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Cranberry-Rice Bran Gluten Free (& CF!) Muffins

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Ooops. I intended to post this yummy muffin recipe on Tuesday… but time flies when you lose your mind. 😛

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Ours was much-needed quiet… until I got the flu… and then once I recovered, we were off on adventures in Portland, OR. Oh… Portland is an easy place to have Celiac Sprue! But that story will have to wait for another post this week (SORRY!). This post has been waiting for far too long.

When I was younger, I remember my mother making huge vats of oat bran muffin batter. I also remember something about the idea of us kids being able to then microwave a muffin for breakfast in the morning. Ummmm… I’m pretty sure I didn’t microwave a muffin. I probably didn’t know how to do it and I would have been scorched! I still don’t know how to “bake” or really cook much in my microwave now. But BOY – it does a bang-up job reheating leftovers and getting hot water ready for my morning oatmeal. :)

And while I may not be a whiz at the microwave, I did so love those bran muffins. They were dense, filling and had a great slightly-sweetened flavor to them. The only thing missing in my mind were blueberries. Really. Blueberry Bran Muffins? To die for.

Since the traditional idea of a bran muffin is off the list of foods, I have turned to rice bran to make my muffins. I haven’t really focused on making bran muffins before… but I had a craving for the ones my mom used to make.

This recipe makes only 6 muffins. (There are only two of us in the house at the moment…LOL) If you need more, I believe it will double easily.

And now that Thanksgiving is over, I bet you may have some cranberry relish sitting around waiting to be used up too. (And if you don’t, you can find a super easy recipe for cranberry relish here. Don’t have mangoes? No worries, use about 6 mandarin oranges (or 1 large navel orange) and you will be set.)

These muffins made for great breakfast last week and a wonderful road-trip munchies too.

GF/CF Cranberry-Rice Bran Muffins
Recipe makes 6 regular-size muffins
1/2 cup rice bran
1/4 cup sorghum flour (or rice flour or millet flour)
1/4 cup tapioca starch flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 egg
1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened, natural apple sauce
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cranberry relish or sauce (or dried, unsweetened cranberries)
1/4 – 1/3 cup cold water


  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Spritz the inside of 6 paper muffin cup liners with oil. (This last step is optional, but the muffins may stick to the paper liners otherwise.)
  2. Mix together dry ingredients with a whisk: rice bran, sorghum, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
  3. Mix together wet ingredients: apple sauce, egg, water and cranberry relish.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add dried cranberries (if using, or desired).
  5. Fill muffin liners 2/3 full with batter.
  6. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes or until golden brown and the middle is firm/set to the touch/tap.

NUTRITIONAL DATA (per muffin):
Calories: 96
Total Fat: 2 grams
Saturated Fat: 0 grams; 0 grams Transfats
Sodium 150 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 20g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 3g
Vitamin C: 2%
Calcium: 3%
Iron: 11%

Happy December Everyone!

The Ice Dream Cookbook: A review and an adoption fundraiser

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The Ice Dream Cookbook, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Rachel Albert-Matesz: Wherever you are, please take a bow. I love your gluten-free and casein-free cookbook, and I apologize for my tardy book review. And many, many, many thanks for the donation to the Adoption Fundraiser. Your book is on sale now and will make an incredible holiday gift for someone soon, I’m sure!

Have you all seen this great book? It’s titled “The Ice Dream Cookbook: Dairy Free alternatives with gluten free cookies, compotes, and sauces“. And oh baby, those sauces! YUM!

A long while back, Rachel sent me a couple copies to review (one for me to keep, and one for me to put up for auction to raise money for our adoption expenses). And it is with GREAT pleasure that I am reviewing her book tonight.

Rachel’s cookbook is great for a number of reasons. First, she presents some very user-friendly, non-gourmet chef friendly recipes that are easy to make and delicious to boot. I’m quite the fan of her Chai Tea Ice Dream, to be honest…. and I have some serious plans to make the Basil Ice Dream or the Ginger Ice Dream too. The recipes peaked my interest with the unique flavor profiles and easy to get ingredients. And Basil Ice “Cream”? Huh. I gotta know what that tastes like!

Her recipes for Ice “Dreams” (aka GF/CF ice cream) include basic flavors (vanilla, chocolate chip, maple pecan, cinnamon, etc), some not-so-basic (Basil, Ginger, Lemon Cookie Crumble, Rum Raisin, etc), and many, many others (like the Chai Tea I mentioned, as well as Coffee, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cherry Vanilla, Mango-Orange, etc). Really – the list goes ON and ON. To make it even more fun, Rachel includes several different variations on the recipes. There are several suggestions and ideas shared with each.

The introduction to her book includes a great overview of the essential ingredients as well as shopping tips for following the Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free diet. I found her tips to be straight forward and refreshingly presented. (And yes, I read the tips in the cookbooks. ESPECIALLY the gluten-free ones just to be sure the author and I are on the same page as far as practice.) She also does a great job of highlighting the necessary equipment and essential techniques for perfecting her recipes. In all, Rachel spends the first 50 pages of the book (it is 278 pages packed with goodness!) reviewing tips and generalities that you experienced GF/CF people will appreciate reviewing and newbies will LOVE the way it is simply presented.

Beyond Ice “Dreams”, Rachel has several sauce recipes. She includes recipes for GF/CF Caramel Sauce, Hot Fudge Sauce, Caffeine-Free Hot Cocoa Mocha Sauce… and my favorite: The Raspberry Sauce that has topped my weekend waffles for a while now. She also includes 16 or so GF/CF other dessert ideas (like pralines, brownies, ice dream sandwich cookies, No-bake cookie pie crust (I’m dying to try that one!), and a Coconut Macaroon Ice Dream Cake).

If you get the chance to check this out, please do.

Even better, if the book interests you, please take a moment to bid on it for our adoption fundraiser. (The book is on sale on eBay now through November 26 at 1:00 PST.) ALL proceeds from the book sale go toward our adoption fund.

Shortly, I will have a few more items up on eBay for our fundraiser as well. Included will be a signed copy of the Gluten-Free Girl’s book as well. (Thank you, Shauna!) Please keep your eyes peeled! You might just find the best GF/CF Christmas/Holiday present yet listed on eBay by me!)

Thank you, Rachel!
And Thank you, Readers, for checking out our eBay listing for this book/fundraiser!