Wednesday, April 1, 2020

No April Fooling...Hulk Muffins gluten-free #recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

No fooling. I really am offering a book giveaway.  See below.

As we say goodbye to Ellie Alexander as a regular, please welcome the fabulous Leslie Karst.  Leslie will be joining us starting in May.  Leslie writes the popular Sally Solari Culinary Mysteries.  We'll make a proper introduction when Leslie posts her first blog for you.

And, now, back to it being April 1.

No fooling. There is really something called a Hulk Muffin.  How do I know? I searched for a recipe and found dozens of these, all made with spinach. The comic character The Hulk was green, after all. What is a Hulk muffin? Something your kids will say "ew" to because they're green inside, but then gobble them down.

Why?  Because the banana and chocolate make them yummy. Really. Trust me. Or at least trust the Hulk.  LOL

What would I do differently with the recipe I made?  I used whole leaf spinach. It did not break down as I'd hoped and I often got an entire strand of spinach in a bite. Ew, indeed!  In the future, I would use chopped frozen spinach or mince the whole leaf kind before using in the future. And yes, I will make these again.

BUT . . . before I share the recipe, I'm very excited to say I have a new Cookbook Nook Mystery coming out in a few weeks. SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE. Why not share that now since I'm talking about chopped veggies, right?

The denizens of Crystal Cove are salivating over the upcoming Food Bowl Week, when local chefs offer some of their best and most imaginative creations in bite-size portions all over town. Bookstore proprietor Jenna Hart is hungry to sample as many of the delicacies as she can, but when she stumbles onto the dead body of a local food reporter and learns that her best friend’s husband is the primary suspect, she’ll have to summon the appetite for a side dish of sleuthing to prove his innocence.


Hulk Muffins – GLUTEN-FREE 
Yield: 12-16 muffins or 3 mini loafs

I know I found this recipe using regular flour online, but I can’t figure out where. There are many variations. This version is gluten-free. If you want to make it using regular flour, simply swap out the GF flour and remove the xanthan gum and whey powder.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon whey powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen spinach, cooked and drained well!!
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, plus a few more

Line muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar on medium speed. Add in eggs and beat well.

In a separate medium bowl sift together gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, whey powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

Add the gluten-fee flour mixture and sour cream alternately to the butter mixture, mixing well on low.

Add in the mashed bananas and vanilla. Stir until combined.

If you didn’t use chopped spinach, then chop it now in a food processor, and then add to the batter.

Stir in chocolate chips.

For gluten-free muffins, it’s important to grease the liners. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour batter into liners or mini loaf pans. Top with the extra chocolate chips.

Bake muffins 18-22 minutes  or mini loaves 28-30 minutes.  *If you use a large loaf pan, cook 45-50 minutes…or until an inserted toothpick into the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Wish I'd used chopped spinach.


Today I'm giving away an advanced reader 
You don't have to review it, but if you want to, feel free on Goodreads, 
Amazon or Barnes and Noble, once the book releases, April 21.
Have you ever read an ARC? Do you pass on the news to a friend? 
Leave your email so I can contact you should you win.

Don't forget to order the first book in my new Fairy Garden mystery series,
A SPRINKLING OF MURDER, coming June 2020.
You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE
Plus I've posted a few of my fairy gardens.

And here is my latest suspense novel ...

Order FAN MAIL, the second in series, trade paperback and e-book: HERE

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  1. I have won an ARC and donated it to the neighborhood little library.

  2. I have read a lot of ARCs. When I am done, I usually donate them to the library.
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

  3. I have won arcs before. When I'm done reading the book, I've given them to friends who want to read them or given them to a friend who owns a non-profit library. Thanks for introducing me to Hulk muffins, I had never heard of those before.

  4. I spread the word on line but my real life friends don't like mystery books. I know, crazy, right? But they're nice people otherwise. Thanks for the chance to win. I love this series. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. This recipe sounds pretty good. I wonder if kale would work as well?

    It's been a long, long time since I've had an ARC. If I enjoy a book I share the information, usually on Facebook.

    k maslowski at fuse dot net

    1. Karen, I bet kale would work. It's a little tougher than spinach, so you might have to cook it longer and then insert? Not sure. I'm not a kale eater. LOL ~ Daryl

  6. congrats on your book coming out soon. i love this cover. i love the name of this muffin. LOL thanks for sharing the recipe. i need try this. yes i have read ARC books and love to review. and yes i pass on books to friends. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  7. My niece has celiac disease, so I'll definitely make some of these muffins for her! Thanks for having these wonderful giveaways! Stay safe❤

    1. Heidi, I'm celiac, too, and always looking for new fun gluten-free recipes. ~ Daryl

  8. I would love to win the ARC and would pass it along to my book group after I read it. The muffins look delicious. I appreciate the recipe complete with photos. I will hang on to it as my supply of spinach is finished. Last month I would be running out to the store to get a batch. Stay well!

  9. I always pass on great reads to friends and leave a review. The muffins look really good. Thanks for the chance.

  10. My daughter would love those muffins.i always leave reviews. Good luck with the new release.💓

  11. I have won a few ARCs. After I finish, I pass them to my cousin. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  12. These look great and something I could make for the kids and "sneak" in something healthy for them! LOVE the cover of this book. Yes, I've reviewed ARC's before and review on different sites as well as share with my sisters and friends. Thanks so much for the chance!

    1. Tami, isn't it a cute cover? Love Tigger on his hind legs. ~ Daryl

  13. I have won 1-2 ARC books. I review them and pass onto friends at my book club. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  14. I don't believe I have read any of these , so hope I win!

  15. Congratulations on the upcoming release; I will definitely be looking for it!
    I don’t have many people to pass books along to, plus I tend to keep my books. LOL
    dm_richards (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. The recipe looks interesting. I usually make veggie breakfast muffins with spinach. I love reading ARCs, I pass them on to fellow librarians. teenlibn (at) hotmail (dot) com

  17. I pass it on at a little library by the dentist office, after my sisters, daughter and mom read it. I like to have people read it too. Thank you for the chance the recipe looks and sounds delicious. Plus good for you.💜

    1. Donamae, that's a good group of readers. ~ Daryl

  18. I forgot to post it.😊

  19. When I get an Arc I review it as positively as possible. suefoster109 at gmail dot dot com

  20. I read as many ARCs as I can and let my other reader buddies know about them.

  21. I have read a few ARCs and have left reviews on Amazon and B&N. Thanks for the gluten free recipe! jwhite410(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  22. I have read a few ARCs. After I've read my books, I pass them on to my Sister and then we share them with our friends. My favorite cookie is a chocolate chip cookie.

  23. I have read a few ARCs. If asked by the author or publisher not to share, I don't. Otherwise I pass it around to friends and then to the VA