Love Strawberries? I know I do. They are my absolute favorite fruit and this spring I haven't been able to get enough of them. When I am especially fond of a food it starts to weave its way into every recipe idea I have. This week I dreamt of Strawberry Pancakes, Strawberry Cream Pie, Strawberry Ice Cream.. and Strawberry Shortcake Monkey Bread. The last idea was too thrilling not to act on.
Let me tell you right now these monkey bread cupcakes are OUTRAGEOUS. So good, that was I screaming profanities after I took me first bite. I was blown away with how great they turned out, not to mention how darn cute they are. You could serve these to anyone gluten free or not and gain fabulous feedback in return. Bottom line: You need to make them!!
- 1 cup finely chopped fresh Strawberries.
- 2 packed cups blanched Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup starch (potato or tapioca) *potato gives the best texture.
- 1/4 Tsp. Salt
- 2 Teaspoons of baking powder (I use double acting)
- 1/2 cup of butter or shortening (dairy or nondairy)
- A small bowl of Xylitol, Truvia Baking Blend, Erithritol (or Regular White Sugar) *I used Truvia Baking Blend.
- 2 Large Eggs
- Powdered Sugar *(see note in directions how to make homemade sugar free-powdered sugar)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tray with 10 cupcake tins. Set aside.
- Chop Strawberries and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the blanched , starch, salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter or shortening into pea sized pieces. Stir in the eggs ever so gently until the dough holds together.
- Take heaping teaspoon pieces of dough and roll them in your hand with a small pinch of strawberries. (Pressing the strawberries into the dough!) (NOTE: As the strawberries and the dough sit together the dough will start to get wet and mushy- this is why I'm having you add the strawberries as you form each ball vs. just mixing the strawberries in with the dough from the start).
- Roll the round strawberry stuffed biscuit dough pieces in the small bowl of sugar. Place the sugar coated ball into a muffin tin. Continue this process placing 6-7 sugar crusted balls into each tin. Press down gently just to help assure they stick together. Continue with this process until all ten cupcake liners are filled with mounts of sugar crusted strawberry biscuit balls.
- Place into oven and bake 30 minutes. The dough will feel cooked through and slightly golden.
- Drizzle with sugar glaze. Use either A) regular powdered sugar mixed with a tiny bit or water or lemon juice. or B) Make your own powdered sugar by placing granulated sugar of choice (such as xylitol, truvia baking blend etc.) into a blender or coffee grinder. Process until sugar becomes powdered. Mix powdered sugar with a tiny bit of water or lemon juice to create a glaze.
Instead of blanchedfeel free to use another homemade nut or seed flour. Sunflower seed flour reacts to baking soda and powder and turns green if you surpass a certain amount of baking powder per cup of flour. (I don’t know what this exact amount is and will be toying with this in the future.) This is something to be aware of if you try using homemade sunflower seed flour, If your not a risk taker- then try using less baking powder in the recipe than I have called for. For the best results use a mild tasting nut or seed flour. To make your own Nut or Seed flour: simply run the nut or seed in a high powdered blender or coffee grinder until you have a super fine flour. (If the flour is course- the recipe might not work as well.) If you flour is course, then be aware that your biscuits may end up a little soggy.
Do not attempt this recipe without eggs. It won't work. I am finishing up an ebook which will be out soon that has several grain and egg free biscuit recipes...stay tuned for that :)
Coconut flour or any of the starchy grain based flours will NOT work in this recipe. Only use other Nut/Seed flours.
Allergic t0 or out of strawberries? Feel free to use another fresh berry of choice. PLEASE follow these guidelines if you would like the recipe to work! Making other changes will give you different results. Experiment at your own risk.
They taste best the day they are made. However if you need to store them, place them in a sealed bag or container in the fridge to prevent the strawberries from spoiling.