Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins

Gluten Free Living – 2016

Blackberries are such a delicious fruit and they’re perfect in a batch of Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins! These lovely muffins are made with honey instead of sugar, gluten free flour instead of regular all-purpose flour, overripe bananas, pecans, loads of blackberries and other wholesome ingredients. While these muffins are not dairy free, they are super delicious. I will tell you they work the best with overripe bananas to get as much natural sweetness as possible.

I made these muffins back in early March before we moved out of our rental house and into our new home. I was looking for healthier alternatives for my sweet tooth, so I made muffins with chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberry/banana and mango along with blackberries. Then after baking, I stocked the muffins in my freezer so I could pull them out one at a time (and not eat them all at once!) So in case you’re needing a recipe for a holiday breakfast and don’t have time to bake everything all at once, these muffins freeze very well.

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe to satisfy your sugar cravings, Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins are a great option. They’re quick, easy and delicious.

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Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins are scrumptious.

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These make an excellent choice for holiday breakfasts.

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If you enjoy blackberries, you’ll love these muffins.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Melt butter in mixing bowl. Add egg, honey, mashed bananas, vanilla, salt, baking powder and half-and-half.

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Whisk until incorporated. It’s okay to leave banana clumps.

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Add gluten free flour, blackberries and diced pecans.

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Stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.

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Grease muffin cups. Fill muffin cups almost full. Sprinkle diced pecans on top and pat them into the batter slightly. If desired, add additional blackberries on top.

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Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking an additional 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins are a clean-eating recipe that’s delectable.

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Every bite of these muffins will have you drooling.

 

Here’s the recipe.

HEALTHY GLUTEN FREE BLACKBERRY MUFFINS

(My own concoction)

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These delectable muffins are filled with blackberries, overripe bananas and pecans. Because they're made with honey instead of sugar, and gluten free flour instead of all-purpose, they're healthier, lower calorie and clean-eating.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These luscious #muffins are incredibly scrumptious. You'll never believe they're healthy & #clean-eating. Great for a #holiday #breakfast too. #blackberries #bananas
Instructions
  1. Grease 12 extra large muffin tins with coconut oil.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Add honey, baking powder, salt, bananas, egg, vanilla and half-and-half in a large mixing bowl and mix with a whisk.
  5. It’s okay to leave some of the lumps from the bananas.
  6. Add flour, blackberries and 1 cup pecans.
  7. Stir gently with a wooden spoon just until combined.
  8. Don’t overmix the batter.
  9. Spoon batter evenly into each muffin tin.
  10. Sprinkle remaining pecans over top of muffins.
  11. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes.
  12. Adjust temperature to 350°.
  13. Continue baking an additional 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  14. Cool.
  15. Yield: 12 extra large muffins or about 14-16 regular sized muffins.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: The secret to having muffins that raise perfectly every time is to start the baking at a high temperature (425°), and then lower the temperature to 350° after 5 minutes. This allows the muffins to raise properly. If you bake muffins at a steady 350° for the whole length of baking time, they will usually be flat on top.

NOTE: I've made this recipe with 1 1/2 cups flour (which is the amount on the original recipe) and caused the muffins to sink in the middle, and 3 1/2 cups flour which caused a rounded muffin top but the muffins were a little on the heavy side. I suggest 2 1/2 cups may be the best option for a lighter muffin but one that doesn't sink in the middle. Much of this will depend upon the gluten free flour you use. Working with gluten free flour can be tricky, so this is my best advice.

 

[b]Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins[/b]
Recipe Type: Breads, Rolls and Muffins
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra – my own creation
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
These delectable muffins are filled with blackberries, overripe bananas and pecans. Because they’re made with honey instead of sugar, and [url href=”http://www.pamelasproducts.com/products/baking-mixes/pamelas-baking-pancake-mix/” target=”_blank”]gluten free flour[/url] instead of all-purpose, they’re healthier, lower calorie and clean-eating.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups[url href=”http://www.pamelasproducts.com/products/baking-mixes/pamelas-baking-pancake-mix/” target=”_blank”]Pamela’s[/url]gluten free baking and pancake mix
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  • ½ tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 large over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup half-and-half, cream or milk
  • 12-oz. container blackberries
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans, divided use
Instructions
  1. Grease 12 extra large muffin tins with coconut oil.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Add honey, baking powder, salt, bananas, egg, vanilla and half-and-half in a large mixing bowl and mix with a whisk.
  5. It’s okay to leave some of the lumps from the bananas.
  6. Add flour, blackberries and 1 cup pecans.
  7. Stir gently with a wooden spoon just until combined.
  8. Don’t overmix the batter.
  9. Spoon batter evenly into each muffin tin.
  10. Sprinkle remaining pecans over top of muffins.
  11. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes.
  12. Adjust temperature to 350°.
  13. Continue baking an additional 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  14. Cool.
  15. Yield: 12 extra large muffins or about 14-16 regular sized muffins.
Notes
The secret to having muffins that raise perfectly every time is to start the baking at a high temperature (425°), and then lower the temperature to 350° after 5 minutes. This allows the muffins to raise properly. If you bake muffins at a steady 350° for the whole length of baking time, they will usually be flat on top.[br][br][br]I’ve made this recipe with 1 1/2 cups flour (which is the amount on the original recipe) and caused the muffins to sink in the middle, and 3 1/2 cups flour which caused a rounded muffin top but the muffins were a little on the heavy side. I suggest 2 1/2 cups may be the best option for a lighter muffin but one that doesn’t sink in the middle. Much of this will depend upon the gluten free flour you use. Working with gluten free flour can be tricky, so this is my best advice.

 

Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These luscious #muffins are incredibly scrumptious. You'll never believe they're healthy & #clean-eating. Great for a #holiday #breakfast too. #blackberries #bananas

Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins are a great alternative to high calorie, sugar sweetened and frosted muffins. (Not that those don’t have their place.) 🙂

Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These luscious #muffins are incredibly scrumptious. You'll never believe they're healthy & #clean-eating. Great for a #holiday #breakfast too. #blackberries #bananas

This is a wonderful way to use blackberries.

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