Today for March Muffin Madness I get to share some lovely gluten-free Chai Tea Muffins from my friend Jules Shepard (GF Jules)! Her muffins are not only gluten free, but also have easy dairy-free and refined sugar-free options. But first, let me share a few words on Jules.Jules is probably best known for her GF Jules line of products, including her super popular gluten-free all-purpose flour mix, but in the simplest of terms, Jules is an advocate for all who live gluten free. She co-founded the First Gluten-Free Labeling Summit to call the FDA to task when it wasn’t going forward with its promise to establish “gluten-free” labeling guidelines. The summit resulted in the Tallest Gluten-Free Cake and ultimately the FDA set the gluten-free labeling guidelines, which will finally go into effect August 1 of this year.
Jules has three “traditional” books in print. The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free is a month-by-month reference for individuals newly diagnosed with celiac or anyone making the transition to living gluten free. Her first book, Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating, continues to be a best-seller in the gluten-free community.
Her latest book is Free for All Cooking (see my review and Jules’ Coffee Cake recipe), which offers recipes that work for everyone, just like the title indicates. Jules always shares recipes like that today. She gives you lots of different options to make her recipes work for your needs. Jules also has a slew of helpful gluten-free ebooks.
Jules hosts The Gluten-Free Voice, a really helpful and interesting gluten-free radio show online, too. All shows are archived so you can listen to the live shows or whenever you like. (I’ve been honored to be the featured guest on her show twice!)
And that’s just a little of what Jules does for the gluten-free community! For example, as I write this post, she’s in New York City training chefs from all over on how to prepare gluten-free meals that are truly gluten free, free of cross contact. (Thank you, Jules!)
And she’s doing that on her daughter’s birthday! By the way, that’s her daughter “helping” in this photo below. So these muffins are definitely kid-approved!
Enjoy today’s recipe in our series and see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here.
Gluten-Free Chai Tea Muffins Recipe
Gluten-Free Chai Tea Muffins
Love chai tea? Love muffins? Then you will absolutely adore these gluten-free Chai Tea Muffins from GF Jules!
- 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar
- 4 tbsp butter or non-dairy alternative (I used Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
- 2 eggs (or substitute)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup OR agave nectar OR honey
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, pumpkin butter, apple butter OR mashed banana (about 1 overripe banana)
- 1 cup gf Jules All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix (or another high-quality gluten-free flour mix)
- 1/2 cup almond meal or buckwheat flour or gf Jules All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix
- 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal OR gf Jules All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder OR mesquite flour OR cabernet flour
- 1/2 cup certified gluten-free purity protocol oats ground into flour or 1/4 cup millet flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Liquid from chai tea bags steeped in 1/2 cup very warm milk (dairy or non-dairy) and then set aside to cool (or 1/2 cup chai tea latte concentrate, such as CalNaturale™ Spiced Chai Svelte™ or Oregon Chai® Latte Concentrate
- 1/2 cup raisins or diced apples (optional)
- 1/4 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
- 1/8 tsp vanilla paste
- 1 - 2 tsp +/- milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees in conventional oven or 325 F in convection oven.
- Coat 15 cups in regular-sized muffin tin or 24 cups in mini muffin tins with cooking oil or line with muffin papers.
- Whip sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and stir. Mix in maple syrup (or honey or agave nectar) and applesauce until combined. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mix while slowly pouring in the chai tea. Mix until smooth.
- Fill the muffin tins 2/3 full and bake until they are light brown: approximately 11-12 minutes for mini muffins or 20-25 minutes for regular muffins.
- Remove to fully cool before glazing, if desired.
- To make glaze, add sifted confectioner's sugar to a small bowl, then stir in vanilla paste and milk only until glaze is thin enough to drizzle
Originally published March 4, 2014; updated May 23, 2022.
What a unique muffin. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try them!!!
Debbie Sandland says
Must try these – my husband is celiac and now 2 granddaughters are going gluten-free and dairy-free, so I need more good recipes like this!
chai tea always sounded so good to me, yet I have yet to try it. These muffins would give me a great excuse to not only try chai but to bake!
Chai tea sounds great mans like unbelievable work! It’s a Shame I have yet to try it or hear about it after 8 years of being gluten free!
Um. Yes please! Chai spice is the only tea i drink anymore… think I need to make these muffins to go with a hot cuppa.
Muffins? Good. Tea? Good. Sounds like a delicious combo!
Lindsay Ham says
I’m so intrigued by these! They sound so yummy!
Molly (Sprue Story) says
Oooh, I love anything chai-spiced. These sound and look absolutely delicious (no big surprise, coming from Jules Shepard!).
Ah, thanks Molly! Hope you enjoy them!
I’ve just recently become obsessed with chai tea so these look wonderful!
Sheila S says
Sound tasty but too many ingredients that I don’t have on hand and don’t know if I would use again.
Lorri T says
Love chai spices!
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Some great original ingredients here….whole millet and chai tea! Mesquite flour! Too creative not to try!
Love the thought of a chai muffin! Love the tea, sure a muffin would be a great breakfast.
I never would have thought to put chai in a muffin but it sounds great!
These look so amazing!
Venessa F. says
My favorite tea is chai, but I’ve never thought to bake with it. Awesome!
What a great idea! This would be perfect for my chai loving family!
These sound good! Thanks for sharing.
Elise Braverman-Plotkin says
Can you use an egg substitute? I have an egg allergic daughter. My DH would love these though – he loves chai tea.
I would try it with the flaxseed meal + warm water egg substitute. I think that should work just fine!
Linda S says
I love chai tea
I like chai, so this could be a tasty combo!
clarissa west says
Andrea Padgett says
Although I am not a big fan of chai tea, I think I would like these muffins!
Too bad, that most GF Flours contain rice, maybe I can come up with an alternative.
Bev maiers says
Love Chai! I’m sure it will be awesome in a muffin too.
I think I’m going to have to break the boycott and finally try some world reknowned chai tea. The things I’ll do for a delicious snack. lol
Ronalyn Hurley says
I think I’ll try these with apples.
Oh I love chai tea it’s one of my favorites
Cheryl Harris says
So jazzed to see these. I have a chai tea cake and hubby said I was crazy to put tea in a cake…seems like I’m not the only one!
Definitely not crazy, Cheryl! Creative! 🙂
Mary Tokar says
looks like I have everything to make these!
These muffins sure look delicious!
I have never tried chai tea, but heard much about it. These muffins sure look yummy though.
I love the color of them. I am relatively new to gluten free cooking and am not used to the lack of golden brown color you obtain when baking with wheat. The appearance of these is more that of a traditionally wheat based muffin without the wheat. 🙂 Brilliant!!!
I hope you do get to try them, Christa!
Lisa Rago says
Love her flour. Will definitely try these.
So glad, Lisa!
I’m a consultant with Steeped Tea and always looking for tasty recipes I can incorporate tea into! This is great!
Have you tried them with the chocolate chai?
I haven’t, Kim, but why wouldn’t that be totally delicious?!
Michelle Cantwell says
Love chai so these should be great!!
I can almost smell them looking at the picture
These look really yummy!
Great idea. Looking forward to trying these.
What an interesting recipe, love all the options.
Helen V says
I love chai and these look fantastic!
Love all the options. Can’t wait to try these!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE chai! Can’t wait to try this recipe! My mouth is watering *drool*
It’s great that you can use either apple sauce or banana, and, either buckwheat or almond meal.
susan reed says
susan reed says
trying for Sunday Brunch tomorrow
Janis S says
I love chai tea, so these definitely caught my eye!
Lewann Rice says
Chai tea goodness — wow!
Melanie Binkley says
Lori Lewis says
Yum, Oregon Chai is a favourite around here – these sound delish! Thanks for the recipe!
I’m always so happy to find recipes without gluten OR eggs! Thank you. Looks yummy!
Jacqui Spooner says
I substituted sweet potato for applesauce. Cannot wait to taste the results!