Celebrate fresh berry season with a batch of raspberry almond flour muffins. They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, and simple to make in no time.
One of the Best Baking Flavor Combinations
Raspberry + almond. It is a combination I never grow tired of eating. I may even love it more than coffee + chocolate, and that is saying a lot. In fact, upon typing that, I left to nab a square of chocolate to accompany my cup of coffee. It’s all about small pleasures these days :).
I scored several containers of fresh raspberries this week (small victory, to accompany my small pleasures), which prompted me to get working. Eating them (first things first). Second, baking with them. Specifically, baking my much loved combination in the form of healthy, wholesome muffins.
Mornings at our house are made happy with muffins like these.
Raspberry Almond Flour Muffin Ingredients
These humble muffins have two central ingredients:
- Fresh raspberries
- Almond flour (blanched)
The remaining ingredients are few:
- Maple syrup (I have alternative options)
- Baking powder
- Almond extract
- Gluten-free flour blend
- Psyllium husk powder
The first few ingredients require little to no explanation. If you do not like (or have) almond extract, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract can be used in its place. But do consider using it; a tiny amount added to the batter makes these muffins sing and reminds me of French and Swedish pastries.
I’ll justify my use of the gluten-free flour blend and psyllium husk in the next section.
How to Make Almond Flour Muffins without Eggs
Almond flour can work beautifully in egg-free cookies (for example, my 3-ingredient Almond Flour Cookies). Egg-free almond flour breads and muffins are far more tricky; without the protein from eggs and gluten, results very often fall flat.
My solution for these muffins is twofold: the addition of all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (one that is a 1:1 replacement for regular flour) and psyllium husk.
The gluten-free flour blend contributes much needed structure to the almond flour. Psyllium husk, which can be used as an egg replacement in some vegan recipes, helps hold the muffin structure intact: it becomes gel-like when combined with liquid, prevents post-bake muffin deflation.
Psyllium does not work to replace eggs in all recipes (not by a long shot), but it can work small miracles in some (such as these muffins). It should be used sparingly (a caution that comes from countless rubbery experiments), unless you need to exercise your jaw.
Mix and Bake the Muffins
Great news: you can make these muffins in a snap!
Begin by stirring together the water, banana, maple syrup, almond extract, salt and psyllium husk until smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes (this gives the psyllium time to activate and thicken the batter).
Add the almond flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder and baking soda to the bowl, stirring to combine, and then gently stir in the raspberries. It is ok if some of the raspberries break, but try to keep them mostly whole.
Oh, I almost forget to mention: taste the batter for sweetness after adding the almond flour & baking powder. I like subtle sweetness, but if you prefer more, add it (in the batter, or by sprinkling a bit of raw sugar on top of the muffins before baking).
Divide the batter between 12 cups of a standard size muffin tin that have been lined with paper or foil liners. The batter will not fill the cups to the top, which is what you want. Fewer muffins, with more batter in the cup, will not rise well. Less (in the muffin cups) is more.
Bake the muffins in a preheated 375F oven for 16 to 20 minutes until risen, golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached. I know, it is a longer bake than most muffins, but it is needed to dry the interior of the muffins.
Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin before removing from the tin to cool completely.
Note that these muffins will stick (like the dickens!) to the paper or foil wrapper while still warm, so let them cool completely before attempting removal. If you cannot wait, consider spritzing the inside of the muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray before filling with batter and baking.
These muffins are tender, slightly chewy, fragrant, and gently sweet. The natural oils in the almond flour make them taste like they are loaed with butter, too.
If you cannot get enough raspberry goodness in a single bite, consider splitting the muffins and adding a smear of raspberry preserves. Heck yes.
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