Rhubarb-Lime Cardamom with Streusel Muffins

Muffins are simply cake for breakfast.  My senior year of high school, Samantha would pick me up and depending on time, we would drive to a spot in town called Mostly Muffins, because they mostly had muffins there.  I rarely got one, but I salivated over the one with cream cheese frosting.  Like I said, they're just cupcakes for breakfast, and since the name is muffin--I feel like I can eat them guilt free.  

It was a rare morning when my mom made muffins as they were mostly of Jiffy box kind, but even those became scarce commodities.  It wasn't until I became a college student that I became acquainted with the ease of these little morsels.  Preheat oven, measure dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients into another, combine & pour batter into muffin cups.  Why on earth had I not monopolized them long before and started my own Mostly Muffins But Better business?

As a mama, I love to serve my girls through baking.  I had rhubarb awaiting manipulation in the fridge and was inspired long ago by Luna Cafe's Rhubarb-Lime Cardamom Muffins with Streusel; however, I wanted to change mine to use almond flour, coconut sugar & honey.  The rhubarb, lime zest & cardamom sit for 30 minutes to macerate the sugar, while preparing the batter & streusel.  What I found is that my love for rhubarb & cardamom are further married in my stomachs mind.  I also managed to cut the fat in the recipe as well, which lucky for all who eat--does not compromise taste.  

Underbelly of the muffins--look at that gorgeous rhubarb

Rhubarb-Lime Cardamom with Streusel Muffins (printable recipe)

As I stated above, these muffins are inspired by Luna Cafe.  I use blanched almond flour from Honeyville, raw clover honey & local WA rhubarb.  

Rhubarb Mixture:

2 TB honey

Zest 1 lime

1 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch chunks

3/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp ground cloves

Streusel:

3/4 c almond flour

1/2 c coconut sugar

1/4 tsp salt

3 Tb ghee, should be liquid form

Batter:

3 cups almond flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup + 2 Tb coconut sugar

3 eggs

6 Tb ghee, should be in liquid form but not hot

1/3 cup whole fat yogurt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  

In a medium bowl, combine the rhubarb, lime zest, coconut sugar, ground cardamom, cloves & honey.  Mix to thoroughly coat and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, work on the streusel by combining the almond flour, salt, coconut sugar & 3 Tb ghee.  Combine together and it should resemble sand.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, work on the dry ingredients for the batter.  Combine the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt & whisk thoroughly to even out any lumps from the almond flour.  Add the coconut sugar and mix throughout again.  

In a small bowl, work on wet ingredients for the batter.  Combine the eggs with the 6 Tb ghee and mix.  Add the yogurt and mix together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients of the batter and mix gently to combine by using a spatula.  Add the rhubarb mixture at this point and combine till disbursed evenly.  

Line two 12-cup muffin tins with 18 muffin papers (I doubled my papers equaling two per muffin).  Scoop the batter into the muffin cups about 3/4 full.  Smooth them down, in order to put the streusel topping on.

Using your hands, place about 1-2 Tb of streusel on each muffin batter.  You will want to clump it together a bit in your hands; rather, than having a smooth layer on top.

Bake for 23-25 minutes.  I baked one sheet and then put the next one in and rotated them 180 degrees halfway through baking.  Remove from oven.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove muffins to cooling rack. Consume!