My first muffin recipe of the year 😍. These Gluten-free Toasted Hazelnut Muffins are an absolute dream come true. They are super soft in the middle, yet have a slight edge and crust on the outside. They are also deliciously tasting of nuts and absolutely perfect for a weekend bake!
How did these muffins come about? Here in Germany, we actually do a kind of nut cake that is light, airy, and tastes ridiculously well of hazelnuts. I wanted to re-create something like this but in muffin form. Muffins are easier to portion out, plus if you have any left (I never do — but hey that is just me) you could technically freeze them. I do not believe that is going to happen in this case though (😉)!!
For these muffins we are using both hazelnut meal and chestnut flour as our gluten-free alternatives. If you have never backed with chestnut flour before, it has a slightly sweet taste to it, which makes it perfect in baked goods. It is also a lot denser than regular flour. If you would like to replace the chestnut flour with another gluten-free flour in this recipe (I would recommend sorghum or cassava), you should up the amount to 150 gram.
Why are these Gluten-free Toasted Hazelnut Muffins good for you?
Are hazelnuts “healthy” and good for you? Absolutely! Let’s talk about these little minions. Hazelnuts are loaded with healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, thiamine, magnesium, copper, and manganese. They also contain vitamin B6. folate, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. Their fat content consists of both mono- and polyunsaturated fats, including oleic acid. Oleic acid (also commonly found in extra virgin olive oil and olives) has anti-inflammatory benefits, and is known for both its amazing heart health properties, as well as its ability to lower cholesterol levels.
Hazelnuts are loaded with antioxidants which have been proven to both lower cholesterol levels and inflammation. The vitamin E in the hazelnuts acts as both an antioxidant and a vitamin in one go. It has been especially associated with anti-inflammatory agents in the skin and may reduce damage from UV-light exposure. These high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals may also help to lower or decrease your risk of cancer. This is mainly due to cell protection and a reduction of oxidative stress. Whereas I am always careful with writing sentences like this, there is no denying that eating a variety of antioxidant rich foods lowers our overall oxidative stress which makes us less susceptible to typical Western diseases. Altogether, though, the humble hazelnut has a lot to offer in terms of overall health and I am here for it 😍!!
How can I adjust these Gluten-free Toasted Hazelnut Muffins to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian. Due to the eggs and hazelnuts used, it is sadly not vegan or nut-free. You can make this recipe paleo-friendly (if you eat a bit of sugar as part of your diet) by using a paleo-friendly baking powder and leaving out the rum.
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