Gluten-Free Wheat-Free Corn Muffins with a Santa Fe Twist

Gluten-Free Corn Muffins - A Spicy New Recipe
Our newest gluten-free corn muffin recipe- with a hint of chile.

Steve whipped up these chile studded golden morsels of corny goodness this week to have on hand for the Crock Pot stew and soup we planned to make. These would also be perfection with this chili.

Come Together

My heart is often tugged in multiple directions. Yanked this way, and pulled that way. Like one long, drunken walk of contradiction. Opposing strategies, assumptions, and intentions collide and churn and grip my emotional little pump like a fist- far more often than I care to admit. For all kinds of reasons. If I was a believer in astrology I would now confess my Gemini imprint. Which allegedly explains my dual nature and divergent tendencies. I have always pursued two paths at once, and wrangled opposites like the celestial twins I supposedly embody. But the only current subscription card I carry is not to the stars above in any connect-the-dot sense, but to the Big Kahuna. The Mother of All. That's right.


And that's why the media we are inundated with- hour after hour- is so tough, Babycakes. So much snark and cynicism. Lies disguised as information. Opinions disguised as news. So much shrill and snide. And divisiveness. So much finger pointing. And blame. So much collective denial. So much hurt and incredulity for anyone who has a heart. Or tenders a tendency to listen rather than rail. To read rather than twerk.

I am tired of our culture of death and war. I am weary of our appetite for power and violence. I am numb from the ugliness of greed that poses as success. As a woman of a certain age I recoil from the soul-killing projection of plasticized beauty, anti-aging, and the (boring!) focus on the superficial.

I tell you this because I must. I have no choice. I gotta talk about it. If you visit for the recipes only, or stop by for encouragement and celiac support, you may be raising an eyebrow right about now. You might prefer fun and perky chit chat. Not all this complicated feeling stuff. 

Recipes, inspiration- Darling, it's all here for you. My family and I knit our love of good food and gluten-free support for you. We have for eight years. And will continue to do so. 

But you should know- goddess status aside- I struggle with this stuff every day.

Just like you.

I know you do, too, because you are here right now. Reading these words.

You care.

You love.

You worry.

You are tired of the half-truths, the superficial, the weak reasoning, the shrugging dull acceptance that this is the way it has to be. Because you know- like I do- it doesn't.

Love can win.

Light can penetrate the darkest hour. Denial can be pinched and slapped and prodded awake. Common sense values, maturity, and compassion can be sexy. Golden Rule ethics are hawt. The still small voice within can be excavated. And heard. And sung.

I am turning to the new year ahead with hope for a better one. Where not one single child is riddled with bullets (is this really too much to hope for?). Where our political process is governed by doing the right thing (of the people, by the people, for the people) and not by money and its corporate culture of greed. Where guns are not sexy. And our appetites are hungry for knowledge, art, culture, beauty, and truth.

I know, I know. My Age of Aquarius hippie artist inclusive proclivities are showing.

And if I could?

I would invite you all over for cocoa and muffins. I would make you a big bowl of mulligatawny and hand you my favorite spoon, and play some Yo Yo Ma and James Taylor on the HiFi. We could watch the deer outside the kitchen window as snowflakes spin their magic just before dark. The recipe I would make would be this new corn muffin recipe spiked with spicy green chiles and golden pumpkin.

A match made in heaven.

Or hatched by a Gemini goddess wrestling with light and dark (and rainbows!).

You decide.

Gluten-Free Corn Muffins - A Spicy New Recipe
Warm from the oven corn muffin, waiting for butter.

Karina's Gluten-Free Wheat-Free Corn Muffins - A Spicy New Recipe with a Santa Fe Twist

Recipe originally posted January 2013 by Karina Allrich.

As we started gathering ingredients for our favorite corn muffins, we just so happened to have some leftover canned pumpkin in the fridge (secret ingredient!). And some Trader Joe's roasted green chiles. What happened next? A new recipe was born.


1 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup (gluten-free certified) cornmeal
1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon GF chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 free-range organic eggs, beaten
1/2 cup expeller pressed organic Canola oil
1/2 cup warm milk or non-dairy milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin or winter squash
1 4-oz can chopped roasted green chiles, drained
A sprinkle of cinnamon and GF chili powder for topping


Preheat your oven to 375ºF. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sorghum flour, GF cornmeal, potato starch, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, chili powder, and cinnamon.

Add in the eggs, oil, milk/non-dairy milk, pumpkin and beat until a smooth batter forms. You can use elbow grease and a wooden spoon, or your trusty mixer.

Stir in the chopped roasted green chiles by hand.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, and smooth out the tops with wet fingers. Sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon or chili powder.

 Bake in the center of a preheated oven for 20 minutes, until domed and golden. The tops should be firm to a light touch. Test doneness with a clean toothpick, if you like.

Cool the muffins on a wire rack. Serve warm for fabulous flavor.

Wrap, bag and freeze leftover muffins to preserve fresh-baked texture and taste. Reheat on a griddle with a dab of butter, or olive oil.

Wonderful with a bowl of hot soup or chili. Delicioso with Mexican food.

Makes one dozen muffins.

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Gluten-Free Corn Muffins - A Spicy New Recipe
Wheat-free corn muffins. Warm from the oven.

GFG Notes:

For my vegan companions- Steve made this corn muffin recipe with eggs, but I know they'd also work with Ener-G egg replacer. See this older corn muffin recipe for proof.

We used organic soy milk- but any milk or plain non-dairy milk will work.

No pumpkin on hand? I've also made a version of these using cooked sweet potato

As for flour changes- I hesitate to recommend any rice flours these days. I'd say- use your favorite blend- but- realize you may not achieve the lovely crumb we got here, with sorghum flour, cornmeal and potato starch (there really is a difference in GF flours- the blends we are whisking up these days are not gummy or gritty or dense- they are light and tender). 

Remember to keep your added ingredients on the room temperature to warm side- adding in ice cold pumpkin puree or milk will chill down the batter and require a longer bake time. 

xox Karina


The Homestead Atlanta said...

I'll candidly admit, I stopped by the site to dig up the quinoa zucchini muffin recipe but am so very glad I paused to read today's post. I echo your sentiments entirely and it's so reaffirming to hear them stated so succinctly and well. Thank you a hundred times over for putting it out there. I hope (dare I say "know") that countless people are waking up to the current prescribed way of life and finding it disappointingly hollow and empty. But together we can redefine and rediscover culture and community based on love and integrity. And it almost certainly starts over spicy corn muffins :-).

Alexis said...

All your recipes inspire me to try out more and more gluten free dishes! Your muffins look delicious!

Shelly said...

Well said.

I'll be by shortly for the cocoa and muffins. :-)

KCee said...

Your words are as satisfying as your recipes. Thank you for both.

WillSpinforFood said...

This is why I adore your blog. Recipes. Wisdom. Thank You!

Lexie said...

Karina, thank you! Love will prevail. xo

Unknown said...

You are not alone in your optimism. Keep the fire burning!

Dinner Master said...

This. This is why I read Gluten Free Goddess. Not just for the recipes, but for the thought and the soul behind them. Your candle of hope in the darkness out there isn't alone. Many candles lit together can become a beacon through the darkness to a better world of l ove and peace. Faith.

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Beautiful muffins and even more beautiful words. We all must feel compelled to work on this necessary change on our jaded society. Common regard for each person we meet, caring, love and eye contact could go so far to make some change. The disconnectedness is astounding.
Thank you so very much for this post. It reinforces my resolve.
Much love to you for 2013.

Rach said...

Unknown said...

I'm with you Karina. Love can win and love will win. We're optimists and the world needs us to keep spreading our love and sharing our corn muffins. xo

presentpat said...

James Taylor and Yo Yo Ma sound perfect. Maybe also some Lyle Lovett. I hope you write a book one day.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

So glad I "happened" on to your blog via Kate of Chronicles of a Country Girl. It looks like I will be following a gluten free path, hoping that it helps my digestive ills!
Love your words too. What you said regarding our current "culture of death" really resonated with me as I just left FB where I saw a grisly photo of a Chinese woman and her aborted child lying next to her, as she was kidnapped, beaten in carrying out China's One Child Policy. Following the sad tragedy in CN, I could only think--"Where is the world's outrage regarding China's audacious human rights violations?" I hear only silence. Man's inhumanity to man never fails to astonish me. But you are right--in the end Love will prevail and that is where I put my hope!
Cowgirl V

Erin Tenhage said...

Hugs. And I highly recommend Daniel Ladinsky's "Love Poems From God" for dark days.

Warm n Wonderful said...

I am also saddened about the plight of the world, and wrote about it on my blog too. I have hope that things will get better, that people will stop being so greedy and come to their senses.

My promise to myself this year is to have a more positive attitude about me, others and life in general. Wish me luck!

Love those muffins, I have everything on hand, I'll give it a go.

ZenHarmony said...

Thank you. This is why I read you, because you're real. Life isn't all about sweetness and light, and you're not afraid to tell it like it is, to just be you.

summersday04 said...

Karina- The muffins look yummy! Your wish for the new year, from safe children to the govt. governing from a moral standpoint and not being Corporate led is pretty much my own hope for the new year. I get exactly what your feeling, thanks to your beautiful expressive style of writing. I love to read your posts. They are as interesting as they are inspiring! Brenda from N.J.

Christina Marie said...

These look like a perfect morning snack! Great idea with the squash addition!

Come check out the Gluten Free Rum Balls I made for the New Year!


Bethanne O'Keefe said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Every day, I go to work as the New Mexico Chapter Leader for a group of programs that work with children of sexual abuse, violent crime, and physical abuse. For the first year that I worked here, I cried often. For the babies that are so often hurt and for my soul to heal from what I know. I see the news. I ache for our world to be a better place for my children. I yearn and pray every night that we are safe and healthy. I pray that we do not have to live in a world enveloped by greed from the leaders of our own country. That our household can make ends meet in these times. There is so much more that I could say, but you get my gist. Well said, I love your blog. You write as eloquently as I would love to write and state things in a manner that touch the heart.

Alaskan Darlings said...

Thank you.

Zuzu Petals said...

You are not alone.
And I will be making these muffins.

Unknown said...

Well said.

Shortsalmon said...

Oh Karina, I want to hug you right now. In abject darkness, even the tiniest light is visible-- so this could be the finest hour for those of us who believe in, and choose to live out, Love. Thank you for being you. And of course, for the fabulous food.

Cat said...

So true, and I'm in agreement: very well said. And see? I'm here to hear what you say, as it will be a while before I can even eat any kind of muffins due to digestive tract fungal overgrowth (also disgusting and just shouldn't be!). However the muffins look so yummy that I'm going to save the recipe for a day when I can eat things like that again. I hope. Thank you for sharing your frank thoughts, putting into words much better than I could say, but feeling it just the same.

Good Food said...

Nice Recipe..muffins are looking very yummy & fantastic!

sofiawise said...

Karina, I would like to wish you and everyone visiting the blog a healthy and happy year with lots of inner peace.

Your invitation feels real, despite the virtuality of the medium. The cocoa looks delicious and the scones smell great!

Mary Sweeting said...

great writing, great images, happy new year indeed.

justjenn said...

My heart aches, too. Great post. said...

Hi Karina,

I came here years ago for the recipes. I return now for the spirit you share.

Where I live we're currently dealing with severe forest fires. Smoke fills the air. I don't give a damn about recipes at times like this but I am nourished by words and ideas.

We have a passionate little sustainable food community down here, and thanks to the brilliance and leadership of one of our number, we are feeding the firefighters. They are receiving quality food, made with local produce and love, with every special dietary requirement accommodated with aplomb. This is what food can do in a crisis.

Thank you for being you,


Kerri Hebard-Massey said...

These little muffins were great. They had beautiful rise and a great texture. They were a touch prone to falling apart (but I far prefer that to them being bouncy...). The pumpkin also helped counteract that sickly gray color I get whenever I use sorghum flour. Thanks for a great recipe!

Brenda said...

wonderful recipe, Katrina...As I didn't have any pumpkin in the freezer, I quickly cooked a sweet potato and mashed that for these tasty muffins...Thanks, again, for your adventurous, creative recipes that really honor all flavors!

suzi said...

are you sure, have you tested them frozen and all? i thought gluten free baked goods would just crumble if frozen. these sound just delicious and i am going to try to veganize them for us. wondering now about the possibilities of all my gluten free baked goodies and the effects of the freezer...

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you kindly!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you so much- love to you, too- and peace, good health, and happiness!

Karina Allrich said...

Love wins. xox

Karina Allrich said...

How kind of you- much appreciated! xox

Karina Allrich said...

Love, peace and deliciousness to you, Mary!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you Toni- xox

Karina Allrich said...

Gluten-free baked goods are best eaten right away- and muffins warm from the oven can't be beat. Leftovers, however, fare much better if they are wrapped individually, bagged, and frozen. Thaw and reheat (sometimes we grill our corn muffins- so good!).

Karina Allrich said...

I love sweet potato with cornmeal, too! Have you tried my GF cornbread with sweet potato recipe? I bet you'd like it.

Karina Allrich said...

Warm from the oven, they are fragile- glad you liked them. Why is your sorghum gray? (The one I use is creamy-white.)

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you so much. xox

Karina Allrich said...

Thanks Mary! Happy New Year to you.

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you kindly!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you Cat- hope you feel better soon!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you for your kindness. xox

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you Zuzu Petals- for all of your lovely commenting--- so very appreciated.

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you- peace, love and good health to you and your family!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you so much, Everyone! Your thoughtful comments mean so much to me. Cheers- and stay safe + warm until Spring! xox

Donna said...

Karina; I think I might love your words more than your recipes...and that is saying something!! Thanks so much, for both...:-) Comfort on a cold day.

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