Olive Oil Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins (gluten-free and vegan)

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Today was a day for muffins…savory, fruity, cakey muffins. I’ve been so swamped with school lately that I’m prepping a lot of food on sundays to get through the rest of the week. I’ve also discovered that listening to lectures on my iPod while I cook is actually helping me retain the information better, so it’s win-win. 🙂

These tasty little friends are made with cornmeal, olive oil, and luscious, luscious blueberries, and they have a velvet-y texture despite the cornmeal. I never actually thought I’d describe any food as velvety because it’s always struck me as impossible unless you’re talking about mousse, but these come pretty close.

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To make:

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup coconut sugar

2 Tbsp chia seeds (whisked into gel with 6 Tbsp water) – if using eggs, use two whole eggs instead

1/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup almond milk

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/4 tsp sea salt

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of cinnamon

From here, it’s easy. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk chia seeds into a gel (will take about 5 minutes of setting). Sift together dry ingredients (except sugar), whisk together wet ingredients (include sugar here).

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Add wet to dry and fold in blueberries. Add extra almond milk by tbsp if the batter seems too dry.

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Spoon into regular-sized greased muffin tin, and bake til golden-brown on top and fork comes out nice and clean (about 20-30 min).

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Eat ’em up!!!!!

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Gluten-Free Morning Glories

The past few days have been cold, foggy, and grey here in Seattle, and I’m finding myself drawn to bright, rainbow-y foods. Well, that and wine, but I’m trying to stick mainly with bright, happy, healthy foods. It works about 90% of the time. So, I decided to whip up a batch of morning glory muffins to make my early mornings a little happier. I used a blend of gluten-free flour from King Arthur Flours from our Christmas trip to Vermont, and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing, but you could safely get away with any whole-grain flour or blend (buckwheat would be mighty nice).

One thing that’s so nice about these little lovelies is that you can toss in whatever you feel like. I happened to have pears, raisins, pumpkin seeds, and shredded carrots, but seriously anything would be really tasty. Okay, not anything, but many things. I think my next batch will have figs, apples, carrots, and maaaaybe chocolate nibs. Delight.

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Recipe: Makes 12 regular-size muffins, and a few wee baby muffins

2 cups whole grain flour

1 Tbsp xantham gum

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch salt

cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves to taste

2 Tbsp chia seeds plus 6 Tbsp warm water (whisked together)

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup non-dairy milk of your choice

1 knob coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 shredded carrot

1 chopped pear

handful raisins

handful pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk wet ingredients together, mix dry ingredients, and add wet to dry. Add fruits and seeds/nuts. Grease or line muffin tins, and bake roughly 30 minutes. Put in face and EAT (maybe with jam)!

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