and the communication skills of a 2-year-old, there’s no other way to say it than to say it.

I’m writing a cookbook!

I signed a contract to make a probiotic beverage cookbook. A cookbook. A book with recipes. That’s a cookbook and I’m writing one, holy mother of pearl!

I was approached by Skyhorse Publishing a couple of weeks ago after they came across my post for Lavender Kombucha.  They asked if I was interested in making a whole cookbook with fermented probiotic beverage recipes. After pacing around the house about 15 times while my heart exploded with joy and shock, I replied that I was indeed interested, and the rest is history.

Probiotic Cookbook

For thousands of years, probiotics have been fermented, brewed, cooked up by many cultures but it hasn’t been until recent years that we’ve been listening to our ancestors on a mainstream basis. More and more evidence about the health benefits of probiotics is being published and more and more people are taking steps to include probiotic foods and drinks in their diets.

Ginger Beer

Probiotics are essential for a healthy digestive system. Consuming fermented foods containing probiotic and yeast cultures can aid in digestion, regulate your metabolism, prohibit pathogens (bad bugs) from causing health problems, and boost your immune system.  “Psssht Danger Dog, come in Danger Dog, our camp has been infiltrated by bad bugs, send in good bug reinforcements, you copy? Pssht”

Ginger Beer

All of the probiotic drinks I’m making are pretty straight forward and are well worth the effort. They require just a little attention to detail and then once you get the hang of them, they’re easy peasy lemon squeezy. Plus, making probiotic beverages homemade is much more cost effective than buying them from the grocery store. We’re in a DIY era. Let’s DIY some probiotics!

This is what’s all up on my table:

homemade yogurt

Here are the cookbook details:

What types of recipes will my book include?  75 (that’s Seventy-Five, pronounced syevunty fighve if you’re from Minneota) Probiotic beverage recipes, such as kombucha, kefir, probiotic sodas, lactofermented lemonade (say what now?), rejuvalac (come again?), ginger beer, smoothies and yogurt.

When is it due?  August 1, 2013 (if you do some calculating, that’s allota recipes in notallota time).

When will it be published? January 2014.

How will I do it? With a lot of water, sugar, milk, lemons, good juju and support from my really really really ridiculously good looking boyfriend.

homemade yogurt

After I signed the contract to write the book, my insides became anxious and fluttery, similar to the effect of injesting absurd amounts of high fructose corn syrup. And with pitter patter heart syndrome, I began planning. I did research. I made a schedule. I bought some props. I boiled water. I added sugar. I heated milk. I bottled.  I began fermenting.

So far, I have made:

1 gallon of yogurt

4 gallons of kombucha

1 gallon of ginger beer

2 quarts kefir

…and my first batch of rejuvalac was a fail. Hopefully next go-round will bring better results.

Homemade Kefir

Thank you, probiotics, you’re the mash to my potato.

Throughout my cookbook journey, I will be sharing with you what I’m working on, what I’m stuck on, how much sleep I’ve gotten and ask you to forgive my scattered brain. I’m excited, nervous and am learning so much every day! Next time I post about my probiotics cookbook, I will give you more details about all the beverages I’m making.

homemade Lemon Ginger Kombucha

There was something else I was going to tell you…..oh yes, Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!  After making Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Flour Pancakes a few weeks ago, I had a pretty little bag of poppy seeds leftover, begging to be used. I muffin-ed them.  I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour, but you can use regular flour, too. Someone also made muffins out of the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancake recipe and said they turned out great, so there’s always that option too.

Basically, these muffins are wonderful and I hope you try them.

Thank you for your continued support, for being a part of this growing adventure of mine, for allowing me to post bacteria all over my page and talk about it. You’re wonderful!

Gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins & An Announcement!

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a lightly oiled muffin pan (or put paper muffin cups in the muffin pan).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, oil, and lemon juice.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, coconut sugar and poppyseeds. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the “dry mixture” in with the wet, and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the batter ¾ of the way up the muffin holes and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until the muffins test clean when poked with a toothpick.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite smoothie!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway for garbanzo bean flour! A winner was selected using a random number generator and has been notified via email. There will be another Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway on Friday (2/22)!

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Rose

Saturday 26th of March 2016

can anyone tell me how many muffins this makes? I like to know how many tins to grease ahead of time. Thank you

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Wednesday 11th of June 2014

First of aall I would like to say fantastic blog!

I had a quick question in which I'd like to ask if you don't mind. I wass curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I've had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.I truly do take pleasure inn writing but iit just seems like the first 10 to 15 mijnutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure outt how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

Sandi

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Holy Moly Congrats! :)

Julia

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Thanks love! I'll fill you in soon!

Sandra

Friday 22nd of February 2013

Congratulations Julia!!! I will definitely have to pick up a copy of your book. I love making rejuvelac, but I have never tried kombucha, which sounds very interesting. What exciting news...congrats again :)

Julia

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Sandra! Thank you so much! Would you mind sending me instructions on rejuvalac? I couldn't get mind to work...I used buckwheat groats and the tails never really sprouted....I couldn't tell when the rejuvalac was ready and furthermore, I didn't know what to do with it! Do you just pour it in a glass and drink it? I'd love your suggestions! :) My email is roastedrootfood (at) gmail (dot) com! Have a great weekend!

Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

Friday 22nd of February 2013

Julia that is AMAZING news! I'm so excited for you!!!!!! And these muffins.... they look perfect. One of my favorite breakfast treats!

Julia

Friday 22nd of February 2013

Thanks Carrie!! I'm pretty dern happy about it myself and am so excited by everyone's kind words and support! :) Have a great weekend!

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