Back before I had to remove gluten from my diet, I created a recipe for Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins that we all loved! My daughter mentioned them the other day and asked if I could make them again soon. I've made them since going GF, but only for my children and husband to eat. Today I decided that I really wanted some banana muffins too. And since I haven't had the time to create my own GF muffins, this seemed like the perfect time to try out King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Muffin Mix. The muffin mix is a vanilla base that you can use to stir in whatever added ingredients you want. You could make them into blueberry muffins, cranberry orange muffins, or banana muffins, like I did, just to name a few. I followed the recipe on the back of the box with only a few exceptions. Since I was making banana muffins, I wanted to cream my bananas first instead of stirring them in at the end like the box recipe suggested. So I creamed my bananas really well; then I added the melted butter, almond milk (another personal choice of mine), eggs, and mixed it all together really well. The other thing that I did that was not on the box recipe was that I added my 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips to the bag of dry ingredients and stirred them around in the flour to coat them. I have learned that it is best to coat whatever you are stirring into muffin batter with a little bit of flour first before adding them to the batter. This helps keep the added ingredient from falling to the bottom of the muffin during baking. When you take the time to coat your chocolate chips, blueberries, or whatever else you are adding, you end up with your ingredient dispersed all throughout the finished product. The last thing that I did different from the box recipe was that I did not spray my muffin papers with cooking spray. I did not do this because I didn't see it. Oops! A little to quick with the skimming of the recipe. :) Anyways, I should have sprayed my muffin papers with cooking spray because the end result makes a very light and slightly delicate muffin that sticks some to the muffin paper. I was able to carefully get most of my muffins out of the paper after baking, but I had to be extra careful. I believe that it would have been far easier if I would have sprayed my muffin paper first as the recipe indicated. I will be sure to do that the next time!
So what did I think of the finished product? I loved them! They were a very light and airy muffin, not grainy at all. The rest of my family loved them too. My daughter gave me her seal of approval by asking for seconds and saying that she wished she could eat even more after that. Needless to say, I know what I'm give her for breakfast tomorrow. I really was very pleased with this product. I particularly like that it is a muffin base mix that I can use to make whatever kind of muffins my family wants on the day that I am making them. I will definitely be keeping a couple of boxes of King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Muffin Mix in my pantry from now on. I can't wait to make blueberry muffins now. Yum!!
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5 hearts)