Friday, February 10, 2012


In the spirit of Valentine's Day (but mostly due to my enduring fondness for baked goods), I made chocolate muffins. These are gluten free and although we are not a gluten free household, we do enjoy varying our diet as often as possible. 

The recipe comes from the book,"Gluten Free Baking Classics" by Annalise Roberts, which I've posted about before. 

Chocolate Ricotta Muffins 

1 1/4 cups Brown Rice Flour Mix 
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1/2 cup ricotta cheese 
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons canola oil 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. 
Whisk flour through salt in large mixing bowl. 
Whisk egg through vanilla in smaller mixing bowl. 
Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and combine until well blended. Don't over beat. 
Spoon batter into greased muffin pan and place in center of oven. 
Bake 18 - 20 minutes. 
Or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
Cool on wire rack. 

The only unique ingredients for this recipe are the brown rice flour mix (which you can find in the gluten free section of your grocery store) and the xanthan gum. All the rest of the ingredients are pretty standard. 

Happy Valentine's Day


  1. These look very yummy! Is brown rice flour mix the same as brown rice flour? I am not sure what you mean by mix.

  2. They look delicious! I am always pleased to view your wonderful photography. Happy Valentine's day!


  3. You make those look soooo yummy!

  4. perfect timing...have been staring at the carton of ricotta in the frig all week with no ideas

  5. You've inspired me! I think I'm going to venture into the Gluten Free world. After reading so many positive things about it and how our health can be helped with a Gluten Free diet I think I'll try some new recipes.
    By the way, I've been a follower of yours for a very long time and I LOVE your blog, home, family, recipes and photography...heck, I love it all.

  6. Those look good! Question -- what is the purpose of the xanthan gum? I've never cooked with it before.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing, must try these.

  8. perfect timing - i just decided i need to give up chocolate for a while. i will have to start tomorrow...!

    they look goood. xo

  9. Hi Kim,
    I looked it up in the cookbook and it says that xanthan gum is "used to replace the gluten in wheat flour. Gluten helps hold baked goods together and gives them their elasticity."

  10. I can't thank you enough for this! My niece has Celiac's Disease and my sister is gluten intolerant. We have been semi gluten free for awhile now, but just last week we went off gluten completely so I've been looked for good tried and true recipes to make!

    Kat :)

  11. wishing you and your beautiful family lots of love this valentines day trina. xo janet

  12. Hi. Just wanted to let you know Goggle is going away at the end of this month. To keep our follower and not lose our favorite blogs .We will have to join the Linky Party. Heidi has one on her site.
    I don't want to lose any of my blogs,I enjoy visiting you guys to much. I hope you will join. Oh and follow me. Almost forgot that part. The cookie look sooooo good.

  13. As someone with Celiac Disease, I certainly appreciate the yummy gluten free recipe!

  14. Oh thanks so much. As a family that bakes gluten free due to my daughter's celiac disease, I will look forward to baking these.

  15. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I've also tried baking with almond flour - delicious! There are so many options and most folks don't realize that you can replace some or all of the all purpose flour with gluten free varieties when baking.


  16. wow- those look wonderful!!
    happy valentines day to you my friend!


  17. Love your recipes! I've been meaning to ask you about something, and this post reminded me. I'm just getting ready to feed my baby solids. He is our 4th. In the past, I have tried to feed them organic as was possible. But there is such a big push for baby "cereals"/pablum. I'm not super interested in feeding my baby this. What did you start with, and did you have some other substitute for the classic cereal? Would love some more natural ideas on what to feed baby?

  18. Great recipe! I am going to share it with my cousin whose little girl has to eat gluten free. Thanks for posting! Carla

  19. Hi Jenn,
    We made a 'cereal' made up of bananas, oats and raisins. All organic. Add some water (we have a carbon filter on our water line) and heat on stovetop until all is tender (grapes, oats). Then we puree it in the blender (glass pitcher). They have loved it. We add organic yogurt or cottage cheese in there to spruce it up a bit with protein.
    Happy baby to you!

  20. I've just made these and they are lovely. I used yogurt instead of the cheese and they worked just fine.I've now added the book that the recipe came from to my wish list.

  21. Thank you for sharing your recipes, my sister is Coeliac and I really want to be able to bake her something nice when she's visiting as the shop bought stuff leaves a little to be desired. These look yummy, (you're photos are always gorgeous) and I really must get the book.


  22. Hello! These look delicious and I am definitely going to try them on Valentines for my little ones. I have a question for you about bake ware. I too am trying to only use cast iron when cooking to avoid the nonstick chemicals that can be on cookware. But I am curious about what I should use when baking?? Do you use stainless bake ware and just use some type of oil/butter so the food won't stick?? Thanks!! Haley

  23. Hi Haley,
    I haven't updated our bakeware yet as we don't actually use it very often. So I'll let you know what I learn...there were some great suggestions from readers!

  24. I am excited to try these. My sweet 10 year old was recently diagnosed with celiac so we are learning all about gluten free options.

  25. I have not seen Lucy pictured lately -- do you still have her? What does she think of the babies? Was it an adjustment?

  26. Hi! I am celiac and am always thrilled when you post gluten free recipes. Thanks a ton.

  27. Thank you so much. I'm always looking for new gluten free recipes. I love your blog. You are very inspiring. Sometimes, I stand on my back porch with no view and wish that I had your gorgeous one!

  28. Melanie,
    Lucy is still with us although she is quite elderly. She is still getting around but is very fragile. I'll tell her that you said hello!

  29. Something chocolatey AND healthy...that's pure genius!
    Happy Valentine's Day to all of you...including sweet Lucy, it was nice to read that little bit about her in your reply comment. ♥
    xo J~

  30. My little niece can not take gluten, Thursday is her birthday and I needed to find a recipe, thanks for sharing that we show.

  31. I just found your blog and I'm loving it! I love your home and your style and that you are trying to live a cleaner or perhaps greener life. I've just recently within the last year or so began trying to do the same.

    And you appear to have twins, which I'm fond of since I have a set of boy/boy twins who are 5 1/2. I look at your babies ages fondly! :)

  32. Hi Trina,
    What can I say? Oh my goodness, these look good! I will definitely be jotting down the recipe!
    Hope you had a great valentine's day,
    take care,
    Jenah xo

  33. oh trina...
    i am going to try gluten/dairy free for 21 days... i will need to lean on you!
    belated valentines wishes... xoxo

  34. They look really yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  35. i am gluten free! these look delish. as always, thank you trina!

  36. Nå hjemmeside vi har her, men jeg var nysgerrig, hvis du vidste om eventuelle fora, der dækker
    samme emner talte om her? Jeg vil virkelig gerne være en del af gruppen, hvis de kan
    at få feedback fra andre i den viden, der deler samme interesse.
    Hvis du har nogle anbefalinger, så lad mig det vide. Tak!

  37. Thank you for this, Trina! (I'm a new follower)
    Anne ♥

  38. chocolate is like a drug...but a good one =)

  39. Thank you for sharing some with me---they were delicious!


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