By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer
If you’re a fan of pineapple upside down cake, you’re going to absolutely adore these scrumptious gluten-free, grain-free muffins that taste just like their namesake. Hands down, these slightly sweet, rich pineapple-flavored treats are my personal favorite muffins!
As a gluten-free girl living in a house full of grain-loving guys, I’ve made it my mission to find delicious and healthy ways to transform traditional favorites into delightful gluten-free, grain-free creations that everyone can enjoy – whether or not they’re living gluten-free.
This simple, yet decadent recipe is a tasty example of how easy it is to transform a classic dessert into a healthy treat everyone loves. In fact, you have my promise that no one will even know it’s grain-free, unless of course, you tell them!
The secret to these light, moist muffins is using either dairy or non-dairy yogurt in place of milk. That’s why I use yogurt in many of my grain-free baking recipes. Feel free to use your favorite store-bought brand of plain yogurt, but I prefer to make my own homemade Greek-style yogurt. It’s not only great for grain-free baking, but also for making lots of other delicious recipes, such as my family’s favorite quick Berry Breakfast Parfaits.
- Pineapple Layer
- 1 heaping cup of fine-diced fresh pineapple
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted (or coconut oil)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups [url href=”http://amzn.to/1EDSySY” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]blanched almond flour[/url]
- 1 teaspoon [url href=”http://amzn.to/1EDT17J” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]coconut flour[/url]
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons [url href=”http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2015/04/make-greek-style-yogurt-5-easy-steps-no-straining-required.html” target=”_blank”]plain whole milk or coconut milk yogurt[/url]
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F. Place 10 parchment muffin liners into a 12-cup muffin tin; set aside.
- For the pineapple layer: Measure one heaping cup of fine diced pineapple. Use a small lid placed over the measuring cup to press the pineapple down in the cup in order to squeeze the pineapple and extract the juices. Pour out the juice (or reserve for another use). Set pressed pineapple aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter (or coconut oil), coconut sugar and vanilla until well combined. Add the pineapple and stir well to combine.
- Evenly divide the pineapple mixture along the bottom of the 10 muffin cups. Set muffin tin aside.
- For the muffins: In a small bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, honey, lemon juice and vanilla until well blended. Using a spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until well blended.
- Spoon the muffin batter over the top of the pineapple layer, making sure to evenly divide the batter among each of the 10 muffin cups.
- Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in the tin for five minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Then, gently remove the paper liners from each muffin and place on a serving plate with the pineapple layer facing up. Enjoy!
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