Good as gold gluten free lemon muffins

Things our Pop (Dad’s father), used to say.

Good as gold.
Right as rain.
That joker down the road.

We miss him. School holidays arrived and baking for both chilluns and the spouse was required. These muffins have a lovely soft crumb, a fabulous sharp lemon zip and an ever so slightly crunchy top that will put the zing back in your zang.

Vanilla is always your friend when baking, gluten free people. (The comma saves this rather odd sentence, rest assured this Cheergerm does NOT advocate the baking of real life gluten allergic/intolerant human beings.) In all seriousness, one cannot advocate the use of vanilla enough when baking sweet goodies using gluten free ingredients.

Being a huge fan of vanilla beans, vanilla bean paste and pure vanilla extract, I am quite excited to try the new vanilla powder that we ordered in our most recent food co-op order. It arrived too late for these luscious lemon ladies but there will be much vanilla powder experimentation in the future.

I regularly bake a gluten laden version of these (with a mixture of spelt and wholemeal flour) and the progeny couldn’t tell the difference.

These muffins are as good as gold, just go ask that joker down the road.


1 cup self raising gf flour (whatever blend floats your baking boat)
2/3 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt (a weird amount but it works!)
1/8 tsp xanthum gum (ditto)
1/3 cup almond meal
2/3 cup raw sugar ( I used a scant cup. Feel free to use coconut sugar, rapadura or panela)
75 g butter
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Grated rind 1 large or 2 small lemons (we love lemon so I used the rind of 2 large lemons but use your lemon discretion as suits)

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup raw sugar

Preheat the oven to 200 C.
Sift the self raising, sorghum, buckwheat, baking powder, salt and xanthum gum into a large bowl.
Mix in the almond meal and 2/3 cup sugar.
Melt the butter, add the egg, milk, vanilla and lemon rind and beat well with a fork until combined.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and combine until the dry ingredients have been slightly dampened.
Divide the mixture evenly between a 12 medium-sized muffin tin lined with muffin cases and sprayed lightly with a non-stick spray.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Stir the lemon juice and sugar without dissolving the sugar and drizzle this over the hot muffins as soon as they are removed from the oven.
Let cool down.

Makes 12 muffins.

A Cheergerm adaptation from Marvellous Muffins by Alison Holst

Muffins tips: make sure all of your wet ingredients are room temperature and don’t overmix.

27 thoughts on “Good as gold gluten free lemon muffins

  1. Delicious muffins! I love anything with lemon. Admiring all the organic goodies in the photo, I see a few familiar labels. Demeter Farm Mill’s biodynamic unbleached ‘white’ spelt flour is fabulous for breadmaking.

    • Thanks Mrs Lady! I agree, lemon rocks. I have a plethora of goodies to play with for a bit. Thanks for the tip, I haven’t used the Demeter Farm ‘white’ spelt before. I will grab some next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. There’s nothing like that slightly crunchy top on a muffin. I like to remember people by their distinctive turns of phrase too. My granddad used to say things like “colder than a witch’s tit.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. One needs to only say the word lemon and I am chomping at the bit. I adore the puckeriness of citrus. And finding the perfect blend of sweet and sour is nearly magical. These muffins are drool-worthy and are going on the grocery shopping list this week.
    Another gorgeous addition to the growing gluten recipe file. Cheers!

    • Thanks Madame P! They were a hit with the Yak and were even fed to outsider children (not random children outside but friends of the family) who loved them and had no idea they were gluten free. Score.

      • I am currently having an absolute blast making gluten free goods and slipping them to my teenagers–one in particular who adamantly refuses to eat my “overly healthy garbage” and insists I’m out to ruin the fun of food. It’ll be years before I tell him how he’s been scarfing down my “garbage.” And then I expect a massively long apology letter. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • You crack me up. It’s like hiding veggies in things…often my boys say ‘I don’t eat blah blah’ and I snigger to myself thinking ‘oh yes you do…’ We are great mothers and will receive rewards, apology letters and accolades when our babies are all grown up and left home….we will won’t we?

  4. I love almost anything with lemon (food, cleaning products, scratch n sniff) so you had me at ‘muffins’. This is a lovely looking recipe, I especially like the sound of the topping, presumably the sugar stays a little crunchy? Yum!

    • Thanks, they are moreish. Scratch n sniff blogs, think that could be the next ‘big thing’!? It is delicious, I knocked back the sugar in he topping so it’s just a wee bit crunchy. You could always add a tad more!

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