Amaretto Muffins- Gluten Free or Not!

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These Amaretto Muffins are one of my new favorites!  Everybody that had a chance to taste them raved about the flavor.  I used Amaretto liquor in the muffin itself and also a little bit mixed with the sliced almonds in the topping.  If you didn’t want to use Amaretto liquor, I’m sure you could use a little bit of almond oil and then more rice milk to make up the difference in liquid from the 1/4 cup of Amaretto.

I saw a recipe on Chow.com for Amaretto Pound Cake.  It sounded incredible but it had 2 sticks of butter and 1 cup of sugar, plus another 3/4 cup of powdered sugar in the glaze.  That quantity of butter and sugar is very normal for a pound cake but I wanted to make something a little healthier. 

When I transitioned their pound cake concept into my muffins, I only used a total of 3/4 of a cup of sugar instead of  1 and 3/4.  I used 1/3 of a cup of grapeseed oil instead of the pound cake’s 1 cup of butter. 

This Amaretto Muffin recipe is a great example of how I love to take a flavor concept and then tweak it to make it healthier and also gluten free (or not!)

These muffins are gluten free, but could be made with “regular” flour in place of the gluten free flour mix that I use.  I also used flax meal and ground almond meal to give the muffins a more complex and rich flavor.

I do have one suggestion for you if you make these muffins- use a cookie sheet underneath to catch any drips that come from the Amaretto, sliced almond and brown sugar topping!

I shared this recipe with Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager, The Hearth And Soul Hop at 21st Century Housewife, Gluten Free Wednesdays at The Gluten Free Homemaker, Real Food Wednesday at Kelly The Kitchen Kop, Allergy Friendly Friday at Cybele Pascal Allergy Friendly Cuisine, Sweets For A Saturday at Sweet As Sugar Cookies, March Muffin Madness at Gluten Free Easily

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to Amaretto Muffins- Gluten Free or Not!
  1. April
    March 27, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Your muffins sound wonderful! Amaretto is such a lovely liqueur, and you’ve used it in a really delicious recipe. I really like the idea of the topping as well. It’s great that there is a gluten free option as well. Thank you for sharing such an excellent post!

  2. Renee @ Beyond Rice and Tofu
    March 27, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Mmmm…I love amaretto anything. These are bookmarked!

  3. Andrea
    March 27, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    Thank you so much for your nice comments April!

  4. Andrea
    March 27, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    Thank you Renee! Let me know if you try them!

  5. Justine
    March 29, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Stopping by from the Hearth & Soul Tuesday Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

  6. Andrea
    March 29, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Justine!

  7. Lisa D
    March 31, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    You had me at Amaretto liquor. Looks delicious!

  8. Andrea
    March 31, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Thank you Lisa! I am really happy with this recipe!

  9. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers
    April 2, 2012 | 2:05 am

    What a lovely muffin! Amaretto is such a unique and flavorful combination for muffins.

  10. Andrea
    April 2, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Thank you so much Alea!

  11. Linda
    April 3, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    I agree. The amaretto sounds delicious! Great job adapting the recipe.

  12. Andrea
    April 3, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    Thank you Linda!

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