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Gluten-Free Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe- Vegan and Gluten-Free
Gluten-free muffins with strawberries and chocolate chips.

The moon rose almost full last night, hanging gold and low above the palm and ficus trees, urging the local beauty factor to give up its pretense of reality and meld with dreamland. The sky was a deep shade of violet with a wash of strawberry pink at the ocean's edge. Santa Monica continues to hold me in her sway. I am in love with her- and deeply grateful to be here, celebrating my first spring in California since the late seventies. I drink the friendly March sea air in gulps. I wander the alleys and sidewalks in a state bordering on bliss, photographing details and eye candy with my iPhone. It is a visual feast.

And I am savoring every bite.


Spring: Six
Snippets from my neighborhood

Walking the streets with an artist's eye is screwing with time in a Lostian sense. I am reliving art school and aging backwards in a slippery flashback time travel  Back to the Future buoyancy, wandering with a camera, photographing shop windows, pieces of strangers, a red high heel, a cloud shaped like a crow, a chalk mark, an empty cup. Am I nineteen or am I fifty-five?

For the hours I navigate the neighborhood, I am neither.

Age is not relevant in a state of observation and creative response- although I would be lying if I didn't mention a certain advantage advancing age can offer. Being older- without the magnet of estrogen oozing from our pores- renders us invisible. This kind of freedom is not to be taken lightly. Its pleasure needs to be broadcast. Celebrated. Moving through time and space as something other than a trophy, a focus for desire, or a brooding hen is more fun than eating cotton candy barefoot. Nobody notices you. Nobody cares.

For a visual person like me this is heaven. 

Or my idea of heaven, anyway. Which I do not embrace with a literal imposition but grasp lightly with irony and an abstract, low down bare bones trust in the reality of now as we know it, no strings attached. Because heaven?

It's here on Earth.


Route 66
Roads? Where we're going we don't need--- roads.




Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Luscious strawberry muffins.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

I changed up my usual gluten-free flour mix to create a lighter, fluffier vegan muffin (translation- more starch). And then I added chocolate chips. Gasp. Health food, this isn't. But lip smacking tasty? That would be, Affirmative.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-muffin tin with parchment or paper liners.

Ingredients:

1 rounded cup stemmed, cored, cut up fresh strawberries- set aside

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl:

3/4 cup sweet sorghum flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch or potato starch (not potato flour!)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup organic light brown sugar

Add in and beat:

3/4 cup rice milk or non-dairy milk
1/2 teaspoon mild rice vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer whisked with 1/4 cup warm water till frothy

Beat until the batter is smooth- it will be fairly sticky, but much like a thick cake batter.

Stir in by hand:

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions:

Spoon only one tablespoon of the batter into the twelve lined muffin cups.

Add three to four pieces of fresh strawberries- sticking them into the batter a bit but avoid pushing them to the bottom- this helps keeps the muffin bottoms from getting soggy.

Divide the remaining batter evenly between the twelve muffin cups.

Take the remaing strawberry pieces and push them slightly into the batter- about three to four pieces per muffin. Add a few extra chocolate chips to the tops.

Bake in the center of a pre-heated oven till domed and firm- about 25 minutes. They should feel springy when lightly touched. if they dent, they're not done. Bake for another five minutes. If in doubt, insert a clean toothpick into the center to check for doneness.

Note: Cold and wet strawberries will chill down the batter; so if you use ice cold berries- or really wet berries- be aware they may make the muffin a bit soggy. I drained the berries well; and let them sit at room temperature while I made the batter and preheated the oven. 

Cool the muffins on a wire rack. Super delicious served a little bit warm when the chocolate chips are melty. 

Wrap and bag extras to freeze for easy, on-the-go treats.

Makes 12 muffins.


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Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

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For substitutions, please see my guide to baking with substitutions here.

Karina