October 4, 2012

by Alyssa

Apple Cider Muffins

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mini gluten-free apple cider muffins

If you read my last post, than you know I’ve spent the last few days in London and am now enjoying the City of Lights. I’m in Paris, with my love, and enjoying every minute of it.

We arrived early this morning, taking a 6am flight from London, and are totally exhausted. Needing the morning to recuperate a little, we took a little tiger snooze in our fabulous apartment {side note here, I highly recommend renting a flat when you visit Europe – it’s cheap, you have much more space, and you can prepare some of your own meals – perfect for those of us with food allergies}. And then we were be off.

Of course, our day started at the Eiffel Tower. How could it not? Mr. Henderson has never been to Europe before, and I have to take him there immediately. That view will never get old. Straight from a movie. Romantic, gorgeous, and perfect.

But alas it was raining. Not just drizzling, raining. The kind of rain that causes all the Parisians to pack themselves like sardines inside the metro. And since it was so icky out, we chose to have a quiet night in. We're currently drinking a fabulous bottle of French wine, accompanied by gluten-free bread, crackers and goat cheese. Delicious and unequivocally European. I'm loving the life over here.

And for us, we still have three glorious days ahead of us. Tomorrow is a new day, full of new sites, delicious food. All next to my man. He’s just the best.

But for now, since you’re at home, enjoying all the fall has to offer, I’m leaving you with yet another delicious fall treat. This time, we’re taking a break from pumpkin and moving on to apple. A food near and dear to my heart.

These mini muffins are perfect. A bite-sized morsel of apple cider goodness, dusted with a hint of cinnamon sugar. Just pop one in your mouth and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Apple Cider Muffins

These mini muffins are perfect. A bite sized morsel of apple cider goodness, dusted with a hint of cinnamon sugar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 mini muffins, 12 regular
Calories 62kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin tin wit non-stick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the flours in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Cream the oil sugar, salt and spices in a medium mixing bowl. Beat in the egg until fully incorporated.
  • Mix in a bit of flour, then a bit of milk to the wet ingredients, alternating until everything has been incorporated.
  • Scoop the batter into the tins, filling to the brim.
  • Bake in the center of warmed oven for 12 – 15 minutes, until browned, but still slightly soft to the touch.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack.
  • Add to a bowl with cinnamon and sugar and toss to coat. Let cool completely.
  • These are best served warm, so reheat in the microwave for 15 seconds if they have cooled completely.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 52mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg



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  2. These look great! I’m so diggin on all the apple recipes out there right now, it’s my favorite part of Fall. I’ve never used guar gum- is it a GF thickener? And about the apartment you’re staying in in Europe, did you use airbnb for that? Keep hearing about that for apartment stays overseas and just wondering. Anyway, have fun in Paris, hope the weather cooperates better!

    • Hi Ruthy! We just got back from our trip and it was sensational!! I seriously love Europe. We did in fact use airbnb and couldn’t have been happier. The apartment was fabulous, in a great location and it was so easy. I will be doing it for all the rest of my trips!!

      For your other question, guar gum is actually used as a binder, much like xantham gum. It helps give the dough some more elasticity, which is what gluten does in AP flour. So in any recipe that I use guar gum, you can simply use xanthan in its place and you’ll be fine. I just prefer guar 🙂

      xo Alyssa

  3. These look fabulous Alyssa! My boys just love mini muffins. Hope you continue to have an amazing trip.

    • Thank you!! We got back last night and it was amazing!!! Will be emailing you shortly as I have a few more questions about my upcoming project 🙂

  4. Yum, these look amazing!! I have some cider in the fridge that I hope to bake with this weekend. I have donuts on the brain 🙂 I might just have to make these at the same time, too.

    • Cider donuts are a fave and always will be! They’re just so light, fluffy and delicious 🙂 Mmmm I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!


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