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Magic Muffins - Universal Gluten-Free Muffin Mix

This recipe comes to us from Cams Mom in the Gluten-Free Forum.

Just start with basic mix then add fruit of choice. Basic mix recipe and variations below:

Basic Mix
½ cup brown rice flour
½ cup white rice flour
¼ cup Tapioca flour
¼ cup Potato starch flour
¼ cup Flax seed meal
2/3 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Shortening

To this you need to add:
1 cup of something wet (sour cream, banana, yogurt, apple sauce)
2 eggs


Banana Chocolate Chip
Use 1 Cup mashed banana for the wet ingredient (plus 2T milk, soy or almond milk)
add choc. chips. or nuts if desired

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Use 1 cup of sour cream for the wet ingredient
add blueberries
sprinkle a little sugar on tip
add a little vanilla to the wet ingredients on this one

Apple Cinnamon with Crumble Topping
Use 1 cup plain yogurt for the wet ingredient
1 apple cut into small chunks
add in cinnamon with dry ingredients

For crumble topping use:
1 tablespoon butter (or sub)
brown sugar
almond meal
a little gluten-free flour
mix it together and sprinkle on each muffin

The basic procedure for all muffins is mix dry ingredients then cut in shortening until texture of coarse meal. Add wet ingredients to dry and beat on med. with electric mixer for 3 minutes. Should be thick batter (not dough but thicker than cake batter). Mix in fruit by hand. Scoop into lined muffin tins generously (like fill them up for a good professional looking muffin!). I use an ice cream scoop to get uniform size and shape.

Then bake at 350F for about 25 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean). welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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flossie reamer
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24 Oct 2007 7:12:20 PM PDT
I like this very much and appreciate all of your great work.

Beverly Petreny
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29 Jan 2008 9:29:56 PM PDT
Great master recipe! My teen granddaughter loved them.

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28 May 2008 2:18:15 PM PDT
Made the apple ones tonight - most have been devoured by the family already - delicious!
Just one thing, any chance of giving measurements for the crumble topping, mine was too wet initially, then too dry...

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27 Jun 2008 5:22:41 PM PDT
I have made these using the basic white rice blend and the sorghum flour blend, both blends made great tasting muffins! Thanks.

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15 Aug 2009 10:17:16 AM PDT
My first time making gluten free muffins and they turned out excellent! I made the banana chocolate chip version and used flax goo as a sub for eggs. I also used coconut oil in place of shortening and didn't have white rice flour so I doubled the brown rice flour. (Man, I didn't think I subbed that much, but they still turned out!!) Thank you for this great recipe!

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30 Dec 2009 1:33:08 PM PDT
So mine were very gummy - what went wrong would you say?

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05 Jan 2011 2:02:01 AM PDT
I have done this recipe a few times, we really like it! This time I didn't want to put banana or applesauce in it (didn't have any applesauce anyway) so I did some almond milk (son can't have dairy) I used only ½ cup of the milk since I was using oil instead of shortening. Anyone else have any suggestions?


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24 Sep 2013 3:35:46 PM PDT
Use lactose free plain or vanilla yogurt or any kind of lactose free...really good. I make banana and carob chip, cranberry orange, blueberry, rhubarb etc...DELICIOUS! I wrap them individually with Saran wrap and freeze them for quick travel.

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20 Feb 2011 7:09:52 PM PDT
WOW! Excellent, delicious, moist! I really can't say enough about how great these are! I have tried many gluten free muffin recipes and they all turn out either crumbly or dense. I can not tell the difference between these gluten free muffins and regular ones. I had to use sorghum flour and amaranth flour in place of potato and rice flour because we didn't have anymore. But I have used the sorghum/amaranth combo before in other recipes and they turned out dense. It must be the shortening cut into the flour that made the difference. They really look like a bakery muffin. Oh I used two bananas for the "wet" item/ingredient. Next time I will try blueberry. These really are a miracle!

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09 Apr 2011 9:08:06 AM PDT
The best GF muffins that I have made so far...

Nathan's Mom
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09 Apr 2011 9:01:30 PM PDT
These are fantastic! I made used 2/3 cup banana and 1/3 cup sour cream for the "something wet" and I substituted almond meal for the flax seed meal. My 8 year old and I LOVED them. Best texture I've found yet in gluten free baking. I even freeze well.

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06 Feb 2012 6:44:02 AM PDT
This recipe makes the BEST gluten free muffins I have ever tried!


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16 Nov 2013 12:50:03 PM PDT
Thank you for making life a little more simple when life gets hectic. Love the recipe

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^^^^^^ good info, tips and tricks^^^^^^^^^ yes, crumbs will make you sick. also, breathing flour/pancake mix, etc that is in the air because eventually, you're going to swallow some.

Hello I was diagnosed Dec 15 of last year and went totally gluten-free the next day. I actually got worse before I got better - it's a steep learning curve - but now, 4 1/2 months later I'm finally seeing improvement. Hang in there.

Called my GI doctor today to make sure he is going to look at my small intestine and do biopsy for Celiac for my EGD and he is. Thanks for the tip everyone about have to start eating gluten again. The office told me to break my gluten free diet and start eating gluten everyday until my EGD. Here's to being miserable again for a few weeks ???

I can completely relate! The horrible mental effects that I have been living with for years is the absolute worst side effect of eating gluten, HANDS DOWN. Worse than the endless tummy aches, worse than the constant diarrhea, worse than the week long migraines, worse than the daily fatigue and body pain.... I honestly though there was something seriously wrong with me and hated my life because of how I felt mentally. I always felt like I was drowning, not in control of my thoughts, trapped in some unexplained misery. My head was always so cloudy, and I was mad because I always felt so slow and stupid. I would feel so lethargic and sad and empty while at the same time be raging inside, wanting to rip out of my own skin. I was mean, terrible, would snap at the people closest to me for no good reason and just felt like I hated everyone and everything. Think of how crappy you feel when you have a terrible cold and flu - I felt that crappy, but mentally. Some days were really bad, some were mild. I always thought it was because I was getting a migraine, or because I had a migraine, or because I had just overcome a migraine, because I didn't sleep well, because....always a random reason to justify why we have all these weird unrelated symptoms before we get diagnosed. I'm happy to say that I have been gluten-free for about 2 months now and though I am not symptom free, the first thing that improved was my mood. I no longer feel foggy and miserable. For the first time in years, my head is clear, I can actually think, and I feel positive and like I am in control of what's going on in my head. I don't hate the world. I don't spend every day bawled up on the corner of the couch depressed and angry. The release of these horrible symptoms is enough to never make me want to cheat, no matter what I have to miss out on. So insane how a little minuscule amount of a stupid protein can wreck such havoc.

I wanted to collect some of the info on NCGI in one place so that visitors who test negative but may still have an issue with gluten can be directed there. I'll add to this post as I find new links, but feel free to add or contribute anything you think may be of use! Matt --- Useful links: An overview from Alessio Fasano, one of the world's leading researchers on celiac and gluten sensitivity: Umberto Volta, another leading researcher in the field gives some of the latest findings about NCGI: Presentation slides from Dr Volta's visit to Coeliac UK - NCGS about halfway through A scholarly overview from celiac disease magazine: A good overview from a sceptical but fair perspective: Another overview: University of Chicago's excellent celiac site's take: A compelling account in the British Medical Journal from an NCGI patient: Here's some positive news about a potential new test: NCGI in children: NCGI and auto immune study: Also consider: Fodmaps: This Monash study: suggested some who think they're reacting to gluten should actually be reducing fodmaps Sibo: