Raspberry and Lemon Muffins

These muffins are so delicious and they are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free too and you cannot even tell, who said following a low FODMAP diet had to be boring!
We made them with raspberry and lemons because raspberries are in season now, and raspberry and lemon are the perfect summer flavour but you could try with other ingredients instead.

Ingredients
4tbsp sunflower oil
1 egg
75ml almond milk
150g gluten free self raising flour
1tsp xanthan gum
100g coconut sugar
drop lemon extract
1tsp lemon juice
punnet of raspberries (around 150–175g)

Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and put muffin cases in a muffin tray
2) In a jug mix together the milk, egg and oil. Then add the lemon extract and juice
3) In a mixing bowl sieve in the flour then add the sugar
4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients with half of the raspberries and mix – do not over mix
5) Spoon the mixture into the cases and then top with the remaining raspberries
6) Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the skewer comes out clean
7) Best enjoyed warm!

Oaty Breakfast Muffins

Having suffered from digestive problems for over 2 years the last suggestion from the doctors was to follow the low FODMAP diet. This has been a bit of a shock to the system and my first worry was that I wouldn’t be able to eat anything!! However doing some more research, reading lots of blogs and chatting to others on twitter it’s not as bad as it seems. Okay I need to now buy gluten free products and follow a lactose free diet too and cut out certain fruits. However I can eat Greek yoghurt, which is a firm favourite of mine!

I came across a recipe for breakfast muffins and adapted it to suit my new diet. I omitted the flour, and blended oats instead to make a sort of oat flour. This recipe uses honey instead of sugar and also the blueberries add some sweetness to the muffins too!

 Hope you enjoy these, they are the perfect breakfast treat!

2 large eggs
150ml pot Greek yoghurt
50ml sunflower oil
1 banana, mashed
100g blueberry
4 tsp runny honey
1tsp vanilla extract
200g oats, blended (gluten free if necessary)
1 ½ tsp baking powder (gluten free if necessary) 
1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Handful oats for the topping

1)      Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with large muffin cases.

2)      In a jug mix the eggs, yoghurt, banana, honey and vanilla. If its lumpy then blitz  using the hand blender

3)      In a large bowl mix together, the blended oats, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and blueberries, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

4)      Mix together, but do not over mix and then divide the mixture between the 12 cases.

5)      Sprinkle on the oats and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, ensuring when a skewer is inserted is comes out clean

6)      Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

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You could also make these with raspberries or any other type of berries. You could also add a scoop of unflavoured or vanilla protein powder to the muffins for the ideal post workout snack!

White Chocolate and Cranberry Protein Muffins

We love experimenting with protein powder with cooking. Sometimes we use unflavoured protein such as one from The Organic Protein Company, or we use vanilla protein powder. We are currently using vanilla whey protein from My Protein.


These white chocolate and cranberry protein muffins are quick and easy to make and taste delicious. Enjoy the recipe below:

Ingredients:

100g blended oat (or you can use oat flour, but we find it cheaper to just bend your own oats!)
100g plain yoghurt
40g whey protein (we used 20g sachet from The Organic Protein Company and 20g of vanilla whey from My Protein)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
50ml semi-skimmed milk or dairy free milk
1 packet of 45g dried cranberries
1 bar of white chocolate chopped into chunks, or white chocolate chips (we used Moo Free white chocolate)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190 degree fan
Put the blended oats, baking powder and protein powder in a mixing bowl
Mix together the wet ingredients (yoghurt,egg and milk)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix
The add the cranberries and white chocolate and mix
Spoon into large muffin cases then cook for 15 minutes in the oven

Chunky Monkey Muffins

These are the simpliest muffins you can ever make, if you ever need to bake something quick, these are our go to option. Best served warm, they are deliciously light and fluffy with melting Cadbury chocolate – what more do you want?!

Ingredients

250g plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
85g white granulated sugar
1 egg
240ml milk
90ml sunflower oil
200g bar of Cadbury dairy milk, chopped

Method

1) preheat oven to 170 degrees and put muffin cases in a muffin tin
2) sift together the flour and baking powder into a large bowl then stir in the sugar, then stir in the chocolate
3) in a seperate bowl beat an egg and stir in the milk followed by the oil
4) add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. This should only take 30 seconds, the batter will look lumpy, but no dry flour should be visible
5) spoon into the muffin cases (3/4 full), and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden brown and spring back when pressed
6) allow to cool for several minutes and then enjoy warm (try not to eat them all at once!)

Chocolate chip muffins are an absolute classic, however there are so many variants of muffins to make from sweet to savoury. We are going to experiment with some different flavours, any reccomendations?

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