So, as you might have noticed, we’ve been slightly distracted lately – not posting as often or as consistently, getting sidetracked, forgetting all about stuff that we meant to talk about. Sigh! Poor readers… There are all sorts of reasons: Olympics, visiting neighbor-cats, sales on Etsy (yay!), forgetfulness, etc..
One of the biggest distractions is that this month we are trying out gluten-free! Many people talk about how healthy it is to cut wheat out of your diet, so we decided to do a scientific 31 day attempt at it to see how we do. With a couple of minor slips, so far so good! No miraculous cures, but it’s been fun.
We’ll talk about this experiment in more depth later. Meanwhile, here’s a lovely gluten-free recipe that I made up, which is really good! (I think I forgot to take a picture before we ate them all…):
Gluten-Free Applesauce Muffins
Grease two muffin tins and preheat the oven to 425 F. In the same cup, pour and allow to sit:
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 cup other flour (I used quinoa, which has a distinct flavor and therefore might not be to everyone’s taste)
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional): add at after mixing everything else
Mix in a large bowl
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup apples sauce
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- The milk and vinegar mixture
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet, stir thoroughly, and allow to sit for about ½ hour (which helps the flours to absorb the moisture). Divide the dough into the muffin tins, filling each cup about ¾ way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, switching the tins’ places about halfway, until golden brown and the tops spring back when dented lightly with a finger.
Makes about 24.
- Dairy-free: Substitute extra apple sauce or apple juice for the milk. Doesn’t have to sit, of course
- Nut-free: Leave out the nuts! (ok, that was a little snarky…)
- Substitute wheat flour (half-white, half-whole grain) for a non-gluten-free version
- Substitute honey or maple syrup for the sugar (though the muffins might burn easily!)
- Add raisins or chopped apples
Enjoy by themselves, or with a bit of butter or jam or cream cheese. Or with a steamy mug of hot cocoa for an autumnal treat (I keep telling myself it’ll be here soon)!