Sunday, June 5, 2011

Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins with Coconut Streusel

Wow, my kitchen smells glorious right now!  I want to capture this aroma and bottle it or put it into a candle so my kitchen can smell like this all the time!  Something's in the oven...

Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins with Coconut Streusel

I was inspired to make these because we had a big box of blueberries in the fridge and 3 of my husbands favorite things are blueberries, lemons, and coconut so I wanted to put it all together.  I found a basic Gluten Free Muffin Recipe over at Gluten Free Homemaker that you can see here.  It's a great basic muffin recipe with options so you can play with it to make any kind of muffins you want.  I pretty much followed her recipe except I didn't add xanthan gum because I already have xanthan gum in my Silvana's all purpose gluten free flour blend that I made a big container of. For my version on the  basic recipe I left out the xanthan gum and used 1/2 cup sugar, about 1-2 Tbls lemon juice, lemon zest of 1 lemon, and 1 cup blueberries.  The coconut streusel topping is as follows:

3/4 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup all purpose GF flour
1/4 cup sugar (50/50 brown sugar and granulated sugar)
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp Bestlife buttery baking sticks

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and cut together using a fork or your hands till you get a crumbly mixture, mine had quite a few clumps, it wasn't as crumbly as a typical crumb topping. Drop the clumpy, crumbly coconut mixture over the tops of the muffins before baking, then bake as directed in the Basic Gluten Free Muffin Recipe.

I am really happy with the height these muffins have, must be from the amount of baking powder! I've never used that much baking powder in a recipe before, but it's awesome, these muffins don't have the typical flat tops that most gluten free baked goods have.  Now...time for the taste test...

OH MY!!!!  I have been searching and baking my way to find the perfect muffin recipe for years, long before going gluten free.  I am in heaven.  These are by far the best muffins I have EVER made, and they are gluten free and dairy free!  MMMMMMmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Is all I can say right now! Go get some blueberries, a lemon and some coconut flakes quick and get baking right now! I can't believe how good these are!  I'm sure non-gluten free bakers could make this same recipe just using regular flour in place of gf flour and leaving out the xanthan gum!  The crispy coconut topping really sent these lemon blueberry muffins over the edge. Now I just need to have some will power to not eat anymore till hubs and daughter get home! I made the muffins for them! lol!

ps- and the verdict from my husband is...they are REALLY good...although he says he can still tell they are gluten free.  He thinks I just haven't had gluten for a long enough period of time I maybe don't remember how much better everything is with it.  He definitely thought these muffins were really good, but just said the texture was different than regular muffins, the texture was nice though, more like angel food cake.

Silvana's All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend can be found on page 15 of Cooking for Isaiah
Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meals


Trista said...

These look amazing! I can't wait to try the recipe

Quirky Homemaker said...

Sounds so yummy!! Thanks for linking up with us at the S&R weekend hop! Hope to see you next weekend. I'm following you now!
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Unknown said...

These look very delicious! I've never heard of any recipe combining blueberries and coconuts, but now that I've seen this.. I don't know why not?! I need to try these..!

So excited that I found your blog and thus this recipe!! :)

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Be Colorful Coastal said...

Thank you for sharing this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful. Just this year I have two friends and the daughter of a friend that have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance. I know they will appreciate this.

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

thanks Jay! I am due to make these blueberry lemon coconut muffins again myself!