Gluten-free, egg-free / eggless Spiced Cranberry and Pecan Muffins

These cranberry muffins are delicious warm straight out of the oven on a winters day (actually, what am I saying, I LOVE muffins – they would be good anytime of the year!).
The muffins are spiced with a combination of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg contrasted amongst juicy cranberries and crunchy pecan nuts.

The recipe is gluten free, corn free and egg free too as usual.

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Spiced Cranberry and Pecan Muffins

Yields 12.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (140g) dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 2 cups (300g) of my gluten free flour mix (recipe here)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (70g) pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) milk of choice (coconut, soy, almond, dairy)
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil of choice (or butter if not dairy-free/vegan)
  • 1 tbs flaxseed + 3 tbs water

For topping:

  • 1 tbs finely chopped pecans, extra
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line 12 x 1/3-cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans with paper cases.
  2. Place the cranberries in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes to soak. Drain well.
  3. Mix the 1 tbs of ground flaxseed with 3 tbs of water. Set aside and allow to thicken – this will be your egg replacement, known as a ‘flaxegg’.
  4. Mix the milk and apple cider vinegar together, set aside until ready to use.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, pecans, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cranberries in a large bowl.
  6. Whisk milk and vinegar mixture with oil and ‘flaxegg’ together in a jug.
  7. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined (do not overmix). Spoon evenly among the lined pans. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over the muffins. Sprinkle the pecan nuts evenly over the muffins.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when tested. Turn onto a wire rack. Serve warm.
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