As a dessert and baking food blogger. I often get asked about gluten-free recipe ideas. To be honest, with the right gluten-free flour, you can turn nearly any recipe into a delicious gluten-free version. In general you may have to do some finagling to get the ratios just right, but with the Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour it’s literally as easy as replacing the wheat flour with this extraordinary blend. It is perfectly formulated for baked goods with terrific taste and texture – no additional specialty ingredients or custom recipes required.
I came up with the inspiration for the gluten-free chocolate chai muffins when I saw a chocolate chai drink for sale when I was out shopping this weekend. It sounded like such a great flavor combination and I knew it would translate well into one of my favorite breakfast goods: the muffin. I figured it was the perfect chance to whip up a batch of gluten-free muffins and see how well gluten-free flour works. My experiences with gluten-free flour is very limited to the occasional pie crust or brownie, so I had no clue how making a muffin would work out.
This flour combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum—just enough xanthan gum to create chewy cookies and springy muffins. The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chai muffin!
I knew I would use coconut oil as my fat. I am not a big believer in butter as a fat for muffins because they come out too “cupcake-y.” To complement the coconut oil, I decided I would also substitute some of the flour with coconut flour that I also had around. To keep the liquid portion high enough, I mixed together some chocolate chai tea with whole milk (any type of milk will work except soy).
I was incredibly impressed with how well the Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking flour baked up. It had a really nice muffin top with delicious bumps and valleys that just called for some sort of topping (I made a simple chocolate chai ganache, but you can leave it plain if you want). The inside was nice and moist with an excellent crumble. I recommend eating one (or two) with a nice hot mug of chai tea or coffee.
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