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Gluten Free Blueberry, Almond and Coconut Muffins

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I have to confess to having a “black hole” in my pantry where containers of rarely used ingredients end up out of sight, out of mind. I recently discovered an open package of coconut flour at the bottom of the heap.

I like to try new natural ingredients when they hit the market to make a personal assessment of their worth. After my first baking session with the forgotten coconut flour I’d lost interest in the remainder of the package. Yes it’s gluten free, but by my estimation it’s expensive and highly processed. The fact that cake made with coconut flour has a tendency to be dry and crumbly is also offputting.

Essentially coconut flour is the dried flesh of a fresh coconut which has had the oils removed. The defatted coconut is then reduced to a powder. In baking, coconut flour absorbs an enormous amount of liquid so when using it as a substitute, the volume of liquid needs to be increased significantly.

I counteracted the undesirable characteristic of coconut flour by using lots of ingredients with high moisture levels, but still I needed to add more than double the usual amount of milk.

These were delicious muffins and they kept really well but when it’s all said and done, the coconut flour is almost gone and I won’t bother to replace it.

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Gluten Free Blueberry, Almond and Coconut Muffins
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup gluten free plain (all purpose) flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup gluten free custard powder
2 tablespoons psyllium husks
3/4 cup coconut sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs
180g butter, melted
500 mls milk approx
1 1/2 cups of blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup shredded coconut for decoration

Preheat the oven to 180C fan forced.
Grease 2 dozen muffin tins and line with paper cases.
Melt the butter in a small pan then set aside to cool a little.
Measure all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and thoroughly combine with a wire whisk.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
Whisk the eggs into the butter, the pour the butter mixture into the well.
Add 1 cup of milk and mix to a stiff batter.
Gradually add the second cup of milk using only enough to make a soft but not runny batter.
Allow the batter to rest for 10mins. Assess the thickness of the batter and add more milk to thin it to the original consistency.
Stir in the blueberries.
Fill the paper cases 3/4 full of batter and sprinkle a little shredded coconut on top.
Bake the muffins until puffed, golden and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack, then s
tore in an airtight container.
These muffins freeze beautifully.
Makes approx 24

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

15 comments on “Gluten Free Blueberry, Almond and Coconut Muffins

  1. Nancy |Plus Ate Six
    February 2, 2015

    You are so right! I have a bag of coconut flour and sugar unopened in the cupboard and I fear they will be long past their best date by the time I use them. If I’m doing something gluten free I just reach for brown rice flour or almond meal. It’s one of the downsides to being a curious cook sometimes – but the upsides far outweigh the occasional ‘latest bandwagon’ disaster.

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 3, 2015

      You have to see what the hype is about, but i’m often bemused by it!

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  2. Amanda
    January 23, 2015

    I understand the moisture troubles of coconut flour all too well, I’m afraid. I recently made some lamingtons with it and it took me quite a few cakes before I finally figured out the correct amount of moisture! (Ended up using a couple more eggs than usual and quite a bit of Greek yogurt!) I think I might be with you on the fad-wagon. I don’t think I’ll repurchase coconut flour once I’ve finished this bag. Thanks for giving me another recipe to help use it up!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 23, 2015

      You’re welcome Amanda. Considering the cost of that flour any baking failures are expensive!

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  3. MamaD1xx4xy
    January 23, 2015

    I’ll have to give this a try. I cleaned my pantry recently and found an unopened bag of coconut flour! Guess I was never really motivated to use it yet. Good to know it isn’t worth all the hype. I know a few people with celiac disease and that is why I got it, of course I haven’t seen them in ages so I guess I’ll have to try it myself.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 23, 2015

      There are many more ways to bake gluten free cakes etc that are less processed and more reliable than using coconut flour. I really hate throwing food out, so back to the less temperamental GF flour for me

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  4. Selma's Table
    January 22, 2015

    Love your honesty! Yes, coconut has taken over from kale – it really is all the rage but is so high in fat, as you say. I like using the oil for smearing the pan when I am making pancakes – it imparts a lovely subtle flavour but that is about it. Your muffins look really good in any case!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Selma they were good muffins. While fads and fashions have their followers i’m for all things in moderation

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  5. Francesca
    January 22, 2015

    I love your assessments of new things. So sensible. These muffins look great. I have noticed that the C word has taken over from the K word lately- that is coconut from Kale. Good to have a clean out and make treasure.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 22, 2015

      I don’t get the coconut fad at all! Hi fat to boot, not that i’m a low fat advocat. There is a baking book out there that eschews dairy, wheat and sugar, and uses tons of coconut, honey, syrups and nuts instead. It’s supposed to be healthy!!!

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  6. Dimple@shivaaydelights
    January 22, 2015

    These look great!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Dimple, if you have coconut flour, they’re worth making!

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  7. My Kitchen Witch
    January 22, 2015

    It’s a good feeling cleaning out your pantry! Those of us who are curious usually end up with a few things that didn’t quite meet the hype. You have echoed my feelings about coconut flour. And, Even making your own isn’t worth it! I solved the hydration problem (like you) by adding more liquid, but also soaking the flour prior to adding it to the batter. My stash is finished and I won’t be making any more!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 22, 2015

      Just an over rated fad as far as I’m concerned and I didn’t go to the same lengths as you making your own. It’s good to restore order to the pantry that’s for sure. It’s amazing the amount of space I created

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