Gluten Free Low Sugar Muffins

Recently I was asked to contribute to a function which required having some Gluten Free baked goodies.  After experiementing and going through lots of my cookbooks, I came up with the following.  Usually I don't add any additional sugar, however this option has been added as some people are not used to muffins not tasting sweet.

Hope you enjoy...

Gluten Free Low Sugar Muffins


Whisk together:
1/2 Cup Rice Bran Oil
1/2 Cup Rice Malt Syrup (you could also use honey)
2 Eggs
1 teas Vanilla
1/4 Cup White Sugar (optional), could also be coconut sugar if you don't mind a darker                                         colour muffin

Then fold in:
1 1/2 Cup GF Self-Raising Flour
Plus flavour of your choice (see list for ideas)

Spoon into 12 muffin cases and bake in preheated oven 180C for 15-20 min. Let stand for 5 minutes and then put on cooling racks. Best eaten just warm or can be frozen.

Flavour Ideas:

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries & 1/2 Cup Choc-Chips (Well Naturally sugar-free brand)

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries & 1 Banana, mashed

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries & 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Zest of 1 Lemon, juice of lemon and 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds (omit vanilla in base                                          mix)

3/4 Cup Cranberries, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 Cup Raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder) & add choc chips (optional)

            Apple Crumble Muffins:

Use base GF Low Sugar Mix (omit vanilla - optional) and add 1 apple (peeled and diced very finely) and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Spoon into muffin cases and then top with crumble mix which is made up of  20-30 g shredded coconut, 40 g plain GF Flour, 50 g brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1½ tablespoons coconut oil mixed together to form the ‘crumble’.

Making Your Own Cleaners ... in your Thermomix

I have found out how easy it is to clean my thermomix and dry it without taking it a part all the time...much to horror of my kids! LOL

Check out http://www.trtlmt.com.au/ there are lots of tips, recipes and help.  I really love the Four Blades magazines (which I get through the app)

I never realised how much a thermomix would change the way I cook...and what I cook.  I guess however there are many saying...yes, I know.  Or I told you so !

I hope to get myself organised soon and try out making some of my own cleaners and THANKYOU to the great team of TRTLMT for such an inspiring website.  http://www.trtlmt.com.au/make-your-own-cleaners/

Simply amazing!

Butter (made in Thermomix)

My family loves butter.  I mean real butter made from full fat cream.  Since recently attending a Thermomix cooking class and seeing butter made, I have started making it myself.

Today's attempt (now 3rd time I have made butter) worked really well.  To make it spreadable I added some salt (for flavour) and a couple of tablespoons of grapeseed oil.

We've tried macadamia oil in our butter to make it soft spreadable, but I can't use that for school lunches due to a nut free policy at the local school my youngest attends.

Anyway, will see how it goes.  The kids now eat a small amount of butter and in homemade biscuits, it's fantastic!


Christmas Cookies

I was getting ready for Christmas.   Looking at all that had to be finished and thought, need cookies (or biscuits!☺)  You know for the cuppa's when everyone us home.  Phew, I seem to drink endless cups of tea and coffee with the family at home on holidays!

So here is what I threw together.   Not saying they are healthy and I will need to trial the recipe a few more times to make sure it works.   But I'm not big on following recipes unless they are super easy.

Spice molasses cookies:

100 g butter (real, not margarine)
1/4 cup black strap molasses
200g dark chocolate,  chopped into small pieces or choc chips
1/4 cup white choc chips
1/2 cup cranberries
2 teaspoons dried ginger
1 teaspoon each if ground cloves, cinnamon,  nutmeg,  all spice (can take out cloves and reduce spices to taste)
2 cups gluten free self raising (I used 1/2 white mix and 1/2 sorghum rice flour mix)
1 cup coconut sugar
1 egg

Melt butter and molasses
Combine all dry ingredients,  add melted butter and molasses,  egg and stir well.  If needed add a lite more flour.  You want a firm mix.  (Could wrap and chill for an hour and then roll out and cut shapes)

Roll and flatten 1 tablespoon of mix onto tray lined with baking paper).  Repeat until all mix is used up or do half and wrap leftover mix in plastic or baking paper and freeze for later use.

Cook in 180°C oven for approx 12-15mins.  Cool and enjoy!

Experiment with different spices, fruit, nuts etc and create your own special cookies!

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