Jai’s awesome muffins2 min read

I’m always on the lookout for paleo / primal goodies for hubby and grandchildren to pack in lunch boxes. In my looking around yesterday I found these great muffins on the Facebook page of Eat. Sleep. Move.

 They’re called Jai’s Awesome Muffins. I wanted to change the name but couldn’t think of one, so left it as a tribute to `Jai’…..and changed an ingredient. (I can imagine the kids asking who Jai is as we have a couple of family recipes named after the relative.)


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 ½ cups grated carrot
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teasp. Baking powder
  • 1 teasp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a big bowl
  2. Spoon into muffin pans
  3. Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 mins. (or until cooked through)


  • Grate the carrot and set aside – speed 6 for about 10 seconds
  • `Dry mix’: Combine almond meal, carrot, walnuts, and dates in a large bowl.
  • `Wet mix’: Mix eggs, banana, baking powder, cinnamon, baking powder and coconut oil – speed 6 for 5-10 seconds.
  • Combine wet and dry mixes in a mixing bowl and mix through.
  • Bake as above.


The original recipe had macadamia oil. I changed it to coconut oil which I use for most of the baking I do. We like it, and it’s cheaper than macadamia oil. And macadamia oil is not stable when heated.


  • These are certainly filling. Great for snacks or even as breakfast.
  • Not as heavy as muffins made with coconut flour, though we use it for things that go to school. (Nut free zone.)
  • If you are doing dairy they would be nice with a dollop of cream or some yummy, fresh, Jersey butter (homemade at our house).
  • I think they will freeze well. Had to get some in the freezer before hubby got home, otherwise they may have disappeared!!

Enjoy yet another delicious pale / primal snack.


    1. Dont forget to hide them….or the maid might get them! The good news is that, even thought they contain a whole cup of dates, Will has been able to have them and it not affect his blood sugar levels. Still only 5.2 one hour afterwards. (He is not on medication for diabetes.)

  1. Hi! I have made the decision to go grain and sugar free. Its been a struggle with the kids thus far however I made these yesterday and 2 out of 3 kids loved them!! I was amazed at how sweet they were without sugar and also how moist they were! Definitely a hit and one we will make often. Thankyou 🙂

    1. That’s great Fiona. It’s surprising how quickly the kids tastes can change. We are now at the point where the kids don’t ever ask for anything with added sugar. They have grown to love the natural sweetness of fruit, and even vegetables. Initially we had swapped out the refined sugar with equal amounts of coconut sugar or other `natural’ sugars, but now we’ve even cut most of those out. It just takes some extra perseverance in the early stages. You will reap the rewards in time.

      Love that we can help you.


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