May 17, 2010

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

There's really no big story behind these muffins. I was at Whole Foods, saw their 365 brand Vegan Chocolate Chips and was inspired to make muffins. I added the strawberries at the last minute because I thought they'd be pretty. I was right :)

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Cold Water
1 3/4 Cup Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Xanthan Gum
3/4 Cup Almond Milk
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/2 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 400 F and prepare a muffin tin with liners.
In a small cup, mix the chia seeds and cold water and set aside. The mixture will form a gel- this will serve as your egg replacer.
In a large bowl, combine the brown rice flour, sugar, baking powder and xanthan gum. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine the almond milk and unsweetened applesauce. Once the chia seed and water mixture has formed a gel, add it to this bowl and mix it well, making sure to break up any chia seed clumps that may have formed.
Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and combine well. Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped strawberries.
Divide among the muffin tins (I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to do this) and bake for 25-30 minutes.

I couldn't wait to tear into one ... here is the inside full of strawberries and gooey chocolate chips. YUM!

5 comments :

  1. Those look delish! I have never baked with brown rice flour, I need to give that a try!

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  2. Definitely give it a try! It's my go to flour for when I want to bake but don't have ingredients on hand to make a gluten free flour mixture.

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  3. I love these! Muffins are consumed everyday in my house (apartment?) and I'm always looking for a new recipe. I need to try out brown rice flour...does it have basically the same taste as whole wheat or spelt?

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  4. Nicole- great question but I have no idea. I can't remember what regular flours taste like- lol!
    I'm sure you could sub regular flour and they would taste great though :)

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