When your perfectly healthy body begins experiencing serious ailments like
sagging skin belly fat …no, I’m talking serious stuff like bone fractures from OSTEOPOROSIS, and you can’t or prefer not to take the risks of side effects from pharmaceuticals, you start looking for ways to strengthen your bones. My research led me past the Vitamin D3 to a lesser known Vitamin K2. Note to self: don’t ever use K2 in a sentence without prefacing it with the word Vitamin.
Vitamin K2 is not found in abundance naturally, and the source I found was not so palatable in its primary form. Scraping and eating the white pith of orange peel…not so “a-peel-ing” to most of us. This recipe for Sunshine Muffins calls for an entire orange. You heard me right, the whole thing…orange segments, peel, and Vitamin K2 rich pith. (Try saying that three times fast.) And it’s about the easiest muffin you’ll ever make. And it tastes good!
I found it years ago in this Cookbook, which I doubt is still in print. If you find it, buy it, because it’s one of my favorites; I keep it out on my cabinet, it’s that good.
To make these muffins, here’s what you will need:
1/2 cup orange juice (I used fresh, but you could use frozen or from a carton)
1/4 cup oil
1 and 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar or substitute (I used Xylatol)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt (I use a pinch)
1/2 cup raisins (I prefer cranberries or dried cherries.)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
And here are the EASY instructions:
Cut the clean orange into eight pieces and remove any seeds, if you like, otherwise, throw the whole thing into the blender or food processor. Add orange juice, egg, and oil and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until just mixed. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
This made 12 average muffins for me. If you want to make them gluten free, just use almond flour and adjust accordingly.
Fast, easy, minimal clean up, healthy and delicious! What more could you want in a muffin? And if you say meatloaf, mashed potatoes, or scrambled eggs, I’m not sure we can be friends. If you serve me a muffin, it had better be sweet…just sayin’.