Take a trip “down under” to the Gold Coast with these Golden Kiwi Muffins. Sweet gold kiwifruit with macadamia milk combine to make these moist, succulent, gluten-free and vegan muffins a perfect breakfast destination!
I’m finally giving you a recipe I’ve had tucked away all summer. It’s been a long time coming and can wait no longer. I also realized I haven’t shared many baking recipes lately so this will remedy all those situations. The mind “recipe-brewing” for these muffins started way before the summer, but couldn’t come to fruition until I had access to a kitchen and a muffin pan. I guess I can say it was worth the wait though since these muffins are probably my favorite I’ve ever made. The flavor is something I’ve never tasted, the sweetness so luscious, the crumb so moist. Now let me tell you why that is. There are two things that make these muffins so special. Two things you may never have heard of.
Starting with the fruitiness. These are not your regular kiwis. O no. These are Gold Kiwifruit, only grown in New Zealand (some in Italy and Chile). Brought to the US by the one and only Frieda’s, and in season from May to October. These kiwis don’t have all the “hair” as normal kiwis do. They are smooth on the outside and have bright gold flesh, much sweeter and less tart than the conventional kiwi. They’re much bigger too and lend themselves to make one damn good muffin. I wanted to do something special with these kiwis, not just eat them whole. In my mind, kiwi muffin, why not?
Second showstopper ingredient to these muffins is Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk! I saw foodie bloggers posting about this amazing mac milk after Expo West many months ago and was totally drawn in. After some chatting this the mac milk people, they sent me some milk to test out myself. I was still back in school though and had to wait until I was home to do my “experiments”. Suncoast Gold is the lead supplier of macadamia nuts in Australia and I can see why. (P.S. I say Gold Coast in my description because the mac milk is Australian and the kiwis are from New Zealand…close enough, eh?). I was intrigued to see how mac milk tasted in comparison to your typical American almond, cashew, etc. Well it’s delicious. Creamy, smooth, and guzzle-worthy. Thankfully Suncoast is slowly expanding so everyone can enjoy this awesome non-dairy milk alternative. Still not in NJ, but soon! I hope really soon, because I need more!
Gold Kiwifruit and Mac Milk sounded like a good idea that I couldn’t wait to try out in one tasting baking experiment. I think muffins are the easiest “bread” to bake. If you’re a newbie gluten-free + vegan baker, I suggest testing out muffin recipes first. I’m never scared of getting to crafty with my muffins and like to throw caution to the wind. That’s why when I made these muffins I also used a new flour combo. I of course went with my favorite buckwheat flour as the base, but I also included one of the sweeter, lighter gluten-free flours, amaranth! Amaranth is just like millet flour and should be combined with another as the base. But the slight sweetness of amaranth flour makes it a great one for baking some sweet luscious muffins!
Before I get to the recipe, let me tell you about my deep desire to live in Australia (or New Zealand). If you asked me when I was younger where I wanted to live, my answer would have been California or Australia. I’m not sure why, but AU seemed so “perfect”. I’m not sure it would be my #1 destination to live in now, but I still have a strong desire to visit! Maybe it’s the kangaroos, maybe the mac milk, or maybe it’s that Aussie accent 😛 Regardless, you will see me in Australia some day, eating these muffins on a tour of the Outback 😛 Hahaha!
Golden Kiwi Muffins
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, scoop out the kiwi flesh and mash up until you get a smooth texture.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed kiwi with all the other ingredients. Stir together until you get a nice smooth muffin batter.
- Line a medium muffin pan with 12 liners and fill each liner with 3 TB of batter.
- Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, remove and allow to cool.
- Serve warm, cold, with your favorite nut butter, coconut butter, maybe even some chocolate stevia syrup. Enjoy!
Aren’t muffins the perfect breakfast? I love having some in the freezer for when the craving hits. All I have to do is heat them in the microwave for a few seconds and bam! Perfect sweet bready goodness. Do people consider muffins dessert ever? I think muffins = breakfast and cupcakes = dessert, but there is such a grey area. I mean, if I added some protein frosting to this, I would call it a cupcake, but it would qualify as breakfast. Eh, that’s why breakfast and dessert equal the same thing for me. Tough life, huh? 😉
By the way, as you saw with my ingredient list links, you can get mac milk on Amazon! What a joy! Now no matter where you live, you can have some mac love in you life. And to keep you on your toes and prod you more into buying some mac milk, I have another recipe that I’ll share in the coming months using mac milk again! Plus, Suncoast’s milk is clean (like Silk) and doesn’t contain carrageenan like some gross brands we shall not name. So bake some muffins, brew some coffee, and enjoy my “down under” inspired breakfast!
So tell me:
+ I’ve asked this before, but I’ll ask again. Do you eat the skin of a kiwi? I really hope you do! It’s the best part and full of nutrition and fiber! If you waste it, I’ll cry!
+ Have you ever been to Australia or New Zealand?
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