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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Nut, Wheat and Fish-Free, Can Be Milk, Soy and Egg-Free)


First of all, I must apologize for how long it has been since I last posted a recipe.  I have so many to share with you (honest!), but have had absolutely zero time to sit and type them up.  I still have very limited time, but I have decided to just work on typing up recipes a little at a time as I am able, and then post them when they are ready.  Hopefully, that means at least a recipe per month (that's my goal), but time will tell.

This recipe is a recipe of my own design.  It is perfect for autumn!  It is sweet, but not too sweet, with just the right combination of apple and cinnamon, and the cinnamon and sugar on top gives it just enough crunch to make it fun.  It is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike!


This recipe is also wheat, fish and nut-free, and can be soy-free (if you use all soy-free ingredients), milk and egg-free (see variations).  I hope you enjoy it!

Note: The gluten-free baking mix I recommend does not technically contain soy, but it does contain xanthan gum (see "Soy-Free" under variations for more details) which can cause issues for people with soy sensitivities or allergies, and that is why I will not claim that this recipe is soy-free.


Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

3 Cups gluten-free baking mix 
(I recommend King Arthur Flour's Gluten-Free Baking Mix, and yes, it has to be a baking mix, NOT a gluten-free flour or the recipe will not turn out right)

1/2 Cup white sugar

1/2 Cup brown sugar
  
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  
1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil

4 eggs

1 Cup milk

1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract

1 1/2 Cups small diced apples, peeled or not based on preference
(I use Ida Red, Honey Crisp, Ginger Gold, Granny Smith or a combination, but you can use any baking apple of your choice)

Cinnamon and Sugar (for topping) (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350oF.
      
  2. Prepare muffin tins with 24 paper cups or grease tins well with fat of choice.
       
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the gluten-free baking mix, sugars and cinnamon until well blended and set aside.
      
  4. In another larger bowl, mix the oil, egg, milk and vanilla until  well blended.
      
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until the  mixture is just blended.
      
  6. Fold in the diced apples until evenly distributed.
      
  7. Evenly distribute the muffin mixture between the 24 muffin cups and top each one with cinnamon and sugar, if desired. (Note: The amount of cinnamon and sugar you put on each on each muffin is up to you, but I recommend about a teaspoon per muffin, but you could put as much as a Tablespoon.  To make a mix of cinnamon and sugar, I recommend about a teaspoon of cinnamon for every 2 Tablespoons of white sugar, but you can certainly use whatever ratio you like best.)
      
  8. Let the muffins rest about 10 minutes before baking.  (Note: This ensures the best results, so please don't skip this step!)
      
  9. Bake the muffins for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
      
  10. Let the muffins sit in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing them from the pan and allowing them to finish cooling on the counter or a wire rack.
      
  11. Enjoy them warm or let them cool completely before enjoying - whichever you prefer!
Makes 24 muffins.



Variations (Please keep your individual dietary needs in mind when using variations):
  • Milk-Free: Use non-dairy milk of your choice in place of the milk, and use either paper cups to  line the tins or a non-dairy fat to grease the pans in this recipe.  You could also substitute apple juice or cider for the milk.
      
  • Egg-Free: Use an egg replacer in place of the eggs.  For ideas on what to use in place of the eggs, check out my ingredient substitutions page.  The flax seed "egg" or applesauce replacement would be a good fit with these muffins.
     
  • Soy-Free: King Arthur Flour's Gluten-Free Baking Mix does not claim to contain soy, but it does contain xanthan gum, which can cause issues with people who have soy sensitivities and allergies, and hence the reason I won't claim this recipe is soy-free already.  You can use another soy-free baking mix (if you can have wheat/gluten) or soy-free, gluten-free baking mix of your choice.  Keep in mind that if your baking mix doesn't contain guar gum or xanthan gum, you may need to add between 3/4 to 3 teaspoons of ground flax seed, guar gum or xanthan gum to help with textural issues, too.  You'll have to make sure all your ingredients are soy-free, too
             

  • Different Flavors: If you are not an apple fan, you can substitute raisins, dried cranberries, peach, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, or another fruit of choice (though I don't recommend pumpkin, banana or any other "mushy" fruit).  You can use a combination of fruits, too, as long as you don't exceed  1 1/2 Cups of fruit.  I recommend using fresh fruit or dried fruit ONLY, as canned or frozen fruit will alter your texture greatly.  You can also leave out the cinnamon if you don't like it, as well.  You can also top the muffins with plain sugar or nothing, if you so desire.
  • Sugar Substitutes: You could use any sugar substitute that is approved for baking for the sugar.  Make sure that you sub it according to the recommendations for that sweetener.  Not all sugar substitutes are subbed with a 1:1 ratio.  I also don't recommend using a liquid sugar substitute as it would greatly alter the moisture content. 



 Don't these look great?
I promise, they are quite delicious!



You won't regret making up a batch (or 2) to enjoy with a nice hot cup of tea or coffee on these cooler autumn days!