Gluten-Free Coffee Cake Muffins (for the mamas!)

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I created this recipe for the March Muffin Madness event with Shirley over at Gluten Free Easily — do yourself a favor and pin the final post with ALL of the muffin recipes from the month.

And now I’m sharing it with you here.

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Go make them for your mama this Mother’s Day weekend — if she is anything like my Mamasita, I bet you count your blessings daily.

Or if you have a supermama sister like me who has been blessed with a bundle of boys (all of which I somehow gave food related nicknames!), she would love these. Maybe your BFF is the most patient, kind, loving mama to her two bees and she should have them. Have a soul sister who is “Auntie Diva” to more lucky kiddos than you can count and takes care of her own mama every single day without complaint, even though watching her battle a cruel disease can often break her down physically and mentally? I bet she would love them too. What about another bestie who faces the challenges of motherhood with baby boy #2 with determination and the strongest of wills, and knows that sometimes it’s okay to just be human and know that what you’re doing is enough? Take them over to her with coffee and a listening ear. (or let her sneak in a shower!)

And for all those women we know who would give anything to be a mama — the ones who dread Sunday with their whole being but somehow find the strength to get out of bed, face the world, put one brave foot in front of the other and celebrate the mamas in their lives that they look up to, are inspired by, and hope to be just like one day … these muffins, a coffee date with head tilting laughter, and just a little “I’m here. I love you.” message could mean the world.

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Happy Mother’s Day — let’s celebrate all of the women in our lives who deserve a little sweetness!

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Coffee Cake Muffins

INGREDIENTS
for the muffin batter
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour mix (see notes)
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt (see notes for dairy-free options)
  • ⅓ cup oil of choice
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan gum (optional)
for the streusel topping
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour mix (see notes)
  • ⅛ cup (2 tbsp) coconut sugar (or cane sugar or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter (see notes for dairy-free options)
for the glaze (optional)
  • ¼ – ½ cup powdered sugar
  • several tablespoons water or milk
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Let’s make muffins!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with liners and set aside.
  2. For the streusel topping, add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until combined, but small pieces remain. (Don’t turn it into a paste.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour mix, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and guar gum. Add Greek yogurt, oil, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir until well combined.
  4. Fill liners ⅔ with batter, then top each muffin with a spoonful of topping. There will be enough topping to generously cover the tops of the muffins. Press down lightly on the topping to ensure even coating when they rise while baking.
  5. Bake at 350 for 18-21 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before removing from pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While the muffins are cooling, prepare the glaze if you choose to use it. (You should!) In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and cinnamon, and add a few drops of vanilla. Slowly add a small amount of water/milk at a time to get the consistency of a good glaze. Drizzle glaze over muffin tops.  Makes 12-15 muffins.

 

Sarah’s Notes

  • These muffins are perfect warm out of the oven, but give them a little time to cool before adding the glaze. For the next morning you can just warm them slightly to enjoy them coffeehouse style.
  • Be sure to check the flour mix you are using – some GF flour mixes have baking soda, baking powder, or xanthan/guar gum included already. If your mix already has those ingredients, you do not need to add them again for the recipe.
  • The guar gum is not required if you cannot tolerate gums. I have made these muffins with and without gums and have been happy with both results.
  • Baking time may vary depending on the size of muffin liners you use and how full you fill them. I like to use these larger flower liners, which make 12 larger muffins and take a bit longer to bake.
  • For those who are dairy free, you can use a dairy-free butter substitute for the streusel topping or coconut oil will work as well. For the Greek yogurt, you could substitute dairy free yogurt, either plain or vanilla.
  • For the gluten-free flour mix, I’ve used Pamela’s, Mama’s Almond Flour Blend, and Cup4Cup, as well as a mixture of my own all with success.

EnJOY!

xoxo

11 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Coffee Cake Muffins (for the mamas!)

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  2. *tears* Such a sweet message from the bestest of friends! BFF, you are a mama to more than you know. Sometimes I even feel like you give me motherly advice (just sayin’ – maybe I need a good talking to sometimes. ;-)) AND, when you hold your own, man, what a pro you will be! Truly. The BESTEST.EVER! That is a fact! The love you show the hive is just a glimpse of what you have in your heart for yours! I love you. So.MUCH. Now, if we could just do something about me actually eating one of these muffins with you on Sunday……! 😉 xoxoxoxoxo

  3. What a wonderful post and such fabulous muffins, of course! You made me “tear up” a bit with this post, dear. Mom love—going and coming—is such a powerful thing! Thanks for the sweet mention of March Muffin Madness, too. So glad you created this delightful recipe for our fun event. 🙂

    xo,
    Shirley

    • Hi Shirley! This week is all about the LOVE for the mamas and women out there who are just like mamas to so many — the world forgets how important y’all are sometimes. Happy Mother’s Day, hope you have a lovely weekend planned!

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