Maple-Bacon Muffins

I don’t know what it is about the combination of maple and pork, but it is soooo stinking good! These muffins are amazing! They’re sweet and meaty with chunks of caramelized bacon bits and maple syrup. Not only is there maple syrup in the batter, but you drizzle it over the tops of the muffins for an even more intense maple flavor. Caramelizing the bacon bits really enhances the flavor and adds a sweet kick to these! They’re moist and fluffy, and even the leftovers are really good! They do take a little work to make, but I took the lazy prego shortcut and used the pre-cooked bacon bits from Costco and just heated them up in a skillet with the brown sugar and caramelized them that way…whatever works right!?  So, if you have a meat-lovin’ man in your life, or favor the sweet & savory combo, these are really gonna hit the spot! They scored big points with hubby and are prego taste-bud approved, so give em a try and enjoy! 🙂

Maple-Bacon Muffins (Printable Version)
Maple-Bacon-Muffins
Ingredients:
Caramelized bacon bits:
(6 slices of bacon+ 6 teaspoons of light brown sugar)
1 cup gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup + 1½ teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup almond milk + dash lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F.

Make caramelized bacon bits:
Cut 6 slices of bacon into small pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until half-cooked. Drain fat. Add 6 teaspoons light brown sugar. Stir and continue stirring over heat until bacon bits are cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Combine flour, gum, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center. Add egg, canola oil, milk, and 1/3cup of the maple syrup. Whisk the batter until well blended. Fold in the bacon bits, reserving enough to sprinkle over the muffin tops.

Coat 6 muffin cups and top of muffin pan with non-stick spray. Divide batter among the 6 sprayed muffin cups. Sprinkle the reserved caramelized bacon bits over the top of each cup’s batter and drizzle ¼ teaspoon of maple syrup on top of each muffin.

Bake 15 minutes (mini-muffins: 8 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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