i think i have mentioned this before, but i have pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome). there are a lot of different opinions and research floating around regarding treatment and causes – maybe i will go into some of it later – and one of the possible treatments is adding DCI, or D-Chiro-Inositol, to your diet. i actually got the idea for this recipe from a coworker at a previous job, but there are also many variations online if you just google for pcos muffins. this buckwheat farinetta has a lot of DCI in it, and so does soy lecithin which is also in the recipe. i modified this recipe from a bunch that i found online, but it came out really well. i will be making it again because i’m almost out.
combine dry ingredients in a large bowl:
- 3 cups farinetta
- 1/2 cup soy lecithin granules
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-4 tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or other “pumpkin pie” type spices – i used cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed/flaxmeal (optional, but good for Omega 3s) – i did not use this
- 2 tablespoons ground black sesame seeds (optional – i did add this, and i used this grinder)
combine (separately) the wet ingredients + sweetener in a medium or small bowl:
- 2 mashed bananas (alternately, try pumpkin or applesauce?)
- 1 cup baking stevia (do not use sugar here – pcos people are particularly sensitive to sugar – our insulin response is usually messed up)
- 3 medium organic eggs
- 1 cup of whole milk (could sub a non-dairy milk, or even water)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla or other extract
- preheat your oven to 350F.
- combine the wet and dry ingredients by pouring the wet into the dry. you may add extra goodies like chocolate chips, nuts, etc… but i did not.
- spoon the batter either into muffin tins or a baking tin thing (what are those called? i guess like a loaf pan? mine are circular and have ~1.5 inch high sides). my batter fit into 2 of the circular ones. the batter may or may not rise – mine did, but i read online that others didn’t – so fill accordingly.
- bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 35 mins (check after 25).
this makes approximately 16 servings (each tin cut into 8 pieces). if you have 2-3 servings per day, that should be enough DCI to be effective. there are about 5200 grams of DCI in the whole batch. that means 325 grams in each 1/16th piece. depending on your weight, have 2-3 per day (i think the study with DCI used 600 grams per day for smaller women).
i hope this helps someone! i really liked the muffins/bread. they definitely have an odd, “healthy” taste to them, but i like stuff like that. try topping them with butter or cream cheese. yum.