Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Breakfast on the go.  Snacks during the school or work day.  What can a gluten free person enjoy that isn’t full of additives, chemicals or excess sugar or salt?  Or wickedly expensive.  Not many options out there.  Can you tell where this is going?  YES, Muffins to the rescue! These muffins are easy to make, perfect in texture for breakfast and totally yummy.  I love things made with raisins and oats (if you can eat them as some folks can’t tolerate oats) both are healthy choices and add hearty flavor to baked goods.

This muffin recipe is from Annalise Roberts’s wonderful cookbook: Gluten Free Baking Classics – The Heritage Collection, which came out last fall. I have made many great baked goods from this cookbook, a favorite of mine. She uses golden raisins: I was out so I subbed in regular raisins.

I freeze any muffins I won’t eat in 2 days; in a Ziplock freezer bag.  They make super school or work snacks and freezing them extends their usefulness by several weeks.

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Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour mix (see below)

½ cup gf old fashioned oatmeal

3/4 c brown sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

¾ cup regular or golden raisins

¾ cup chopped walnuts

2 lg eggs beaten

½ c milk, 1 or 2 percent

½ c canola oil

Cinnamon sugar: 2 tsp. sugar and ½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees, placing the rack in middle of oven.  Spray muffin pans with cooking spray.  One batch makes 12-14 muffins.

Put the oatmeal and the brown sugar in a food processor and blend until coarsely chopped. Dump in and mix all dry ingredients in bowl of stand mixer or a big bowl. Blend in raisins and walnuts. Combine milk and oil in a small bowl, beat in eggs.  Add liquids to big bowl; stir on low speed until fully blended.

Fill muffin pans 2/3 full. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake 18-22 min until golden brown. Do not overbake or they get dry.  Remove immediately from the pans and cool on a rack. Freezes well for up to 3 weeks and keeps in fridge (well wrapped) a few days.apple-tarts-oatmeal-muffins-015

Brown Rice Flour Mix mix
2 c brown rice flour

2/3 c potato starch

1/3 c tapioca flour

Pumpkin Muffin Time

Fall baking seems to be all about pumpkin. I like muffins rather than breads for their great texture and super portability. Donuts are pretty much just sugar and grease bombs which I reserve to eat once or twice a year. Pumpkin roll is lovely for company but if it is just me, the muffin rules!

This muffin recipe is my own version of a pumpkin muffin using the banana muffin recipe from Annalise Roberts’s wonderful cookbook: Gluten Free Baking Classics.  They are easy to make, perfect in texture and totally yummy.

I do love to sprinkle them with chunky sugar; used for fancy baking.  They would be extra nice with a streusel topping.  Look at my other muffin recipes and there are a couple versions I use that you can apply to give that lovely top to your muffins.

I freeze any I won’t eat in 2 days; in a Ziplock freezer bag.  They make super school or work snacks

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Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups brown rice flour mix (see below)

2/3 c granulated sugar or coconut palm sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 c packed canned pumpkin

2 lg eggs beaten

½ c milk, 1 or 2 percent plus 3 extra tbsp. if you use the palm sugar

½ c canola oil

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees, placing the rack in middle of oven.  Spray muffin pans with cooking spray.  One batch makes 12-14 muffins.

Mix all dry ingredients in bowl of stand mixer or big bowl. Combine milk and oil, beat in eggs.  Add liquids and pumpkin puree to big bowl; stir until fully blended.

Fill muffin pans 2/3 full.  Bake 23-24 min until golden brown. Do not overbake or they get dry.  Remove immediately from the pans and cool on a rack.  I like to sprinkle the muffins with big sugar granules before baking for crunch.   Freezes well for up to 3 weeks.  Keeps in fridge (well wrapped) a few days.

 

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Brown Rice Flour Mix mix
2 c brown rice flour

2/3 c potato starch

1/3 c tapioca flour