It’s Almond Cranberry Muffins from The Gluten-Free Homemaker today for March Muffin Madness! I love the way that Linda describes these soft, moist, and lovely muffins; how she combined flours and starches to create just the right weight and texture; and the mixing method she uses in her recipe to give her muffins such appealing features. These are another great addition to MMM and Linda’s information might even help you have the knowledge to create some of your own tasty muffins!
Enjoy learning more about Linda and her Almond Cranberry Muffins (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) a
nd be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—yippeeee—a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance (with a Wildside Jar)! Thanks again to the folks at Blendtec for sponsoring our Super Grand Prize! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)
Linda began her gluten-free journey in 2000 when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. She found gluten-free cooking and baking to be both a challenging and rewarding adventure. Her desire to make life a little easier for others on a gluten-free diet led her to begin blogging at The Gluten-Free Homemaker. She also wrote the eBook How to Be Gluten Free: 10 Steps to a Gluten-Free Life to help those who are getting started with a gluten-free lifestyle. Linda’s ebook is really excellent. I recommend it for everyone who is on a gluten-free diet. If you’re new to gluten free living, you’ll learn all you need to stay safe and enjoy your gluten-free lifestyle. If you’ve been gluten free a while, you’ll still learn valuable info and get reminders on what’s key for being gluten free.
If you’ve been following along with either of our blogs, you also know that Linda and I (and another friend and fellow blogger, Lynn) are now co-hosting Gluten-Free Wednesdays, the weekly blog carnival that Linda founded several years ago. Linda started this carnival to give gluten-free readers (again, newbies and veterans) helpful gluten-free recipes and other information related to gluten-free food. I call it “one-stop shopping” because every week you’ll find lots of recipes, ingredient information, product reviews, dining information, and other ideas that will make gluten-free more enjoyable. Our last event had 60 entries; check it out here for recipe ideas (e.g., DIY gluten-free, vegan pizza crusts; raw chocolate treats; and seasonal recipes such as pretty St. Patrick’s Day-themed desserts), cooking process methods, food gardening tips, and more.
Linda and I have been good friends for several years now. I was fortunate to be invited to an event with other gluten-free bloggers and Linda happened to be one of them. As I’ve shared before, truly the best part about participating in that event was meeting Linda and becoming closer “real life” friends over time. If you follow The Gluten-Free Homemaker, you know how much helpful quality content Linda consistently offers there to the gluten-free community week in and week out. We’ve all come to depend upon her blog and all she shares there, but I have to tell you that as terrific is Linda is on her blog, she’s even more wonderful in person! Hopefully, some of you will get to meet her one day.
She’s very active in her local gluten-free support group, the Chesapeake Celiac Support Group of Annapolis, Maryland, so if you’re in that group or in that area, check out the group and look Linda Etherton up! (It’s funny how so often in the blogging world we don’t pay attention to last names. It was several years as a reader before I even knew Linda’s.) Or you can come to Orlando for the Gluten-Free Living Conference and meet both of us as we’ll be attendees at that event in April!
Update: I had to come back and mention a few of Linda’s other recipes! That’s one of the main reasons her blog attracted folks in the first place and continues to bring them back. She excels at bread (and bread-based) recipes like her French Bread, French Bread Rolls, Calzones, Hot Pockets, and Pizza, but it’s her Angel Food Cake that all my friends and I rave over. She brought it to a retreat for us all to enjoy. It was the best Angel Food Cake I’ve EVER eaten. It’s really a phenomenal cake and is one of the most popular desserts on All Gluten-Free Desserts! Her Sugar Cookies come in next on the desserts site and Yellow Cake and Chocolate Cake recipes are not far behind in popularity. She has lots of other main dish recipes that everyone loves, too. Her Cheeseburger Fries are popular and I was able to enjoy her Salmon Chowder when I visited not that long ago–filling and delicious, but not heavy at all.
And now I’ll let Linda take it away!
Hi everyone. I’m so happy to be participating in Shirley’s March Muffin Madness because I adore both Shirley and muffins!
These Almond Cranberry Muffins were created before I went totally grain free, and they contain a mix of almond flour, sweet rice flour, and starches. The combination gives these muffins a wonderfully light and moist texture.
And although they are not grain free, they are lower in carbs because of the almond flour. They’re perfect for my kids to snack on or grab for breakfast on their way out the door. They can handle more carbs than I can, but I know they’re also getting some healthy fat and protein from these muffins.
Linda’s Almond Cranberry Muffins Recipe
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup sweet rice flour
- ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons potato starch
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt (or sea salt)
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients with a whisk.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat together the almond milk and eggs. Add the vanilla.
- Pour the coconut oil into the dry ingredients and gently mix with a fork.
- Add the milk, egg, vanilla mixture and mix by hand with a fork until mixed together and moistened.
- Stir in the cranberries or raisins.
- Spoon batter into a 12-cup greased muffin tin. The cups will be almost full.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
This post is linked to Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.