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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Gluten Free Pumpkin Vanilla Waffles

Today there are so many gluten-free pancake mixes out there, and it’s a treat to make a quick batch of pancakes or waffles, without the gluten!  I’m always trying to be creative and will often use a pancake mix as a base to which I can add layers of flavor and texture!  This fall inspired waffle has almond flour and flax for protein and fiber, coconut flour for sweetness, as well as pumpkin, banana and yogurt for moisture.  The waffles are dense and hearty, a filling breakfast.  One is enough for me, so I make a batch of 8 and freeze the leftovers.  So easy to pop into the toaster for a quick breakfast!

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Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 5 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups 1% milk
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir together with a batter whisk until completely moistened.  At first it may appear that the batter is too thin, but it will thicken as the flax absorbs the liquid.  Let the batter rest 10 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron to 350º.

The recipe makes 8 waffles.  If you want to be very particular, you can weigh the batter and divide it in half so your waffles will all be uniform in size.  Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray and spread the batter evenly, using a spatula to get into the corners.  Close lid and cook for 6 minutes.

Remove the waffles and repeat with the remaining batter.  You can enjoy them immediately or cool on a rack to refrigerate or freeze for later.

My favorite way to serve waffles is topped with candied walnuts, just a drizzle of maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit!

Notes ♪♫ Whether you are making pancakes or waffles, remember that gluten free batter takes longer to cook!  For this recipe, the batter is extra dense, so I recommend a full 6 minutes per batch at 350º for a soft waffle, longer for crispy.  You can reheat them in the microwave if you like them soft or use the toaster to crisp them up.  I like to reheat mine in my air fryer, for 4 minutes at 400º.

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Gluten Free Stuffed Bread Ring

What is a Stuffed Bread Ring?  I’ll tell you what it is- DELICIOUS!  Think of it as a cross between a pizza and a calzone, or just a fancy ham and cheese ring for grownups.  Great for a party or light meal.

The dough was made with my favorite Artisan Flour Blend from Better Batter.  This is THE flour you want for bread, pizza or anything with a yeasted dough.  The filling is a simple layering of prosciutto and provolone cheese.  By the way, this recipe is also a great way to use up those cute little charcuterie rollups you see in the deli section (that’s what I used)!

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

For the filling:

  • about 12 slices of prosciutto, sliced thin
  • about 12 slices of provolone cheese, sliced thin or shredded
  • olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Italian seasoning

Preparation:

Combine all of the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix with the paddle attachment for 6-8 minutes.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Lay out 2 large sheets of parchment on your work surface, mist with cooking spray and divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.

Rest for 5 minutes, then roll each section of dough into a large rectangle.  Brush liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

Top with a single layer of prosciutto, followed by the provolone slices.  Leave a border around the dough, so the ends will seal.

Use the parchment paper to help roll up the dough from the long side to form a cylinder.  Pinch the seams closed with your fingers.

With seam side down, carefully form a ring, crimping the ends together.  Place a small, oiled Pyrex cup in the center to maintain the ring shape while the bread bakes.  Use a fork or docking tool to pierce the dough all over (or improvise like I did and use this).  Don’t skip this step, those little holes allow steam to escape so the bread ring doesn’t split open while baking.  Cover and rest for 10-15 minutes.

Brush the bread rings with olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper.

Pick up the bread rings, parchment and all and slide them onto a pizza stone or baking sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 200º.

Cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before attempting to remove the Pyrex bowls (they will be very hot).  You may need to run a paring knife around the edges to loosen the bowls.

The bread rings need to set up for an hour or so, then you can enjoy them warm or at room temperature.

Leftovers can be refrigerated for several days; they will refresh nicely in the microwave, or you can reheat them on a baking stone.

Did I mention that this Stuffed Bread Ring is DELICIOUS?  Pair it with a salad for a nice lunch or light dinner, mangia!

Notes ♪♫ I used a dozen charcuterie rollups to make 2 bread rings, six slices each of prosciutto and provolone.  If you are buying cold cuts at the deli, be sure you have enough to cover the surface of the dough.  You can change up the filling and experiment with different meat and cheese combinations.  You can also add cooked vegetables that have been well drained, nothing watery.  Baby spinach leaves in the filling provide a nice color contrast.

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Gluten Free Applesauce Pancakes

Like many of my “use it up” recipes, this one came about when I had a jar of applesauce in the fridge that I didn’t want to go to waste.  So, this is what I made one morning, and I enjoyed the pancakes so much they are going to have a permanent place my breakfast rotation.

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Ingredients:

  • 150 g. Better Batter Pancake and Biscuit Mix
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • butter for the griddle

Preparation:

Whisk together the pancake mix and cinnamon.  In another bowl, beat the egg, oil, applesauce, sugar and milk.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients with a batter whisk.  Let batter rest for 5 minutes while you preheat the griddle on medium low.

Coat the griddle with butter and spoon the batter in circles, about 1/3 cup each.  Cook for 4-5 minutes per side.  They are ready to turn when the tops begin to bubble.  Continue with the rest of the batter, adding more butter to the griddle each time.

Remember, gluten free pancakes take longer to cook!  You can poke the center with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked through.

Transfer the cooked pancakes to a cooling rack (or right onto your plate!).  I usually make enough to freeze so they will get individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in freezer safe bags.

You can reheat them on the griddle, microwave or toaster.

I served them with a side of sautéed apples, a sprinkle of nuts and real maple syrup.

Notes ♪♫ It’s apple season and this recipe is a great way to start things off!  Check out all my apple recipes here —-> Best Gluten Free Apple Recipes!

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Gluten Free Apple Walnut Muffins

Here is another delicious gluten free muffin that you can enjoy for breakfast and snacks!  This muffin has crisp bites of apple and toasted walnut baked into a lightly spiced batter.  The recipe was one of my first posts, when I started this blog in 2018.  Five years later, it was in need of an update!  No, I did not change the recipe, it’s a keeper.  My photography though, has improved vastly over the last few years (or is it the camera?).  You be the judge.

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dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 63 g. (1/3 cup) granulated sugar or Truvia
  • 52 g. (1/3 cup) brown sugar or Truvia
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp. butter, for brushing

Preparation:

Mince the walnuts in an electric chopper, about 3 pulses, then lightly toast them in a dry skillet for 3-4 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Whisk together the dry ingredients.

Chop the apple in an electric chopper (I used Honey Crisp, my favorite), then combine it with the remaining wet ingredients, through lemon juice in a separate bowl.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, just until moistened.  A dough whisk is great for muffins and quick breads.

Use a wet spoon to divide the batter into 12 muffin cups, then use a spatula dipped in water to smooth out the tops.  Gluten free batter doesn’t always spread well by itself, so this step will ensure a nice, rounded shape.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400º, the muffins should rise high with nicely rounded tops.  Check the center with a toothpick.

I melted a little butter and brushed it over the baked muffins for a nice shine.

Cool on a rack and serve warm or at room temperature.

Here’s the crumb, nice and moist.  They taste great and you would never know that they were gluten free.  They freeze well too!

Notes ♪ I used my favorite gluten free all-purpose flour from Better Batter in this recipe.

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Notes ♫ Try using a sugar substitute like Truvia if you need the muffins to be diabetic friendly, or Ener-G baking powder substitute, if you need to lower the sodium.

Notes ♪♫ If you don’t have apple pie spice, you can use 1-1/8 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1/8 tsp. ground allspice.

Original Post 6/10/2018      ????        Updated 6/10/2023

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Hash Brown Muffin Cups

Aren’t these the cutest?  Hash Brown Muffin Cups are fun to make and eat, kid friendly and adult approved!  Using frozen hash browns really cuts down on the prep work.  This is a great brunch recipe because you can prepare it the night before and bake in the morning.

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Are hash browns gluten free?

As long as you are buying plain hash brown potatoes, they should be fine.  I always look for the gluten free label as an extra measure of security, but as long as the only ingredient is “Potatoes” you are good to go.  If the potatoes are seasoned or include other ingredients, then investigate further before buying.  I used Ore-Ida frozen shredded Hash Browns in this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 20 oz. frozen shredded hash browns (for a standard 12-cup muffin tin)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • cooking spray (I like Bertoli spray, because it has no propellants to damage your nonstick pans)

Preparation:

Weigh 20 oz. hash browns and place in a zip top bag.  Defrost in the refrigerator.

I used a salad spinner to be sure the potatoes were as dry as possible (see notes).   After spinning the potatoes (or pressing them dry with paper towels) transfer to a clean bowl.

Toss the hash browns with the cheese and seasonings.  Drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil and toss again to coat thoroughly.

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

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 400º and spritz the tops of the muffin cups with olive oil spray.  Bake for 45 minutes.

The edges should be browned and crispy.  Use a spoon to slide them right out of the pan onto a serving dish!

Hash Brown Muffin Cups will be a great addition to your brunch menu, or a fun dinner side.  They reheat well, and ours stayed crispy even after microwaving.  You will want to keep a bag of hash browns in your freezer pantry, so you can make a batch any time you like!

Notes ♪♫ My salad spinner is over 20 years old.  We originally purchased ours when my husband used to plant a large garden and I needed an easy way to wash the veggies.  Today we still eat lots of salads and this is just a handy thing to have in your kitchen!  Here’s the current model.

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Gluten Free Apple French Toast Casserole

Did you see the Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread I posted a few weeks ago?  If not, check it out here!   I used that same recipe to make this overnight Apple French Toast for Easter.  The cinnamon swirl bread goes so well with apples!  This is a wonderful make ahead recipe for a brunch, get it ready the night before and bake in the morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 apples (I used Honey crisp)
  • 7 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • cooking spray

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Preparation:

Make the Cinnamon Swirl Bread 2 days before and store at room temperature.

The night before your brunch, melt the butter, brown sugar and maple sugar in a small saucepan.  Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

Mist a 9 x 13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray and pour the butter mixture into the dish.

Peel and slice the apples and spread them over the butter mixture in a single layer.

Cut the bread into 3/4″ slices and arrange over the apples.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.

Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices and press down with a spatula.

Mist a sheet of foil with cooking spray, cover the casserole and press down with your hands to be sure the bread slices are submerged in the egg mixture.  Refrigerate overnight.  Here’s what it should look like in the morning.

In the morning, take the baking dish out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter to warm up for at least 30 minutes before baking (going directly from refrigerator to oven may shatter a glass baking dish).  Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes at 350º then broil for 2-3 minutes to finish.

You can dust with powdered sugar (optional) and serve with real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫ There are many breads that will work well in this recipe.  Check out my Gluten Free Millet Bread that I often use for French Toast recipes.  Be sure to make the bread two days before assembling the casserole, a drier loaf will better absorb the eggs.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Rice Pie Tartlets

Rice Pie (Torta di Riso) is a traditional Italian dessert served at Easter.  When I was growing up, every Italian household had Rice Pie during Easter week and it is still widely enjoyed today.  You might be surprised to know that the recipe contains no flour at all and most of the ingredients are naturally gluten free!

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I jazzed up the plain rice pie we had as kids with toasted hazelnuts, candied orange peel and chocolate chips.  Instead of a pie dish, I opted for this mini fluted tart pan to create 6 individual servings.  Perfect for small Easter gatherings!

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 325°.

Line the tart pan with paper baking cups and mist with cooking spray.

Add milk to a saucepan and heat to a simmer.  Add the rice and stir.  Next stir in the sugar, vanilla and ½ tsp. hazelnut extract.

Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered on low for 45 minutes.

Hint!  Do not walk away while the rice is cooking!  You will need to stir frequently and watch that it doesn’t burn or boil over!  

Remove the cooked rice from the stove, transfer to a bowl and let it cool slightly before combining the rice with the egg mixture (you do not want to cook the eggs).

Whisk the eggs and ricotta in a large bowl. Add the remaining ½ tsp. of hazelnut extract.

Fold in the toasted hazelnuts, candied orange peel and chocolate chips.

Gradually add the rice to the egg mixture, one scoop at a time to temper the eggs.  Stir well after each addition of rice until it is completely incorporated.

Divide the mixture evenly among the 6 cups, each should be about 2/3 full (they will rise to the top during baking).

Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.  Check with a toothpick and touch the center with your finger (it should feel set, no liquid). Remove from the oven, and while still warm, brush the tops lightly with Frangelico (optional, if serving to adults).

Cool completely in the pan.

Serve the tartlets at room temperature or chilled.  Before serving, dust with cocoa powder and powdered sugar.

This showstopper of a dessert is bound to become one of your Easter favorites!  I know it will at our house!

Notes ♪♫ Carnaroli Rice is widely regarded as the best for making risotto and it is worth seeking out if you can’t find it at the grocery store.  It is a high-quality short grain rice with a wonderful texture that is perfect for making risotto that is creamy but firm.  If you cannot find Carnaroli rice locally, it is available here on Amazon or substitute Arborio rice.

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