for this month's recipe redux we've decided to take on breakfast.
so maybe muffins aren't always the healthiest breakfast, but i love them. paired with some protein on the side, i think these whole grain muffins definitely have a place on a healthy morning table. not to mention, muffins are not the kind of thing you can pick off the bakery shelf when you're gluten-free, so sitting down to one usually means it is a special homemade treat.
i was inspired by the delightful flavor combinations i stumbled across at simple bites. i also loved the idea of combining lots of rolled oats with my flour blend, which is already high in whole grain, to have a healthy and hearty muffin. dark chocolate and raspberries (hello, antioxidants...) were at the top of my list. yum, right!?
these pretty muffins are a great example of when avoiding gluten comes in handy in the kitchen. if you've baked many muffins, you are familiar with the admonition to "not over-mix"! over-mixing with regular wheat flour produces too much gluten and results in a tough, peaked muffin. guess what... when there's no gluten from the get-go, you can mix those suckers as much as you'd like and never have to worry about tough muffins. nice, huh? and because a tender product is the what we're going for, it is not even necessary to add gums, flax meal, or any other binder to the mix.
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don't forget to check out all of the healthy and delicious breakfast recipes for the month... click on the link to make the jump.