Summertime. Every year I look forward to this time. It's no matter that I no longer get summers off. I'm not looking forward to being out of school or getting to "play". I can take time off or have fun any time of year now. Still, as June approaches, I feel the tinge of excitement as I anticipate summer. Never mind that it's hot, humid, and at times unbearable. Never mind that I have to get up earlier to run. Never mind that I get ready for work and it's all undone the second I step outside.
I've been thinking about it this year. What is it that I think will happen when summer rolls in? What is my excitement about? What am I anticipating? I suppose it must be that some residual feelings of "freedom" that still remain in my mind when thinking of this elusive season. In other words, my body remembers what my mind forgot. Summer means freedom!
Growing up, summer meant freedom from the great oppressor: school. It meant sunshine, friend-time, family-time, all-day-play-time. It meant slip-and-slides, fireflies, road trips, vacations, days spent entirely outdoors. The pool opened, storms raged, daylight lasted, and my birthday arrived promptly at the end of July. So much to look forward to yearly. The world transformed into a playground seemingly overnight and remained until August.
And, oh, the summer fruit! Watermelon, strawberries, peaches, plums, mangoes, and... lemons. Ok, now I know lemons are technically not a summer fruit. Still, nothing reminds me of summer like a lemon. Bright flavor and color like sunshine!
While at the store, I noticed multitudes of lemons beautiful and beckoning. So, I purchased this inexpensive Black + Decker Citrus JuicerI Then I returned to the store, grabbed thirty lemons, and headed home to discover all I could create with this multipurpose fruit. I made lemonade, lemon curd, lemon sauce, lemon-dill codd, and even the occasional lemon drop (yum). Here’s what I learned: I can make a lot of delicious, healthy and low carb recipes with this miracle fruit! Here are the best hits! Enjoy!
#3 Low Carb Lemon Muffins with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes about 12-15 medium sized muffins
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (F)
Ingredients for muffins:
+ 1 cup superfine almond flour
+ 1 cup unflavored protein powder
+ 2 tsp baking powder
+ 1/4 tsp arrowroot powder
+ a bit of salt
+ 1/2 cup/1 stick of butter, soft
+ Stevia to taste (I use END Stevia from Bolivia—an all natural, very strong stevia. So it only
takes a teaspoon or so. If you’re using a stevia found in the grocery store you may need to
start with a 1/2 cup and taste as you go.)
+ 3 large eggs, room temp
+ 3 TBSPs lemon juice
+ 1 TBSP lemon zest
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract
+ 1 cup full fat sour cream
Ingredients for frosting :
+ 8 oz/1 container cream cheese, softened
+ 5 TBSPs lemon juice
+ Stevia to taste
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean, if you’re feeling fancy)
Mixing the Muffins:
Combine all dry ingredients—almond flour, protein powder, baking powder and arrowroot
powder, salt—in a bowl. Set aside.
In a mixer combine butter, stevia, and eggs until incorporated.
Next add lemon juice and zest, vanilla, and sour cream.
Baking the Muffins:
Bake for 15 minutes and check the muffins using a toothpick. If not finished, bake an additional
5 minutes until done. When done remove from oven and let cool.
Frosting the Muffins:
While waiting for the muffins to cool, make the frosting.
Using a mixer or whisk, mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust sweetener as needed. If
the frosting is too thick, add additional lemon juice until it’s reached desired consistency.
To frost fancy: Scrap into a prepared piping bag and frost as desired.
To frost lazy (as I did): Scrap out of bowl and smooth on top of muffins.
Source: adapted from Melissa Sevigny’s blog I Breath, I'm Hungry.
Hello Houston! I'm Emily, your hostess and guide to Houston Housewives in the City (HHITC)! I'm a counselor, wife, runner, foodie, unofficial "chef", etc. etc. My husband, Russell, and I have lived all over the country and landed here in Houston. Together we love exploring the city, attending local events, and enjoying all the great food Houston has to offer. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming monthly events!