Oaty Choc Muffins – almost gluten free!

The kids love these muffins and I love that they have no flour in them!  They do have oats but, once thought of as a food containing gluten, recent studies have shown that oats may not have the same harmful amounts of gluten as wheat or barley. A moderate amount of oats, around 50g a day, is not harmful to people with coelic disease, although highly reactive people are still advised to avoid them.

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Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (you could also use frozen berries if you prefer)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tray or line with paper liners
  2. Place all ingredients except for the chocolate chips (or berries) in a blender or food processor and process on high, stopping every now and then to scrape mixture from sides and mixing in. Process until batter is smooth and the oats have broken down completely.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips of berries
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins and bake for 30 mins or until golden brown on top

Gluten Free Savoury Quinoa Muffins

I love Quinoa!  The gluten free grain is so healthy, with loads more iron, Vitamin E, A and B, calcium and good fats than any other grain.  And have been wanting to try something like these muffins for a while now.  Luckily these were a success first time round, so good in fact that I had 3 in one sitting.  They could totally be called a breakfast muffin, having eggs and bacon in them, an added bonus being the fact that they are gluten free!

They were so easy to make, just make sure to cook the quinoa first – 1/4 of a cup uncooked quinoa equates to about 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa – I love Chantal Organics Quinoa and used them in this recipe.

I picked a load of chives from the garden and added them in, giving the muffins a bit of nutrients including Vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and antioxidants.

Quinoa Muffins

  • 1 1/c cups of cooked quinoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 rashers chopped bacon
  • a bunch of chives
  • 1 tsp paprika

Mix all ingredients together and distribute evenly to muffin trays.  Cook on 170 C for about 15  20 mins.