Monday, January 13, 2014

Vegan Gluten Free Carrot Applesauce Muffins


I had a request for this recipe so I'm posting it now, but the photo above isn't mine. It's taken from and it's of the muffins that I used as my starting point. The original recipe is far far too long for me to bother with. I need quick simple recipes that are easy to remember so I've taken bits out and made it much less work. I'll try and make these this weekend so I can post you a photo of the real thing, they look pretty similar.

The first step is to make some applesauce. You can buy it of course, but it's so cheap and simple to make and you can store it in the freezer for months. I use applesauce like you would use an egg in baking, it's so adaptable too - porridge, desserts, cakes, muffins, pancakes... you can use applesauce just about everywhere.

To make the sauce I de-stalk then chop up as many apples as I have on hand. I don't peel them or deseed them, I just make sure they're washed well. I try to only get organic apples but if they're not then I will add some white vinegar (about 1/4C) to a sink full of water and let the apples soak in there for about 30 mins before cooking with them.

Once they're chopped up into chunks I put them into my pressure cooker and add 2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 C of water. Then I cook on medium pressure for 10 minutes. I allow them to cool a little and then I blend everything up using a stick blender.  That's it - couldn't be simpler. I do this when apples are in season and defrost a container of it as I need it.

If you don't have a pressure cooker then boiling them up in a big stock pot would work, a slow cooker would be just as good too.

Now on to the muffins!


1 C GF flour (I tend to use 1/2 C brown rice flour, 1/4 C buckwheat and 1/4 C tapioca starch but you can use a store bought blend).
1/2 C cane sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1 C grated carrot
1/2 C applesauce
1/2 C non dairy milk such as rice or soy milk

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and carrot in a bowl. Add the applesauce then add the milk slowly. Depending on your flour you may need more or less milk so add it slowly and stop when it reaches a good thick batter consistency. If you like you can add raisins or nuts at this stage.  Spoon into a greased muffin pan and bake at 180 degrees C for around 20 mins but keep checking as it will depend on your oven and muffin pan.

Although I don't really like baking in silicone pans I do use one for GF muffins. They never stick and it's easy to get any kind of muffin out of the pan. If you use a metal pan make sure it's very well greased or use muffin papers. I get 8 big muffins or 12 smaller ones from this mix.

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