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Old 02-21-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Blue-Glu Muffins

I'm having fun exploring with my new bag of glucomannan powder! Created these muffins today and they were lighter and fluffier than any of my previous blueberry muffin recipes. Not sure if the gluc did that or not. But I'm very pleased with the result. I may even increase the gluc next baking and test those waters. Two of these were VERY filling. I dare you to say the name the name of this muffin 5 times real fast.



I’m trying to incorporate some glucomannan (Konjac) powder into my daily food intake for the added fiber. These came out amazingly light and fluffy with a nice “mouth feel”. You can use all butter in these if you prefer. These are not suitable for the Induction phase of Atkins. Wait until the grains rung of the OWL ladder. This batter would lend itself to other chopped fruits or berries as well. If you prefer, you can substitute 3/4 more almond flour for the Carbquick, but your texture and carb count will be different making that change.

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. almond flour
3/4 c. Carbquick mix
2 T. coconut flour
2 T. oat fiber
½ tsp. glucomannan (Konjac) powder (optional)
½ c. Splenda, granular (or equivalent sweetener)
1 T. erythritol, granular
2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
¼ c. butter
¼ c. light olive oil
4 large eggs, beaten
¼ c. water
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. blueberries (I used Wyman’s tiny wild berries)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners (or grease metal muffin pan). Measure the dry ingredients into medium mixing bowl. Stir well. Beat in eggs, vanilla, water and butter/oil. Fold berries in gently, just enough to mix uniformly into batter. Do not overwork batter. Fill 12 muffin cups about 3/4 full and pop into hot oven. Bake for 20 minutes and check. Bake 2-3 more minutes if not done/lightly browned yet. Mine took the full 23 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 12 muffins, each contains:

175 calories
16.08 g fat
9.31 g carbs, 5.61 g fiber, 3.7 g NET CARBS
5.6 g protein
146 mg sodium
25 mg potassium, 109% RDA phosphorous
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Those look delicious!

I use glucomannan in all my baked goods anymore. I find that it helps make them lighter and fluffier and they hold together much better. I actually use it in a lot of recipes, baked or not, I use it my peanut butter pie and whipped cream.

I add it to ChickenLady's cornbread, the Maple Blondies in Jen's new cookbook, some of LindaSue's casseroles and just the other day added it to Jen's gluten-free pizza crust, the one that she got the idea for from you.

It's great stuff.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:57 AM   #3
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They look yummy
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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Those look delicious!

I use glucomannan in all my baked goods anymore. I find that it helps make them lighter and fluffier and they hold together much better.
It's great stuff.
Pam, I'd definitely have to agree with your decription of "lighter and fluffier", Pam. I plan to start adding it to more baked goods for awhile and see how that does for me.

Thank you, Brenda. They were as good as they look. Not the slightest bit dry or crumbly with the gluc in them.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:34 PM   #5
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You guys are "KILLIN'" me with all of this baked goodness.....gonna be 10 punds on dh making him "test" everything.

I got to get this in bulk. All I have is capsules....way to pricy to be using them that way...LOL
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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I assume the butter is melted AND olive oil is included with the mix? Or is it butter OR oil? These look wonderful!
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #7
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Lovely looking muffins! Oh, I figured Pam would have spotted this post thanks to the glucomannan.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:55 PM   #8
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Think I'll try these with cranberries; it's always fun to try a new muffin recipe.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #9
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Think I'll try these with cranberries; it's always fun to try a new muffin recipe.
What a great idea! I dried a bunch of them last month.
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Yes, Tilly, the butter is melted. I've added that notation to the butter listed on the recipe on my site now. Thanks for noticing that, my friend.

Sligh, I like your cranberry idea. I'm sure any berry would work just fine. I just needed to use up that open bag of berries as they'd been in my freezer awhile.

Thanks Jen. Yes, I've noticed Pam does like her gluc. I'm beginning to see why, now that I finally ordered some.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:40 AM   #11
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Peggy, there is more to glucomannan than the benefits it brings to baking:

"Glucomannan is a sugar made from the root of the konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac). Glucommanan powder, capsules, and tablets are used as medicine.

Glucomannan is used for constipation, weight loss in adults and children, type 2 diabetes, blood sugar control, and lowering cholesterol.

In foods, glucomannan is used as a thickener or gelling agent. Glucommanan flour and powder are used in food.

How does it work?

Glucomannan might work in the stomach and intestines by absorbing water to form a bulky fiber which treats constipation. It may also slow the absorption of sugar and cholesterol from the gut, helping to control sugar levels in diabetes, and reducing cholesterol levels."

AND warnings:

"Glucomannan powder or flour in enriched foods such as Japanese noodles is LIKELY SAFE. Glucomannan powder and capsules are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults and children. But solid tablets containing glucomannan are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. These can sometimes cause blockages of the throat or intestines.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of glucomannan during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Glucomannan may interfere with blood sugar control. Monitor blood sugar closely if you have diabetes and use glucomannan.

Surgery: Glucomannan might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using glucomannan at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery."
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:44 PM   #12
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Changes can be good

I'd been craving blueberry muffins so I gave this recipe a try, twice.
Being me, I make changes...LOL

This is what I did and DH and I were both delighted:

1. For the 2 cups dry ingredients, I used Fantastic Flour Mix, which already has gluc in it.

2. I added a heaping 1/3 cup polydextrose. Yes, I know many of you hate this stuff and can't use it. We are okay with small amounts. Leave it out or perhaps VitaFiber (dry or liquid) might work for you.

3. I added a half cup Einkorn flour.

4. Used my sugar sub mix of erythritol, xylitol, and stevia for the sweetening element, a scant half cup. Did find at the end, I tasted and added a couple of drops of Sweetzfree.

5. Used grated lemon rind from two lemons, plus a half teaspoon lemon extract. My favorite for that is Nielsen-Massey. Left out vanilla.

6. Since I had increased the dry ingredients a bit, I used 5 eggs. Also, my BP were heaping measures.

7. Used melted ghee for melted butter, because I always have ghee around (we love Indian food) and I think it tastes better.

8. Used two tablespoons of yogurt and 3 tablespoons water for the liquid, again I had a bit more of dry ingredients and the batter seemed to need it.

9. After letting the batter sit for five minutes (so I could taste for sweetening and flavoring and get a better idea of batter thickness), I added a heaping cup of Wyman's frozen blueberries, straight from the bag.

10. I got 12 very nice-sized muffins. They took 23 minutes in my toaster oven.



So, thank you, Peggy for this great recipe!
I realize the nutritional info as given by Peggy is not valid for my recipe with its changes. Obviously, mine will have more calories (Einkorn flour and more blueberries) and a few more carbs. But, I think they're worth because this is as close to a good bakery lemon blueberry muffin as I've come.

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I just tried these out last night, and the result was outstanding! They make an excellent breakfast on the go. The only change I made to the muffin was to add about 4 Tb sour cream. This gave the muffins a delightfully moist, tender crumb. Additionally, since the only blueberries I could find (at three different stores, no less!) were massive. So I quartered them, and it worked so well to distribute pieces into every bite that I will chop them henceforth. Blueberries in every bite - what could be better than that?!
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Old 07-30-2017, 02:31 AM   #14
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Delicious Muffins

Thanks for the great recipe Buttoni!

I made this this morning and It was nice that I there were no ingredients too specialty that I didn't have it in my cabinet. ( i had the hardest time finding my baking powder! LOL)

These came out as soft, moist, tender, and well formed as any store bought muffins or muffin mix. I say they are better than Martha White bag mix.

They are much less sweet than them also, which is a plus to me as i find the premixes way to sweet, more like candy. This was a fluffy light muffin with a bit of sweetness that let the fresh blueberry blast come through.

I put this as a Definite Keeper.

I changed nothing about the recipe. It was also my first time using Carbquick. I'm so pleased to have my first use come out so delicious. It gives me confidence to try others. thought I'm not much of a pancake/waffle, whatever fan, and I fail at almost anything that is flour based, or supposed to tasted like flour based. I failed at making almond flour cheddar biscuits at the same time I excelled at your muffins! Next time I'll try YOUR recipe for biscuits!
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