Amazing Gluten-Free Muffins – not from scratch!

I have never been one to jump on the gluten-free bandwagon; unless of course a person has a true gluten-intolerance or celiac disease diagnosis.  This isn’t to say most Americans aren’t eating too many refined grains and total grains containing gluten, however!  But that’s a whole other post….

In a nutshell, I’m always interested in trying a new product.  Enter: Simple Mills, a company dedicated to gluten-free/grain-free baking mixes.  They offer three muffin mixes to date: banana, chocolate or pumpkin.  I was at Whole Foods the other day and a friend of mine suggested trying them, as her children have gluten-intolerance.   Although the price of the mix is not for the faint of heart (each mix retails at $8.99), I have to say I was impressed with their simple and clean ingredients list: almonds, coconut nectar, arrowroot powder, bananas, vanilla beans, baking soda and celtic sea salt.  All you add is some coconut oil (1 Tbsp) or other oil; some water (2/3 c) and an egg (or egg replacer).

I was extremely impressed with how nicely the batter mixed together.  Previous gluten-free mixes I have used end up being difficult to mix, clumping together in a big mass of goo.  This mix felt like regular batter should feel… moist enough to pour into the individual muffin tins – a plus in my book!  And after baking 15 minutes at 375, these muffins were golden brown, moist and very tasty.  My kids loved them!

I have two comments to make about this product that I think should be noted:

1.  The bag of mix only makes 9 muffins….why 9?  Why not add more ingredients to make a dozen?

2.  They claim 0 grams saturated fat per muffin (130 cal/serving).  This cannot be true.  If you use coconut oil at 1 Tbsp per mix that’s 12 grams of saturated fat … a little over 1 gram per muffin.  Just need to note this!

There’s 3 grams of fiber per muffin, 270 mg sodium, 7 g total fat, 17 g carbs and a hefty dose of vitamin E and magnesium to boot!  Give these tasty muffins a try, especially if gluten sensitivity is an issue.

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GF muffin mix ready to bake!

gf muffin mix

GF muffins right out of the oven!

GF muffins right out of the oven!

 

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