Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Muffins with Streusel Topping #Twelve Loaves

I am back to baking with my friends from Twelve Loaves.  It has been a while since I have posted with the group.  I missed reading and see all of the creative uses for our "main" ingredient each month.

This month we have been challenged to use cherries.  I knew this was a great month for me to jump on board.  Cherries are one of my favorite fruits.  Through the years I have made cherry juice with Cory's family, canned cherry pie filling and froze cherries from the trees we had in our area.  When it comes to making smoothies, I love frozen cherries the best.

I chose to use fresh cherries for this recipe. I love using fresh ingredients in my baked goods. I added a bit of almond flavoring because I like the combination of almond and cherry together.

This gluten free recipe is one that I have used in the past to make Blueberry Streusel Topped Muffins. I am excited that with a few minor adjustments it also worked for the Cherry Muffins.

The muffins are moist and airy. I have a few pictures that let you see the inside of the muffin (see below). I found that if I kept the muffins in an airtight storage bag they kept this way for 3 days. My family microwaved them for a few seconds and added a pat of butter for breakfast.

Scroll to the bottom to find my recipe, to find the links to my friends links that have also created delicious and inspiring CHERRY recipes and to link your own creation.

We would love to see what you made.


Gluten Free Cherry Almond Muffin with Streusel Topping #Twelve Loaves
Makes 12 muffins

1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup white rice flour, fine
1/2 sweet sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 almond extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1-1/2 cup fresh pitted cherries, cut in half


1/3 cup white rice
3 teaspoons tapioca starch
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup almond slices, raw
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons soft butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cup cake/muffin tin with 12 liners.

2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Stir with a wire whisk until well combined, set aside.

3.  In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter.  Blend on medium speed until butter is light in color.

4.  Add eggs one at a time and blend.  Add vanilla and milk.

5.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine.

6.  Add cherries and gently fold them in. 

7.  Add batter to muffin liners. Fill to the top;  it is okay if they are a little over full.

8.  To make topping: Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.  I used my fingers to mix until the butter was well blended with the other ingredients. Add topping generously to the top of each uncooked muffin (see picture below, blueberry muffins but same idea).

9.  Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops are firm to the touch.  Remove and transfer to wire rack and let cool. 

#TwelveLoaves June: Cherries

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

 1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone's posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!

 2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.

 3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this June, 2014, and posted on your blog by June 30, 2014. 

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs smoothly with the help of our friends. Thanks to the wonderful Renee Dobbs and Liz Berg for their help this month!

Written by Sherron Watson


  1. Oh wow look at those beautiful cherries! Awesome photos. I can't wait until I see them at the store (I haven't seen any fresh cherries available yet). I'm also glad you are back baking with us for Twelve Loaves. We missed you.

  2. Oh, I love that you added a streusel topping! What terrific cherry muffins, Sherron!

  3. Wow, the insides of these muffins DO look moist and airy - yum! I'm saving this recipe, because it's actually one that mom will be able to eat, so I need to make her a batch when I drive up to visit her this summer. Thanks! :)

  4. I'm so happy to see these gluten free muffins! These are things that I usually have on hand so that is even better. Well, except cherries. :)

  5. I love anything with s streusel topping and these cherry almond muffins look wonderfully delicious!!

  6. These muffins are so airy, Sherron! A super GF muffin. The cherry photos are fabulous. It's so nice to have you baking with us again!!

  7. Beautiful muffins, Sherron! I love using almond meal in baked goods because it adds a lot of flavor and richness. Your streusel is fabulous!

  8. Oh streusel, I love streusel!!!
    I love the way the muffins look on the inside, very soft (I admit having no confidence with gluten free baking and am very impressed)
    I can imagine myself biting into them!
    Very nice take on this month's theme

  9. These look incredibly light, moist and delicious!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  10. Welcome back! These look beautiful. Such amazing photographs.

  11. Beautiful muffins and I love the streusel on top - you can never go wrong with anything topped with a generous amount of streusel.


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