The holiday’s may be over but that does not mean your favorite recipes from the season need to stop. I grew up eating Mississippi Spice Muffins every Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving after finding out that gluten was triggering my autoimmune disease, I may have cried. I decided to try and recreate my favorite muffin and the first year was not successful. The next year was also a fail. By year 3, I finally recreated something my Momma would be proud of.

If you love the aroma of cinnamon and apples you will absolutely love this flavorful dessert. I bake a lot of gluten free desserts and one thing I notice is they can be dry. The applesauce in this recipe makes the moistest muffin. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

This year I did all my Thanksgiving shopping the night before. I got home and was ready to make my muffins. I think they always taste better made the night before. They moisten up overnight. I got all my ingredients out, the muffin pan and realized I forgot the muffin liners. I live 30 minutes from town and was not going back. My husband suggested I try and make it a cake. I had no other options and gave it a try. To my surprise it worked out great! So great, I have made Mississippi Cake for two parties since. The reviews have all been fabulous.

I do not think people even realize this cake is grain free and is sweetened with coconut sugar. I prefer coconut sugar over refined sugar for many reasons. Minerals are essential for good health. Our soils have been depleted of minerals and that means our foods do not have as many minerals. Refined sugar that lacks all minerals robs the body of minerals to process the sugar. Coconut sugar still has traces of iron, zinc, potassium and calcium. It also has inulin which is fiber that lowers the glycemic load by about half compared to white refined sugar. Coconut sugar is still sugar and raises our glucose and should be enjoyed in moderation.

These muffins are not too sweet and make a perfect afternoon cake with tea. If you have daughters plan a little tea party! Growing up my Mom had a group of ladies and they were called the “tea ladies.” I have so many fond memories of sitting on the stairs listening to them laugh and enjoy each other’s company! I always made an appearance as they were leaving to pour my own tea and have a little dessert. Any time I smell cinnamon those memories flood my mind! I love how a simple smell can bring back happy times. I hope you create beautiful memories with this aromatic dessert!

Beth Schultz is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Wahls Health Professional who is passionate about creating and eating a real food, nutrient dense diet.

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