Thursday, March 17, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Although India's Naturopath said that she is MUCH better now, we have to slowly reintroduce the previously restricted foods into her diet.  Therefore, I am still creating foods that stick to her diet (and frankly do us all the world of good as they have no dairy, wheat, refined sugar...after all it is only a couple of weeks until we head down to Mexico and have to squeeze our winter bodies into bathing suits!!!)
 I found this recipe in the "Get It Ripe" vegan cookbook by Jae Steele and all of the family LOVED them!!!

2 cups spelt flour (or 1 brown rice & 1 quinoa like I used!)
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 medium apple, peeled & diced
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp EVOO (or sunflower oil)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Prepare a 12 cup muffin tray with paper liners or a light coating of oil (I have silicone muffin trays so I didn't do either!)
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl combine the raisins, apples, applesauce, milk, syrup, oil and vinegar (this will help rehydrate your raisins a little so they aren't so chewy)
  • Add the liquids to the flour mixture and gently stir with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until just combined.*
  • Portion the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 20 to 22 minutes until the tops are golden brown and domed and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • ENJOY!! 
*Ensure that you stir your batter gently as over-mixing can cause gluten to develop in the batter and your muffins won't rise as well.  Spelt has gluten but the amount is so minor that your body can process it much easier than if it were wheat flour!
**Make sure you remove the muffins from the tray 5 minutes after they've been removed from the oven - this will ensure that humidity doesn't build up in the bases of your muffins and cause them to become 'gluey'.
***You can also add flax or poppy seeds or chopped almonds or walnuts to the batter as well!!!

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