Lemon Flax Seed Milk Muffins

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South by Southwest is a raucous introduction to the city of Austin, Texas.  For my last week before leaving the country for a year to cook in Paris, France (at the airport now!), I had the rockin’ joy of accompanying Portland band Tango Alpha Tango for their shows at SXSW.

tangoalphatango<–my travel buddies.

The music was incredible, the food was Mexican, and the weather was sunny.

…which inspired this post.

Whether you are still stuck in long-coat weather, or basking in the music-bursting southern sun, these lemon-filled muffins will bring a zestful brightness to your day.  These are one of those dishes that surprises you when you find out it’s gluten-free (and vegan).  Your non-allergic friends will never know what him ’em!

IMG_5284Lemon Flax Seed Milk Muffins

2 cups homemade flax seed milk
2/3 + 1/4 cup turbadino sugar, divided
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tbs. fresh lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup brown rice flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1/4 tsp. sea salt
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Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20-22 minutes
Yields 10-12 muffins
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IMG_52881. Pre-heat oven to 365 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare a dozen muffin tins with neutral oil (or nonstick spray) and a dusting of rice flour, or line with muffin cups.  In large bowl, combine flax seed milk and sugar.  Stir in lemon juice, zest, and vanilla.
IMG_52932. In separate medium bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients.  Slowly incorporate dry ingredients to wet mixture.
IMG_52973. Distribute batter into prepared muffin pans about 7/8 full.  Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until inserted wooden toothpick comes out clean.  (If you want to make a lemon zest loaf, pour into a prepared bread pan, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean and batter is cooked through.)

IMG_5313If your “one-batch” muffins end up turning into salted loaves as well, don’t feel bad for yourself.

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