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Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Saffron and Barberry Muffins | © 2016 | | © 2016 |

These gluten-free seedy muffins make a great breakfast or snack, are actually perfect for any time of day. We even enjoyed it as dinner with a large plate of salad. You can of course bake these healthy treats without saffron, but a little saffron goes a long way. Barberries add tanginess, fruity aroma to these muffins and pair so well with saffron and clove. Dried cranberries or cherries would make a good substitute.

Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Saffron and Barberry Muffins

adapted from SBS
  • 50 g Pepitas
  • 50 g Flax seeds
  • 50 g Sunflower seeds
  • 50 g Whole almonds
  • 30 g Chia seeds
  • 150 g Rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • 40 g Dried barberries
  • 0.3 g Saffron powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 50 g Coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 375 ml Water
  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a spoon.
  2. Add in melted coconut oil, maple syrup and water and stir with a spoon until well combined.
  3. Grease a 6-cup maxi muffin pan with a little melted coconut oil. Divide the mixture and flatten the surface with the back of a spoon. Leave it on the counter for at least 2-3 hours or overnight in the fridge, covered tightly with a plastic film.
  4. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Bake the muffins in the middle of hot oven for 30 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and turn out onto an oven rack and bake for a further 15-25 minutes until crisp on the bottom. Cool slightly and serve. | © 2016 | | © 2016 | | © 2016 |


Sharmila kingsly 14/12/16 06:27

They look so healthy and awesome together!!

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today 14/12/16 08:49

Looks so good, like a morning bowl of goodness but in a muffin :D

Unknown 14/12/16 08:50

Its a big wow these muffins are a real visuall treat...

noobcook 14/12/16 09:16

Love these guilt-free muffins!

Rafeeda AR 14/12/16 10:03

Those muffins seems to be loaded with awesome goodness...

Nava K 14/12/16 10:14

Walla! These muffins are a beauty on their own, hail their healthiness and I love the addiction of saffron powder.

fimere 14/12/16 12:01

c'est parfait et succulent
bonne journée

Cheri Savory Spoon 14/12/16 13:23

Perfect timing for these healthy muffins Angie, love that this are sugar free. We have had enough sugar this month to last us a year. These would also be perfect for traveling. Happy Holidays Angie!

All That I'm Eating 14/12/16 13:49

These sound amazing, I love the flavour of saffron in bakes.

Kelly 14/12/16 13:59

I wish I had these for breakfast this morning! I love how hearty and healthy they are! I can just imagine how flavorful and amazing they are with the saffron!

Christine Ho 14/12/16 16:05

These muffins are so hearty. It's good to have them to start a day.

Beena 14/12/16 16:22

Lovely healthy muffins

Tricia Buice 14/12/16 17:12

These look so hearty! What a terrific way to start the day Angie!

Geri Saucier 14/12/16 18:43

These muffins look delicious and very healthy. Can't wait to give them a try.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 14/12/16 18:59

These muffins look fabulous, Angie!!! I am a big fan of saffron, but I've never used it in baked goods before. Such a genius idea, my friend! I bet these taste unbelievable, and I just adore that they are also sugar free! Such a perfect treat! Cheers!

Helene Dsouza 14/12/16 19:50

Ohh look at these. That's a cool healthy recipe to start the new year. I can imagine making your muffins for breakfast some time. Thaks for sharing! :D

Kitchen Riffs 14/12/16 20:08

Who doesn't love muffins? These look particularly nice -- so many interesting ingredients! Fun recipe. BTW, I’m taking off the rest of the year, so I’d like to wish you happy holidays!

Evelyne CulturEatz 14/12/16 20:26

I was just thinking breakfast too, so nice dense and nutricious! And I am a fan of saffron so great touch!

Unknown 14/12/16 20:50

I love seedy muffins and cookies; the texture makes my mouth and tummy pretty happy. I’ve never had Barberries, can’t wait to try them.

Unknown 14/12/16 21:25

Wow, I've never tried barberries but you sure do make them look divine!!

Adina 14/12/16 21:33

They look really chewyy and delicious! I love all those seeds you used. I actually have all the ingredients at home, I could start baking right now...

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Yi @ Yi Reservation 14/12/16 21:47

The muffins look so delicious. I am also adding barberries to my list of things to try. Thanks for sharing Angie!

Deb|EastofEdenCooking 14/12/16 23:22

I'm deep into holiday baking recipes and these healthy muffins are just what I need! Perfect for a cold winter morning!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 14/12/16 23:30

What beauties, Angie! Love all the goodness packed inside.

Karen Luvswesavory 15/12/16 00:29

Yummy! A hearty and healthy muffin to kick start the day !

Agness 15/12/16 03:32

I baked muffins so many times but never added chia seeds! Gotta try it for sure! Mniam!

Susan 15/12/16 04:11

These look delicious, but also so festive!

motherrimmy 15/12/16 04:26

Fantastic grain and seed packed muffins - so healthy!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen 15/12/16 04:44

I am loving the looks of this muffins! Yummy!

Ivy 15/12/16 12:13

They look so festive! Perfect in every way!

Catherine 15/12/16 14:15

Dear Angie, These muffins look beautiful. I bet they are delicious! xo Catherine

Unknown 15/12/16 15:04

oh wow, these are just perfect to snack on!!

Hema 15/12/16 15:25

Wow, the muffins look awesome, might be I can try it out with cranberries..

grace 15/12/16 17:53

i've never had saffron in a muffin and i've never had dried barberries period! what an interesting nosh!

Pam 15/12/16 18:08

They look hearty and delicious.

Jean | 15/12/16 22:16

Angie, gorgeous! And I have most of the ingredients. Can't ever get barberries around here, but dried cranberries and cherries are readily available.

Juliana 16/12/16 01:27

Angie, these muffins look so pretty and yes, very healthy! I have never used barberries...
I hope you are having a great week :)

Balvinder 16/12/16 02:05

As I am eating almost sugar free treats lately, these muffins are perfect for me.

Rosita Vargas 16/12/16 02:35

Un muffins de fiesta navideña se ve muy lindo,abrazos.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 16/12/16 02:40

Healthy, yet full of flavor and texture! I'd love to start my day with one or two of these beauties!!!

[Reply] 16/12/16 04:50

Oh, these do look and sound healthy! Just what I am going to need after all the holiday treats. Thanks for sharing :)

Nancy Chan 16/12/16 11:47

This is so healthy and I would love to chew on the seeds and nuts!

nadia 16/12/16 21:40

I would love to snack on these! And they're so healthy!! :D

Alida 17/12/16 00:22

These muffins look delicious and colourful too. I love that they are sugar free too!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 17/12/16 04:44

These are the kind of muffin that I enjoy for breakfast. Satisfying and healthy!

Monica 17/12/16 22:01

I've never used barberries or saffron powder. Great learning new things and I like the idea of these muffins and a large salad for dinner. It's good to mix things up.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 18/12/16 05:08

Yummy I'd love these for breakfast!

Mindy 18/12/16 07:49

These look and sound delicious!

Barbara 18/12/16 12:41

These are somewhat similar to some breakfast "cookies" I make often. Love it in muffin form, Angie. They looks so good!

Reeni 19/12/16 03:46

Would love to have one of these muffins waiting for me tomorrow morning Angie! They look both delicious and filling!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 19/12/16 17:58

Strange but true that I have never had barberries. Love how pretty, delicious and so healthy they look. Awesome share.

Evi @ greenevi 19/12/16 18:53

These muffins look so great! I have never heard of barberries before, but now I can't wait to try them! Pinned :)

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 19/12/16 21:14

I wish I had one of these for a snack right now! They sound so hearty and delicious!

Pam 19/12/16 23:06

Great muffins, Angie and I'd love to have one now! Love that good mix of ingredients!

Velva 20/12/16 01:43

I thought your muffins would not only be great with a healthy salad but as a replacement for bread with main healthy entrees-As always, awesome.


Abbe@This is How I Cook 20/12/16 05:27

I actually have barberries in my pantry that I had tracked down for a Middle Eastern recipe. Thanks for another way to use them!

Easyfoodsmith 20/12/16 15:45

Great post. These muffin remind me of the british flapjacks.

Dhaval 21/12/16 11:55

These look so hearty! What a terrific way to start the day Angie!

Sophie's Foodie files 25/12/16 14:26

Wonderful tasty special creations, dear Angie!

I never seen dried barberries before but will look for them! These look utterly tasty too! Merry Christmas to you! xxx

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 28/12/16 04:32

I've never tried barberries, Angie, but I can say this for certain: I would love to have these for a mid-morning treat! Especially at my office where I need something healthy and tasty!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 28/12/16 18:03

Wow, absolutely loving these vegan muffins. They look awesome, Angie. I can have them for breakfast every morning.

Marcelle 29/12/16 20:11

Angie, I have never had a barberry! I'm going to have to track some dried ones down as I'd love to taste them. Good to know dried cranberries and cherries are good substitutes. These look so very healthy and sound yummy!

My Inner Chick 5/1/17 23:46

These, seriously, are the most gorgeous muffins I've ever encountered!

Sharon D. 6/1/17 13:25

Only you can make muffins look magical, Angie. I'm serious!


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