It’s Tea Time season in our house. Meaning, the kettle turns on around 3pm and we enjoy a cup of tea. When we lived in New Zealand we usually enjoyed tea 2x a day, but in Texas, it’s too hot during the summer.
Maybe that’s why I love Fall. It’s cool enough to drink tea in the middle of the afternoon and it’s cool enough to finally use my oven. Thank goodness because I missed baking!
But Tea time for us is almost likea pause in the middle of the day. The sound of the kettle is a whistle saying “SLOW DOWN” and savor a sip. Having tea mid afternoon pairs nicely with snack time as well. A fresh out of the oven baked good smeared with a wee bit of butter, which melts perfectly in the center. Yes, that’s a run on center but i don’t give a hoot.
And after a weekend of go go go, I am perfectly happy sitting and decompressing with a cuppa tea, a hot muffin, and the smells of Fall coming from my balcony. Gahh… now that’s good stuff.
Tea time really is healthy for the soul.
And so are these gluten free muffins to go along with it.
[print_this] Tea Time Muffins (GF)
- ¼c nondairy milk or cream
- 1 ⅓ cup chickpea flour
- ½ cup peanut flour or almond flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. coconut butter or real butter
- ½ cup water
- dried fruit pieces to place in center –> apricot, papaya, or mango
- sweetener (like stevia, honey, etc.) –optional
- additional spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)- optional
- Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and egg/cream in another. Add your water to your dry ingredient first then whisk in your egg and cream. Add any extra sweeteners of choice. I did not use any but stevia or honey will make them more sweet. Scoop your batter into muffins pans filling them ¾ way to top. Then add your dried fruit on the top center of each muffin filling. I also left some without fruit. Both were good!
- Bake at 375F for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Be sure to check the middle to see if the batter has set. Cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy! [/print_this]
These are pretty light tasting so are especially delicious sliced down the middle with a little butter and honey spread.
Wanna come over for tea this afternoon? I’ve got the muffins, you bring the butter.
Have you started your Fall baking yet? Hope so!
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Can you use regular milk or something else in place of the cream?
sure! That should work. Sorry this is old recipe. I really need to update it. Thank you. Let me know how it turns out.
Amazing recipe. One question in the part of ingredienta says 1/4c cream? Whats that? What cream do you use?
i use organic coconut cream or heavy cream.
Heather @ Better With Veggies
I love tea time! I think that needs to become more normal in the US, let’s start a trend. 🙂
yes, i agree. it’s a trend that should be kept. that and siestas!
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
These sound amazing! I’ve tried cooking with coconut flour and almond flour so far, but never chickpea flour!
you would love it heather! similar textures
Would LOVE to come over for muffins!!! (And just to chat, have quiet time, drink wine.)
i’ll start the kettle! <3
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Tea is good for the soul, isn’t it? There is a tea house that my sisters and I used to go all the time when we were growing up and we’d get these little muffins and scones with our tea, and this just reminded me of that and conjured up some happy memories. Needed a smile today and this was it. xo
That’s so cool that you live in Texas! (I just discovered your blog) what part do you live in? just curious because I live in tx too! =)
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
I’m on my way…butter in tow! How about some CINNAMON HONEY BUTTER? 😉
No fall baking for me just yet…but I’ve been jotting down ideas and collecting a bunch of recipes! I swear my “pin it” button is going to crash my laptop any day now!
um, yes. i need that. Will you come over and bring some?
Tea time is one of my favourite parts of my day, it’s a tie with coffee time 😉 I’ll have to start some fall baking- I’ve not baked anything in forever and those muffins look amazing. 🙂 What is your favourite tea?!
gosh, i like so many! chai, earl grey, and dandelion root are delicious!
I’m ALL over Fall baking lately! It’s kind of an issue right now.
Tea time is my favorite – it just feels right.
And I love the idea to use that time as a slowing down moment. Awesome!
i knew you’d like it!
She Rocks Fitness
LOVE your view…so calm and peaceful! I’m not a tea drinker, but I am a muffin eater…XOXO
Heck YES I want to come over for tea! And I’ve got some Organic Valley grass-fed butter (yes, so picky about my dairy products!).
Gosh, I can’t wait to be able to do this. And maybe even actually swing by for a cuppa. We can take turns 😉 xoxo
oh yes, i love that butter too. Please come over, please!!
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
I just brewed myself a cup of tea! Honestly, that is one of my favorite things about fall. Tea time! It doesn’t matter how much work your doing or how fast things are going. When you brew that cup of tea, you have to sit down and take a deep breath. Love that you two are enjoying a little slowdown time. Love this recipe too! I love when you have a great base recipe to add different things depending on what you have or the season. Love you friend!
Tea time is my favorite time! A nice cuppa does the soul good 🙂
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
You always impress me with your recipes!
I actually haven’t done much fall baking yet… Need to get on that. I think a part of me is still mourning summer!
well you actually have a summer, so hold onto it! it’s 95F here today. ugh what happened? LOL!
Taylor @ Liftingrevolution
4 pm I’m there! I am pretty pumped about the muffins, with our “wheat free” month I’m looking for all the help I can get. I tried a recipe last week, let’s just say it was like trying to get a toddler to eat veggies when I placed on in front of Dan.
Beth @ Miles and Trials
I can’t wait to start fall baking. Just bought some pumpkin yesterday. Now I have to decide what to make first!
I definitely started fall baking already! I love the fact I can turn on the oven whenever I get a chance! I’ll definitely butter your muffin 😉 HAHA. Sorry, I had to.
I’ve been baking some muffins/cookies and things like that but I can’t wait to do some serious baking this weekend when I hopefully have a little more time.
I love tea, it’s definitely a great thing to relax and unwind with- sip the moments away
I have baked several pumpkin-y or banana-y or apple-y baked goods. Even though I am resisting admitting that the fall weather is here, I’m not averse to the fall baking flavors. 😀 I made pumpkin spice cookies this morning, in fact.
I’m a nutso tea drinker. I go through 3-4 mugs a day in the fall/winter/spring. My collection is a little out of control, as you might imagine.
ha, i figured. warmth!
Jody - Fit at 55
Love this Lindsay & the view you have!! Those muffins look pretty dang good!!! I just like the whole idea of kicking back & chillin! 🙂
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Of course I’ve started my fall baking, duh! Those muffins look yum, thought maybe it was a piece of chocolate on top, but dried fruit – that’s a good idea!
Oh yes, savour indeed. The slowness of enjoying, eating and sipping xo
Tea time is just so…civilized, isn’t it? I love that you do it and take that pause every day. Great practice!
haha yes, civilized. i try
Carly @ Snack Therapy
It’s so cute that you guys have an actual tea time! Love. And these look fabulous. I’m currently imagining them with a hunk of chocolate shoved in the middle. Mmm <3.
heck ya! so good with chocolate in the middle. you need a bday candle in the middle. hehe happy belated!
I love the view from your balcony – amazing!!!
I don’t have tea time (probably should!) but I try to stop and sit with my oldest son when he comes home from school every day. It is good for both of us – me to stop everything for 30 minutes or so and him because at almost 15 I love that he still shares all about his day at school with me!!!
you are a good mom! i bet he loves that
These muffins sound so good. I have not started Fall baking yet, but I think I’m only a few weeks away from jumping right in!
Abby @ Change of Pace
Your description of tea time sound so relaxing! And I love the view from your balcony!
I flew in to austin in a few weeks ago and was shocked at all the green; it looked lovely!
I went on a fall baking frenzy last weekend!
wait, you were in austin?!! i should have met up with you!!
Abby @ Change of Pace
Just on a layover!
Believe me- if I’m in Austin, I’m tracking down one of your fitness classes and sweating it out with you!
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
I love that photo of the tea and the “pause” tag. I’ve been drinking more tea now that it’s cooler, usually in the morning. I love the idea of making a 3pm tea time a habit. And YUM to those muffins!
Lisa @ RunWiki
What I wouldn’t do to have a cup of tea and one of these muffins with you! They looks fabulous! on another note:
Have you ever tried baking or cooking with Date sugar? I bought some the other day and have been experimenting, it is not very powerful, which works, because I don’t like things to be very sweet.. I find it goes great in some things and horrible in others. Wondering if you found a good recipe to use it with?
oh yes, i love that stuff. I find it’s good to use in biscuits or cornbread to make them a tad bit sweet, ya know?
COme have tea with me, please!
I love the idea of tea time being a time to slow down. We could all use a little of that in our days. Love the recipe of course! Looks so delicious!
i know. I have to remind myself too!
Ooh never heard of this flour before – but love chickpeas!
it’s delicious. Kinda like using an almond meal or coconut flour
Ive never ever ever used chickpea flour!!
but I bet they have it at Trader Joes, yes?
yep yep. It’s basically socca, just another term for the flour. TJ’s should have it and so does bob red mill.
Linz @ Itz Linz
YUM!! these look fantastic!! i haven’t done much fall baking yet, but soon!!
they are perfect for school too! snack and tea after a long day, right?
Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
I love afternoon tea! I want to implement a tea break at my office because it’s so relaxing. I’ve been meaning to break open some chickpea flour and this might just be the recipe!
we need to have tea together then! get your office to buy a kettle.
Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
I’ve never used chickpea flour before, but I think I need to buy some because these muffins sound wonderful!
oh yes you do! perfect to share with husband too!
Heather (Where's the Beach)
I think you need to bring some of those over this afternoon. I’ll pull out the tea 😉
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
I will bring the butter and fruit! Wait for me!!!
i will wait fr you any day! will you bring the waffle maker? haha