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Coffee Cake Muffins

Making plans & preparations for a long road trip & holiday away from home and trying to have some treats on-hand was cause for some creativity. Kiddo quickly put in their menu request including coffee cake. Knowing that would not travel well and gambling that the recipe could be converted into muffins the day before embarking on our journey was a tall order. Fortunately, all went well and the muffins have been as huge a hit as the cake was!

coffee cake muffin

Top 8 allergen free, corn free, coconut free

Yield: 1 dozen


  • 1 cup flour mix* & some for dusting dish

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 2 TBS + 2 tsp honey

  • 1 tsp corn-free baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 2 eggs or alternative

  • 1 cup butternut squash puree

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup light EVOO & some for oiling dish

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2 Tbs flour mix*

  • 2 Tbs sugar

  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses

  • 4 Tbs cold butter or lard


Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil and dust muffin pan. Be sure to tap out the excess flour.

Mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Combine wet & dry, stirring just enough to blend.

Pour batter into muffin pan about 3/4 of the way full. Then mix together topping ingredients with a pastry blender to get the butter into pea-size pieces. If using lard, I got pinches of it to "sprinkle" over the top. The lard topping will get crispy, not quite a crumble. Sprinkle topping evenly over batter.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. If using lard, you'll need to add maybe 5 minutes.

Let cool in pan for a few minutes & then finish cooling on wire rack.

This flour mix is slightly different from my basic one. I was out of brown rice flour so did some improvising.

  • 1 1/4 cup sorghum flour

  • 3/4 cup white rice flour

  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour/starch

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour

You'll have leftover flour mix. Throw it into your concoction jar to pull from other times. I usually let the jar build during the week and pull it out on weekends for things like this recipe. Or in a pinch trying to save time, it's handy to have a large batch of flour mix to just pull out.

coffee cake muffin bite

Dig in and enjoy! These have been great for special snacks and appeteasers when trying to coordinate special diet needs with the rest of the extended family and a constantly busy kitchen.

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