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Sexy blueberry almond & corn muffins. Gluten free: Made with almond & corn meals, coconut oil. And yes, that's a nipple.

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Sexy blueberry almond & corn muffins., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I’m going to just come out and say it: I prefer cooking for men. I love watching watching them eat. How they just go after it—one, sometimes two or three bites at a time. Without the reserve or guarded caution a lot of women practice at the table. Sure, we’ll put aside the lady-like niceties to devour a plate every once in a while, but generally speaking (and because apparently I am a gender stereotyper), men have a more untamed approach. And THAT is what I enjoy watching across the table. Pretty sexy stuff.

I’m lucky then, because my man loves to eat. And better still, he loves to eat with his shirt off. Elbows on the table, the whole deal. Now were talking. So as you can imagine, I raised not one, but two dazzled eyebrows when I walked in to find my shirtless babe sitting at the table popping mini-muffins, back-to-back like nobodies business. One bite per muffin. Only a man.

Anyway, these muffins are fantastic. Men, women and children alike will find them irresistible. They’re not bad for you either, which always makes things go down even easier. Just almonds, cornmeal, coconut oil, brown sugar/agave, baking soda, almond milk, eggs, vanilla, blueberries. Pretty wholesome stuff; the sex appeal is all in who’s eating them.

I made the almond meal by pulsing raw almonds in the food processor until they were the consistency of raw grits. Quick and easy, but you don’t want to go too far with the pulsing or you might end up with almond butter. Just keep an eye.

Cornmeal is the other gluten free flour used in this recipe. The combination of nutty almond meal and sweet cornmeal with those bursts of fresh blueberry is absolutely dynamite.

The recipe calls for coconut oil instead of butter, and you can use whichever kind of milk you favor (soy, regs, almond, etc.). It’s sweetened with just a little brown sugar and agave. I kept it pretty light because I like to taste the full flavor of those blueberries. You can always taste the batter and add a little more sugar if you like things sweeter.

And I filled the muffin tins to the top because they don’t rise all that much.Please excuse this hideous aluminum mini-muffin tray. I was in a pinch.

It all comes together in just a few minutes, and feel free to make these as regular-sized muffins or even bread. Right now it’s still blueberry season, but you can always substitute the blueberries for raspberries or even blackberries if you prefer. Waiting for them to cool will be the hardest part of the recipe…

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Makes approximately 20 mini muffins. You can sub raspberries for the blueberries if preferred.

You need:

  • 1 ¼ cups almond meal
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk (of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Prepare a mini muffin tin with paper liners, or coat the pan generously with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, cornmeal, baking soda, brown sugar and salt. Stir together with a fork or whisk. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, coconut oil, milk, agave, and vanilla extract together. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and fold together. Carefully fold in blueberries evenly into mixture and being careful not to pop any.
  3. These won’t rise much, so you can fill the muffin cups to the top. Bake 16-18 minutes and chill on a wire rack for 15-20 before eating.



  1. Catherine
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    These sound awesome! And you’re not alone, I love watching my man eat too ;)

  2. Posted September 8, 2014 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    You definitely got me with your title (and lead photo). It’s getting a little chilly to be eating around here with any part of your clothes off, but what I really love is watching kids eat. That is when they enjoy what they’re eating because they sure can gobble things down, often getting as much inside themselves as outside.

    These muffins look great and I have some almond flour in the freezer that I want to try them with. Thanks for the laugh and the recipe.

  3. gabi
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    Haha, so true about kids eating Cynthia. Fully immersed and oblivious to their surroundings – wish I could eat like that!

  4. Posted September 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

    These look fantastic and sound delicious!

  5. Ashley
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    Sexiest muffins I’ve ever seen. Love corn muffins. these sound delicious!

  6. Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    I laughed at this post, you’re SO right about this difference between men and women at the table. And for that reason I love cooking for my man too. :) Love blueberry muffins too, and these in particular with almond flour and cornmeal look amazing.

  7. Posted September 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Ah, I used to get berry corn muffins every summer as a kid, from a bakery called Pie in the Sky in Maine. Can’t wait to try these!

    Would it work using coconut flour instead of almond flour?

  8. Posted September 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    That was hilarious! I love it.

  9. gabi
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

    I want to say coconut flour would work, Kristen. That’s my first impulse anyway. But I can’t be 100% sure because I’ve never tried it! I’d say give it a whirl and see. Let me know how if goes if you do.

  10. Posted September 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM | Permalink

    I am now resolved to turn my food porn fixation into more than just food. Thanks! My man doesn’t quite look like yours, though

  11. Posted September 14, 2014 at 5:55 AM | Permalink

    Couldn’t agree with you more. There is something unapologetic, completely free and with a genuine enjoyment in the way most men eat compared to women. Nipples exposed and all;)
    To me, that’s how food should be seen anyway (nipples are optional though). Enjoying should be the focus and guilt should never be involved.

    Love these sexy muffins. The combination of cornmeal and almond sounds very interesting and I will definitely experiment with that soon. Thanks!

  12. Posted September 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM | Permalink

    I love this! A man eating these muffins is definitely sexier than watching him eat rips, or chicken wings, or sloppy joes……Unless you are into saucy faces ;)

    This recipe looks super tasty. I can’t tolerate tree nuts so I would have to sub, but I CAN have a little gluten, so it wouldn’t be too hard! I bet these would be awesome with cranberries and some orange zest as well.

  13. Posted September 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM | Permalink

    These are adorable and look so delicious!

  14. holagranola
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

    hello gabi! do you think i could substitute the cornmeal with masa harina?

  15. gabi
    Posted January 5, 2015 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

    Hi there,
    I think the masa will be much finer grain so I’m not so sure the texture would be the same. I think it would still work though! Try t out and let me know!