Monday, November 2, 2009

Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Muffins

When I was growing up, we had several apple trees in the backyard. But my favorite, for entertainment purposes, was the crabapple tree. Should a person eat crabapples? In my adolescent understanding, no, but they are perfect for throwing at brothers! Instead of the actual fruit, crabapple trees are generally grown for their beautiful flowers. Ours was also perfect for climbing, since the tree was located near the back fence, and had a branch the perfect height for a teenage leg to reach up and wrap around.

Wow, those days are gone. We are all living our adults lives, pressing on in differing paths, finding our way in the world. My parents miss us, I think. (Ha! Maybe they are enjoying the peace and quiet!) In the new house they purchased last summer, they grew some veggies this year. Tomatoes, peppers, beans. I think I have spotted an apple tree in the back yard.

These muffins are inspired by the cooking of my mother, who loves using cinnamon to warm a chilly kitchen. There I go again, rambling :).

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

1/2 cup quinoa flour
3/4 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon total of: ground ginger, nutmeg and cloves

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, and whisk them until they are completely combined. Little puffs of cloves will float up and perfume the kitchen. Oh boy!

Add in the following wet ingredients, and stir until it forms a sticky batter.

1 cup yogurt or sour cream
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

Stir in finely chopped apples and nuts:

1 1/2 cup apple, finely chopped (this is about 1 small granny smith, or whatever you'd like)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Prepare a muffin tin with 12 lined cups, and scoop each liner with about 1/3 cup batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until they are browned on top and are firm when pushed.

Also, don't eat them piping hot. They'll taste better, and you'll actually have taste buds left, if you wait a few minutes. When they're cooled, the top will glisten a little. These taste like fall :).

You can find other delish treats at Slightly Indulgent Mondays.

Do apples and cinnamon remind you of home too?

[Helpful tip for re-warming gluten free muffins]


  1. They sound great, may have to try some soon we love fruit flavoured muffins and it's a good way to get more into those who could do with eating more. Often we leave most of the sugar out if the fruit is sweet to keep our sugar intake down but this time of year a few sweet warming treats go down very well.

  2. That's funny that we posted similar recipes. Yours look great. I like quinoa, but don't really like the taste of the flour in baked goods. It's very healthy though.

  3. Oh my. This looks fantastic! I love the flavours =D.

  4. I love quinoa's so earthy and completely grounding. Apples and walnuts, too, are of of my fav combos. (Love pears and walnuts, too.)

    Thanks for linking to Slightly Indulgent Mondays!

    Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free


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