It isn’t often that website photos or recipes will drive me to make a recipe right now. But when this one showed up in my mailbox from Molly Patrick’s weekly fuckery email I got my butt up out of the chair, went into the kitchen, and did the whole mise en place thing. After I noodled over the recipe, I ended up with Cranberry Blueberry Crumb Muffins. Booooootiful!
I made some substitutions and adds, but know that this recipe is heavily borrowed from Clean Food Dirty Girl. Mine are Cranberry Blueberry Cardamom Crumb, and I added not only blueberries but also some spice changes. Either recipe is delicious!
In addition to cinnamon, these muffins include cardamom in both the crumbly delicious topping and the batter. And then I added some Kindly Cafe spin to that ingredient list to add nutritional value.
Natural Killer Cells, Suicide and Death Receptors
Past studies have shown that berries of all kinds have an amazing ability to repair our body cell damage and decrease inflammation, and that helps with cancer prevention and treatment.
But a new study indicates that blueberries increase the number of natural killer cells — part of our immune systems 911-response against cancer cells. They are called “natural” killers because they don’t hang around and wait until your second tumor shows up to activate. Handy.
Natural killer cells are mighty, and at any one time, we have about two billion of them in our bloodstream. Those dudes gang up on cancer cells and cause them to commit suicide — no Momo Challenge required. They activate death receptors in some cancer cells. I definitely want that.
It sounds like something out of Star Wars, but it’s our bodies doing this!
Cardamom, Black Pepper and Blueberries
This new study also showed that eating 1.5 cups of blueberries a day increased the number of natural killer cells after extreme periods of exercise. This was tested over a six-week period on endurance runners — I have no personal knowledge of this endurance running, but I sure know about eating blueberries. A lot.
When cardamom was added to the blueberries, those killer cells become more active and effective — together, the blueberries and cardamom killed ten times more cancer cells!
Cardamom alone, no effect. When she joins her blueberry buddies they both turn into badasses.
Black pepper? Same results. Alone, no effect on natural killer cell ability. Add black pepper to cardamom? They work even better to enhance the cancer-fighting activity of natural killer cells.
So that’s a long-winded explanation of why I diddled with the original recipe. I added those blueberry bastards and some black pepper.
If all goes as planned, eat these muffins and you’ll goose your natural killer cells.
And, bonus, they taste amazing and look good enough for a fancy brunch.Print
Black pepper in a muffin recipe? Yes! These Cranberry Blueberry Cardamom Crumb Muffins are not only delicious, but there’s a cancer-fighting dynamic duo in these — pepper and cardamom. They are gorgeous and delicious and deserve table space on your next brunch buffet! Do not be put off by the number of ingredients — it comes together quickly and there is no post-baking fussing with them. The topping gets pressed into the raw muffin dough. Easy peasy!
2 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 scant tablespoon “>tahini
1 tablespoon real maple syrup
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder (preferably aluminum free)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice (I used almond)
1/3 cup applesauce (preferably unsweetened)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablspoon tahini
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the topping ingredients. Mix the non-dairy milk, tahini and maple syrup together in a small bowl. Add the rest of the topping ingredients and stir until it’s all combined.
In a medium bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients.
In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together until well combined.
Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir gently until just combined. Don’t overmix!
Use paper liners inside a muffin tin and distribute the batter evenly. An ice cream scope comes in handly for this task!
Gently press topping on the top of each muffin. Use all the topping!
Bake for 22-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool on a rack (pan and all) for 10 minutes.
There is an affiliate link here for Noom Tahini. It is more expensive, but is so worth it. Many tahinis are bitter. Noom is not!
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
Keywords: cranberry blueberry muffins