Neither wheat flour nor sugar is used in this recipe. The product is a moist, naturally sweet and spicy muffin that tastes surprisingly good.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 large muffins
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 6 cup large muffin pan.

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  • In a bowl, whisk together the rice flour, steel cut oats, flax seed, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and arrowroot powder. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, egg, butter, apples, and cranberry juice. Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a slightly runny batter. Spoon evenly into the prepared muffin tin cups.

  • Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 35.1g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 40.3mg; sodium 261.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
A little bland, but otherwise not bad. I subbed sour cream for the yogurt as I didn't have any, and used egg whites for the whole egg. I got 16 normal sized muffins out of this recipe and I'd probably make them again if I upped the spices heavily. A really good 'no sugar added' muffin, to be fair. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2005
This is the first time I've rated a recipe on this site and I'm disappointed to say that I have to give this one the very big thumbs down. The muffins didn't rise the taste was almost non-existant and they just wouldn't cook. I ended up coating them with honey sprinkling them with a load of sugar and rebaking them just to get some sort of taste. Read More
(18)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2005
This is the first time I've rated a recipe on this site and I'm disappointed to say that I have to give this one the very big thumbs down. The muffins didn't rise the taste was almost non-existant and they just wouldn't cook. I ended up coating them with honey sprinkling them with a load of sugar and rebaking them just to get some sort of taste. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
A little bland, but otherwise not bad. I subbed sour cream for the yogurt as I didn't have any, and used egg whites for the whole egg. I got 16 normal sized muffins out of this recipe and I'd probably make them again if I upped the spices heavily. A really good 'no sugar added' muffin, to be fair. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2010
To be fair, I deviated from this quite a bit, but overall it was great inspiration and a good guide for me. I wanted a sweet option to use up some steel-cut oats; omitted rice flour, flax seeds, arrowroot powder, butter, and cranberry juice. Used unsweetened applesauce, about 1 c unbleached wheat flour and 1/2 c bread flour, added 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves, and about 1 c. of shredded carrots and 1/4 c. orange-mango 100% juice blend. Before baking, I topped them with a third/third/third mix of brown sugar/crushed almonds/cinnamon (total of about 1/8 c. topping). These were VERY moist, and delicious when I drizzled the tops with some cream cheese icing. Very easy recipe to modify, probably nice as written, too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2011
i don't think its fair for anyone who can eat wheat to rate this recipe. you will never get the same fluffy yummy consistency without wheat flour. I have a daughter who is severely allergic, and this is the first baked item she has loved with rice flour as a base. I say thats fantastic! I altered it by subbing 1/4 c. applesauce for the egg, also necessarily doubling the leavening baking soda ( i added a tsp of homemade baking powder (1/2 and 1/2 cream of tarter and baking soda), and instead of juice I added 1/4 c. brown sugar and 1/3 c. water (more water is needed without the egg). They turned out the best i have ever made with rice flour of anything. yay! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2011
My family is gluten free, and my kids have never eaten tons of sugar anyway. We LOVE this recipe! Of course, they are not like traditional muffins with wheat flour and they're not loaded up with sugar. That's exactly why we like them. I've made it with berries, apples, apricots, and bananas! I actually bake the entire dough in an oven dish and spoon it out. It's easier to eat when it's not baked in paper muffin cups. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2009
My husband who is a diabetic loved these! I added pecans. I also added just a small amount of turbinado sugar because I was using tart apples. I used cooked steel cuts (can't imagine cooking with them raw). I only had 3/4 c white rice flour so I added 1/4 c WW. My homemade pumpkin pie spice (lots of it) and Diet Ginger Ale in place of the Cranberry Juice. Didn't have any arrowroot. Thanks for the recipe, I had no idea what to use the white rice flour in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2011
Thank you for a great healthier version muffin. Other health aware cooks out there need to rate this recipe for it has been unfairly rated by people comparing it to unhealthy muffins. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2007
They were ok needed more spices. Husband and kids wouldn't touch 'em until I put honey on top and sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on top and re-baked for a few minutes. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
09/15/2009
too moist with too little body/structure to it. the flavor wasn't terrible (apples=NOM) but they barely rised and were not dense enough to support all the appley goodness. i'll try again but probably use less apple (or sauce one of them?) Read More
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