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SRC: Hapa-tite’s Zucchini Loaf (Muffins)

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For September’s
Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Nicole of Hapa-tite. Nicole lives in the DC area and is strongly influenced by all the cultures in her family, which means some pretty delicious and varied foods! My favourite are all the cute Bento box things she has!

I spent a few days mid-September visiting with my sister in Quebec and since we planned on having a baking fest, it seemed like the perfect time to make something for secret recipe club! I was also really impressed with myself as I hardly procrastinated at all on these! (A first in the last few months!)

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I ended up choosing her Zucchini Loaf and making it Bean Style – lower sugar, less fat and gluten free! We also just made half a recipe as we didn’t want to have that much food after all our baking expeditions. We definitely weren’t disappointed – I really wish that I made the whole recipe and took some home with me as these are perfect breakfast muffins as they aren’t too sweet and are packed with nutrition! When I make them again, I want to try using some almond flour to increase the protein and maybe even use a bit less starch as these muffins would still be awesome even if they were a little denser.
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I have to admit that I liked being able to take photos not at my own house – especially for the different props! The house my sister lives in has an old picnic table in the back yard under an acorn tree, which helped make these photos super “fall-esque.”

Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Refined Sugar Free Zucchini Muffins

1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/3 c. sorghum flour
1/3 c. potato starch
1/3 c. tapioca starch
3/4 tsp. guar or xantham gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/8 c. oil
1/2 c. applesauce
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 – 1 1/2 c. zucchini
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. raisins

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Sift flours into a bowl and whisk in the salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy.
  4. Add the remaining liquid ingredients and beat until combined.
  5. Stir in zucchini.
  6. Pour liquid ingredients, walnuts and raisins into the dry and stir until just combined.
  7. Spoon into muffin tins and bake for ~12 – 18 min or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the pan onto a cooling rack.
  9. Enjoy!

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How are you making the most of fall?

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SRC: Beautiful Disaster’s Chocolate Chip Muffins

For November’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Casey of Beautiful Disasters. She has lots of delicious recipes, mainly desserts (and nothing I would remotely consider to be disasters),  including this caramel corn, puppy chow (if I hadn’t already eaten all my gluten free chex, I totally would have made this!) and this apple pull-apart bread (if only I could figure out a way to make this gluten free and work out the same way – perhaps I sense a challenge?)

I ended up choosing the chocolate chip muffins and making them gluten free. Can you believe that I had never made chocolate chip muffins before? After making these, I think that I was really missing something as these were delicious! Mr. Bean asked me to make them again!

Here’s how I adjusted the ingredients to make them gluten free (and possibly dairy free):

3/4 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1/2 c. tapioca starch
1/4 c. potato starch
1 tsp. xathan gum
1/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. dairy free margarine
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 c. almond milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Few squirts of lemon juice
1 1/4 c. chocolate chips (can be dairy free)

Have you ever made chocolate chip muffins?

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Date Sweetened Gluten and Dairy Free Plum Almond Muffins

Have you ever woken up with the strange desire to bake something? I did one morning last week. I wanted to make something healthy and to use up some of the 50 billion plums (well, maybe not that many, but quite a few) we bought from a stand in Saskatchewan.

So, I’m actually making good on my promise to cut back the amount of sugar I eat, especially now that most of my big events are over for a while. I decided that I  procrastinated for too long – always putting it off for the next day so I could continue eating whatever I wanted – not the healthiest attitude. Normally I wouldn’t care, but the numbers on the scale have been on a slow increase lately, which is something no one likes. I guess the notion of eating too much food while not doing enough exercise and not gaining any weight is a delusion after all.  Drat, I was hoping that was true! 😛

Since I wasn’t wanting to eat sugar, I looked into different methods of sweetening baked goods without sugar. I do consider things like agave nectar and palm sugar as sugar as my body still reacts to then as sugar despite having a different GI index and I don’t own any stevia, so the search was on. I remember coming across a few recipes where dates were used to sweeten baked goods, so I thought, why not?

There really aren’t many recipes out there that use plums except for crisps and crumbles, so I improved this muffin recipe. I was inspired by this date sweetened muffin recipe by Nicole from A Dash of Compassion.

Since they don’t have any added sugar and use fairly fibrous and protein rich ingredients, this muffins are perfect for breakfast or a mid afternoon snack without the blood sugar spike. In addition, each muffin has the equivalent of half a plum in it, so that has to be good, right?

I sent some of these muffins along with Mr. Bean to his guy’s night (fortunately no turtle burgers this time around!) and they all disappeared. I’m taking that as a good sign as in my experience, five guys don’t eat eight or nine muffins if they don’t like them.

Date Sweetened Gluten and Dairy Free Plum Almond Muffins

1 c. almond flour
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. tapioca starch
1/4 c. coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped dates
1 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 c. red plum puree (about 4 plums)
2 tbsp. grapeseed oil
2 farm eggs (free run and organic)
2 plums, cut into wedges then sliced in half
1/2 c. almonds, chopped
Cinnamon for sprinkling

  1. Place dates, water, vanilla extract and allspice in a small pot and simmer on medium for about 15 minutes until the water has been absorbed. Take pot off the heat and let it cool.
  2. While the dates are boiling, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Puree plums in a blender and set aside.
  4. Toast the chopped almonds in a frying pan until toasted and fragrant. Set aside.
  5. When dates are done, blend until a smooth mixture forms. I added an extra 2 tbsp. of water to the pot to rinse out all the leftover date bits and added it to the date mixture to help my magic bullet blend it properly.
  6. Add the oil, eggs and plum puree to the date mixture and blend until smooth. It will become a lighter colour (I expect because of some chemical reaction between the ingredients), so don’t freak out when that happens.
  7. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry and add the chopped plums and toasted almonds. Mix until just combined.
  8. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  10. Let muffins sit in their pan for a few minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Enjoy!

What is your favourite type of muffin?

Linked up to: Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Hearth and Soul Hop , Muffin Mondays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays, and Foodie Wednesdays.


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Pumpkin Delights Part 1

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, or at least a good Monday. My lab proposal is in, my latest quiz is done (Anyone remember non-homogenous ODEs – even though I think that I did that part wrong – whoops!) and I’m learning how to simulate petrochemical processes for our propylene plant, so life’s okay.

Anyways, Mr. Bean was out in Saskatchewan visiting his ailing grandpa over the weekend, so I thought that I would visit my parent’s church after watching this guy get baptized* on Sunday. It just so happened that they were having a potluck lunch to celebrate thanksgiving, so I thought that I would take the opportunity to pawn off a bit of baking – I’m really quite keen to give my baking to other people as 24 cupcakes/muffins/etc. isn’t very attractive on my waistline. I’m sure you’ll agree.

I wanted to try something a bit different from the usual cupcake but would be slightly classier than a muffin. I chose to make Pumpkin Streusel Muffins based on this recipe. Apparently, they didn’t disappoint because they disappeared pretty quickly.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

3/4 c. margarine, melted and slightly cooled
1 1/8 c.  canned solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 c. sour cream
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. brown rice flours
1/2 c. each potato and tapioca starch
1 1/2 tsp. xathan gum
3 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. ground ginger
heaping 1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar 

Streusel Topping (Note: This made WAY too much streusel – 1/2 or 1/3 of this would work just as well.)
1/4 c. margarine, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
pinch salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line 18+ muffins cups with liners.
  2. Combine all streusel ingredients in medium bowl and rub the margarine in until the mixture is somewhat crumbly. Set aside.
  3. In larger bowl, combine melted margarine, pumpkin, sour cream, eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
  4. Sift together flours, xathan gum, baking powder, spices and salt into a large bowl.
  5. Stir sugars into flour mixture.
  6. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  7. Spoon into muffin tins and sprinkle streusel on top.
  8. Bake muffins for about 16 minutes or until a tester inserted into the centre of the muffins comes out clean.
  9. Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes to set topping, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  10. Enjoy!


What is your favourite pumpkin delight?

*Holy man am I smitten by Malachi. I’ve been on somewhat of a baby obsess lately as there are so many cute babies everywhere! Rest assured that I am not pregnant, despite how much old ladies at church say how good babies look on me.


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Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free Blueberry Muffins

I was bored on Monday, so I made some muffins in about 1/2 hour. They are so tasty and light – almost like “normal” muffins!


Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free Muffins
Adapted from the Joy of Cooking

1 c. Brown rice flour
1/3 c. Potato starch
1/3 c. Tapioca starch
1/3 c. millet
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/3 c. white sugar
2 large eggs
1 c. potato milk
1/3 c. plus a little canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
Cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line standard 12 muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together liquid ingredients in another bowl.
  4. Add liquid to dry mixture then blueberries. Mix with a few light strokes until the dry ingredients are just moistened. DO NOT over mix – the batter isn’t supposed to be smooth. (It will create tunnels if you over mix it!)
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake until toothpick inserted into 1 or 2 muffins comes out clean, about 17 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack.
  8. Enjoy!


What is your favourite muffin recipe?


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