Gluten-free vegan savoury breakfast muffins | Zucchini and tomato muffins

A couple of weeks ago I tried imitation Tim Tams that were gluten-free and vegan. Sadly, they were a disappointment. The real thing was always my weakness growing up. I wouldn’t be able to control myself around them; my sweet tooth took over.

Fast forward to now, my sweet tooth has been cured. Case in point when it comes to sweet muffins. I’m spending my days dreaming of savoury muffins, something the old me would have scoffed at.

These gluten-free, vegan, savoury breakfast muffins are the most moist I have ever come across. This is all thanks to almond meal, zucchini, tomatoes and – most importantly – caramelised French shallots.

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Gluten-free vegan savoury breakfast muffins | Zucchini and tomato muffins
Makes 6-8

3 large French shallots, finely sliced
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup arrowroot flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water)
1 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of a whole lemon
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 zucchini, grated
1 handful basil, roughly cut
1 bunch of chives, roughly cut (optional)
1 tsp sumac
1 tsp beetroot powder

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Heat oil in a wide pan and add French shallots. Let cook over a medium heat until shallots are starting to catch on the bottom of the pan. Add 1/2 tsp water and continue to cook until onions turn golden brown and caramelise. Set aside.

Mix almond meal, brown rice flour, arrowroot flour, bicarb soda, baking powder, flax eggs, water, coconut oil, and lemon zest and juice until lumps-free. Then add tomatoes, zucchini, basil, chives, sumac and beet powder and mix until combined. Make sure the zucchini is evenly mixed throughout the flour and not sticking together in clumps.

Evenly scoop mix into an oiled muffin tin. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Knife should come out clean and top crust should be golden brown. Let cool slightly then carefully remove muffins from tins with a spoon and place on a cooling rack until ready to eat.

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Gluten-free vegan basics | Best-ever guacamole and hummus

Know anyone who doesn’t like guacamole? Didn’t think so. What about hummus? Yep, didn’t think so either. They are the king and queen of dip land.

Both being extremely fast and easy to make, it’s no wonder people buy pre-made tubs from the shops. But, last week I needed avocado for Mexican night and, with no ripe avocados at home, I had no choice but to look at alternatives, and that meant a visit to the dip section of my local supermarket. I was in despair, almost all of the options contained cream cheese or yoghurt. The whole point of guacamole is the fact that it is an avocado-based dip, not a dairy-based dip. In fact, it shouldn’t even contain dairy. Anyway, I digress. Did you know the easiest way to make guac is on a flat plate and mixed with a fork? Neither did I until recently and let me tell you, it levelled-up my guac game. Not too lumpy, and not too smooth. The guac was just right.

Now, are you ready to find out the secret to great hummus? I’m a big fan of sumac and am constantly thinking of all the things I can do with it. One day I sprinkled it on top of hummus and from then on, we all lived happily ever after.

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Guacamole

2 avocadoes
6 baby tomatoes
1 lime, juiced
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
Pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients to a large flat plate and mash it together with a fork until combined. Adjust ingredients to taste, otherwise refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Hummus

2 cans chickpeas, drained
1/3 C olive oil
1 1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp tahini
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Sumac and olive oil, to serve

Blend all ingredients on high until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl one or two times.

Adjust ingredients to taste blend for a few seconds longer if necessary and plate. Drizzle with olive oil and pinch of sumac.