It’s an old tradition in Sweden to bake with saffron in December. High time is around the 13:th when Lucia – the girl with candles on her head – is coming. Yes I’m serious. Early morning December 13 there are plenty of young girls in every town, village and street, walking around, dressed in white, singing, while having a crown with burning candles on her head. So in honor of this beautiful tradition, instead of spending days trying to get candle wax out of my hair – I made these saffron muffins.

In a big bowl

  • Mash 1 or 2 bananas, depending on size.
  • Add the peel of one organic orange
  • 3 eggs – or 4 if they are small… These eggs were huge!
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • and 1 tbsp honey


Then turn the oven on 180 C (350 F)

And place muffin forms on a baking tray. I use mini sized silicon forms.

Dry ingredients. Use a separate small bowl or measuring cup

  • 300 ml (1.2 cup) almond powder – which is ground blanched almonds
  • 3 tbsp’s coconut flour (this is not the shredded coconut – but a “dry” flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 0.4 – 0.5 g of saffron

Saffron is a very expensive spice. If you find it cheap – it’s not likely to be the real thing. Real saffron gives a strong yellow color to the dough, and also gives “saffron taste”. Here in Luxembourg I bought the brand “Fuchs” and 0.5 gram was 3.50 Euro.

Mix the dry ingredients and add them to the egg-banana mix. Whisk.

Also add

  • 50 g (1.8 ounce) melted butter
  • and a big handfull of raisins – something like 100 ml (or almost ½ cup)

I know there are lots of people who don’t like to add raisins to baked goods for different reasons – if you are one of them, just leave them out.

Now fill your muffin forms, and if you feel crafty, sprinkle a few almond slices on to of each.

Bake in the middle part of the oven for 18 – 20 minutes.

Enjoy with some mulled wine, Glühwein or glögg!


Saffron muffins for Lucia
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