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Grandma’s coconut muffins

Today’s recipe comes from the darkest depths of my childhood – I have fond memories baking and eating these, both with my grandma and with my mum. In fact – gross fact of the day – when I was younger I loved these so much that I used to chew the wrapper after I had eaten the cake to get more of the flavour out (yes, ew!).

I was mournfully flicking through my old recipe binder full of delicious and gluten-filled treats when I saw this recipe. The original only calls for 45g of flour, so I figured I could easily get away with a substitution. Instead of 45g of plain flour I used a combination of brown rice flour and ground almonds, with 2 tsp of xantham gum. Xantham gum is a staple in many gluten-free recipes, but I have to admit I am still very inexperienced at using it. Still, I’ll only learn how best to use it in recipes by experimenting, so in it went.

Grandma’s Coconut Muffins – Gluten-free

2 eggs
175g caster sugar
2tsp vanilla sugar (shh don’t tell anyone – all I had was vanilla “flavouring” so I used that but if you can afford it, use the best vanilla you can!)
125g butter (margarine will be tolerated too 😉 )
45g “flour” – I used a combination of ground almonds and brown rice flour + 2tsp xantham gum
140g desiccated coconut
50g chopped nuts (optional)
100g chopped plain chocolate or chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 200C (fan assisted)
  2. Whisk sugar and eggs together
  3. Melt butter on a low heat and leave to cool a little
  4. Mix together dry ingredients
  5. Add butter to the egg mixture, alternating with dry mixture
  6. Add chocolate and nuts (if using)
  7. Put in muffin cases and bake for around 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and smelling delicious!
  8. Cool… (don’t burn your mouth like I did!) and enjoy!

Wow! As I bit in, a thousand childhood memories came flooding back. The xantham gum seemed to do a good job of giving it a great texture. It really did taste almost exactly as I remembered. This recipe yielded 12 muffins.

Sam 1 – Gluten 0!

About Yo Samdy Sam

Sam is an autistic advocate, renewable energy and EV enthusiast, mother to a toddler, living in the Netherlands but originally British. She makes YouTube videos as Yo Samdy Sam. Tip Jar ---> https://ko-fi.com/yosamdysam


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About me

I'm Samantha, a freelance writer from London, UK. Since being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in March 2011 I have embraced the gluten-free lifestyle, and am committed to finding delicious alternatives to my favourite foods!

I also have a personal blog.

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