Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mini Blueberry Pancake Muffins ( Gluten Free)

Do your kids love pancakes, but you don't have the time in the morning to make them ?
This is such a cute idea. Mini pancake muffins have all the taste of pancakes but without the fuss and mess!They can be made in advance and are a perfect grab and go breakfast for the entire family!

You can add fruit, chia seeds, nuts or whatever you like to increase the nutritional value of the muffins. Of course they are gluten free/grain free ( and dairy free)  and not only provide a healthy breakfast, they are also perfect for a healthy after school snack.

We all know the importance of eating a nourishing breakfast, but everyone is often in a hurry in the morning. How convenient to be able to just " grab " and "go" with a few of these delicious grain free/gluten free pancake muffins bursting with antioxidant rich berries!

I made these for a group of women for a morning meeting. They were intrigued with the idea and thought they tasted great. I keep them low in sugar so you can eat them with pure maple syrup if you dare or enjoy them plain.

This recipe makes about 24 mini muffins ( 2 trays) 

Another great way to make grain free pancakes is this banana pancake 2 ingredient recipe- it's one of my kids and grandkid's favorites! Why grain free? Grain contain phytic acid which interferes with the absorption of minerals. Since teeth and strong bones depend on minerals, it's good to find some grain free recipes for old favorites like pancakes!

These are so good and so easy to make : Grain Free Pancakes

Author:  Judee Algazi @ gluten free A- Z Blog
Prep Time:  5-10 minutes
Bake Time:  10-12 minutes
Adapted From :  Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Makes; 24 mini muffins

1/4 cup coconut flour (see notes  below for where to purchase and why to use this kind of flour)
3/4 cup of almond flour
2 Tablespoons of coconut sugar ( or more if you are used to sweet things) ( I get this at Trader Joe's)
1 teaspoon baking powder ( non aluminum)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk ( almond, coconut, or dairy- your choice)
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons olive oil ( or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of whole blueberries ( or chopped strawberries or both)
Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon zest ( from an organic lemon)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a mini muffin tin
In a large bowl, mix together the coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and coconut sugar and set aside.
In another bowl mix the wet ingredients ( milk, egg, oil, vanilla)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a d mix until combined ( but not overly mixed)
Add the blueberries and stir or add berries to each muffin before baking
Drop 1 tablespoon into each mini muffin tin.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

My Notes:

  • I keep these muffins in the refrigerator for about 3 or 4 days. I try to take them out an hour before serving to bring them to room temperature. 
  • They freeze well and defrost quickly 
  • They can be warmed up at a low temperature
  • I like them cut in half and spread with organic grass fed butter

Grain Free Flours

Coconut Flour- low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, great taste
  • This grain free flour is made from ground coconut. It is low on the glycemic index and much lower in carbohydrates that regular flour, making it a reasonable choice for those with hypoglycemia, diabetes, or for those that just want to reduce carbohydrates. 
  • It can be purchased at any health food store or Trader Joe's. 
  • You uses small quantities and cannot be used as a substitute for regular flour because of the higher fiber content , more liquid is required when using this flour. 

Almond Flour - lower in carbohydrates, easy to digest , very light and tasty
  • You can make your own almond flour by simply grinding almonds in a grain mill or purchase at any health food store or Trader Joe's. I find the prices are best at Trader Joe's. 
Coconut Sugar- lower in carbohydrates than table sugar, but it is still sweet. Use it very carefully with limitation. 

Once you invest in these two low carbohydrate flours, you can make muffins, mini cakes , cookies, doughnuts, etc. 

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  1. Those look fantastic, Judee, and I love getting my pancake fix in muffin form. As I think you already know, I'm definitely a muffin gal! ;-)


    1. I know you do love muffins and I loved your March Muffin Madness posts! So many great muffin recipes.

  2. these look great and I'll be posting to my FB group #couchpotatotofabfit. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Over the Moon.

  3. What a wonderful way to start the day! My family will love eating these Mini Blueberry Pancake Muffins so thank you for sharing this healthy, gluten free recipe with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!

  4. What lovely little muffins, Judee! They look absolutely delicious and so wholesome too - also perfect for this time of year with all the fresh berries coming into season. Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.


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