A Delicious Gluten Free Recipe
As an herbalist, I love all things herbs. I use them to heal, and I since I love to cook, I use many herbs in cooking. I enjoy creating recipes that are unique, and as some would say “very unusual”. This recipe combines my love of herbs, and my “unusual” creativity with food.
I had read about making red clover flour in some wild edibles book years ago. In my younger years, I was bound and determined to “live off the land”. I read all the books I could get my hands on at my local library on how to find, cook and eat wild edibles. I was on my way to becoming the female version of Euell Gibbons. I had dreams of my kids and I packing up our country life, and head for a life in the Alaskan bush. No, we never did make it to Alaska, but my delight and interest in wild edible (free) has remained.You can often find us picking clover, dandelion, sumac and other wild edibles. Never tried them? You’re missing out on some great free food.
When picking clover the other day for my teas and other products, I figured “why not”. It was about time I tried to make that sweet flour I had read about all those years ago. I picked about 4 cups of extra flowers, and set about to drying enough to make some flour.
I made a batch of mini muffins and we enjoyed them. We needed more evidence. We needed someone to taste them that doesn’t usually eat from their lawn. We brought them over to some friends at the local library, and they were a big hit. They went back for seconds! This was a good sign.
Red clover, is also known as sweet clover, and when the deliciously sweet smell wafts through the air as it drys in the dehydrator, you’ll understand why. That same sweetness is infused into the muffins via the flour.
If you are Gluten sensitive or have gluten intolerance, then this is a great recipe for you to try. It’s nutritious, and delicious, which can sometimes be hard to find for people with a wheat allergy or have Celiac disease.
Red Clover Mini Muffins Ingredients
- 1 medium egg
- 1/4 cup red clover flour
- 3/4 cup rice flour
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup red clover flower infusion
- 1 tsp confectioners sugar, optional for topping
Red Clover Flour
How To Make Red Clover Flour
- Pick about 4 cups of fresh red clover flower. Rinse, and let air dry, or dry in the sun for a few hours
- Dry in a dehydrator, or low temp oven until completely dry.
- Place dried flowers into a blender or food processor. Blend until fine.
- Sift to get out any larger pieces. You can use in a tea, or toss in the compost pile.
- Measure out 1/4 cup of red clover flour
- Store any left over flour in a tight sealing jar. A canning jar works well for this.
How To Make A Red Clover Infusion
- Pick 1 cup of fresh red clover flower.
- Place in coffee cup or other heat proof container.
- Pour hot water over flowers.
- Let steep 15 minutes.
Let’s Make Some Muffins
- Make a red clover infusion and set aside for 10 minutes.
- Beat the egg in medium size bowl.
- Add dry ingredients into a separate bowl and mix well; sugar, rice flour, red clover flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Add infusion to egg mixture and mix well.
- Add dry ingredients to egg and infusion mixture.
- Beat well by hand, or on a low speed mixer.
- Using spoon, spoon batter into muffin pan.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. If making larger muffins see time adjustments below.
Adjustments For Larger Muffins
If you don’t have a mini muffin pan, you can use a regular sized muffin pan. You will just have to adjust the cooking times as below:
- 6 large muffins will take about 12-15 minutes
- 4 medium muffins will take about 10-12 minutes
These times will vary depending on your oven temperature. Muffin is done when a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be careful not to burn the bottom of the muffins.
You can use decorative muffin cups for a party or other affair.
Health Benefits of Red Clover
Red clover is gluten free, and is a source of vitamins, minerals and nutrients for the body. Red clover contains Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B3, calcium, chromium, magnesium and phosphorus. It also contains a rich source of isoflavones.
Vitamin C helps to support the bodies immune system. It is an antioxidant, and helps the protect the body against stress.
Vitamin B3, is one of the eight B vitamins. Also known as niacin, this vitamin helps convert our food into fuel. Niacin helps to improve circulation, and has been used to lower cholesterol since the 1950’s.
Calcium is an important part of a healthy diet. Our bodies need it for strong bones, and healthy teeth. It is also important for other bodily functions such as muscles and muscle contractions.
Potassium is an essential nutrient for our body. It works to keep the heart functioning properly, as well as the kidneys, muscles, nerves and helps with proper digestion. The foods we eat usually provide us with enough potassium. There are certain circumstances where supplements could be needed.
Chromium, magnesium and phosphorus are trace elements that are required in small amounts by our bodies. Chromium helps enhance the action of insulin. Magnesium is needed for bones and cell health. Phosphorus plays a key role in how the body stores and uses energy. It also helps filter out waste in the kidneys.