Psyllium husk substitution in muffins

ovenbirdJuly 14, 2012

I want to try this recipe but do not have psyllium husk. I'm at a loss as to what to substitute and have not had any luck searching online. Any suggestions?

Tangelo Cheesecake Muffins (chocolate chilli mango)

Makes 10 standard muffins or 15 financier (friand)

300 grams low-fat cottage cheese (drier, not runny) or quark

185 grams liquid egg whites (or 3 large eggs plus 1 egg white)

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon extract

105 millilitres fresh tangelo juice (from 1 large tangelo)

grated zest of 1 tangelo

150 grams almond meal

20 grams psyllium husks

90 grams Natvia (or preferred stevia blend sweetener)*

1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free)

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

*If you prefer, substitute about 100 - 115 grams of sugar, depending on how sweet you like your muffins. This will increase both the total carb count as well as the sugars in the macros.

Preheat the oven to 180ðC. If using silicon muffin or financier molds, there is no need to line the molds. If using standard muffin or financier pans, line with cupcake or financier liners or grease with preferred spray or brush with a little oil of choice. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the cottage cheese (or quark) and egg whites (or whole eggs). Whisk together until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and tangelo juice, and whisk until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, add the tangelo zest, almond meal, psyllium, sweetener, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well until combined and there are no lumps.

Add the wet mixture to the dry. Use a fork to very quickly and lightly combine the ingredients.

Do. Not. Over. Mix. We're making muffins, not meringue

Having a light touch when deliberately under mixing muffin batter will result in wonderfully light muffins. Beating the life out of the batter will only make you cry when you take your first bite. Now that we're all on the same page...

Divide the batter between the muffin or financier molds. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes until well risen and golden. Do not over bake. They will puff up with lovely domes and then fall a little because they're cheesecake muffins

Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before removing from their molds and serving. They will keep for up to a week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

They are lovely served warm on their own or split and served with fruit and yoghurt or with your favourite chocolate spread.

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lindac

Psyllium seed husk is a source of fiber....to promote regularity.
That's what Metamucil is....you could likely substitute that....or maybe oat bran.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 1:50PM
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centralcacyclist

Or ground flax seed.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 2:09PM
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ovenbird

So you think the psyllium husks just add fiber and have no other purpose?

I do have ground flax seed so maybe I'll use that.

Thanks for the quick input!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 2:27PM
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lindac

But flax seed contains fat and carbs....don 't know if it would make a difference.....
Also the psyllium would act as sort of a glue to hold the muffins together as there is no flour.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 2:30PM
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ovenbird

I think the amount of flax seed will not make much of a difference re: fat and carbs. And I'm hoping the eggs will be the glue! We'll see...

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 3:05PM
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lbpod

Both Lindac and myself use Metamucil, for a reason.
Try it, you'll like it.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 4:21PM
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ovenbird

I wish I lived closer to my sister...she uses Metamucil too!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 4:26PM
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lindac

I don't use metamucil....but my grandmother did.
When you add water it looks like that stuff inside of an overnight extra absorbent diaper.
The eggs will provide one sort of glue....but the psyllium provides substance, which flax seed doesn't doo. You add water to ground flax and it stays the same....you add water to psyllium husks and it swells into a gelatinous mass.
It's a key ingredient....I wouldn't try that recipe without.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 5:57PM
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centralcacyclist

Ground chia seeds might do the trick.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 6:20PM
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ovenbird

I've got some chia seeds I could grind up. I also have Hi-Maize fiber (not flour)...might that work too?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 8:56PM
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lindac

You know there are certain things that you can sub in recipes and no one will know....but for a little different taste. Doesn't effect the tecture or size or much else. Things like chopped dried apricots for raisins or for dried peaches, pecans for walnuts, milk and a bit of lemon for sour cream....but with something like this....I wouldn't try it.
If, as I suspect, it turns out to be a dense soggy "thing"....you will have wasted almond flour, tangelo juice, cottage cheese and about 3 eggs.
I would save the experimentation for something where the outcome is more promising and the potential for high dollar waste isn't so great.
But....if the prospect of tossing all that stuff isn't an issue....then go for it and perhaps we all can learn.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 9:15PM
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centralcacyclist

My advice was off the cuff for both items but I just did a search and found this on a gluten free baking site:

"Binders
If xantham gum, guar gum, or psyllium husk powders make your belly upset you can usually substitute with ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds. Simply substitute the same amount of ground flax or ground chia seeds as the gum or psyllium husk called for in the recipe and add twice the amount of super warm water, giving it all a good stir until it's thick, goopy, and kinda "eggy". That's it and should do the trick. So far it's been working great!"

Here is a link that might be useful: Link.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 1:02AM
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ovenbird

barnmom, you're a surfing wiz! I really did try finding this info, but with no luck.

Lindac, you have a good point re: wasting time and $$$. I'll have to give this more thought. I have about a dozen small tangerines which won't be eaten, so I thought I'd give this recipe a try. Maybe I'll boil and freeze them so they'll be ready when I want to make Nigella's clementine cake.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 6:46AM
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lbpod

Lindac, from what I've read, you are pretty damn close
to my age. So, TRY the Metamucill, and I'll bet you
LOVE it. Lemme know how it "WORKS OUT".

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 1:21PM
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lindac

Poddy....I will bet lots that I am older than you....but I'm not the "up tight sort"....thanks for the recommendation but no thanks.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 2:30PM
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centralcacyclist

This isn't about muffins anymore, is it?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 3:13PM
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cloudy_christine

We need Ewww! alerts on this forum.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 5:39PM
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