Chocolate Chestnut Muffins

Recently, I've been thinking about the purpose of my blog a lot. It was triggered by a post of my dear friend Edwina of My Mezzaluna; a post about the genuineness of a blog (read the post here).
Do you have something to say, is your blog a diary or do you want to show off your food photography skills?
I'll be honest. When visiting food blogs, I often scroll down straight to the ingredients list of a recipe, as this usually determines whether I will interested or not. If the ingredients list sounds good, I might just read the whole post. Surely, a good food picture can catch my eye and curiosity. But just pretty pictures are not enough either.

So what do I have to say? I have been called a health nut. I am not sure if it was meant as a compliment. Perhaps, more a stamp. Yes, I am a slim person, but I do not starve myself. How could I, while training for a marathon? Over a period of three to four years I was able to listen to the calls of my body again. After living off cheese sandwiches and sugar loaded breakfast cereals throughout my university years, I can now recognize what my body needs. And by giving it real foods, I know when my body needs carbohydrates, proteins or certain, minerals, salts or vitamins. Naturally, you will stop eating when you are full. Naturally, you will not have crazy cravings after dinner, because the real foods will be satisfying enough. Foods should firstly be judged by the amount of minerals and vitamins they will provide. The carbs/proteins/fats that come with it are secondary to that.

I guess the purpose of my blog has become to encourage people to go back and eat real foods. Perhaps educate them about real whole foods and nutrition. With a mainly sedentary lifestyle that many people in the Western world lead, it doesn't need much food to cover the energy consumption. That's why it is even more important to pay attention to the nutritional value. Many people in the Western world are malnourished. This malnourishment is what can lead to the so-called lifestyle diseases like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer. Processed foods have become a staple in the Western diet. With the help of advertising, processed foods are mistaken as healthy.

Educate yourself about food and nutrition. Show some responsibility towards your body. Show some respect. Cook from scratch. Don't eat things that have more than a couple of ingredients listed. Don't eat things that are being advertised on billboards or TV. Ideally, all your foods should be whole foods. You will reap the rewards very soon, by feeling better, being less tired, more energized, in a better mood, more balanced, more focused.

It's been a long way for me, and I am not saying that my diet is faultless. But everyone can do it, and eating better will soon become second nature.

(Print Recipe)

1/3 cup chestnut flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon guar gum

2 eggs
1/3 cup palm sugar
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup neutral oil (coconut or grapeseed oil work well)

Yields 6
Preheat oven to 180C/375F. Grease or line muffin tin.

In a bowl, sift together chestnut flour, almond meal, cocoa, baking soda and guar gum. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until fluffy. Stir in yogurt and oil until well combined. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Spoon batter into prepared muffin molds. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

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