Easy and Delicious Teff & Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins
I know not everyone has the same problem I do of having too many blueberries at this time of year. it is a good problem to have, and it tends to hit me around the start of July every year. I do have 11 blueberry bushes, which is more than I need, and which tend to produce more than I can pick, eat, freeze, make into baked goods, or process in other ways. There have been years when I have done a good job of sharing the abundance with friends by having a big blueberry party, and there have been other years when the harvest isn't so robust. This year we have been blessed with an abundant fruit harvest throughout the garden. We had strawberries, so many mulberries, tons of raspberries, and now the blueberries.
Blueberrry bush enclosure to keep out birds (it works, but we always have some birds that find there way in. In fact this year, our resident cardinal couple chose to build their nest in one of these blueberry bushes!)
Of course, there are many things to do with blueberries if one has the time, I was looking for something relatively quick. After making a standard batch of blueberry muffins for my family, I wanted to make a gluten-free batch for myself.
I needed to find a recipe that would work with teff flour and almond flour, since those were the only gluten-free flours I had in my pantry. I searched online for a blueberry muffin recipe that used those flours, and low and behold, I found one! The recipe also called for rice flour, but I just substituted a bit more almond flour. I had a to make a couple of other adjustments too, based on the what I had available, but the recipe is forgiving, and they turned out great! In fact, I think they are better than the wheat flour batch that I made. I really prefer them!
Since I am pleased with the results, and it is blueberry season, I wanted to share the recipe I used for inspiration, as well as the recipe that I actually made. I hope these recipes inspire you as well, and that you will enjoy some blueberry muffins too!
Lastly, for anyone who has interstitial cystitis, blueberries are a very safe fruit to consume. And for people who use cranberry to prevent urinary tract infections, blueberries are in the same plant genus, Vaccinium, as cranberries and have the same ability to prevent adhesion of pathogenic bacteria to the bladder wall.
The original recipe can be found here: Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins with Teff Flour by Winnie Abramson, ND.
And here is my recipe:
1 cup teff flour
1.5 cups almond flour (original recipe used 1 cup almond flour and 1/2 cup brown rice flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup coconut oil (original recipe used butter)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice milk (original recipe called for cow's milk, but I'm sure almond, hemp, or any othe type of alternative milk would have worked)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups fresh blueberries (I'm sure frozen would work as well)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease muffin tins, or use liners.
Combine teff flour, almond flour, and baking powder. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together the coconut oil and sugar using a hand mixer or electric mixer.
Continue mixing, adding one egg at a time
Add the milk and vanilla and continue beating until combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together, either with mixer or by hand.
Gently, fold in blueberries.
Scoop in to muffin tins and bake for 30-35 minutes. (The original recipe said to bake for 22-25 minutes. My muffins definitely needed more time to firm up, which may have been due to all the different substitutions I made.)
The original recipe said that it made 8 medium-sized muffins. I must have made mine smaller, since I was able to make 20 muffins.
Also, just a disclaimer that these are gluten-free, so they may not stick together as perfectly as would be expected for gluten-containing muffins.
My name is Jillian Bar-av and I am a Registered Herbalist and Licensed Nutritionist who works with busy women to help them have the energy to do what they love. I specialize in conditions that affect the reproductive system and urinary tract, such as PCOS and Interstitial Cystitis. I believe that it takes healthy people to create a healthy planet, and I want to make a difference for both.
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