Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recipe for Today: Apple Hemp Muffins (vegan, wheat-free, and oil-free)

Apple Hemp Muffins wheat-free, oil-free, soy-free.  (By Dreena)

Moist, lightly spiced muffins with the added nutrition of hemp seed nuts. These are easy and quick, and sure to please both kids and adults!

1 1⁄2 cups whole-grain spelt flour
1 cup oat flour 3/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1⁄4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp ground cardamom (can substitute freshly grated nutmeg)
1 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
3⁄4 cup plain or vanilla non-dairy milk
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins or chopped raw banana spears (use kitchen shears or knife to cut in small pieces about size of raisins)

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, sifting in the baking powder and baking soda. Stir through until well combined. In another bowl, combine applesauce, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, and vanilla, and mix together. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and gently fold and mix through, until just combined (do not overmix). Spoon the mixture into a muffin pan lined with cupcake liners (this will fill 12 muffins quite full). Bake for 24-25 minutes (less time for smaller muffins, longer for larger), until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (See notes above about cooling to help remove from liner.) Makes 12 large muffins.

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