Gluten-free Dairy-free Chunky Apple Muffin Recipe

April 2nd, 2013 yum Posted in Bread, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Vegan Option, apple, corn free 12 Comments »


Our in-laws are visiting, and Kid Yum had the day off from preschool so I had an unusually leisurely morning that inspired me to bake up some treats for our visitors. I asked Kid Yum what sounded good to her— suggesting carrot muffins or banana muffins. She thought for a minute and declared, “Apple Muffins!” She does love apples, and since we had a big package of organic Fuji apples I thought that sounded like an excellent idea. It made me remember a sweet apple muffin streudel recipe I made some time ago, using dairy, but I wanted to make it dairy-free for my lactose-sensitive father-in-law. I also wanted to cut down on the sweetener considerably to make it a more sensible as a breakfast choice. I made two batches- one egg-free for a friend who recently got out of surgery, and one batch using eggs. The recipes turned out well, and I could tell they were a success when the DH gobbled not one but two in rapid succession. We’ll be making these again! One note: they are very delicate (a touch crumbly) when hot out of the oven but they firm up as they cool.

Another thing… You may have noticed how infrequent my posts have become. I’ve wanted to post, honestly, and I feel terrible for letting last month’s adopt-a-gluten-free-blogger event slide (post coming soon), but there have been a few things keeping me busy.

For one thing…

I’m pregnant! We’re expecting our second Baby Yum in August. The first trimester hit me hard, leaving me tired, nauseous, and uninspired by food. Thankfully once I got into the second trimester I’ve felt much more like myself, but I also feel the tick-tock of the clock and the necessity of finishing my dissertation. Basically while Kid Yum is at preschool I work on my dissertation work like crazy, and then when she gets home, I make dinner and we try to spend some quality family time together. We go to bed early, though, and household chores like laundry end up getting done at the end of the day, just when I used to habitually blog.

Actually… laundry is piled on the edge of the bed as I type this.. and I’ll have to fold it before we go to sleep. Ah life is so glamorous here at the House of Yum…

But, I do think of you guys and this blog, and I frequently type in new recipes that I intend to post, and write up recipe notes and take photos, especially of Kid Yum’s bentos. I just need to figure out how to work in blogging, being a mommy, writing a dissertation, and living life all at the same time.

And by the way… we found out late last month…. the new Baby Yum is a boy! We can’t wait to welcome him to our family. Don’t worry, we’ll introduce you guys too. You’ll just have to wait until August, along with us.

I shared this with the fabulous Simply Sugar and Gluten-free Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Wellness Weekend.

Dairy-free Chunky Apple Muffins with walnut topping
Ingredients
Apple Pie Base:
1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
3 or small apples, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp raisins
1/4 tsp dried lemon peel (optional)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp. vanilla
heaped 1/2 tsp or more cinnamon

Muffin batter:
3/4 cup sorghum or brown rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg or Ener-g foods egg replacer egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 to 1/3 cup honey, maple syrup or agave nectar
1/3 cup coconut cream from canned full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut milk from above canned coconut milk
1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Topping:
1/4 cup walnuts
light sprinkle of brown sugar, date sugar or coconut sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 375f. Place muffin tin liners in a muffin pan.

Heat a nonstick pan on medium and add your grapeseed oil. Just as it starts to brown, throw in your apples and raisins and sprinkle them with optional lemon peel. Let them begin to brown, and then turn and add lemon juice and vanilla. As the second side browns, add your cinnamon and turn one more time.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients for your muffin from sorghum flour to the nutmeg. Whisk together to combine.

Put your egg or ener-g egg in a small to medium bowl and whisk together. Add applesauce, honey or other liquid sweetener, coconut cream and coconut milk and oil together and whisk until combined. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour your combined liquid ingredients into the well. Fold in your liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Assemble your muffins by putting a small layer of batter in the muffin tin. Then put a layer of the apple pie filling over the batter. Cover it with a layer of batter. Place a few chopped walnuts on top of the muffins and sprinkle very lightly with brown sugar or other powdered natural sweetener.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until muffins are a nice golden brown and separate easily from the muffin tin. Leave them in the muffin tin for a few minutes or separate muffins from the pan gently with a butter knife. Put on a wire rack to cool.

Notes
Very delicate muffin until it cools, at which point it becomes less prone to crumbling. Three glutenoids (two not accustomed to gluten-free eating) gobbled them up and pronounced them yummy.
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Delicious Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Egg-free Apple Quinoa Muffin Recipe

April 6th, 2010 yum Posted in Baby yum, Baked Goods, Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Muffin, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, apple, low-sugar, tapioca starch free 16 Comments »


As many of you may know, in order to breastfeed my darling Baby Yum I had to go on a rather extreme allergen-free diet, cutting out the obvious (dairy, soy, nuts, eggs) and even the less obvious, like rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.* In the course of trying to figure out how to help my allergic baby, I reached out for advice from communities like la leche league, attending meetings and reading their allergy boards avidly. The latter was especially helpful as I met other Moms who had battled allergies with their own infants and found solutions that worked for them. Thanks to suggestions on this board, I tried digestive enzymes (didn’t work for us), diet modifications, and finally probiotics for her which markedly improved her symptoms and my sanity. While there are many probiotics on the market, we found success with a Klaire infant probiotic free of just about everything from dairy to rice. (Annoyingly, you can only get it through a holistic medical professional, so we went to Whole Child Wellness for this “prescription” as well as some thinking-outside-of-the-box advice.) These resources were all very helpful, but one thing I’ve struggled with is getting the fuel to keep me going that conformed with an everything-free diet. Allergen-free blogs have been helpful, and I’ve enjoyed researching international options like one-flour-ingredient Indian flatbreads (see my sorghum flatbread or millet flatbread recipe), but the same allergy-expert ladies on the La Leche League forums also had some recipes that I have found very useful. Happily, I found one of the best gluten-free, dairy and egg free muffins I’ve ever had thanks to “Shannon75″ on the boards. I had to modify them a little to suit our restrictions, but this recipe is nothing short of a chemical miracle that results in amazing, fluffy, sturdy muffins that taste pretty awesome with a swipe of dairy-free soy-free margarine from Earth Balance and a little local honey. You can even use them as a sandwich base or eat them plain. I’ve made them in regular muffin tins and in mini-muffin tins- they are great either way. These babies don’t need eggs at all- and they beat most egg-free gluten-free muffin recipes hands down. Got any favorite winning gluten-free, egg-free muffin recipes or links? Share them in the comments! Me, baby yum, and my fellow allergen-free readers will thank you!

*Note: I am not a doctor, so this is not medical advice- just the path we chose that worked for us personally.

Quinoa Apple Allergen-free Muffins
Ingredients
Dry:
1 Cup quinoa flour
1/2 + 1/3 cup arrowroot starch (may replace one portion with an alternate starch such as tapioca, corn, or potato)
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Wet:
1 1/2 Cup liquid- (I use 3/4 cup apple juice concentrate with 3/4 cup apple juice to mellow out the strong flavor of the quinoa flour, but you can substitute other juice or water)
1/4 c oil
2 tsp egg replacer

Directions
Grease muffin tin with palm oil shortening or other oil. Preheat oven to 350F.

Whisk together dry ingredients, and then make a well in the center for the liquid ingredients. Mix all together with a large spoon.

Pour batter into muffin tin and bake for 12 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Notes
Thanks to Shannon of the La Leche League forums for providing the template for this recipe, which I modified for our allergies.
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