The best surprise about blogging - other than the fact that somebody actually reads this - has been the community. Maybe I've said this before, but I really can't say it enough. In a world that seems like it would be horribly, high-school-ishly shallow and competitive, there is no shortage of encouraging words, positive reinforcement, and and gotyerbackim, a word that I just made up, but which should definitely exist because these ladies, they got yer back.
It's amazing to find a community of people who get you, get a side of you that most people in your daily life just don't totally understand. I may be a lunatic obsessive baker with a cat for a sous chef, but at least I have a circle of friends that I can talk to who are right there with me (the cat is optional).
One of these wonderful, equally baking-obsessed, terribly dedicated women is Meriem. Her site, Culinary Couture, is one that I was an avid reader of for a long time before Meriem and I became friends. We have a running email exchange, and this girl...she has my back. And I have hers. Because it's her birthday and it's Ramadan, a time of fasting, fellowship and prayer, so she is focused on so many other things right now and blogging is right where it should be: a last priority.
Just because it's Ramadan and she is fasting during the day, that doesn't mean she should have one hell of a birthday treat after the sun goes down. These muffins were made just for Meriem: they are are fun, sweet and celebratory, but at the same time full of healthy fat and fiber because the last thing you need after a day of fasting is a sugar high.
For the same reason, these are perfect for breakfast. They are grain-free and sugar-free, and full of healthy fat from the almond flour and fiber from coconut flour, flavored with vanilla for a cake-like flavor, sweetened by honey and dressed up with sprinkles. Totally worth getting out of bed for!
Have I convinced you? Great! You can find the recipe on Meriem's site, Culinary Couture!