Gingerbread Muffins (gluten-free + vegan)

Ali Segersten Dec 22, 2011 14 comments
Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Muffins

Happy Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. As we were heading out to the beach today with the kids, my 6 year old said to me, "mama, that's weird, I thought today was supposed to be the darkest day of the year, but it's the sunniest!" Yes indeed, today was a beautiful day to spend at the beach playing on the warm, sunny rocks and exploring the trails. Also a good day to come home and bake gingerbread muffins to warm us up along with mugs full of hot spice tea!

These muffins use pureed prunes and chia seeds to bind them together and hold moisture. They are made almost entirely of teff flour. I buy 25 pound paper bags of it from Azure Standard for around $40 with free shipping. That comes out to about $1.60 a pound, which is far less than what you pay for those little packages in the health food store, plus the packaging is biodegradable. I buy organic, unsulphured prunes in bulk from my local food co-op.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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THe taste of these muffins,is off the charts! Yummy. Wow.
Mine came out a little dense, I wonder if you whisk with mixer or hand. I did by hand, maybe need more air next time. THank you again, these are amazing. Lovely!

I've made these GF gingerbread muffins twice -- great both times! I was inspired enough to pick up 5 lbs of dried Moyer prunes from our local farmer's stand but they have pits. Do you have any advice on how to cook the prunes so as to get rid of the pits? Their flavor is amazing but the pits are pesky.

I used figs instead of prunes - it was great! I also didn't have any baking powder so I did 3 teaspoons of baking soda and the juice of a lemon. I also used flax instead of chia. I love these!!

Made this recipe twice over the holidays with my grandson. My celiac daughter truly enjoyed them. This was the first recipe with tef flour that I have tried and liked. Surprised by how moist they were. Grandson is allergic to eggs. Many blessings to you and your family.

Happy New Year, Ali & Tom! Thanks for all your recipes which continue to inspire me in the kitchen!

These look fabulous and I'm truly grateful for gluten/casein/xanthan-free. I can eat eggs though. Do you know if I could just eliminate the chia and add 2 eggs or is it more complicated than that? Thinking to myself, I realize I'd probably also have to eliminate about 1/4 cup of water.

Thank goodness the solstice has passed! It's all brighter days from here.

Those look so delightful and hearty and no gums! Yeah!

We made the muffins today. They turned out great! Fantastic texture and great molasses flavor. I was wondering if you chopped up the prunes before you measured the cup or if you just stuffed the prunes into the cup measure and called it "good" -- which is what we did. Thank you for another yummy recipe!

What a powerhouse of ingredients! I love he use of teff and prunes. Nice job Ali!!

I can eat these! Thank you for making these nut free and vegan. I can't eat many nuts, and have a sensitivity to coconut, so the recent GF baking trend of almond and coconut flours hasn't been great for me.
I haven't had gingerbread in years, can't wait to try this. I think prunes are the perfect pair with molasses.

Teff flour doesn't agree with me, so I'll probably substitute buckwheat & millet or quinoa & millet.

I have used ground chia seed meal before with good results, and I'd like to discontinue using xanthan gum, so thank you very much for this recipe!

Oh Ali, These are a perfect gift for my father! Thank you, I was wondering what to give him and now I know. Please do tell: How do you store your teff flour? Can it live on the shelf or does it need to find a hole in the freezer somewhere? Thank you.

Oh this recipe looks delightful! We'll certainly add this to our weekend menu! I was really having a hard time thinking of holiday-ish snacks to keep around.

Only 3 more weeks (give or take) until wee one #2 arrives! We're busy stocking the freezer with yummy baked goods so we have a good supply for when I am unable to cook/bake as much. Your home-birth VBAC is very inspiring--we're hoping for the same here.

I have people lined up to cook for us and have told them that nearly everything on your blog (sans eggs for D.) is great for us and that picking any recipe they like would be fine. I suspect you'll gain a few new fans since everyone seems to love my cooking, which mostly comes from your book and blog.

Speaking of books... :-) We're eagerly awaiting book number 2! Any hints as to when it might be available?

Happy Holidays to you and your family Ali!

Thanks for the recipe! Can the chia seeds be substituted? My daughter is allergic to nuts and seeds! Thanks so much....I really enjoy your site!

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