One Minute Mesquite Muffin – Gluten Free

No, this post is not about snarfing down a mesquite muffin in a minute or less. It is about making a muffin that cooks in one minute! Providing you have a microwave.

One Minute Muffin (OMM) Journey

Uncle Smokey worked for many years with a wonderful man who, along with his sweet wife, fostered a number of children. Feeding large hungry hordes of small children – a number of them with food allergies – and getting them off to school in the morning was a challenge until they discovered the original recipe for this “One Minute Muffin,” or OMM. He used to joke that their morning manta was not “om” but rather “OMM.”

Uncle Smokey shared the recipe with me, and I promptly started experimenting with different gluten-free flours, starting (of course) with mesquite. This is my favorite.


One Minute Mesquite Muffin

1/8 cup mesquite flour
1/8 cup flax seed meal
1/2 teaspoon alum-free baking powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon oil – choice (olive oil, butter, coconut oil)
1 egg
optional: 1 tablespoon sweetening (honey, molasses, sugar)

Molasses, or maybe some mesquite honey. This is the last of the mesquite honey I bought from Jim Hawk of blessed memory.

Use a microwave safe mug or pyrex measuring cup, sprayed with cooking spray.
Mix the dry ingredients.
Add the wet ones.
Stir well. (Get that egg all mixed in.)
Microwave for 1 minute.
Remove from the cooking dish right away.

Quadruple This!

Quadruple this for a fine cake.

I find it much easier to quadruple this recipe and cook it in a loaf pan* for a loaf OMM cake. Its easy to cut this into chunks you can wrap in a paper towel and grab to munch as you drive off on daily tasks. Or, you can fancy it up and take to a pot luck as a dessert offering.

* make sure this is a glass loaf pan – not a metal one.

Quadruple Ingredients – Not Quadruple Minutes

In a loaf pan, this cooks for less time than quadruple time. Depends on your microwave of course, but generally 3½ minutes.

Fancy it up with some powdered sugar or icing and take it to a potluck.

OMM Shared Widely

Since 2016, we have partnered with the Desert Legume Program (DELEP) at the Tucson Festival of Books. We are over in the Science City section of the Festival in “The Science of Food” tent. I made the OMM loaf cakes and shared samples with the public. I purposefully did not add any sweetening for those because we wanted people to taste how sweet mesquite can be on its own. We handed out this recipe – over 1000 copies per year!  Hopefully many people are now making this quick and easy desert dessert – or breakfast.

More about the Desert Legume Program on their official U of A site.
 You can also visit Friends of DELEP on Facebook

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Featured image:  OMM in a loaf pan with toasted barrel cactus seeds for a tasty and crunchy treat.

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