Spiced Apple Mini Cakes – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

There’s something about the two words, spice and apple, that always catch my attention. They conjure up warm, comforting memories and I know I always have apples in the fridge so can usually make the recipe without too much trouble. Adding a mixture of some favourite spices just adds to the appeal of this recipe.

I have a wonderful tin from Nordic Ware and used it to make these mini apple shaped cakes but as I know it’s not a common tin to have, I made some in traditional muffin cases to make sure they also work that way too and yes, I can confirm they are perfect made in muffin cases.

The recipe is adapted from an original Nordic Ware one and has been converted from US measurements to metric with a few tweaks. I also used a plant based butter substitute in place of traditional butter but that’s up to you.

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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins – Gluten Free & Dairy Free Options available

For a healthy muffin recipe, these gingerbread bites of deliciousness are so light and fluffy that you’re not sure really … could they be healthy … and the answer is absolutely!

They benefit from the addition of some warm, fragrant spices and treacle and can be made in about half an hour. Perfect for breakfast or a treat with a cuppa. The smell in the house while these are baking will bring everyone to the kitchen.

I’ve written both the regular and gluten free options below so everyone can enjoy these delicious muffins. To make these muffins Dairy Free, sub the greek yoghurt with a soy or almond plant based yoghurt. Ticking all the boxes right there!

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Leftover Christmas Pudding Muffins – Gluten Free option included

What to do with leftover Christmas pudding? Well I’ve made ice cream for two years in a row and I wanted to try something a bit different.

Making muffins means you can have smaller treats, they can be frozen and you don’t have to add butter or sugar to the recipe. All positive things. The final clincher for this recipe has to be that you need no equipment. Just a bowl and your muffin tin of choice.

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Cranberry & Almond Muffins – Gluten Free option included

Originally a recipe from Olive Magazine, I’ve adapted it and also am offering a Gluten Free method if needed. Both worked out really well and this is probably one of the easiest recipes to make and bake. No equipment needed, just a whisk and a large spoon. No forward planning as you melt the butter and no extra calories with lots of buttercream.

All in all, it’s a winner!

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Cherry & Almond Muffins – Gluten Free

A little while ago I made a Cherry Loaf Cake and it was just so lovely. It’s proven very popular with everyone which always makes me very happy! The recipe is also here on the website if you want to take a look: https://www.cozebakes.com/2020/06/09/cherry-loaf-cake/#more-2831

I kept thinking I would like to make something similar in gluten free form and felt muffins would lend themselves well to the adaption and so these Cherry & Almond Muffins were born.

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Chai Spice Raisin & Carrot Muffins – Low Fat, Gluten Free (regular recipe included)

Sometimes I get absent minded while baking and make a mistake. Now and then, those mistakes turn into a new recipe that works out wonderfully and all is well again.

I wanted to make scones with a healthy twist, less sweet but full of flavour and decided to try mixing these ingredients. I used raisins as I had them but wanted them a bit plump as they can sometimes be hard to bite once baked. I covered the raisins with warm water and accidently threw the whole lot instead of draining them and it worked out ok! Suddenly the recipe turned from scones to muffins.

The mix of all spices works really well with the carrot and gives these muffins a lovely warm bite. They will last for up to 5 days in the fridge, in an airtight container and I just popped mine into the microwave before enjoying them.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yes indeed there are such wonderful things as the perfect gluten free chocolate chip muffins and this recipe is possibly one of the best. Bragging I know but it works and it works really well.

They are light and airy just as muffins should be and with the reduced sugar quantity, still full of just the right amount of sweetness with your morning beverage or for an afternoon pick me up. Please ….. give them a try and let me know how you get on 🙂

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Orange & Cranberry Oat Muffins – Gluten Free option included

I really love the combination of orange and cranberry. They just work so well together and as dried cranberries are easy to get, I always have a few packets in the cupboard to add to recipes. They are naturally lovely and sweet so it helps when reducing sugar quantities in whatever you’re making.

Quick and easy to make, these healthy oat muffins are a great standby for when you’re in a hurry and need something for breakfast that will keep you going for a while but not adding high calories and bad fats to your daily intake. I find them perfect for a mid afternoon snack.

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Apple & Cinnamon Oat Muffins – Gluten Free option included

I’ve tried this great muffin recipe with different flavour combinations and it was a given that apple and cinnamon would be one to try and wow, did it deliver! Everyone totally loved them.

As these Oat Muffins freeze so well, it’s a great recipe to make and keep for a quick and healthy breakfast or mid morning/afternoon snack to keep you going while at the same time they are low fat, full of fibre, protein, have no refined or processed sugar and taste amazing … it’s a win/win recipe! I’ve used gluten free oats so perfect for the coeliac in our house.

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Banana & Peanut Butter Oat Muffins – Gluten Free Option included

I found this US recipe from a blog called “She Likes Food” from Pinterest and liked the healthy take of baked oats with great flavours. It was simple enough to modify the recipe with healthy substitutes and from US imperial to metric measurements.

It’s a simple all in one bowl recipe which is always a bonus! I’ve also given both standard and gluten free versions so you can choose which suits you best.

It’s such a classic flavour combination of banana and peanut butter that I knew they would work out great and be a nice treat without too much guilt. They freeze really well so it’s handy to make two batches and have them for running out the door or when hunger suddenly hits mid afternoon!

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