Well, hello there! Long time no see! And I have missed you so much! Between Thanksgiving Travel and travel to a Conference, I have had zero time to bake! These¬†Pluot Upside Down Muffins have been in my brain for awhile, just begging to come to life. Finally! The day has come;) Yep, that’s me, baking on a Friday night. I lead a wild and crazy life, I know!

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You’ve had Pineapple Upside Down Cake right? Me too! It was a childhood Favorite! My Pluot Upside Down Muffins are my take on a classic dessert. As usual, I used a Gluten Free Flour as the base. But this time, I used Apple Sauce as my binder-a throwback to Julian’s early childhood days when we discovered he was allergic to eggs. I used Apple Sauce as an Egg replacer in everything!

Pluot Upside Down Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/vegan-pluot-upside-down-muffins/

Never heard of a Pluot? It’s a cross between a Plum and an Apricot. To be specifc, 1/4 Apricot and 3/4 Plum. They are sweet deliciousness. Plumcots are another Apricot/Plum Hybrid. However, they are not as sweet. If you can’t find Pluots at your local grocer, Plums would work better than an Apricots for this recipe.

Pluot Upside Down Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/vegan-pluot-upside-down-muffins/

As I often do, I bake using what I have on hand. And I’ve had a drawer full of Pluots in my fridge being ignored in favor of Persimmons;) Sadly, by the time I cut into these, only one was edible. Boo! Wasted food is a pet peeve of mine. But the good thing is, you only need one Pluot for this recipe.

Pluot Upside Down Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/vegan-pluot-upside-down-muffins/

Slicing around the pit can be challenging. But you can do it! I have faith in you! If you have a really good, sharp knife, you should be able to get nice, thin slices.

Make sure when you spoon the batter into the muffin cups, you press down a bit to saturate the Pluot Slices with the batter.

Pluot Upside Down Muffins

Pluot Upside Down Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/vegan-pluot-upside-down-muffins/

Upside Down Pluot Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

6 muffins

Upside Down Pluot Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 C GF Flour
  • 1 Pluot
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1 C Brown Sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 C Apple Sauce
  • 1/2 C Rice Milk*
  • 2 TBSP Vegan Butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  2. Prepare muffin tin with nonstick spray
  3. Slice the Pluot into thin slices being mindful of the pit
  4. Place a slice of the Pluot into the bottom of each muffin cup
  5. Melt the butter with 1/2 C Brown sugar
  6. Pour evenly over each slice of Pluot
  7. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
  8. Gently fold in the wet ingredients
  9. Stir just until all ingredients are incorporated
  10. Spoon the mixture over each Pluot
  11. Gently press down
  12. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

*You can sub any non-diary milk **Wait until the muffins are completely cooled before trying to remove from the tin.

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Enjoy!

“The universe never asked you to struggle. It is simply answering your moods.” ~Abraham Hicks

Keep Well,

Marla