Although my daughter's grain sensitivity has improved over the last few years, she still likes me to make grain-free baked goods that she can enjoy without any restrictions. My latest recipe is for grain-free blueberry muffins, made with tapioca flour, coconut flour, and arrowroot starch. These muffins have a nice texture and, because of the tapioca flour, they have a bit of springiness like there is in gluten-based breads.
These muffins are lightly sweetened with sucanat, which is an unrefined sweetener that is more nutritious than refined sugar. Unlike sugar, sucanat supplies trace amounts of potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin B-6. This recipe is also loaded with healthy fats and protein. This delicious recipe freezes well, too!
Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
10 Tb (1 stick plus 2 Tb) butter, preferably nutrient-dense
1 cup tapioca flour
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup plus 1 Tb arrowroot starch
5 Tb sucanat
3/4 tsp finely-ground Celtic sea salt
4 eggs, preferably from pastured hens
1 cup whole milk
1&1/2 cups frozen blueberries*
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Turn off heat once melted.
Combine the tapioca flour, coconut flour, arrowroot, sucanat, baking powder, and salt in a medium-large bowl. Whisk to combine and break up any lumps.
Lightly beat the eggs and milk together with a fork.
Pour the egg/milk mixture into the dry ingredients and beat well with a mixer. Add in the melted butter and beat until everything is well-incorporated.
Fold in the blueberries.
Scoop the muffin batter into the muffin cups. A 3-Tb scoop works well for this. Go ahead and fill up the muffin cups all the way to the top.
Bake the muffins at 350 F for about 35-38 minutes, until the tops are golden-brown.
Allow to cool a few minutes.
Serve the muffins and enjoy!
Refrigerate any leftovers and re-warm for a few minutes in a 250-degree toaster oven before serving. Frozen muffins can also be re-heated in the toaster oven for about 20-25 minutes at 250 degrees.
*Since blueberries aren't grown locally here, I find that frozen blueberries have far superior flavor to the fresh ones sold in grocery stores.
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