Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guest Post: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oat Muffins (with Peanut Butter Surprise!)


First of all, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to beautiful Alaina for doing this post for me while I'm out of town.  She's such a sweetheart and I love reading her blog.  If you haven't read it yet, please do, I guarantee she'll brighten your day. :)
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Hi friends of Katie! I’m Alaina Rose and I blog over at Sweetness Of Life.
 
When Katie first contacted me about doing a guest post I was thinking, what?! Really? Are you sure? I’m a new blogger. I have NO idea what I’m doing! But, Katie assured me that she loves my blog and that’s why she asked me to do a guest post. So, here I am! I’m honored and excited to be here while Katie’s gone. Thanks so much Katie!
One thing I’ve learned during the short time I’ve been blogging is that the blogging community is so incredibly welcoming and friendly! There is an endless flow of inspiration, encouragement and support that is shared, and it’s beautiful to be a part of. I’ve met some amazing people that I now consider friends even though we’ve never actually physically met. I’ve also learned a lot about myself through blogging. It has given me the opportunity for reflection and has become a wonderful creative outlet for expressing myself and sharing. I feel that we ALL have gifts that can be used to inspire each other. Blogging is such a wonderful way to share those gifts and to connect and learn from yourself and others through the process. I encourage everyone to start a blog!
Even though I’ve been passionate about cooking and baking for years, it has reached a new level since I started blogging! Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite muffin recipes. It’s actually one of the first recipes I posted on my blog! They are gluten-free, somewhat healthy, delicious and contain a lot of my favorite ingredients: coconut, pumpkin, peanut butter, oats and chocolate! I hope you like them!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oat Muffins (with Peanut Butter Surprise!)

Ingredients:
·      1 1/4 cup Pamela's Gluten-free Baking and Pancake Mix (I’m sure you could try any other gluten-free baking mix, but this one is my fave!)
·      1/2 cup gluten-free oats
·      1 cup canned pumpkin
·      1/4 cup coconut oil
·      1/3 cup coconut milk (You can also use almond milk or soy milk. Whatever you like!)
·      1/3 cup maple syrup
·      1 tsp vanilla extract
·      1 tbsp cinnamon 
·      1/3 cup chocolate chips
·      PEANUT BUTTER!
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl mix together the pumpkin, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, coconut milk and maple syrup. In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, cinnamon and chocolate chips. Then pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and mix together. Lightly oil your muffin tins or you can use muffin tin liners. Fill up the muffin tins or liners about halfway full. THEN, (this is the fun part!) put a dollop of peanut butter on top of the batter. Then put additional batter on top. Pop in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. This recipe makes 8 muffins.








I really hope you try these and that you love them! Thank you so much for having me! If you like what you see, please feel free to stop by my blog Sweetness Of Life and take a look around! And please don’t hesitate to comment. Comments from readers truly make my day!

Thank you again and have a beautiful day! 

10 comments:

  1.  These look so good!  I'm contemplating a gluten-free diet, so I will definitely be making these if I take the plunge!

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  2. Megan @ The Oatmeal DiariesMay 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Ooh these look awesome Alaina!! :)

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  3.  Whoa. Those look badass! My sister has Celiac disease and my boyfriend will eat anything with PB and/or pumpkin, so these will definitely be gone within the hour.

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  4. Chocolate chip and pumpkin are such a perfect combo! :D 

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  5.  These look sooooooo yummmmyyyy!! I have a friend who has a gluten-free lifestyle and he can never eat the goodies I make up. I think I'll make these for him (umm...and me) this weekend!!

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  6.  Girl, these look beyond amazing.  Now I just need to get me some pumpkin-- or maybe i'll just use carrot :)

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  7. I feel exactly the same way towards the blogging community! I'm so grateful to be a part of it and to be able to "meet" such amazing people (like yourself :D). And, of course, to find AMAZING recipes. Coconut, nut butter, oats, and chocolate? Love! These are definitely going on my "to make" list, which, thanks to the blogging community, is going to be a mile long soon lol.

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  8. Congrats on this wonderful guest post, dearest Alaina ;)Delicious and beautiful, as always!
    You truly deserve the greatest blog-popularity and happiness all over!!!!
    Love, Maria

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  9. This is such a wonderful post! You are Katie are just so cute and talented! I've always enjoyed her blog and really enjoyed your post as well. My sister-in-law is handicap and developed celiacs a few years ago. She often feels especially left out because of this but I'm so excited to make this recipe when she comes into town. We'll all be able to eat the same dessert, without making her feel left out! This makes me so so happy :)

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  10. This is such a wonderful post! You are Katie are just so cute and talented! I've always enjoyed her blog and really enjoyed your post as well. My sister-in-law is handicap and developed celiacs a few years ago. She often feels especially left out because of this but I'm so excited to make this recipe when she comes into town. We'll all be able to eat the same dessert, without making her feel left out! This makes me so so happy :)

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