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.

When you shop Better Batter, use my code MGFC30 at checkout to receive 30% off any non-sale item! 

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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Individual Gluten Free Apple Crisp

A word of Caution- This recipe contains oats.

A recent statement from Gluten Free Watchdog states that they cannot currently recommend ANY brand of gluten free oats.

Whether or not you continue to consume oats is a personal choice.  As we await more information, I will preface any recipes that include oats with a link to this important statement from Gluten Free Watchdog, an independent, subscriber-driven gluten-testing organization.  About | Gluten Free Watchdog

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Sometimes I want to make an individual size dessert for hubby and I.  These single serving Apple Crisps are gluten free and easy to prepare with just a few ingredients.  Perfect for date night at home, small gatherings or when you don’t want to have leftovers.  Quite possibly the easiest dessert I have ever prepared!  Baked and served in ramekins for a nice presentation.

4 Servings (you will need 1 apple for every 2 servings)

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Ingredients:

Filling: 

  • 4 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Topping:

Preparation:

Prepare the ramekins by rubbing each with 1 tsp. softened butter.  I set mine up in a square baking pan, to make it easier getting them in and out of the oven.

Peel the apples and cut into small dice, then toss with lemon juice (to prevent browning).

Whisk together the filling ingredients.

Toss the apples with the filling mixture.

Fill the ramekins and refrigerate while you make the topping.

Whisk together the topping ingredients, and use a pastry cutter (or knife and fork, or your fingers) to incorporate the butter.

The butter should be broken down into small, pea sized pieces.

Spread the topping mixture over each ramekin.

Place the ramekins in a baking dish for easier handling.  Bake at 375º for 25 minutes.  The filling will be bubbling up on the sides.  Let them cool slightly before serving.  For a little something extra, serve with a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt!

Notes ♪♫ Always look for the gluten free label when shopping for grains, even those (like oats) that are naturally gluten free because of potential cross contact during farming, harvesting, transport and production.  If you have Celiac disease and are concerned with cross contact you may want to purchase purity protocol oats (dedicated gluten free fields, mill, and production line).  If you are among the small percentage who cannot consume oats in any form, substitute almond flour in this recipe.

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Gluten Free Rhubarb Crumble

A word of Caution- This recipe contains oats.

A recent statement from Gluten Free Watchdog states that they cannot currently recommend ANY brand of gluten free oats.

Whether or not you continue to consume oats is a personal choice.  As we await more information, I will preface any recipes that include oats with a link to this important statement from Gluten Free Watchdog, an independent, subscriber-driven gluten-testing organization.  About | Gluten Free Watchdog

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To me, rhubarb says spring!  This Rhubarb Crumble has been a family favorite for so many years.  Way back when, my husband would pick the rhubarb fresh from our backyard garden and it was just wonderful!  These days, our harvesting is done at the grocery store, but it always brings back those memories.

In this recipe, I threw an apple into the usual mix of rhubarb and strawberry, and it worked so well, I think you could add just about any fruit you like, and it would be delicious.

The Lazy Gastronome

 

When shopping for rhubarb, be sure to choose stalks that are firm and vibrantly colored.  If the outer skin of the rhubarb is tough and stringy, you can easily peel some of it off.  Young, slender stalks are less likely to need peeling, but you may need to buy a few extra.

6 Servings

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Ingredients:

For the filling:

For the topping: 

Preparation:

In a large bowl, combine 2/3 cup granulated sugar and 2 tbsp. cornstarch.  Peel and dice the apple and chop the rhubarb into 1/4″ slices.  Toss the rhubarb and apples with the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Refrigerate while you prepare the crumble topping.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats and sugars.  Chop the butter into cubes.

Working quickly, cut the butter into the topping mixture using a pastry cutter, firm spatula, or 2 butter knives.  You can even use your fingers to incorporate the butter into pea size pieces.

Preheat the oven to 375° and coat a square baking dish with cooking spray.  Add the apples and rhubarb then use a teaspoon to dot the strawberry preserves over the fruit.

Spread the topping evenly.

Bake for 45 minutes.  When done, the top should be lightly browned and bubbly.

Allow to cool slightly before serving.  Honestly, it’s delicious warm, room temperature or chilled!  Store in the refrigerator and it will be good for several days, but I don’t expect it to last that long…

Notes: ♪♫ For the preserves, I used Polaner All Fruit Strawberry, it is gluten free and sweetened only with fruit juice.

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