Gluten Free Apple Zucchini Muffins

Sometimes gluten free muffins turn out dry and crumbly, but not these Apple Zucchini Muffins!  The name says it all, these muffins are loaded with little bites of apple and zucchini that you can see and taste.  They keep the crumb nice and moist too.  And what a great way to sneak fruits and veggies into your breakfast!

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 180 g. gluten free all-purpose flour (I used Better Batter Original blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups apple and zucchini, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter, for finishing

Preparation:

Mist a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400º.

Use an electric chopper or a knife to mince the apples and zucchini into 1/4″ pieces.

Whisk the dry ingredients together in one bowl.  In a second bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.

Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until thoroughly moistened, then let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Fill the prepared muffin cups.  I wanted my muffins to be a little larger, so I made 9.  The recipe will make 12 if you portion the muffin cups 2/3 full.

Smooth out the tops with a spatula dipped in water and bake for 20-23 minutes depending on size.  Test the center with a toothpick.

Brush the muffins with melted butter for a nice shine, then cool in the pan for 20 minutes.  Transfer to a rack.

Look at that beautiful moist crumb!

Muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to one day or frozen.  My prediction is that they will disappear before you have to worry about it!

Notes ♪♫ I adapted this recipe from a quick bread that I used to make pre-Celiac.  It worked beautifully with gluten free flour, and as always, I recommend Better Batter.  I used their Original Blend, perfect for all your favorite muffins and quick breads.

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Gluten Free “Mighty Tasty” Toasting Bread

GLUTEN FREE “MIGHTY TASTY” TOASTING BREAD

Adapted from a recipe by America’s Test Kitchen

Servings: 1 Loaf = about 16 slices

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One of my favorite gluten free toasting breads, this loaf gets a boost of whole grains from Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal mix.  A hot cereal breakfast staple, it can also be used to add fiber and whole grains to bread and muffin recipes.  I think it gives the loaf a nice flavor and texture reminiscent of corn bread.  Even your family members who are not gluten free will enjoy this hearty breakfast toast.  It’s on my breakfast menu at least one morning per week!

This recipe has been adapted to yield 1 loaf.  Yes, there are a lot of ingredients, and it will take time.  Embrace the magic of baking from scratch!  I would rather enjoy a slice of delicious, homemade bread than a cardboard loaf from the store.

The pan you see in the photos is a 9 x 4 x 4” loaf pan that is perfect for gluten free bread.  The higher sides are perfect for supporting the dense, gluten free dough as it rises.  Gluten free baking is finicky, which is why I recommend that you use a scale and weigh the dry ingredients to achieve the same outcome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast

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  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey

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  • sesame and poppy seeds

Preparation:

Line a 9 X 4 X 4” loaf pan with parchment paper.  I always bake with parchment, not only to prevent sticking, but also to make lifting the finished loaf out of the pan easier.

Combine 1 ½ cups warm water and 1 tbsp. yeast together in the bowl of your stand mixer, and let it sit for 15 minutes while you gather the other ingredients.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, white rice flour through salt.  Don’t be tempted to skip any of the ingredients.  Those seemingly tiny amounts of things like gelatin, psyllium husk and xanthan gum are what help to compensate for the body and elasticity normally provided by the gluten in wheat flour.

When the yeast has proofed, add the eggs, canola oil and honey to the bowl and beat with the whisk attachment until frothy.

Switch to the paddle attachment and add the dry ingredients to the bowl.  Beat on low speed for 4 minutes.  Next add the sunflower seeds and up to an additional 4 tbsp. of water, one tbsp. at a time as needed.  Beat for 1 minute longer.  You will have a thick, sticky dough that clings to the paddle like this.

Scrape the dough into the prepared loaf pan and use a spatula dipped in water to smooth the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325º and place a pizza stone on the middle rack.  Remove the plastic wrap and mist the top of the risen loaf with warm water (this helps the seeds to adhere).  Sprinkle liberally with poppy and sesame seeds.

Bake for 75 minutes, or until the loaf reaches an internal temperature of 210º.  It may take a bit more (or less) time in your oven, so be sure to use a thermometer!  Hint, if it smells done, check it!

Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then grasp the parchment on either side to lift it out.  Remove the parchment and let it cool completely on a rack.  See how nicely the loaf shaped up in this pan?

Resist slicing into the loaf until it has completely cooled, or it may be gummy in the center. You’ll want to give it a few hours to rest and set up properly.  Here’s the crumb shot.  You can see that it’s very dense and speckled with whole grains and seeds. It’s perfect!

Like most gluten free breads, this one is best eaten the day it is baked.  Slice it up and toast for about 5 minutes, it’s divine with just a simple pat of butter or jelly.  You can store it at room temperature for up to 1 day, but it is best to freeze the leftovers asap.  I like to freeze mine in individually wrapped slices, so I can easily pull one out for breakfast.

Notes ♪♫ All of the grains used in the flour mix were from Bob’s Red Mill.  The brand is readily available in stores or online.

Originally published 05/05/2019                   Updated 06/17/2024

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Pancakes

Take your pancake breakfast to the next level with Gluten Free Carrot Cake Pancakes!  These pancakes have all the flavors of a carrot cake cleverly disguised as breakfast.  The recipe is not difficult and would be a wonderful treat for a special occasion or brunch.  Wouldn’t this be fun for Easter morning?

Yield: 9 pancakes

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Ingredients:

  • 240 g. gluten free pancake mix (2 cups)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • butter, for the griddle

Topping:

  • maple syrup
  • Cream cheese
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ground walnuts
  • grated carrots

Preparation:

I used a box grater to shred my carrots on the medium setting.  My grater has a little measuring cup that fits into the bottom, so you can measure as you go.  Be sure to reserve a tablespoon of the carrots for the topping.

To get started, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and whisk well.  Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.  Stir the wet and dry ingredients together and fold in the carrots.

Let the batter rest for 10 minutes while you heat your griddle or skillet.  Spoon the batter by heaping tablespoons, about 2 tablespoons per pancake.

I used my waffle maker to cook the pancakes.  It has a pancake plate with 4 wells.  I heated it to 350º and brushed the wells with butter.

The pancakes are ready to turn when you can easily slide a spatula underneath.  Mine took some time, almost 10 minutes on the first side, and less than 5 minutes for the second side.  Remember, gluten free pancakes and waffles always take longer to cook than regular.

You can poke the pancakes with a toothpick to be sure they’re done, then serve or place them on a rack to cool.

Toppings are optional, but I wanted to echo the carrot cake theme.  So, I mashed together a little cream cheese with vanilla Greek yogurt, then finished with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of walnuts and carrots.

Wow that was good!  You probably won’t have any leftover, but if you do, remember they can be frozen and reheated in the toaster or microwave.  I wrapped my leftovers individually in plastic wrap and placed them in a freezer safe bag labelled with the date.  They will keep for a couple of months, but I’m sure they will disappear long before then!

Notes ♪♫ You know I love Better Batter and always tell you how wonderful their flour is.  But did you know they also have mixes?  I used their Gluten Free Pancake and Biscuit Mix in this recipe, and it did not disappoint.  The pancakes are delicious and sure to be enjoyed by your family or your special someone.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Gluten Free Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine, the French classic.  What’s not to love about a yummy quiche filled with bacon, cheese and onion?  I think that a quiche is one of the easiest things to make for brunch, because you can prepare most of it a day ahead then just assemble and bake in the morning.

Is quiche gluten free?

The filling of a quiche, usually consisting of eggs, cream, meat and/or vegetables is usually gluten free.  Only the pie crust contains gluten.  Fortunately, this Gluten Free Cream Cheese Pie Crust is easy to make, and it is perfect to use with both sweet and savory pie recipes.  And of course, I just happened to have one in my freezer, waiting for a special occasion!

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

If your pie crust is frozen, take it out one day ahead to defrost in the refrigerator.  Then let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes before rolling it out between two sheets of parchment.

If it breaks, you can put it back into the refrigerator for 15 minutes then try rolling it out again.  With a gluten free crust, you do not need to worry about overworking the dough, so you can roll it out as many times as you need to.

Gently place the rolled-out dough into a glass pie dish, trim the edges and crimp.  Use the scraps to patch any holes or cracks (you can see I had quite a few!).  Yes, pie crust does not always cooperate, but I got it to work.  Remember, even if it’s not the prettiest it will taste great!

Place the pie dish in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Hint: you can prepare the pie crust to this point and refrigerate it overnight for baking in the morning.  Just cover it with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out.

You can also prep the bacon, cheese and onion the night before.  Cook the bacon (in batches if needed) and drain on paper towels.  Chop it into 1/2″ pieces.  Grate the cheese and mince the onion.

In the morning, when you are ready to assemble the quiche, preheat the oven to 425º.  Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator while the oven preheats, so you are not placing a cold plate directly into the hot oven.  Spread the bacon, onion and cheese into the pie shell.

In a bowl, beat the eggs together with the light cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper.  Don’t skip the cayenne, it’s just enough to brighten the flavor without adding heat.  Pour the egg mixture evenly into the pie shell.

Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Then, lower the heat to 300º and continue baking for 30 minutes longer.

The edges should be nicely browned, and the center golden.  To test, you can insert a knife or a toothpick into the quiche, it should come out clean.

The quiche can be served warm or at room temperature.  Leftovers can be refrigerated for several days (do not freeze) and reheated in the oven or microwave.  And if you’re ogling that bacon wrapped sausage, get the recipe here!

Notes ♪♫ I always have gluten free pie crust in the freezer for when I want to make sweet or savory pies and quiche.  It’s a real time saver, especially when we can’t always grab a ready-made gluten free pie crust at the grocery store.  Get the recipe for easy, Gluten Free Cream Cheese pie crust here.

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Individual Gluten Free Lemon Cheesecakes

Look what my wonderful daughter-in-law made for our Easter dessert! Individual Lemon Cheesecakes and yes, they are gluten free. She used gluten free golden Oreo halves for the base, so clever! 💛🍋💛

Since some of you have asked, she has kindly agreed to share her recipe!

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Ingredients:

Bacon Wrapped Sausage

The name says it all, you don’t need a recipe for this do you?  Just put these little bites of happiness on the table for your next brunch or family breakfast and watch them disappear! (and they are great leftover too 😉)

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

The best part of this recipe is that you can get it ready the night before to cook in the morning.  Just wrap each sausage with a half slice of bacon and secure them with 4″ skewers.  Use the amount needed for your family.

Line a sheet pan with foil (keeps the mess down) and arrange the sausages on a rack, cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 350º.  Bake the sausage for 15 minutes, then finish them on a hot griddle, turning frequently until the bacon is nice and crispy, and the sausage is cooked to your liking, 15-20 minutes.  Place them back on the rack for a few minutes to drain before serving.

That’s it friends, what could be easier?  So, the next time you are pondering whether to make sausage or bacon for brunch, why not make both!

Notes ♪♫ Most bacon and sausage are gluten free, but I still like to see the gluten free label for extra peace of mind.  I used Johnsonville Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Breakfast Sausage Links and Oscar Mayer Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon.

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Gluten Free Sourdough Discard Pancakes

My gluten free sourdough starter Sophie is getting more bubbly each week.  She turned one month old recently, and I was getting ready to bake another loaf of bread in the morning.  But first she had to be fed a couple of times, and there was the inevitable discard.  You know I don’t want a bit of this magical culture go to waste, so I thought I would test a small batch of Sourdough Discard Pancakes.

It was my first-time making pancakes with sourdough and I was pleasantly surprised.  The familiar sweetness of pancakes with just the right amount of savory sourdough flavor, who knew?  Using the sourdough discard seemed to give my pancakes an extra high rise too.  These pancakes were hearty and filling, guaranteed to satisfy big appetites.

I made 5 pancakes with my test batch, about 1/3 cup batter each.  Double the recipe for a family breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. melted butter plus more for the griddle
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup sourdough discard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 120g. gluten free all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

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Preparation:

Melt the butter in the microwave and set it aside to cool while you gather the other ingredients.

Combine the first 5 ingredients, butter through vanilla in a small bowl.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Use a batter whisk to stir the wet and dry ingredients together with 2/3 cup milk.  If the batter is too thick, you can add a little more milk, 1 tbsp. at a time to reach the right consistency.

Preheat your griddle or nonstick skillet for 10 minutes and let the batter rest.

Hint: Do you know why they say the first pancake always comes out a little weird?  It’s probably because the griddle wasn’t hot enough. 

When you are ready to begin, butter the griddle or skillet generously and begin spooning out your pancakes.  I like a nice big pancake, so I scooped the batter out with a 1/3 cup measuring cup.  You can make your pancakes as large or small as you like.

Keep a close eye and be ready to flip the pancakes over as soon as the bottom is set, time will vary depending on how large you make the pancakes.

You should get a nice rise as soon as you flip them over.

When the second side is set check the center for doneness with a toothpick.  I had to flip mine another time or two.

Here’s breakfast!  This was a delicious and filling pancake; one was more than enough for me.  Look how thick it is!

Once they were cooled to room temperature, I wrapped the rest of the pancakes individually in plastic wrap and placed in a freezer safe bag.  They will keep for a couple of months in the freezer (at least) and can be defrosted and reheated in the toaster or the microwave.

Notes ♪♫ I used and recommend Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour in this recipe.  It is a high-quality flour that will change the way you bake!

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Gluten Free Carrot Zucchini Muffins

Carrot and Zucchini muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go, coffee breaks and spring brunches!  The first time I made this gluten free muffin, I was so pleased with the high rise and moist crumb.  They are the not overly sweet and so are a great choice for breakfast.  As with all my muffin recipes, I think you will find that this gluten free preparation is as easy as traditional baking.

12 Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 240 g. gluten free all-purpose flour *see notes
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger
  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • cooking spray, if your pan isn’t nonstick
  • 12 pecan halves, optional
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter, for glazing

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through ginger.  Grate the zucchini and carrots.

Whisk together the eggs, sugar, olive oil, milk and lemon juice.

Add the zucchini and carrots to the egg mixture, then fold the dry ingredients into the wet.

Let the batter rest for a few minutes while you preheat the oven to 400º.

Now use a spoon to scoop out the batter, dividing it equally into the 12 muffin cups.  Use a spatula dipped in water to smooth the tops.  If you like, press a pecan into the top of each muffin.  It makes a nice presentation if you are serving these for a brunch.

Bake 20 minutes at 400º.  Aren’t they beautiful?  I love how you can see the green and orange flecks throughout.  While still in the pan, brush the tops with 1 tbsp. of melted butter to give them a nice shine.

Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack.

If not serving immediately, you can store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days.  They will refresh nicely in the microwave.  I recommend freezing leftovers, wrap them individually with Saran and store in a freezer safe bag.  Now that you know easy it is, I hope you will give this recipe a try.  Let me know, will you be adding it to your breakfast rotation?

Notes ♪♫ I used Better Batter original all-purpose flour in this recipe.  If you use a different flour blend that does not contain xanthan gum, you will need to add 1-1/2 tsp.

Originally published 04/12/2018     Updated 02/19/2024

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Gluten Free Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

If you are from the Northeast and of a certain age, you will no doubt remember Jordan Marsh, the iconic department store.  It was my mother’s favorite store back in the day, and I vividly recall buying one of my prom dresses there, 50 years ago (eek!).

Before food courts and fast food, the Jordan Marsh Bakery was a popular destination for shoppers to refuel and continue on with their day, i.e., you didn’t have to go home if you got hungry- smart!

Although the store chain closed in the 1990’s, their Blueberry Muffins remain legendary to this day.  I recently read an interesting article about the origins of this recipe in the New York Times, which claimed it was adapted from an 1847 cookbook called The New England Economical Houskeeper and Family Receipt Book.

Wherever its origin may have been, the muffins are not only delicious, but only require a substitution of one ingredient to be gluten free.  How about that?

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Ingredients:

  • 300 g. (about 2 cups) Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened (not melted)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 oz. package (1 cup) fresh blueberries

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Preparation:

Take the butter out of the refrigerator and let it soften at room temperature.  Mist a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Rinse and dry the blueberries on a clean dishtowel.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar with the whisk attachment.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.  Reserve 1 tbsp. to sprinkle over the blueberries.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl along with the milk and combine with the paddle attachment until moistened.

Crush half of the blueberries with a fork and fold into the batter with the remaining whole blueberries.

Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan.  Dip a small spatula in warm water and use it to smooth out the tops.  If you wish, you can sprinkle the tops of the muffins with more sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.  Test with a toothpick.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a rack.  Let them stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours.  I’ve got my eye on that big one in front!

Leftovers, if you have any can be frozen for an easy breakfast.

Notes ♪♫ For muffins and quick breads, I use and recommend Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour.  Most recipes can be converted at 120-150g. per cup.  If you use a different brand, be sure that your flour contains xanthan gum.  Even if you do not weigh any of your other ingredients, I encourage you to invest in a kitchen scale to weigh the flour.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

Are you team pumpkin or team apple?  With these Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins, there’s no need to take sides!  You get the best of both fall flavors in every bite!

Think all gluten free baked goods are dry and crumbly?  Wait until you bite into one of these muffins, they are super moist and delicious.  What’s more, no one will guess that they are gluten free!

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Ingredients:

Dry ingredients

  • 285 g. (~2-1/3 cups) gluten free flour (I use and recommend Better Batter Original)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. salt

Wet ingredients

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Preparation:

Whisk the dry ingredients together in one bowl.  In another bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, until all of the flour is moistened.  Cover and let the batter rest for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350º.

Mist the muffin tin with cooking spray and spoon the batter into the 12 cups.

Use a small spatula to smooth out the tops, this will give the muffins a nice dome.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Test with a toothpick, it should come out dry.

Cool in the pan for 15 minutes then place on a rack until completely cooled before storing, about 2 hours.

Muffins will keep at room temperature for a day or two.  Reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I like to wrap leftovers individually and freeze them for a quick breakfast or snack.

Notes ♪♫ Don’t skip the 20-minute resting time.  This important step allows the flour to hydrate so that there will be no gritty texture in the finished muffin.  This is a great tip for gluten free baking in general, and will give better results for your breads, muffins and cakes.

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