08
Apr
11

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Orange Blueberry Muffins

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Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, one of my favourite new cookbooks.

For Social Media Breakfast Ottawa, there are a number of attendees who need to avoid gluten and dairy. I wanted to avoid any recipe calling for xanthan gum or guar gum, and go with easier-to-find ingredients. I wound up using this guideline for a gluten-free flour blend that can replace up to 2 cups of flour in most baked goods. I think that if I had whipped the egg whites to soft peaks, it would have helped the structure even more.

1/4 cup blanched, sliced almonds

zest of 2 oranges

3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup almond milk

2 egg whites, beaten until frothy

2 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp almond oil

1/4 cup almond meal

2 cups brown rice flour and tapioca starch blend (see guideline link, above)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Additional sliced almonds, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced almonds and toast until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool while putting together the muffin batter.

Whisk together zest, orange juice, almond milk, canola oil, and almond oil until smoothly combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour blend, the ground almonds, the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and toasted sliced almonds.

Add the frothy egg whites to theliquid mixture and mix gently to combine. Stir into the dry ingredients, mixing until combined. I’d have to verify this, but I think gluten-free batters can take being overbeaten, as they don’t develop the gluten that can make overbeaten baked goods taste tough.

Stir in the blueberries.

Divide the muffin batter among the muffin tins, filling the cups almost to the top. Garnish with additional sliced almonds, if desired. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before serving.

Makes 12 muffins.

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