Nobody likes a dry muff, right?
It gets oh-so-tricky to make amazingly delicious and moist baked goods when you choose to kick it whole and healthy by ditching the butter, sugar, eggs and white flour -- all the things that typically make muffins awesome.
I have been gluten-free for 10 years now, though this run was not my first attempt. I tried going gluten-free back when I was 18 and my doctor told me I was depressed. Instead, I thought maybe it was the bread (I'd heard something about gluten and depression.) Trying to cut out gluten in 1997 was a whole other story -- now, it's easy and when you are able to make healthy and delicious treats, it's even easier.
Today on MeghanTV, I am sharing one of the most popular recipes from my book UnDiet, and in the process, will also share my three best tips I have come up with over the last ten years for baking the best moist muffin.
In this video I'll share:
- How to best combine gluten-free flours.
- My secret ingredient that helps bind gluten-free baking.
- How to replace eggs and still have your muffins turn out fluffy.
- A salad dressing ingredient that does magical things to baked goods.
- How to successfully eliminate buttermilk in recipes.
- Options for ways to healthify your old-time favourites.
Bake Yourself A Moist Muff!
Yield: 12 muffins
- ¾ cup brown rice flour
- ¾ cup buckwheat flour
- ½ cup ground almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
- 1 organic egg
- ⅓ cup applesauce
- ⅓ cup coconut milk or water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
- 1 cup apple, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 1 apple)
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- Grease cake pan or line a muffin tin with coconut oil and dust with brown rice flour.
- In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients except for the grated carrot and cubed apple. Add to the dry ingredients, and stir until smooth.
- Add the carrots and apples and stir until just mixed - don't go overboard.
- Pour batter into greased cake pan or muffin tin.
- For cake: bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- For muffins: bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
If you are digging all of this culinary nutrition goodness, be sure to check out our Culinary Nutrition Expert Program.
If you want to try out a Gluten-Free lifestyle, check out this transition program.