Oh nuts, we are out of muffins….again. That’s no good! I didn’t go far from my favorite recipes to make these, possibly my favorite muffins of all time. This is a riff on my fall of 2014 take on a muffin recipe out of Annalise Robert’s cookbook; Gluten-Free Baking Classics; her blueberry muffins but with a special topping. If you are looking for a great source recipe book this is it: her gf quick breads are particularly delicious, all my gluten loving friends and family enjoy them. I made her brownies this past weekend; always perfection and rapidly devoured.
I have a confession to make: I have never been a big fan of cranberries. Until this winter! I decided to experiment with them and found that they play very well with a variety of fruits for muffins, tarts, pies and crisps. The cranberries brighten the flavor and add a lovely rosy color. Do look beyond your prejudices to their sharp flavor and give them a second try. I am so glad I did.
These muffins did not disappoint: delicate texture yet slightly crunchy outside with a great fruity flavor and just enough sugar for me. To measure I poured about ½ cup of blueberries and added the rest of the measure out of the bag of cranberries. I used frozen fruit; easy to get in the winter, don’t defrost them before adding. The streusel topping insures that they look straight from a gluten free bakery.
There are walnuts in there so you get some really great nutrients from the fruit and nuts. Not much guilt in eating one of these treats! You can swap the white sugar for coconut palm sugar which is very low as far as raising blood sugar. I am out of it so I had to go with what was in my pantry.
I like to test eat a muffin from the batch while they are still warm out of the oven, at the moment of perfection. This version is perhaps my favorite of every single muffin recipe I have tried.
It is smart to freeze any you won’t eat in two days time; a zip lock freezer bag works great.
Here are the pictures I took while making these muffins. From the outside they look somewhat plain so I took one shot of a cross section so you could see the baked fruit inside this yummy breakfast treat.
Cranberry Blueberry Muffins
2 cups brown rice flour mix (see below)
2/3 cup 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 cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
2 large eggs
½ cup milk, 1 or 2 percent
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 12-16 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 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 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 (must be finely ground: I spin mine a while in the blender cup by cup to improve its texture.)
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour