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Over the past few weeks my kitchen has churned out various Ratio Rally Muffin experiments; I haven’t even bothered to put the tin away. Banana blueberry bread healthy My son is living his dream come true. Paleo blueberry banana bread He is 6’8”– still growing and always hungry –it is the perfect household for testing recipes.

If you like to eat baked goods it is best to use the healthier flours of sorghum, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, ground oats, ground almonds, or teff—at least they provide some nutritional value! The Gluten Free Ratio Rally

The Gluten Free Ratio Rally is a collaboration of food bloggers using recipes based on ingredient ratios, which is how commercial bakers operate. Mini banana bread recipe This month we take on the topic of muffins and show how you can take a basic recipe ratio and use it for your own creative concoctions or you can simply follow the recipes offered by the Rally group.

I started out testing a cranberry muffin recipe using frozen cranberries and aside from them being a bit tart I discovered a few things along the way about ratios, gums, using the right flour combos and whether to glaze muffins, sprinkle them with sugar or leave the tops plain.

The cranberry muffin called for a glaze of orange juice and sugar which I tried and I also varied it by using orange juice concentrate and sugar in an attempt to add a bit more flavor. Vegan banana bread applesauce It looked pretty and shiny but in the end it didn’t add much more than stickiness so I gave it a thumbs down. Gluten free banana bread recipe Instead, a little sprinkling of turbinado sugar on top of each muffin prior to baking adds a sweet touch and enhances the browning of the top—a nice aesthetic, sweet addition.

I also discovered that my favorite is a cake-like muffin with some density though it doesn’t rise as high. Dairy free banana bread recipe I generally make quick breads instead of muffins so maybe that has something to do with my preference; most quick breads are fairly dense. Best vegan banana bread For this Ratio Rally I only made muffins. Simple vegan banana bread Favorite Gluten Free Flour Combination for Muffins

My favorite flour combination for muffins is 50% Multi Blend GF flour mix and 50% pure buckwheat flour from The Birkett Mills . How to freeze banana bread The buckwheat flour from Bob’s Red Mill is not GF and it is a darker color (Bob’s is an excellent source for other GF flours). How to store banana bread The Birkett Mills Pocono brand buckwheat flour is lighter so your baked goods don’t look purple and it is GF. Banana cake recipe nz If you want additional complexity and interest use 30% Multi Blend, 30% pure buckwheat (or sorghum), 15% finely ground oats, and 15% finely ground almonds or dry milk powder. Banana bread with olive oil Or play around with your flour combination to suit your preferences.

The cranberry muffins improved as they sat on the counter throughout the day but I decided to switch over to blueberries. Dairy free banana cake recipe I began with wild blueberries which are quite a bit smaller and then settled on regular blueberries because they have a better burst of fruit flavor.

Blueberry Muffins, the one on the right has a little turbinado sugar sprinkled on top Measuring

When developing this recipe I measured the ingredients using cups and spoons according to the recipe and weighed each measurement on a scale to convert it to grams so that more people across the planet could use the recipe. South african banana bread recipe This is not rocket science but the issue of measuring is filled with questions. Quick banana cake recipe Here is how I do it and it always works well: pour flour into the measuring cup until it looks about right– don’t level it off with a knife and don’t pack it into the cup. Moist banana walnut bread The flour is resting lightly in the cup and added to the bowl. Allrecipes com banana bread If using a scale there is no harm to the recipe to be off by a few grams or even 10 grams (that’s about two teaspoons). Banana bread with peanut butter The Multi Blend mix contains a variety of flours with various densities so it is a good replacement for wheat flour cup for cup. Banana nut loaf recipe It provides consistent successful results with a smooth texture and a very wheat-like taste. Banana bread no butter Moisture in gluten free baking

Muffins are fairly forgiving with regards to the amount of liquid used—less liquid gives you a muffin with density while increasing the liquid results in a higher rise, lighter texture, and crumb. Fluffy banana bread recipe The flour you use also changes things and how you store it (whether you keep your flour open to the air while baking or keep it sealed tightly at all times). Banana muffins with buttermilk All flour absorbs moisture from the air when it is uncovered (even though it looks quite dry if you have exposed it to the air it can be full of moisture which will affect your baked goods). Banana cake no butter Keep this in mind and hold back some of the liquid in your recipe if your flour is often uncovered. Banana bread recipe jamie oliver This is one reason why commercial kitchens weigh their flours—their huge bins of flour are often left open to the air for long periods of time. Super healthy banana bread They are also baking in large volume and weighing is optimum for that kind of production. Banana loaf recipe jamie oliver Other good information to know: the Multi Blend mix, sorghum, and millet flours don’t absorb as much liquid as buckwheat, amaranth, ground oats, ground almonds, or teff. Banana cake recipe jamie oliver If you add any of the last four flours into your recipe your muffin will be hearty and it won’t rise as high which will disappoint some people.

The ratio that Michael Ruhlman uses for muffins is a 2:2:1:1 of flour:liquid:egg:fat

My recipe is closer to a 2:1:1:1 ratio to achieve a more cake-like muffin.

With all the baking going on you’d think I’d have more pictures! Blueberry Muffins…the last batch.

? cup + 2 tablespoons (39 grams) finely ground gluten free oats

1/8 cup dry milk powder (8 grams) or finely ground almonds (19 grams)

Combine all dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Coconut flour banana bread recipe Add blueberries to dry ingredients and coat each one with the flour mixture. Nutella banana bread recipe Combine all wet ingredients, whisking the egg into the oil and milk, pour over the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Banana oat bread healthy Spoon into muffin tin, about 1/3 full into each compartment. Cream cheese banana bread recipe Lightly sprinkle the top of each muffin with a bit of turbinado sugar. Easy healthy banana bread Bake at 350 degrees F. 2 banana muffin recipe for 20-25 minutes. Banana bread made with cake mix Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove to a cooling rack.

Mrs. Soft banana cake recipe R of honey from flinty rocks made Lemon Lavender Muffins with Lavender Sugar

Alisha of gfmostlyvegetarian made Sweet Potato Breakfast Loaf

Amanda of Gluten Free Maui made Classic Banana, Oat, Pecan Bread

Amie of The Healthy Apple made Gluten-Free Agave Apricot Quick Bread

Caroline of The G Spot Revolution made Orange Spice Bread with a Vanilla Glaze

Claire of Gluten Freedom made Pina Colada Muffins with Coconut-Rum Glaze and Toasted Coconut

Danna of Sweet Dees Gluten Free made Blood Orange Cardamom Muffins

Erin of The Sensitive Epicure made Chocolate Chip Walnut Muffins with Streusel

Flo of Makanaibio made 2 Recettes de Muffins ou de Gateau Rapides

Irvin of Eat The Love made Gluten Free Glazed Meyer Lemon Muffins filled with Slow Roasted Balsamic Red Wine Strawberry Jam

Kate of Kate Alice Cookbook made Raspberry Banana Crumble-Top Muffins

Kate of Gluten Free Gobsmacked made Mocha + Chocolate Chip Muffins/Quickbread

Lisa of Gluten Free Canteen made Almond Cherry Berry Banana Muffins, Gluten Free

Mary Frances of Gluten Free Cooking School made Cranberry Orange Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Meaghan of The Wicked Good Vegan made Vegan Gluten-Free Apricot-Orange Bread

Robyn of Chocswirl made Brown Butter Apple Spice Muffins with Pecan Nut Streusel

Shauna of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef made Lemon Poppyseed Bread with Ginger Glaze

Silvana of Silvana’s Kitchen made Chocolate-Coated Marshmallow-Topped Vanilla Cupcakes

Tara of A Baking Life made Caramelized Banana Bread with Pecan Streusel

Wendy of La Phemme Phoodie made Cheesy Apple Butter Bread with Garlic Powder

Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen made Brown Butter Banana Bread

Love these gluten-free blueberry muffins…I’m counting down the days for fresh market blueberries to make these tasty lil’ muffins. Banana date nut bread Great to find another fabulous gluten-free blogger and so happy to be a part of this rally with you!

I grew up on blueberry muffins – Mom and I would pick blueberries at local farms and have a freezer full all winter. Simple healthy banana bread recipe I love the idea of almond and blueberries – I’m going to be trying this as soon as I see blueberries at my farmer’s market. Gluten free banana nut bread Love you recipe and your pix. Gluten free banana bread mix Love this ratio rally!

Food is to be enjoyed….savored…even on a gluten free diet. Fluffy banana cake recipe This has been my guiding principle since my children were first diagnosed with celiac disease in 1997. Best banana bread machine recipes Their diagnosis lead me to be a board member (2 years) for the Gluten Intolerance Group, celiac patient conference speaker, collaborator with James Beard award winning chefs on our cookbook, teacher of cooking classes, GF farmers market vendor, and blogger to help others live well on the gluten free diet. Banana bread in a bundt pan Learning how to cook can be an adventure that will introduce you to interesting people and a new way of life.

The photographs above feature my real, gluten free meals and sweets—your results can be the same. Moist banana cake recipe from scratch We do the testing for you!

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