Thursday, January 31, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Gluten-Free Orange-Cranberry Oat Muffins

i love me a good muffin. especially one with oats and a hint of cinnamon. but head on over to your closest baker, grocery store or coffee shop and you'll be hit with muffins loaded with fat, calories and not much else! making muffins at home is a great alternative and i'm trying to find gluten-free versions that match up to my former gluten-packed favorites. here's a morning muffin i made, inspired by a recipe from "1,000 gluten-free recipes" (cookbook by carol ferster). there's a lot of ingredients in this recipe, so don't be overwhelmed - i tried to break everything down into steps to make the recipe easier to "digest". you can also make this version non-gluten free by using your regular flour, removing the tapioca starch and using regular oats. score!

gluten-free orange-cranberry oat muffins

calories per serving: 162
carbs per serving: 26
fat per serving: 5
protein per serving: 3
makes 16 regular sized muffins

You can find this recipe on My Fitness Pal! Just search: Gluten-Free Orange-Cranberry Oat Muffins


step one:
- 1 cup gluten free oats (or use regular oats if you're not concerned about gluten free)
- 3/4 unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)

step two:
- 3 level tablespoons hemp protein (can substitute your protein powder of choice)
- 3/4 cup multi-purpose gluten-free flour (i use mrs glee's)
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- zest of one lemon
- 2 tablespoon finely ground flax seed (optional)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

step three:
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (can use molasses or honey)
- 1 large banana
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon 
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

step five:
- 1/2 cup trader joe's dried orange-cranberries (if you don't have these, use 1/2 cup dried cranberries, and use orange zest + orange juice instead of the lemon)


step one:
combine the oats and the milk. let set for 10-20 minutes, until the oats are hydrated and expanded. use this time to preheat the oven to 375 degrees. line a muffin pan with paper liners, or spray/grease the muffin pan if you choose not to use paper liners.

step two:
meanwhile, combine all dry ingredients from step two in a large bowl and mix. (ingredients in this step: hemp protein, multi-purpose flour, tapioca starch, lemon zest, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon)

step three:
in a mixer, combine the banana and vegetable oil. beat until well mixed (should look like one smooth mixture, no chunks of banana). add remaining ingredients and mix well.  (ingredients in this step: light brown sugar, eggs, maple syrup, banana, vegetable oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract)

step four:
once the oats are moist, add them to the ingredients in the mixer. mix on medium speed until everything is combined, roughly 30 seconds. next, add in the dry ingredients from step two and mix on low until combined. once everything is in the mixer, boost the speed up to medium and mix until the dough thickens up a bit.

step five:
add your dried cranberries and hand mix.

step six:
drop by large spoonfuls into the muffin tins. bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. 

allow to cool before enjoying! try these with some yogurt, or warm them up and drizzle on a little honey. yuuuum!

bonus: you can freeze 'em too - and enjoy them later on :)

what's your favorite muffin flavor? or favorite muffin recipe? what's the best way to enjoy a muffin?


  1. I love orange flavored muffins! I am a huge fan of the apple struesel muffin from mimi's cafe, but I don't even want to know how terrible it is. I'm sure it's a whole days worth of calories!

  2. I haven't heard of that, but they sound delicious. I used to get these bran muffins from a local cafe, thinking they were healthy... holy geez, they may have good ingredients but that doesn't mean they're "light" by any means!

  3. The texture looks great! And I love how they have that kind of sticky top. Or at least it looks like it. :) I LOVE cranberry orange anything and I'm sure I would devour these.

  4. They do have a sticky top! I love that, as well! The orange-cranberry is insanely delicious. I would buy those cranberries at Trader-Joe's just to snack on. YUM!


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