Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle – Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge

Since I had so much fun with the Tomato Sauce last month, I am participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge from Moms Crazy Cooking again this month, and am excited to share this recipe with you.  You see, this recipe was kind of a long time in the making.  I found a recipe for Blueberry Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins, but not being one to leave well-enough alone, I thought I would switch it up a bit – strawberries for the raspberries, since the strawberries are so gorgeous right now, mashed banana for the eggs to try to make it vegan.  Well, they tasted good, but they were a little bit dense, likely because of the banana.  And since this month’s challenge was Blueberry Muffins, not banana bread, which these muffins more resembled, I didn’t want to use that recipe.  I thought about remaking them with applesauce instead of the banana, but time got away from me.  I will probably post the recipe eventually, maybe after I try a different variation, but not for this Challenge.

Gluten Free Blueberry Almond Muffins Collage

Then I got the email fro Tina reminding us of the posting day – April 5th.  For some reason, I thought it was April 15th.  Aaack, no time!  But the same day, I happened to stumble upon these Gluten Free Cashew Butter Mini-Muffins from The Sweet Spot.  Those of you who have been reading my blog know that I have a little bit of a wheat intolerance.  But I am a bit hesitant to delve into the world of gluten-free baking, with all of the flours and starches and gums that need to be combined to get the right flavor and texture.  Well, this recipe required none of that.  Only regular ingredients that I already had in my kitchen.

Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins on Saucer

These were yummy little bites.  The texture was light and a bit spongy, with just a hint of almond and banana, and bursts of blueberry.  They aren’t too sweet, and the maple cream cheese glaze balance it nicely.  I actually would use a little more glaze that when I originally put, so I scaled up the amounts in the recipe.  And I might try bananas that are a bit more ripe, and, therefore, more sweet.  I actually had used up all of my ripe bananas for smoothies, so had to use the ripest ones I could find at the grocery store.  But this recipe is a keeper, and I think there a lot of variations you could do.

Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with teapot

And I had to share with you my little, adorable, alien muffin.  Isn’t it cute?!

Mutant Muffin

I hope you’ll give these a try, especially if you are looking for an uncomplicated gluten-free recipe, or even if you just want to try something different.  Let me know what you think.

Two Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with Tea cup

And if you haven’t checked out the Crazy Cooking Challenge, check out the links at the bottom of the post to see the other entries, and click on mine to vote for it as the Ultimate Blueberry Muffin recipe.  Thanks!

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What is your favorite kind of muffin?  Do you tend to make recipes as written, or do you mix it up a bit?

Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle
 
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Serves: 24 mini muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 small bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • About 1 c blueberries
  • Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle (see Note below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spray with cooking spray or grease mini muffin pan.
  2. Mix almond butter and bananas in a blender until pureed and smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, baking soda, and vinegar, and blend well.
  4. Place about 1 T of batter in each muffin cup. Top each one with about three blueberries. Divide the remaining batter between the muffin cups, about 1 T more on each.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan to cool on a rack.
  7. Drizzle with the Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle. I used a sandwich baggie with the corner cut off to put the Drizzle on the muffins.
Notes
Combine 2 T softened cream cheese (regular or light) and 2 T real maple syrup and stir until smooth.

This recipe was adapted from The Sweet Spot’s Gluten Free Cashew Butter Mini-Muffins.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with Caption

 

 

This recipe was shared with:

Family Fresh Meals Recipe of the Week: Bread or Muffins

Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday 4/18/2012

This Chick Cooks’ Whole Foods Wednesday Recipe Swap # 48

Allergy Free Wednesdays ~ 4/18/12

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Comments

  1. says

    What perfect ingredients for a muffin… so healthy and sort of like my regular banana spread with almond butter breakfast… only so much more interesting! Now I just need some ripe bananas!!

  2. Ann Fulton says

    Just read your post about the gluten intolerance. I posted a baked GF pancake that requires no special mixes…just almond flour and a couple other basic, healthy ingredients. Thought you might want to try. These muffins look yummy…and your photos are fantastic!
    xo, Ann from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen

    • says

      Hi Ann! Yes, I saw that recipe. I’ll have to try it out. I tried one with buckwheat flour. I was trying to make it like a Dutch Baby, but it didn’t turn out quite like that. Still tasty though. Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I am really working hard on photography.

  3. says

    We love that cashew butter muffin too, and this is a great spin! don’t be afraid of the gf leap….once you get some ingredients, it’s not so bad, i know I would certainly help you, so don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for sharing on Allergy free wednesdays!

    • says

      Thanks, I’ll have to just get up the courage to tackle it. I have a few of the flours and starches and such around, but I was stubborn and didn’t just buy a gluten-free flour blend. I haven’t takent he time to make up my own yet, but I plan to in the next few days.

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