Gluten-free Dairy-free Persimmon Amaranth Muffin Recipe

November 21st, 2010 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Dairy Free, Easy, Muffin, Rice Free, Sorghum, tapioca starch free 8 Comments »

I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted a recipe here at the Book of Yum! Between Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, San Francisco Restaurant Adventures, and then getting horribly sick with Pneumonia, I just haven’t been doing much of interest in the kitchen. However, I’m feeling better, my kitchen has been organized just how I like it with a billion spices lined up on spice shelves on the counter and my gluten-free flours in nicely labeled tupperware in the pantry, and I’ve been getting inspired by the fruit trees in our new yard to start creating! Recently our persimmon tree reminded us of Autumn by bursting forth with lots of vibrantly orange persimmons. To tell you the truth, I’ve not done much with persimmons. I’ve barely snacked on them, and I don’t see myself developing a passion for the fruit on its own. So, what to do with all of these lovely fruits? Searching online I’ve found some interesting ideas. I followed one suggestion and used the persimmon fruit as pulp in a Pumpkin-inspired bread sans pumpkin. It was good, but turned out a bit too oily for my taste, so I’ll be continuing to work on that one. However, I was perusing an old Veggie Live magazine and came across an article on unusual flours that featured a recipe for amaranth-wheat muffins that used chopped pear as an accent. It occurred to me that since persimmons resemble pears in texture and mild flavor (just go with me here) that maybe I could make something similar using amaranth flour minus the dairy, gluten, and substituting persimmons for pears. I have been somewhat critical of amaranth in the past, but here it harmonizes beautifully with the fresh ground cardamon and is considerably mellowed by the accompanying gluten-free flours. If you really can’t stand amaranth, you could try another high protein flour (garbanzo or chestnut) or brown rice flour as a substitute. I haven’t tried this so you will be venturing into new territory. Muffins are a bit tricky egg free, in my opinion, but you could try substituting ener-g egg replacer eggs or flax seed eggs and see how it goes. A bit of persimmon puree might help things along egg-free as well. I’m thinking of how some people substitute banana or applesauce for one egg in a recipe. One fake egg and perhaps similar quantity of persimmon puree? It might work (but I make no promises). If you do go egg-free, you might want to add a teaspoon of xanthan. With eggs and the sugar in the recipe, I just don’t find it necessary, but I’m a rebel that way. Tell me about it in the comments if you come up with any fun variations!

My father and mother-in-law are visiting from Colorado and so I was happy to have something to offer them as a snack. They both seemed to enjoy them. My husband, who has been away on a business trip overseas for the past two weeks, gobbled them up and told me he would buy them in a store… on purpose. High praise for a humble gluten-free muffin with home-harvested fruit.

I know I should be posting about pumpkin pie and vegetarian stuffing- but right now apples and persimmons are the hot news in my yard. In case you have relatives to feed for brunch and your own persimmon stash lying around- I hope this recipe comes in handy. And if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go and have myself a seasonal… and delicious… gluten-free persimmon muffin.

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Amaranth Persimmon Muffins with Streusel Topping
Ingredients
Streusel:
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp whole grain gluten-free flour like sorghum
2 tbsp amaranth flour
3 tbsp dairy free margarine (I used Earth Balance)

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup your favorite gluten-free flour blend OR 3/4 cup sorghum flour and 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
1 cup amaranth flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins

Liquid ingredients:
1 1/2 cup dairy-free milk such as soy with 1/2 to 1 tsp lemon juice added
2 extra-large eggs or your favorite egg substitute
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 large persimmon, peeled and diced (can substitute pear, apple, or asian pear if you prefer)

margarine, shortening, cooking spray or paper muffin cup liners

Directions
Prepare 2 regular muffin tins by lining with paper liners, spraying with cooking spray, or greasing with shortening or dairy-free margarine.

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine streusel ingredients in a small bowl and mix with pastry blender, fork, or your fingers until you have pastry clumps.

Put dry ingredients in a large bowl and blend together with a large spoon or spatula.

Whisk liquid ingredients through the grapeseed oil together in a medium bowl. When they are combined, add the diced persimmon or other fruit and gently stir to combine.

Pour the liquid ingredients including the persimmon in with the dry ingredients and fold together. Combine as efficiently as possible without over-mixing.

Carefully fill each muffin cup halfway full, or up to 2/3 full if you have enough batter. I ended up leaving two muffin cups empty because I filled one muffin tin 2/3 full and the other more like 1/2 full. Sprinkle streusel on top of each unbaked muffin.

Put in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Gluten-free Vegan Sorghum Flax Banana Bread Recipe

August 6th, 2010 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Bread, Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Easy, Egg Free, JM friendly, Nut Free, Rice Free, Sorghum, Soy Free, Vegan, banana 6 Comments »


About one year ago, I published a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe for banana bread that has been astonishingly popular here at the Book of Yum. To date it has 42 comments, indicating to me that we are a community that definitely appreciates a good, easy quick bread. It was a very tasty recipe, and served me well in the early days when I only had to be dairy-free to breastfeed Baby Yum. Unfortunately it turned out that she was not only sensitive to dairy but to eggs as well, so I soon needed a new recipe. I found that while egg replacer has its uses, it yielded a somewhat gummy quick bread and so I was stymied for a time until I discovered the joys of flax seed as an egg replacer. To my delight, when you thoroughly process ground flax seed with water (in a blender or small food processor) it acts very much like eggs in a recipe. However, unlike the original, I find it useful to add some xanthan gum to compensate for any additional “crumbliness” resulting from the lack of egg. This is a delicious recipe and made for a delicious breakfast this morning basted with some soy-free earth balance margarine. Yum! I added lemon essence which gives this banana bread a little something special and decreased the sugar for those who want less of a sugar buzz with their morning coffee. If you are a traditionalist, you can add up to an additional 1/4 cup of sugar and replace the lemon with more vanilla. I added some teff flour for whole grain goodness and replaced rice with sorghum. You could easily substitute two cups of your favorite gluten-free flour blend for the flours that I used. You could also just use more sorghum instead of teff if you prefer. I think this recipe is something special. Heavy, gummy vegan bricks begone- this recipe is light, fluffy and fruity and I don’t think you’ll miss the eggs or dairy! If you try it, tell me about it in the comments!

Gluten Free Vegan Sorghum Banana Bread Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup potato starch (may sub tapioca or arrowroot starch)
1/4 cup teff flour
1/4 cup arrowroot starch (may sub tapioca starch)
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tbsp ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water, processed in blender or food processor until they form an eggy goo
1 1/2 cups mashed, ripe bananas (3 or 4)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon essence
1/2 cup canola oil
Directions
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray medium bread pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with palm shortening and reserve. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and then make a well in the center. Add flax gel, banana, sugar, and oil to the center and combine them before folding into the rest of the dry ingredients. Pour or spoon batter into your bread pan. Bake for an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes before removing from pan, and then cool on a wire rack until you cant stand it any longer (ideally until bread is entirely cool, but hey, Im only human.) Slice a piece and enjoy!
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