Oh….the muffin saga unfolds further…what flavor shall I make for snack time? Turning to my trusty muffin recipe I went for a classic: blueberry crumb. So easy: think I can almost do it in my sleep! That’s why the basic muffin recipe is my go to baked snack. They are always tasty and far cheaper than GF muffins you can buy.
This batch of muffins was delightful: delicate texture yet slightly crunchy outside with the sweet blueberry flavor and just enough sugar for me. I used a bag of fruit straight out of the freezer -don’t defrost them before adding.
The streusel topping insures that they look gorgeous and adds an extra layer of flavor. There are walnuts in them to so you get some really great nutrients from the fruit and nuts. Not much guilt in eating one of these treats! You swapped the white sugar for coconut palm sugar which is very low as far as raising blood sugar. I did add an extra 2 tbsp. of milk because of the coconut palm sugar. They come out slightly darker if you use that special sugar.
I took a few snaps as I made the batter. I warmed my cold eggs in a bowl of warm tap water; took only a couple minutes to bring them close from icy cold to room temp. Great if you forget to get out the eggs early for warming up on the counter. In a second photograph I show how I pour the milk in a glass measuring cup and add the canola oil right on top. And the third shot is of the frozen blueberries before mixing in, don’t defrost them! Finally; do make the streusel topping before you mix up the batter as that batter goes together in a few moments so have your topping ready to press into the batter in the muffin tins.
I love how healthy these muffins are and the envious looks people give me when I chow down on one as they eat some snack full of preservatives, sugar and who knows what. People are envying ME and my GF treat…Love how being gluten free can be so yummy and easy when you plan ahead and bake your own snack treats. I freeze those I won’t eat in two days time; a zip lock freezer bag works great.
Blueberry Streusel Muffins
2 cups brown rice flour mix (see below)
2/3 cup granulated coconut palm sugar or granulated sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. xanthan gum
¼ tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
2 large eggs
½ cup milk, 1 or 2 percent plus 2 tbsp more if you use the palm sugar
½ cup canola oil
Topping: Mix the following in a bowl, make sure the butter is in tiny pebbles; use your fingertips to blend.
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. almond meal
1½ tbsp. butter
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Directions: Heat your oven to 375 degrees, placing the rack in middle of oven. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray. One batch makes 14-16 muffins. I got 16 when I made them.
Mix all dry ingredients in bowl of stand mixer or big bowl Add fruits and walnuts; stir to coat them with dry mix. Combine milk and oil. Beat in eggs, add vanilla. Add liquids to big bowl; stir just until blended. It is a very thick batter.
Fill muffin pans 2/3 full. I use a big metal serving spoon and fill it about half way to dump in each muffin space. Sprinkle the top with the topping. Press it in a bit so it won’t all flake off after baking. Bake 21-23 min until golden brown. Do not over bake or they will taste dry. Remove immediately from the pans and cool on a rack. They freeze well for a few weeks, if they last that long. Keeps in fridge (well wrapped) or an airtight cookie jar for 2-3 days.
Brown Rice Flour Mix base mix
(This mix is the same as King Arthur’s blend)
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour