Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
Active time
15 minutes
Total time
45 minutes
12 muffins
Serving Size
1 muffin

Liquid Ingredients

2 large eggs, at room temperature

⅔ cup milk

¼ cup canola oil

2 tablespoons molasses (not blackstrap)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

⅔ cup amaranth flour

⅔ cup potato starch

½ cup tapioca flour

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspooon salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon each grated nutmeg and ground allspice

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

½ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

¼ cup finely chopped walnuts

Ginger-Sugar Crust

2 tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon ground ginger

  1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Generously grease a 12-cup or 6-cup gray nonstick muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed until light yellow and frothy, about 30 seconds. Add the milk, oil, molasses, and vanilla and beat on low speed until well blended.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients until the batter is smooth and slightly thickened. Gently stir in the crystallized ginger and walnuts. Divide the batter evenly in the muffin pan.
  4. Make the crust: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and ground ginger and sprinkle evenly on the batter.
  5. Bake the larger muffins 35 to 40 minutes or the smaller muffins for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Cool the muffins in the pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the muffins from the pans and cool completely on the wire rack. Serve slightly warm.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Carol Fenster, from 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.


Calories: 140
Total Fat: 4 g
(Saturated Fat: 0 g)
Sodium: 170 mg
Carbohydrate: 24 g
Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 1 g

Yield: 12 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

How'd it Taste?

I am a diabetic and want to know what can I use instead of instead of molasses
Hi Veronica -- Thanks for writing. Muffins do tend to be sweet and the cup of brown sugar in the dry ingredients section of this recipe ends up contributing most of the sugar in these ones. You could try decreasing the amount of sugar and see if it's still to your liking. We recommend talking to your doctor about how much sugar you can consume and whether there are substitutes that are recommended.
Nandini K
How to crystallize ginger? Thank you for sharing
Hi Nandini -- You can find crystallized ginger in most large grocery stores, usually with the dried fruit or baking supplies. If you want to do it at home, there are recipes (like this one: https://www.finecooking.com/recipe/crystallized-ginger) that you can try. I always buy mine from a store, so I can't personally vouch for any of the online recipes, but we'd love to know how it turns out if you try it!
theodore boyd
i loved the muffins they wore so spicy and tasty
Sandra du Plessis
I made this recipe today and enjoyed it alot
Lee Schwall
These muffins are outstanding. I’ve made them at least ten times.

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