Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Simple Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Orange Muffins ~ A Recipe


There are oh so many reasons why I love this recipe.  Besides the gentle, pleasing taste and angel food cake likeness of the texture, these lovelies are quick to make and the clean-up is a breeze.  Oh, and they freeze beautifully, so they are being added to my freezer inventory before baby comes (in about three weeks!  Eek!).  Some of my kids don't enjoy other recipes I've made with coconut flour, but all four of them (and Jeremy!) enjoy these muffins.  Victory!

It almost feels wrong to call them muffins because they are so cake-like, but I don't want to feel badly about eating them for breakfast, so they are muffins.  However, if you top them with your favorite vanilla frosting and maybe decorate them with a sprinkling of finely grated orange zest, they would make amazing cupcakes.

Grain Free Orange Muffins
Prep time: 5 minutes, bake time: 25 minutes, makes 24 muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350┬║.  Grease muffin cups or use muffin liners.  Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high for 45-60 seconds, or until well blended.  If it still doesn't look completely mixed, give it a stir with a spoon.
  2. Pour batter into muffin pans about 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for 25 minutes.


17 comments:

  1. how do you think it would taste with whole wheat pastry flour? we aren't gluten-free and don't have coconut flour, but i have the rest of the ingredients and orange muffins just sound like a great treat.

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  2. Coconut flour is a whole different animal than wheat. I'd look for another orange muffin recipe using wheat flour. You'll need more flour and less eggs.

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  3. Finally stocked up on coconut flour again and am excited to try these! I don't have a vitamix so I am wondering, should I juice the oranges first (I do have a juicer)? I am going to blend everything else up in the food processor but I don't know if it will get the oranges the right consistency...I guess I am assuming you have a vitamix or blentec because I seem to be the only lame one without one :) Thanks!

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  4. P.S. Thank you for posting a coconut flour recipe that makes a decent amount of muffins, instead of 6 or 8 (seems like every recipe I see yields such a small amount!)

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  5. Yes! I've been frustrated with the same thing (GF recipes that make a measly amount of muffins). I'm glad you like the bulk recipe, too. :)

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  6. I do use a Vita-Mix, so I would recommend using orange juice instead of whole (peeled) oranges if you're using a basic blender, unless you won't mind little bits of chunkies in your muffins.

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  7. Okay, so I didn't read the comments and I made this in my Magimix with whole oranges... It turned out GREAT! The chunky bits of orange are delicious!

    So much so that I added an extra half orange the next time around :0)

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  8. These were amazing!!! I don't have a vitamix but I blended all the oranges up with all the liquid first until they were blended. Then I added the dry ingredients. They turned out wonderful and no chucks to speak of. Thanks for posting this!

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  9. I'm so glad to hear they worked for you! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love that these go in the blender.. what a great idea.
    Can't wait to try these.. Does anyone know if the peel on organic oranges is safe? ( not colored or waxed?) I would want to add a little orange zest in this recipe..
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  11. Yes, organic orange zest is safe and would be a wonderful addition to this recipe!

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  12. They had a nice light flavor. I must have done something wrong, though... they didn't taste much like orange, and the texture seemed off to me. (They were in the oven 35 minutes before they could come out of the pans without crumbling to pieces, and the bottoms were very soggy.) They definitely didn't look like your picture.

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  13. Have these in the oven now. Can't wait to taste them! I think my vitamix was my best kitchen appliance purchase ever. Love it. I think I'd still like a food processor as well - do you have one you use and recommend? Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. I hope you liked them! I have a cuisenart food processor from Costco and I love it. :)

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  15. Yes, they were delicious! My VERY picky 2 year old has been eating them and says they are "yum". That's high praise from her :) And thanks for the info on the food processor! I was looking at Costco's actually because it's going on sale for Thanksgiving!

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  16. Do you think cane sugar & non-dairy milk would be fine?

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