19 June 2012

Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins


I did a little muffin experimentation after a super-sweet reader asked if this recipe could easily be tweaked and made gluten-free.  Well it can.  And I did.  And since I was already at it, I took out the butter, increased the carrots and healthified the crap out of it.

I also decided to deviate from the standard plain applesauce swap.  I found little jars of [natural] granny smith apple applesauce and had to have it.  As a result, I wound up with muffins that taste like the elicit lovechild of carrot cake and apple pie.  Um.... yeah I'm pretty freaking impressed too!

Since I was taste and quality testing, I went havesies with the recipe to make 6 muffins instead of the usual 12.  Though next time I'll be making a larger batch since a certain neighbor of mine [Love you Kristi!] made off with half of them =)  Totally a good sign right?

Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins
[adapted from my Carrot-Cake-esque Carrot Coconut Muffins]

what's in it?
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp of gluten-free all-purpose flour [I used this brand]
1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup finely shredded/grated carrots
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
2.5 Tbsp granny smith applesauce
1.5 Tbsp oil [olive, grapeseed, coconut, etc...]
1 large egg [or 1 flax egg]
1/2 tsp lemon zest [optional, but yummy!]
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon plus a little extra if you're a cinnamon nut like I am

Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Glaze
3 Tbsp cream cheese [or kefir yogurt cheese]
1/2 tsp honey
1 Tbsp crushed walnuts
1/4 cup powdered sugar
a dash of cinnamon
a few drops of vanilla

whisk together and top with a sprinkle of crushed walnuts

Here's the applesauce I fell in love with:

Paired alongside the cinnamon, carrots and coconut it gives the muffins a hint of apple pie flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.


get baking!
Pre-heat oven to 350F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners and get to work!  In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients [flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, + sugar].  Next, add your walnuts and coconut to the dry mixture.  In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, eggs, yogurt and lemon zest.  Add carrots to wet mixture.

Combine both bowls [wet and dry] by folding the carrot mixture into the flour mixture until a batter is formed.  Don't over-mix.  Next pour your batter into the muffin liners and bake at 350F for 25 minutes.  Do the tooth-pick test around 20-24 minutes to see if they cook a little quickly due to oven variations.  Once the tooth pick comes out clean pull them from the oven, remove muffins from the tin and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack.

serving suggestion: drizzle with a little bit of honey walnut glaze and top with a sprinkle of shredded coconut and crushed walnuts.  peanut butter and honey makes an amazing topping too!  or simply enjoy them straight-up for breakfast the next morning -- they taste even better the next day!

to store wrap each cooled muffin in saran wrap and pile them in an air-tight container.  dig in the following morning and do a little happy dance around your kitchen while you're at it =)  thanks for that!



What's your all-time favorite muffin?

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40 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, I don't know if I can choose my favorite kind of muffin!!  But I have made these pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting before that were to DIE for.  Of course, they should probably be considered more of a cupcake than a muffin! ;)

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  2. Haha yeah if they're chocolate chocolate chip -- they're dessert =) um and totally delicious!

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  3. Ahhh you are the best!!! These look amazing and I will be making them ASAP! I think these might just become my new favorite muffins :) That applesauce looks awesome too, I'm going to be on the lookout for it! Thank you!!!! 

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  4. you had me gluten free... and then cream cheese glaze. wow!

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  5. You did healthify the crap out of this recipe! Sounds delightful! 

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  6. My sister is always looking for gluten free recipes!  I can't wait to see her the link for your muffins!  They sound awesome!!!!  I know she will love them!  I would love it if you come share them at my Tuesday link up:-)

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  7. WOW haha you certainly did a job!  This one i'll have to try

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  8. Liz @ Southern CharmTuesday, June 19, 2012

    Looks so good!! But do you think it will taste just as good without the walnuts? I can't have nuts :(

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  9. These look SO good. I love anything with carrot and coconut!

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  10. Yes please! They look so great! I don't think I have ever had the combination of carrot and coconut before

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  11. Jessica_AKitchenAddictionTuesday, June 19, 2012

    I want some of these for breakfast!! Loving the maple walnut cream cheese!

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  12. i absolutely love coconut - these look delicious! pinned em!

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  13. You really have converted yourself into a fully fledged baker! I am IMPRESSED!

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  14. I think I need to move and be your neighbor...seriously the food you make looks absolutely delicious!

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  15. Looks SO delicious. I love anything that has coconut in it.

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  16. These sound so amazing!  I love your creative recipes and the healthy changes!

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  17. I've tried making GF muffins before and they turned out a bit heavy and dense.  How was the consistency of these?  Look yummy!

    Christina
    www.becauseofmadalene.com

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  18. They were actually fluffy! Cake-like yet still moist b/c of the applesauce. I can batch test it again to make sure...I was so impressed with them!!! The GF flour mixture was about $4-5 a box so it wasn't super cheap but the consistency it gave the muffins was worth it!

    xoxo

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  19. Good to know.  I've tried that flour for biscuits but it was a no go.  I'll try it again for muffins!

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  20. Yum, these look awesome! I tell myself that one day I will make muffins with yogurt in them!

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  21. Sloane@LifeFoodandBeerTuesday, June 19, 2012

    I love that apple sauce but can not find in where I currently live!! The muffins look great though. I love any muffin with nuts in it :) 

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  22. You never seize to amazing me with your kitchen skills. Very impressive my lady!

    Per usual I have photo envy. <3

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  23. LMK how it goes! I'm going to re-make them this week for sure <3

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  24. Publix doesn't have it? Hmm... I think amazon.com sells it!

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  25. Yum! These look SO good.
    I love carrot cake anything!

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  26. I love healthy muffins because I always end up eating 3.  This recipe looks super delish!

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  27. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCornerTuesday, June 19, 2012

    These look DELICIOUS! My all-time favorite muffin is my Chocolate Coconut Date Muffins. <3

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  28. I have yet to hear of granny smith apple sauce so I'm definitely going to be on the hunt for this! This muffins look delicious :)

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  29. I'm new to your blog and you crack me up. Very funny, laugh out loud funny. Thanks for entertaining me. Also, your food looks fantastic, and I can't wait to try some of your recipes and maybe even join in the WIAW fun. I'm very new to the blogging world (fresh meat, except I don't eat any...meat that is), and I love your concept.

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  30. ahhh you think i'm funny?! THANK YOU!!!! I feel like an uber-nerd everytime I write something ;) Welcome to the crazy world of blogging! Send me the link when you get a chance so I can stalk ya! haha

    xoxo

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  31. The house next door just got sold but the one across the street from my house is empty.... hint hint

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  32. ahhh thank you I'm trying realllllly hard to be good and measure! hehe

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  34. Yes, you're very funny. I completely get your sense of humor. My site is www.cleaneatsfastfeets.com. Stalk away; I'm sure I could use the hits.

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  35. Wow! I was already convinced after hearing you rave about them the other day, but hello gorgeous! These look amazing!! I just checked out both recipes and they both look fab, but I can't wait to try this after a trip to the store to get my hands on some of that applesauce...you know, thanks to you, my two item shopping list is getting pretty lengthy! Lol

    Favorite muffin: Anything with pumpkin! :)

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  36. If only TJ were still in the Marine Corp, we'd already be in Havelock so it would be no big thing. lol

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  37. I just googled "gluten free carrot muffin" and this came up.. thanks so much, I will be making these tonight!!

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  38. Yay!!! A few of my friends made them recently and loved them -- I hope you adore the recipe! Let me know how they turn out!! =) xoxo

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