Gluten Free Apricot and Pecan Mini-Muffins (+ GIVEAWAY!) ~ the little lioness

Gluten Free Apricot and Pecan Mini-Muffins (+ GIVEAWAY!)

What does one make when she has a box of gluten free self-raising flour, a bunch of pecans, and a year old tin of apricots in the cupboard?


(Mini) Muffins! Yay!

(of course just another excuse to get my apron on)

Based on this recipe, I subbed the bananas out for apricots, switched the flours for Melinda’s gluten free self-raising flour, and the milk for soy milk. Is anything sacred anymore? ;) (oh and I’m sure you cold swap out the egg for egg replacement if there’s an allergy or you wanted to go vegan!)

INGREDIENTS (this made 30 mini muffins)


1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cups soy milk
1/3 cup light olive oil
3/4 cup mashed tinned apricot
1.5 cups gluten free self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup toasted pecans


Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease holes of a mini muffin pan.

Combine eggs, milk, olive oil and mashed fruit in a large bowl.

Combine flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and cinnamon in a second large bowl. Chop nuts coarsely. Add chopped nuts to the flour mixture.

Add apricot mixture to flour mixture and stir only until mixture is just combined. Divide among prepared muffin pans.

Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes or until muffins are lightly browned.

(spoon licking goodness!)

Giveaway! Win a Pecan Fan Pack

Pecan Hamper

Win a pecan pack like the one above consisting of:

  • A Pecan Fan T-Shirt
  • Pecan recipes
  • Pecan oil
  • Pecan nuts

Leave a comment on this entry at letting me know your favourite or most interesting muffin flavour combination. You can get a second entry by tweeting the link to this entry (just leave a second comment telling me your twitter name and that you’ve done that!)

Entries close midnight on Sunday 10th April (AEST). The winner will be selected at random using n the following days, and contacted for their address via the email they leave with their comment. Sorry, Australian residents only.

Thanks to Melinda’s gluten free goodies for the self-raising flour and Porter Novelli and Pecan Fans for the pecans and giveaway pack! Check out Pecan Fan for more recipes.



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22 comments for “Gluten Free Apricot and Pecan Mini-Muffins (+ GIVEAWAY!)

  1. Tat
    April 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’m a pecan fan. My favourite muffins are banana and dates, the only ones I have managed to make sugar-free and still taste great.

  2. Monique
    April 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    YUM!! My fave muffins are those mango ones with the crumbly topping, bit fiddly to make but they are so good :)

  3. Monique
    April 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm
  4. April 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    My favourite imagined muffin recipe would involve… lemon and pistachios, I think! I’m definitely liking the sound of apricot muffins though :)

  5. April 3, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Hmmmmm Peacans :O)

    Apple crumble muffins are rather fabulous! I love a good muffin.

  6. April 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    wow they look yummy.

    My faverate muffin is Strawberry and white chocolate. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

  7. April 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm


  8. April 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hey I didnt know that Melinda’s now had a flour range! Must go in search!

    And I love savoury muffins – like spinach and feta mmm

  9. Shelley
    April 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Lemon cupcakes with lemon icing and covered in coconut. Way better than a muffin, and the same size/shape.

    (And I’m not an Australian resident but that’s fine because my cupcakes are so yummy I decided to share regardless!)

    (And I’m leaving way too soon to be getting free nuts anyway!)

  10. April 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Yum, I haven’t had pecans since I was a kid!

    My favourite muffin flavour is blueberry, or possible choc-chip. The weirdest one I’ve seen was broccoli and cheese.

  11. April 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I love pecans mmm great giveaway.

    My fave combination is Pecan and choc chip mmmuffins. I’ve also been known to add a mushy banana.

  12. April 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    My most interesting muffin combination was the one I tried when I wanted to get rid of the berries and whipped cream I had in the fridge. I added that and some dark chocolate bits in there. The end result? YUMMO! Moist mixed berries and dark chocolate chip muffins!

  13. Gillian Harridge
    April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Pineapple and Cranberries,my great Grandmother whips up so strange recipes from time to time.But this one is a winner and has been handed down through the generations to me.

  14. April 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I do love muffins with nuts in them, walnut muffins are yummo!

  15. April 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Have tweeted too @joyjoyc

  16. Di
    April 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    My favourite flavour combination is Apple and Cinnamon (closely followed by Orange and Poppy Seed) YUM! Great giveaway :)

  17. Di
    April 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve just tweeted too! Username is ShinyGlitterBug. Here’s the tweet:

  18. Amanda Elizabeth
    April 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    My favourite idea is to make your usual chocolate muffin mix but the trick is:

    a jersey caramel lolly placed in the centre just before baking!

    If you serve these warm you have a yummy runny gooey caramel centre. So many people ask me to make them :D

  19. April 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    My favourite sweet combination is double chocolate (ie. chocolate with choc chips), yum! You can never make a muffin too chocolatey hehe. For a savoury muffin, I love antipasto ingredients, like chargrilled capsicum, cured meats (eg. salami, prosciutto), and cheese.

  20. April 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I tweeted about it here:

    My username is NTFancy :)

    kate1485 at

  21. Barb W
    April 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I’m a big fan of cranberry-orange muffins… and thinking it would be fun to try cranberry-orange-pecan muffins, yes? Sounds delish!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    ruralmoms AT gmail DOT com

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