muffins

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    July is National Blueberry Month, so what better time to focus on a berry with one of the highest antioxidant capacities—if not the highest—among all fruit? Native to North America, the blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions like regulating blood sugar, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function.

  • Carrot Quinoa Muffins

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    Makes: 12 muffins

    1 cup cooked quinoa (1/3 cup uncooked)

    1 cup gluten-free flour

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon baking soda

    2 eggs

    3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

    1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

    1/4 cup orange juice

    1 teaspoon orange zest

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    3/4 cup shredded carrot, lightly pressed dry

    1/2 cup raisins

    1/4 cup walnuts

    Preheat oven to 350. To make quinoa, rinse 1/3 cup of uncooked quinoa for one minute. Place in a small saucepan, add 2/3 cup water, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for an additional five minutes, keeping quinoa covered. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.

    To plump and soften raisins, place them in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes, then drain and let cool. In a large bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl) beat together eggs and sugar. Beat in applesauce, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Reduce speed to low. Add carrots. Mix in quinoa a little at a time (if quinoa is still warm, this will prevent it from scrambling the eggs) until combined.

    Add carrot-quinoa mixture to the flour mixture, stirring by hand until just combined. Fold in raisins. Evenly divide the batter among 12 cups in a coated baking pan or using pan liners. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan to cool.

  • Pumpkin and Rhubarb Muffins

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    2/3 cup ground almonds

    2/3 cup gluten-free plain white flour

    1 1/2 cups xylitol

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    pinch of salt

    1 large egg

    1 1/8 cups pumpkin purée

    3 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1/2 cup rhubarb

    Topping

    2 tablespoons gluten-free plain white flour

    2 tablespoons ground almonds

    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tray with nine paper cases or grease muffin cups. Make streusel topping first by putting all ingredients in bowl and rubbing them together with your fingertips. Mixture will become coarse, wet crumble. Place in refrigerator for time being. Mix almonds, flour, xylitol, spices, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Chop rhubarb into tiny pieces. Mix egg, vegetable oil, and pumpkin purée thoroughly in bowl. Fold in dry ingredients. Stir in rhubarb. Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel topping on muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes or until skewer inserted into muffin comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Recipe and image provided by Tarja Moles’ No Naughties cookbook

  • Sweet Potato Pumpkin Harvest Muffins

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    1 package Zema’s Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

    1/4 teaspoon baking powder

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    3/4 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)

    2 organic large eggs

    1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)

    1/3 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)

    1 cup canned organic pumpkin puree

    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

    1/2 cup Calimyrna fig, chopped

    1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped (toasted)

    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen organic cranberries

    To toast hazelnuts, place them on cookie sheet and set in 400 degree oven for eight to ten minutes. Let cool. Turn oven down to 350 degrees. In bowl, combine mix, baking soda, and xanthan gum. Set aside. In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients, whisk well. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix well. Add in all chopped ingredients and mix well. Fill mini-muffin cups 2/3 of way. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Check with toothpick. Do not overbake. Cool on rack for ten minutes. Recipe and image provided by Zema’s Madhouse Foods

     

  • Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

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    The addition of yogurt to this classic blueberry muffin recipe not only adds calcium and protein, but extra moisture as well.

    Makes 12 muffins 

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 cups sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 eggs
    1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
    1/2 stick of melted butter
    1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees; grease muffin tins and set aside.

    2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    3. Combine the sugar, yogurt, eggs, melted butter, and cinnamon, in a second bowl and beat until completely mixed.

    4. Next, add the dry ingredients and mix together until blended, taking care not to over-mix. Gently stir in the blueberries and then spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling each cup about two-thirds full.

    5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are browned and a toothpick stuck in the middle is clean when removed. Let cool in the pan, but be sure to serve warm!

  • Gluten-Free Wholesome Muffins

    Dry Ingredients
    1 tablespoon flaxmeal (ground flax seeds
    2 tablespoons hot water
    1 cup sorghum flour
    3/4 cup brown rice flour
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup rice bran

    Wet Ingredients
    1 1/4 cups milk
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 cup honey
     

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners. Combine flaxmeal and hot water in a small bowl, then allow to sit for 8 to 10 minutes. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients, then set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together milk, oil, honey, and flax mixture. Add dry ingredients to the milk mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Use medium-high speed with a handheld mixer, or medium speed with a stand mixer.

    Spoon batter into lined muffin cups, approximately two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and spring back to the touch. Place muffins on a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container or freeze.

    // From Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone

  • Frutied Squash Muffins

    1 cup flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/2 cup honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 beaten egg
    1/2 cup orange juice
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 cup spaghetti squash, cooked
    3/4 cup chopped cranberries
    3/4 cup raisins
    1/2 cup chopped dates

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, honey, baking powder, orange zest, and cinnamon.

    2. Stir in egg, orange juice, canola oil, and spaghetti squash. Blend to form batter. Add chopped cranberries, raisins, and chopped dates.

    3. Pour into prepared muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Banana Ginger Muffins

    MAKES 12 GOOD-SIZE MUFFINS

    1 2/3 cup mashed ripe bananas
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
    1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
    2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
    1/4 cup skim milk
    1 cup plain flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup raisins




     

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine mashed banana, sugar, and olive oil in a bowl, mixing well. Add molasses, yogurt, egg whites, and milk. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and spices. Add banana mixture and stir well until combined. Fold in raisins.
    4. Pour into muffin tin greased with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving: 208 calories; 2.9 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0.4 mg cholesterol; 4.1 g protein; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fi ber; 118.6 mg sodium

  • Banana Ginger Muffins

    1 2/3 cup mashed ripe bananas
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
    1/4 low-fat plain yogurt
    2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
    1/4 cup skim milk
    1 cup plain fl our
    1 cup whole-wheat fl our
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup raisins

     

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine mashed banana, sugar, and olive oil in a bowl, mixing well. Add molasses, yogurt, egg whites, and milk. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and spices. Add banana mixture and stir well until combined. Fold in raisins.
    4. Pour into muffin tin greased with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (12): 208 calories; 2.9 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0.4 mg cholesterol; 4.1 g protein; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fi ber; 118.6 mg sodium

  • Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Omega Muffins

    (makes 10 muffins)

    1-1/4 cups unbleached flour
    1/4 cup hemp protein
    1/2 cup light brown sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup hemp milk (plain or vanilla)
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    Hulled hemp seeds for sprinkling on tops

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; lightly grease 10 muffins cups. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, add the hemp milk and vegetable oil and add to the dry ingredients all at once. Stir only until just combined; do not over mix.
    3. Portion batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle additional hemp seeds on top. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack.