Gluten-Free English Muffins

Gluten-Free English Muffins from @alyssarimmer | recipe on www.simplyquinoa.com | #glutenfree

I’m on a mission friends. A mission to make delicious gluten-free baked goods that taste even better than their gluten-filled counterparts. And with these gluten-free English muffins, I nailed it. Guys, like seriously. I totally nailed it.

Admittedly, I do have my fair share of kitchen blunders – cookies that lack sweetness, bread that doesn’t bake through, muffins that are too crumbly to eat, pizza crust that sticks to the pan –  but it’s the successes that make me feel proud and give me just the slightest sense that I actually know what I’m doing.

But more importantly, these gluten-free baking successes mean I get to share them with you. (Granted, I could share my baking failures too, but what fun would that be?) And I know that you’ll be just as excited as I am.

Gluten-Free English Muffins from @alyssarimmer | recipe on www.simplyquinoa.com | #glutenfree

I’ve made gluten-free English muffins quite a few times before, and each time they turn out the same. They’re super tasty (I included my favorite recipe in Baking with Quinoa), but I can’t say that they rival the gluten-filled English muffins I remember.

They have a very distinct flavor (likely from the quinoa flour) and I don’t think you would be fooling anyone to think they weren’t gluten-free. They toast up wonderfully, but they lack the lightness that I want. They’re more dense and bagel like. Still super yummy, but I wanted to see if I could lighten them up a little.

Which brings me to this recipe. These gluten-free English muffins are perfect. Like totally, absolutely, undoubtedly perfect.

Gluten-Free English Muffins from @alyssarimmer | recipe on www.simplyquinoa.com | #glutenfree

They’re soft and pillowy. Light and simply gorgeous when they’re toasted. They have a gentle flavor and beautiful texture. The flour combination I used has a very subtle sweetness, that pairs perfectly with jam, but isn’t overpowering. These babies would also make great burger buns or sandwiches.

They’re what your mind imagines when thoughts of English muffins dance across your dreams.

Gluten-Free English Muffins from @alyssarimmer | recipe on www.simplyquinoa.com | #glutenfree

[UPDATED] Gluten-Free English Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 gluten-free English muffins

adapted from the Gluten-Free Goddess After a few failed attempts by my readers, I dug into the recipe and tried to figure out what was going on. I've discovered that these are best if you in fact proof the yeast beforehand. It results in a beautifully fluffy muffin every time!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups warm water, 80 - 90 degrees F
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Turn on the oven for a few minutes, then turn it off keeping the door closed (If you have a nice warm spot in your house that these can rise, you can skip this part). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, grease four English muffin rings and arrange them on the baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a small glass measuring cup, add the warm water, honey and yeast. Stir gently until incorporated and set aside to proof. After about 5 - 8 minutes, the yeast should have grown and become puffy. If not, your yeast is likely not active, or you water wasn't the right temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, beat the wet ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients, followed by the proofed and mix until combined. Don't overmix the dough.
  4. Divide it between the four prepared English muffin rings. Place them in the warm oven (or in a warm spot in your house) and let them rise for at least 20 minutes until they're puffy and nearly doubled in size.
  5. If you're proofing them in the oven, take them out then preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes. If they start to brown too quickly, cover the tray with aluminum foil to finish.
  7. Cool on a wire rack until completely cool. Slice in half and toast.
http://www.simplyquinoa.com/gluten-free-english-muffins/

  • Alicia Leifheit

    Alissa you just made my morning. I don’t have English Muffin rings yet, but I may have to try them without it this am. I SOOO miss English Muffins! Thank you!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      So, so, so happy to hear that!! Please let me know how they turn out :)

      • Alma

        Question: how do you let the English muffins rise in the warm oven for 20 minutes then bake in a 350 degree oven? My oven takes several minutes to preheat to 350 degrees. I only have one oven. I have seen this instruction in other places. Tks.

        • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

          You turn the oven on for just a few minutes to let it get warm, then turn it off and put the muffins in there to rise. When you’re ready to bake them, remove them from the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Hope that helps!

    • Donna

      Same predicament for me…alas!!…Soooo, I used well-cleaned empty tuna cans with the tops and bottoms removed!….Works perfectly until I can find/afford the much prettier variant!

      I simply love this blog…a recent, time-devouring discovery (albeit worthwhile with the treasure trove of nutritious delicious culinary wizardry!)..I have been archiving “must-make” gems for the past hour!…Gaads!…Yet…how can I ever thank you…Queen of Quinoa?..this is an understatement!

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        Oh my gosh!! SOOOOO happy to hear these worked for you. Aren’t they lovely? One of my favorite recipes I’ve ever created!! Glad you’re enjoying them and keep the fabulous comments coming my dear :)

  • Jennifer

    These look wonderful, Alyssa! I am allergic to nuts, though. Any idea what to sub for the almond flour?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I think you could try replacing the almond flour with flaxseed meal or just another high protein flour like quinoa. Let me know how they turn out!! xx

  • http://www.beardandbonnet.com Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    These are stunning!!!!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thank ya miss!

  • Helen

    Can these be made without muffin rings?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I don’t think so. You could make your own English muffin rings (just google it and you’ll find some ideas), but you need something to help them hold their shape. You can purchase these muffin rings online and they’re only $5 or so.

  • Kelly Smith

    Do you think I could substitute quinoa flour for the flakes?? And…what about an egg replacement? These look super yummy…thanks! We’ve recently discovered homemade English muffins.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I think you could replace the quinoa flour with flakes, but I can’t say about the eggs. I rarely bake egg-free so I’m not super familiar with substitutes. I would suggest giving it a try though! Would love to know what you end up doing :)

      • http://www.marymcandrew.com Mary McAndrew

        a little confused, are we supposed to use Quinoa flour in the recipe? Not flakes as it says? I hope so because I can never find flakes and I’d love to try these!

    • http://www.crazylovegamblestyle.blogspot.com/ Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble-Style

      You could use flax “eggs”, the recipe is 1 tablespoon flax-seed meal & 3 tablespoons boiling water, let sit until egg like texture is reached.

      http://www.beckybakes.net/2012/10/01/how-to-make-flax-eggs/

      Don’t know if it works for this recipe but I’ve done it with muffins several times if I had no eggs available for a recipe and it worked great. Good luck!

  • Doris

    Jennifer use millet or teff instead of almond flour.
    If you don’t have rings use aluminum foil or used tuna cans that have been thoroughly washed out, or even a 4 inch cookie cutters if you have more than one. If you need to purchase rings you can order them on Amazon but order 2 sets, because if you use your bread recipe then it will make 8 english muffins at a time.
    Another thing as for english muffin recipes any bread recipe can be made into english muffins. I have done it with a sweet hawaiian bread recipe that I adapted to gluten free.
    Another hint to make them fluffier is to let the dough rise in a covered container in refrigerator overnight then divide it among greased rings and bake 25 mins. Remove rings and bake additional 5 minutes to crisp edges. Good luck ladies.

    • Daphne

      Thanks for the suggestions.
      After refrigerating the dough, how long would you let it rise in the muffin rings before baking?

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        I’ve never done it this way, but I would say you’d need to give it at least two hours. Let me know how it works out! xo

  • http://www.tasty-yummies.com Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    These look amazing. Great now I need another kitchen accessory. How have I never even heard of muffin rings? These look incredibly fluffy. I cannot wait to try this recipe.

  • http://www.the-canadian-housewife.blogspot.ca Jenn0021

    Oh my goodness these look good! And I love that you suggested using them as burger buns as well. With the warm weather coming, I’ve been craving a good burger done on the BBQ but wasn’t sure what to use for a bun. I’m going to have to try and find some English muffin rings now. I never even knew they existed!

    Thanks Alyssa for yet another amazing looking recipe.

  • Jeanette

    Just made these, they were fantastic although 30 minutes was way too long to bake, 20 probably would of done it, but they were light and fluffy. For sure a keeper!

    • Megan

      Would you please confirm the amount of yeast? 1.5 tsp is 6 pkgs? Seems excessive! I asjusted and tried 1 pkg of instant yeast in water for 2-5 min, then added liquid ingredients to it before mixing either dry ingredients, let rise, etc.

      I found that the mixture was rising before adding it to the cups, but didn’t rise nearly as much after distributing it to the cups. Maybe because I tried to spread the batter evenly in the cups with a wet spatula?

      They were brown after 15 min in the oven. I think they’re still edible at this point, but not what I expected.

      Suggestions for improvement?

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        Hi Megan – there’s actually 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast in one package. I would have done what you did, proofed the yeast before adding it to the dry ingredients. However, instead of letting the dough rest, I think add it right to the rings, then let it rise there (either in the slightly warm oven, or just in a warm place on the counter or in the sun). Rising time may depend based on your temperature, so wait until they have doubled in size. As for the cooking time, I’m guessing that your oven runs a little hot. So I would suggest bumping it down to 325 and see how that goes for you.

        Let me know if that works!

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  • http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Those look perfect, so light and crisp!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks so much Sylvie! I just used them last night as a burger bun and it was delicious. So versatile. And they freeze beautifully too!

  • http://www.faveglutenfreerecipes.com Amy Finn

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love your site; it’s so cute. Your recipes are awesome. Keep up the great gluten-free work! :)

  • Donna

    Whoops…additional question…could one possibly use psyllium husks (ground in coffee grinder) for the xanthan gum?…I only have the black psyllium “seeds” in my cupboard! Thank you so kindly.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I can’t say…I’ve not experimented with it. I think it could work, but the proportions might not be the same. I encourage you to test it and please let me know how they turn out!

  • http://melstampz.blogspot.ca/ mel mccarthy

    These look like the most amazing English muffins. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      You’re so very welcome :) They were by far the best english muffins I have ever tasted. Even the whole gluten-free part aside. I will never go back to another recipe again :)

  • Michael

    I just came across this recipe, it sounds really good and it would work well…. BUT…. I usually use Bob’s Gluten-free All Purpose flour for bread, cookies, muffins etc. with good results. Rather than rush out and buy several different flours, plus quinoa flakes, I’d rather try it with the stuff I have. How critical are the flours you recommend? Obviously the flavour will change a little, but what are your thoughts about making this change? Thank you.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I always say just give it a shot. The texture and flavor will definitely change and I can’t guarantee the results since I haven’t tested it with their AP flour, but I think it would be similar. Let me know if you try it!

  • Kathy

    I did try making these and I did follow the recipe exactly as written above – and the muffins I made look much darker and I am quite disappointed in the final result. they are dense and somewhat tasteless. Sorry for the bad review but I was hoping for a different result. More like what I remember English Muffins were like.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Kathy – I’m really bummed to hear these didn’t work out for you. Do you have an oven thermometer? It sounds like they browned too quickly in the oven, which leads me to believe that your oven might run a little hot. Also, how was the rising process? Did they double in size? The rising is where they get all their fluffiness from, so if they didn’t rise completely, or all the way, then I imagine the final baked good would be quite dense. As for the flavor, perhaps adding a touch more salt to yours would help give them a little more flavor. I’ve made this recipe a few times and it’s always worked for me, so if you followed the ingredients exactly, I’m guessing it’s one of the reasons above – temperature and/or rising time. Sorry they didn’t turn out. Hope that doesn’t stop you from trying again. xo Alyssa

  • Kathy

    Thanks Alyssa however the darkness did not come from an over hot oven, but more so from the ingredients used (sorghum flour is dark). As I said I followed the recipe exactly as stated and the result did not even closely resemble the finished product in your photos. The rising time was as said and I guess the texture is like any other GF product.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I’m curious what brand of sorghum flour you use. It’s actually one of the lighter of the flours which is why it’s in so many all purpose mixes. Depending on the environment that your muffins rose in, the time in the recipe may not have been long enough. It’s important to make sure they’ve doubled in size. Another thing I’m curious about is perhaps your yeast may not have been activated… my suggestion for next time would be to proof the yeast ahead of time in the liquids to ensure that it fully activates. I really think that would help. Thank you for letting me know about this though!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Kathy -

      I was just alerted that my last comment somehow had a personal message mixed in there…oops!! Anyway, sorry about that. I’ve updated the comment, which should answer your questions. Must have seemed strange when you first read it :) Hope you give the recipe another try and let me know if you have any more questions!!

      xo Alyssa

      • Kathy

        thanks Alyssa – I will try what your other reader suggested and try tapioca flour. This should produce a lighter and fluffier product.

  • Genevieve

    Hi! I just wanted to say THANK YOU SOOOOO Much for this recipe! These are just… Wonderful… Perfect… So delicious I ate five (FIVE) of the six the batch yielded… I replaced the sorghum and the tapioca fours with 1 cup of my gluten free flour blend ( which has both flours in it) and the ate them with vegan butter
    This will become my go to recipe for english muffins and gluten free flat bread
    Thank you very much!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Oh my goodness, this made my morning! Thank YOU for making them and I’m SOOO happy you enjoyed them :) They’re definitely one of my favorite recipes on the site!

  • Amelia

    Hey there. I have never heard or seen Sorghum flour…..what is it?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Oh sorghum flour is AMAZING! It’s one of my favorite, go-to gluten-free flours. It’s made from sorghum, which is a grain, and is very light and mild in flavor. I highly recommend that you try it :)

  • Whitney Bischoff

    I just tried this recipe and it did not look like the picture. The dough was too dry and didn’t really rise. I think there may be several issues. 1. I doubled the recipe, does this work? Or do you just make it twice? 2. I had tapioca starch not flour and don’t know the difference. 3. My baking soda may have been old. 4. i used agave nectar and my eggs were a little chilly. I will try proofing the yeast next time, any other suggestions? English muffins are my favorite carbohydrate. I’m not giving up.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Whitney – there are a few things I can think might have happened. First, baking is very dependent on your environment. If you live in a different climate than me, store your flours differently than me, it can result in completely different baked goods. I’m wondering if that was part of the reason the dough was dry. When you doubled the recipe, are you sure you doubled all the measurements? I’ve never had gluten-free dough be dry, it’s usually very liquidy, almost like a thick pancake batter, so that yours was dry makes me think that perhaps the liquid ingredients were slightly off. Tapioca starch and flour are the same thing, so that couldn’t have been it. The baking soda could have been the cause for the lack in rising. The agave shouldn’t have made a difference because it’s such a small quantity. For next time, I would suggest using room temperature eggs, and proofing the yeast beforehand. I would also double check the measurements if you double the recipe again, maybe start with the recipe exactly as written and see how that goes for you and then try doubling it. I’ve made this a bunch of times and they always work out beautifully, so I hate that they didn’t turn out for you! Especially since you’re an English muffin lover :( Keep me posted! Hope that was helpful!

  • Terry

    I’m So looking forward to making this recipe! I just made another gluten free English muffin recipe, and it was a flop ( rubbery hockey puck. haha).
    So, proofing the yeast? What

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Terry – I made them again yesterday, and they were delicious. I actually subbed out the flour mixture and used millet + sorghum. Yum! I think proofing the yeast is the best idea here. I think I’m also going to update the recipe to say that. I’ve tried it both ways and it’s worked out well for me, but I do think that proofing it ahead of time would be more foolproof. Let me know how they turn out. They’re one of my favorite recipes!

  • Karen

    Made these this week but added 2 Tbsp of sugar because the quinoa I get is a tad bitter, even with rinsing, and I ground my quinoa into flour, have never found quinoa flakes. Even so, they were wonderful; beautifully moist and “bendable” for two full days at room temp (all sealed up). Then I froze them to prevent them getting any drier, will warm them with a tad bit of water to try & rehydrate. This will be a favorite of mine for sure, and definitely beats the “sawdust” or hockey pucks I’ve done before.

    My muffins came out looking like whole wheat–a gorgeous color–and it definitely tasted of the quinoa. I did lose track of the baking time, but they still had the perfect texture and moistness, I don’t think they were over baked . Can you tell me what made them that whole wheat color?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Yes! So, so very happy that they turned out for you! Love your substitutions. I freeze mine too and find that they are still delicious! I think it was probably the combination of flours that made them the whole-wheat color.

  • http://www.simplyquinoa.com/2013/04/gluten-free-english-muffins/ tracy

    These are awesome!!! I am fairly new to the gf scene, but I made these this morning and toasted one up with my lunch..YUMMMM!!!! I actually doubled the recipe, and am so glad that I did!

  • Donna Sullivan

    a burger WITH a bun or muffin, need I ask for more???? I have had to do a Wendy’s burger while traveling (lesser of all evils put there). The servers look at you cross eyed and say well how am I supposed to give it to you? It makes me laugh, they can’t even think inside the box, let alone outside! I’m glad I don’t have to do that often! Can’t wait to give this a try, cheeseburger on an english muffin, lettuce, tomato and mayo! Heaven!!!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I’m seriously craving burgers now…mmmm!! And I’m glad you’re excited to try these – definitely better than Wendy’s :)

  • Donna Sullivan

    I despise fast food, now, but when traveling, I find it a necessary evil, Wendy’s is better than the ones who cook with “pink slime”!!! I will forever carry the guilt of raising my four children with the choices I made for them!

  • http://none lydia

    Have any of you heard of or used the microwave proofing method?

    For 600 to 700 watt ovens, setting is generally between 10% and 35%.
    500 watt 0ven takes 10% power.
    Small cavity ovens may require the lowest setting and a shortened heating time of 2 minutes.
    Place dough in a microwave proof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Put in mic.. add an 8 oz glass of water in the back. Set power at 10%.. heat 3 minutes, rest 3 more, heat 3 more, then rest 6 minutes for a total of 15 minutes.
    Remove dough from mic. Is it doubled? Pull out of the bowl. Is it too hot to handle? Should read no more than 112 degrees on an instant read thermometer. If it is too cold, make adjustments by raising to 20% power. Punch dough down and repeat the test. If too hot, drop time back to two minutes. If it doesn’t rise at all, you probably killed the yeast. Mix up another batch of yeast and water then mix in with a little flour. Add to the dough and repeat the test either lowering power or shortening the time.
    Some people start with the lowest time and leave it there as they are happy with the results.
    This is taken from a book titled Dessert in Half the Time. They use a food processor to make the dough, take out the blade and cover the bowl with the plastic wrap to raise in the mic… your house, your rules, but I use a different bowl.
    This works great for me. It is in effect a home made proofing oven.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I haven’t, but thank you for sharing!!

  • Elizabeth Noble

    You really did nail it with this recipe! I made these last night and they came out perfect! Upon taking these beauties out of the oven my overnight guests were very disappointed that they were not planned to go with dinner. Thank goodness I had doubled the recipe as I had to toast two as “testers” on the spot and still had enough to stash away for breakfast. Lots of comments like, no-way these are gluten free and wow these would make killer sandwich rolls and the ideas flew around the kitchen. I spent the next hour explaining the alternative flours and ingredients, their origins — and how you can really make awesome baked goods without any wheat flour. Thanks for an wonderful recipe.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Oh my goodness, yay!!!! I’m thrilled to hear that you liked them. Seriously, they’re my go-to recipe on the site and I make them all the time. They’re just delicious and I’m so happy to hear you think so too :) It’s also exciting to hear that even those who love their gluten enjoyed these! xo thank you for sharing!!

  • http://substanceofliving.blogspot.com Marie @ Substance of Living

    Your english muffins look terrific! These are now officially on my to-make list. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers
    Marie

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks so much for stopping by! These are by far one of my favorite things to make on my blog. They’re just delicious! Would love to know what you think of them :)