Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins


Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

I have a client who asks me to make muffins every week for her family.  And, to be honest, it’s such a fun thing to do! I rarely make muffins at home because I know I will end up eating them all (#noselfcontrolwithbakedgoods). But this is a really fun way to get my baking fix, have something warm and tasty for them the afternoon I am there and most of the time I can sneak some veggies and fruit into the muffin along with some nice whole grain flours.

Now, all those lovely things I just mentioned above don’t really apply to these muffins. These are just good old buttery morning muffins. They will fill your kitchen with an envelope of cinnamon and just baked goodness and will also satisfy that doughnut craving. They remind me of the simple muffins I used to make when I was younger.  Flour-sugar-milk-some sort of filler (fruit, chocolate, etc.). Easy to put together and not enormous in size, because really, who needs to eat a pound sized muffin??

Now, I’m pretty sure you probably have most of these things in your pantry, so why not plan to make a batch of these over the weekend and make your loved ones happy? That is, unless you are like me, and have a tendency to eat them all first…..

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins
Gluten Free
INGREDIENTS
·      Gluten Free Flour Blend: ¾ c. sorghum flour + ½ c. tapioca starch + ½ c. oat flour
·      1 t. guar gum or ½ t. xanthan gum
·      1 ½ t. baking powder
·      ½ t. fine sea salt
·      ¼ t. cinnamon
·      1/3 c. melted butter or coconut oil
·      ½ c. coconut sugar
·      1 large egg
·      1 egg white
·      ¾ c. buttermilk
To Top:
·      ¼ c. melted butter or coconut oil
·      ½ c. demerera sugar (coarse raw sugar)
·      1 T. cinnamon
DIRECTIONS
1.     Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
2.     In a medium bowl whisk together the gluten free flour blend, guar or xanthan gum, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon.
3.     In another bowl whisk together the melted butter or coconut oil, coconut sugar and then add in the large egg and egg white.
4.     Add the flour into the dry ingredients to gently blend and then add the buttermilk to mix it all together. Stir with a whisk until the batter is all incorporated, about 20-30 seconds.
5.     Scoop in to the muffin tins and bake for 14-18 minutes until lightly golden.
6.     Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
7.     Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes then, carefully, remove the muffins from the tin and dip the top in the melted butter-allowing the extra to drip off-and then roll in the sugar cinnamon mixture. Set aside to dry and continue with remaining muffins.
**Some other fun ways to change up these muffins:
~Almond Cherry Coffecake Muffins: Sub almond flour for the oat flour and add ¼ t. almond extract. Add some dried cherries to the batter for an almond-cherry coffeecake muffin. Once cooled, drizzle with a mixture of powdered sugar + milk + sprinkle of toasted shaved almonds.

~Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins: Keep muffin recipe as directed except add 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (they are smaller and blend easier in muffins). Once baked, allow muffins to cool and then drizzle with a mixture of powdered sugar + buttermilk.

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