I love muffins.  I love their ability to be like cake or bread and still be oh so tasty.  I love the variety that is possible and I love how portable they are.  I also love that they freeze and thaw wonderfully, making them a perfect snack choice for the GFCF diet.  I’ve been experimenting with muffins in the kitchen again and have determined that the following recipe can be made suitable for practically any flavour.  I’ve included the “base” and some ideas to spark your creativity:

GFCF Muffin Base

1.5 cups GF flour blend
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 cup sugar

Whisk together the dry ingredients.  You can even store this in a glass jar for a “base” to save time.  To this add:

1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup applesauce (or just use 2/3 cup oil)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (optional, depending on flavour)
1 cup “fruit”
1/2 – 1 cup “add ins”

Add the wet ingredients to the dry.  Stir until just blended.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

So for the varieties:

Banana Chocolate Chip – 1 cup mashed banana, 1/2 cup chocolate chip

Pumpkin – 1 cup pumpkin, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves

Carrot – 1 cup grated carrot, 1/4 cup walnuts (opt), 1/4-1/2 cup crushed pineapple (opt), 1/2 cup raisins

Cranberry – 1 cup cranberry sauce (we use the leftovers from Thanksgiving), 1/2 cup nuts

Strawberry – 1 cup crushed strawberries

Applesauce – 1 cup applesauce, 1 tbsp cinnamon  (yes, in addition to the 1/3 cup above)

What else can you think of? Basically, you need another cup or so of wet ingredients to round out the mix & off you go.


Pick-a-flavour Muffins

Soft, moist and yummy. These are even good warmed up from the freezer!