Blueberry Muffins – Vegan, GF, Fructose-Friendly (with Glaze!)

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I am DYING to eat one of these!

OK, so when you take out dairy, and eggs, and butter, and wheat, and sugar, well, you start to wonder if you can ever have a baked good again!

After many trials (and lots of errors), I finally tweaked my old, regular blueberry recipe to satisfy Darrel and Jed’s taste buds AND our overwhelming dietary restrictions.

Then I went and outdid myself and created FROM SCRATCH a lemon glaze – and it has no confectioner’s sugar, regular sugar, or fructose AT ALL!!

(Not only that, but do you see that picture up there? Is that not divine? I took that all by myself with my iPhone! See? I’m improving in my food photos! Now ignore how icky the rest of the photos are going to look, please!)

OK, so here’s what you do:

Mix together your flours, baking powder, and salt until well blended.

Then toss in your liquids: maple syrup, almond milk, olive oil, lemon juice, and vanilla.

Stir it together – but not too much!  Then fold in the blueberries. You can use frozen; I had fresh, so that’s what I used this time. Word of caution with frozen blueberries: in my experience, frozen blueberries are more prone to coloring your entire batter purple-ish if you stir them too much.  So, don’t stir them too much!

I didn’t take pictures of those steps because, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory!

What I DID photograph was my kitchen helper! After all, do you know why  we made muffins? Because Jed ran around screaming for “ma-hins!” all morning and I finally caved. So the stinker was sure going to help me out in return for all the mind-blowing whining I endured all morning!

He put the paper muffin wrappers in the muffin tin for me…

Making sure they're "all in"...

Making sure they’re “all in”…

He poured measuring cups full of ingredients into the bowls for me…

And he stirred for me…because if you STIR, then you get to LICK the SPOON! Of course!!

Yum!

Yum!

Then it was just a matter of pouring out the batter, popping the pan in the oven, and waiting!

Poured out batter...

Poured out batter…

And here they are, fresh from the oven!

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Then let them cool, dump ’em out, and EAT!

OK, a couple of things:

  • I finally found the easiest way to pour batter into muffin wrappers without making a huge mess is to use a soup ladle. Duh, I know, but it took me until recently to figure it out and maybe there’s someone else out there that hasn’t caught on to that trick!
  • With gluten-free baking, a mix of flours is usually best. If you only have one safe flour, by all means use only that flour! I’ve made these with just one flour and they were fine. But they’re better if you can use two or more flours blended.
  • As for flours, one time I made these I experimented with dextrose as my sweetener (to make them fructose free). Darrel commented that they tasted “gritty”. So last time I used maple syrup as my sweetener. Darrel STILL commented that they tasted “gritty”. So I figured out that it is the RICE FLOUR that makes them taste gritty. I’ve heard that before about rice flour, but no one in my house ever complains of that texture issue when I use rice flour in pancakes so I figured it wasn’t an issue. Apparently, it makes a difference in muffins. This is fine by me, as rice is a major FPIES trigger! So, don’t use white rice flour as one of your flours in this recipe.
  • The original recipe I started with called for 1 cup of blueberries. That wasn’t enough for us, but 2 cups is a tad too much. I use 1.5 cups and it’s perfect!
  • This recipe is easily adaptable for FPIES Mama’s! As long as you keep your flour, sweetener of choice, a little fat and liquid, you can make these muffins. Change out or omit the fruit, and make them however you need to for your little one!

The muffins finally cooled enough for Jed to eat them, and he could hardly stand his little self! He held his muffin close to his body like someone was going to steal it from him! Hilarious!!

MINE! ALL MINE!!

MINE! ALL MINE!!

Well, that would have been good enough, to be honest, except…I got to thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to “dress it up” a bit? And since I can’t taste these, I really don’t know if they’re moist enough for my particular taste preferences. I hate dry muffins!

So a glaze would be lovely here!

Only problem: every glaze recipe I know calls for confectioners sugar in some way! Not in this household!!

So I started experimenting with coconut. First I used some coconut oil. I melted it, mixed in lemon juice and maple syrup, and got…a brown looking, runny liquid. Ick. I tried refrigerating it to see if it would look better as the oil solidified.

It didn’t. It just separated; syrup and lemon juice on the bottom, with a layer of coconut oil hardened on top.

Not. Appetizing.

So I grabbed some coconut MILK and messed with that.

BINGO!!!

It looked gorgeous! But…it was too runny to be a glaze; it would have soaked in almost immediately and disappeared into the muffin.

Then I had a brainstorm and found my Secret Ingredient…and it turned out perfect!

A tiny bowl of lemon glaze deliciousness!

A tiny bowl of lemon glaze deliciousness!

Jed called it “milk” and kept screaming to eat the “milk”! Darrel took a taste and his eyes got big and said “That’s really good!” – and he had no idea what it was or what was in it! (Yes, I often just walk up to him with food on a fork or spoon and make him eat it with no warning or preamble. I’m fun that way.)

I was calm, cool, and collected, but inside I was an Olympic gymnast doing backflips of joy! THIS was a total “from scratch” creation, and I have high hopes I can turn it into something A-MAY-ZING later this month! (I’ll share it if I can!)

So I hope you enjoy blueberry muffins! This delicious, vegan, gluten and fructose free muffin, with a fructose free lemon glaze will satisfy even a non-allergic person!

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VEGAN/GF/FRUCTOSE-FREE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

– 2 c. total of safe flour(s) *see note above
– 1 c. dextrose OR 2/3 c. maple syrup
– 2 tsp. baking powder
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 2/3 c. safe milk (we use almond)
– 1/4 c. fat (we use olive oil; shortening, butter, coconut oil are all suitable)
– 2 T. lemon juice
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 1 to 1.5 c. blueberries

1. Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl; sift well.
2. Mix your wet ingredients together in a bowl.
3. Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix together.
4. Fold in the blueberries.
5. Pour batter into muffin tins (spray first or line with paper liners) and put into a 400 degree F oven.
6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
7. Eat as is, or add a glaze and enjoy!
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FRUCTOSE-FREE LEMON GLAZE

– 2 T. coconut milk
– 2 T. potato starch (the secret ingredient!)
– 1 T. maple syrup
– 2 tsp. lemon juice

1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour over muffins.
3. Be amazed at how good they make your muffins!

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Happy breakfasting!!

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18 Responses to Blueberry Muffins – Vegan, GF, Fructose-Friendly (with Glaze!)

  1. TheGeek says:

    Great food picture!

  2. Featuring this recipe this week on AFW! Thanks for sharing! That glaze…I must try it!!

    • Carrie says:

      Yay! Thanks, Tessa! I hope you like it – my boys thought it tasted like a “real” sugar/milk laden glaze. I have an idea to turn this glaze into something even better (if it works!) so stay tuned!

  3. While these look YUMMY I cannot help but mention that these are not fructose free because blueberries have fructose in them.

    • Carrie says:

      Hmm…you’re probably right! I appreciate you pointing this out; I think it’s time I write a post about the “diet” we are following as a guide so I can clear up confusion for people. Thanks for the nudge!

      • Ann says:

        I would also like to point out that coconut milk and maple syrup have fructose.

        • Carrie says:

          Hey to fellow Texas Girl! Thanks, Ann, for pointing that out. Yes, I know they do. I will re-title that post to prevent confusion, and I’m writing a post about the diet we are following that will be published next week to help explain the ingredient choices I make. I hope it will help people understand the confusing world of Fructose – and my recipes – a little better. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! I appreciate it!

  4. You are so creative! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at Healing With Food Friday!

  5. Bisi says:

    Which coconut milk and maple syrup do you buy?

    • Carrie says:

      For maple syrup, we’ve been just buying whatever is on the shelves. Since we’re soon to start a maple syrup trial for our corn-sensitive Zac, we plan to order Kickapoo Gold Organic Grade A Dark Amber. From what I’ve discovered, they use diametaceous earth as a defoaming agent, which should be a protein-free additive that *may* not cause problems. Several corn-allergic kiddos do fine with that maple syrup, so we’re going to give that one a try. Any other maple syrup runs the risk of an accidental “corning” – or “soying” – via the oil they use for defoaming. 🙁

      Coconut milk. Well, we no longer use coconut milk because it turns out Jed actually IS fructose sensitive to it. When I was buying it, I bought whatever brand of Organic coconut milk I could find. I wasn’t picky. Since then, I’ve learned about making your own coconut milk from a friend. It is SO easy, and she says it tastes SO much better, that if I were to start using coconut milk for Zac I would make it myself. My friend learned how to do it from an online blog post, so I’m sure you could find instructions via Google somewhere.

      Plus, homemade coconut milk won’t have any gums in them (potentially a corn-sensitive problem, and also an inflammatory agent), so that’s a plus. 🙂

  6. Tina Sun says:

    Made these today and loved them. Baby Dax liked them too. They weren’t sweet enough for the rest of the family (who don’t follow the same limited diet as my nursling and me) but that just means more for me and Dax!

    • Carrie says:

      Happy these worked for you! I’ve written before about sugar addiction…it really does make a difference. For me, a bowl of pureed banana ice cream is so sweet it makes my teeth hurt, while my husband thinks it should get a shot of maple syrup. LOL But I’ve been off sugar for over two years, so sweet is a novelty for me now.

      Try adding some extra sweetener to them next to for the rest of your family…or just keep making them for you and Dax! I won’t tell! LOL

  7. betterjuntos says:

    What does the lemon juice do? Is it flavor-only, or something to assist in baking? We haven’t trialed it and while I’m not terribly worried, it would be “truly safe” if we could skip it!

    • Carrie says:

      You can skip it! Lemon juice is often added to recipes to help the berries “pop” in flavor. It may also help the baking ingredients rise a little, as vinegar does, but it isn’t necessary to the recipe. Enjoy!

  8. Lindsay says:

    Could you tell me what mix of flours you use in muffins?

    • Carrie says:

      Generally, I mix at least 3 flours and a starch. For 2 cups of needed flour, I’d probably mix:
      1/2 c. quinoa flour
      3/4 c. amaranth flour
      1/2 c. rice flour
      1/4 c. arrowroot starch

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