Berry Baking

I met with a client a few days ago who I've advised to avoid gluten for health reasons. The problem is: she loves baking! Luckily, I know quite a few recipes that taste great yet are completely gluten-free. It sounds a lot scarier than it is, going gluten-free. You're told not to have any bread, pasta, crackers, cookies... so what else is there? You might wonder this if you're currently eating a standard American or British diet. I like to argue that you've been given a blessing in disguise. Not only will avoiding gluten help with any inflammatory issues you may have, it will pretty much force you to pay attention to your food. And when you pay attention to what you eat, healthy habits form.

Take this sweet little muffin, for example. It's completely gluten-free, contains fresh raspberries, and won't give you a blood sugar crash. You can be sure I've emailed my client this recipe!

So, how do you manage a gluten-free diet while still keeping up your baking habit? I wouldn't want you to give that up! The answer is simple. Adapt! There are whole food wheat flour alternatives available everywhere that you can use to make some seriously tasty treats. For the purposes of this post, I'm not including ready-made gluten-free flour mixes here - these are usually made up of a combination of refined, white flours, and contain additives like xantham gum (which can be a problem in itself). Instead, here are my suggestions on whole food flour alternatives for baking...

Gluten-Free Flour Alternatives

  • Ground almonds / almond meal
  • Coconut flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Brown rice flour
  • Oat flour
  • Chickpea flour / gram flour
  • Hazelnut meal
  • Chestnut flour
  • Quinoa flour
  • Teff flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Sorghum flour
  • Millet flour
  • Amaranth flour
Worth noting is that these will all react differently to baking ratios and times, so it's important to find out which flours are best to use in the recipe you're planning on substituting. For the following recipe, I used a combination of oat flour (Bob's Red Mill make a great gluten-free variety, or you can make your own in the food processor) and ground almonds. This gives the muffins a really soft, fluffy texture. So much so, that I was thisclose to calling them cupcakes (and as we all know, a muffin is basically just a cupcake without its frosting hat on).
Now that it's June, throw some berries in your favorite baked goods for added flavor and a good dose of antioxidants! The fresher the better.

Gluten-Free Raspberry Almond Muffins

by The Particular Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15-20 mins

Keywords: bake dessert breakfast snack gluten-free soy-free vegetarian wheat free summer