Gluten-free Any Fruit Muffins

July 19, 2012 § 9 Comments

I’ve been eating gluten-free for a little while to see if it might make any difference to my Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid condition. (I’m not yet sure if it has ) Inflammation is a big part of Hashimoto’s and gluten is a known cause of inflammation for many diseases so I thought I would give it a try.  If nothing else it has forced me to really take a look at what I eat.  I’ve also cut back on sugar and added more fruits and vegetables into our meals.  That in itself is a good thing regardless of the gluten issue.  I’m also allergic to eggs, so I substitute a flax seed slurry most of the time for eggs.

An adaptation of this rhubarb muffin recipe from Gluten-Free Girl was the beginning. Then, a few times I either had ingredients I needed to get rid of or I was out of ingredients that forced more experimentation. And let me just add that once you cut back on sugar, everything suddenly seems WAY too sweet. So if you are used to eating sugar, then these muffins will taste bland to you.  Also, I forgot to sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top this time. It just adds a little crunchy zing to the muffins.

Other adaptations I made… I replaced the eggs with a flax seed slurry… 1 part ground flax seed & 3 parts warm water mixed until thickened. I usually grind 1/4 cup flax seeds, add 3/4 cup warm water and store in the fridge for muffins, pancakes and other things.  Then one day I had some older jam in the fridge and I wasn’t enjoying it any more. So I left out the sugar and just added the jam for sweetener.  The muffins were definitely less sweet than the original recipe, but I’m beginning to like having less sugar in everything. And when I do end up having a bite of something with sugar it tastes unreasonably sweet. One time we were at a coffee shop and I found a gluten-free oat bar. Wow! Really sweet!

Then I decided to try out different kinds of fruit. I originally made rhubarb muffins like the original recipe because it was in season. Then raspberries came along.  And now blueberries are a good price in the grocery store. I have loved every variation. You can match the jam flavor to the fruit you use.  Or not. Either way it is good.

And now that you think I’m completely crazy… here’s my version of the recipe…

Gluten-Free Any Fruit Muffins
– makes 12 muffins

280 grams (about 2 cups) all-purpose gluten-free flour ( I have found that the rice & bean flours make a more grainy texture & have started mixing my own flour blend based on Gluten-Free Girls’ 70% flour, 30% starch ratio at the end of her muffin post)
140 grams (about 1 cup) teff flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp guar gum
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs (or 2 tbsp flax seed slurry)
1 cup sour cream or yogurt
1/2 cup jam
1  cup fruit
Turbinado raw sugar to sprinkle on the top

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

3. Combine all the wet ingredients in a small bowl.

4.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.

5. Fold in the fruit of choice.

6. Scoop into a muffin tin. You really don’t need the muffin papers unless you have messy fruit. I like using them for raspberries & blueberries. But the dough is rather stiff and doesn’t seem to stick much so the papers aren’t really needed.

7. Bake the muffins for 22-25 minutes or until done.  They should feel a bit firm to the touch.

8. Cool, then eat or freeze. I freeze them for future afternoon snacks.

§ 9 Responses to Gluten-free Any Fruit Muffins

  • Ann Champion says:

    Your muffins look yummy! I haven’t tried much gf baking. The pizza crust was a fail. I’m hooked on gluten free Krispy Treats made with coconut oil though. I add extra cereal because I’ve gotten used to less sugar too.

    I’ve heard you should omit soy for Hashi’s too.

  • helena says:

    did you try, when you cook pastries, to replace sugar by honey ? and yes, I’m ok with you : when you don’t put any sugar into your meals, all seams sweet. Gluten is another problem for you! sorry for you, it is not easy to find recipes and you must omit many food…

  • LeeAnn says:

    Way cool! I also eat gluten-free and very low sugar. These look great. Thanks!

  • njquilter24 says:

    good for you experimenting to make food you can eat and enjoy.
    I too bake muffins according to the fruit that is available in the market at a reasonable price each week…

  • Mary Jo says:

    I hope the non gluten helps. I take Tumeric for inflamation. Don’t know if it would help you but it sure helps me. Its medicinal name is Curcumin I think. Good Luck

  • The sugar thing: It’s the same with salt. I’ve cut way back on salt at home (usually omitting it altogether since if you use any ingredient made commercially, it’s in there whether you want it or not!) and when I go out, everything tastes REALLY salty.

    I always have Hashimoto’s but I’m not sure I could go gluten-free (although alot of my friends have). I have been experimenting with other flours, though. (And good to know about the Tumeric, Mary Jo, I think I can try that!)

  • I’m also not eating much sugar these days. I’ve been eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies, lots of vegetarian, and drinking tons of water. I’m feeling a lot better.

    The muffins look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  • Chloe says:

    Thank you for the Gluten-free Any Fruit Muffins. Im really interested in making them and just wanted to know what guar gum was and is there something I could use as a substitute if Im unable to get the guar gum?

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