Friday, 7 November 2008

These Muffins are for -


(and Jeni Treehugger, and Courtney, as I have made them without processed sugar.)

As requested, Pumpkin Chai Muffins. These are a muffin-y muffin – moist, hearty, fragrant, and not too sweet. You’ll never mistake this one for a cupcake or find it masquerading as dessert, in fact eating these makes you feel virtuous and healthy!
Radioactivevegan's Pumpkin Chai Muffins
Makes 12

½ C Dates
¾ C Water
¾ C + 2 T Almond Milk
1 t Vanilla Extract
2 English Breakfast Teabag
2 t Cinnamon
1 t ground Ginger
¾ t Cardamon
¼ t Allspice
¼ t Black Pepper
1/8 t Cloves
¼ C Agave
¾ C Pumpkin Puree
2 T Oil
1 ¼ C Plain Flour
¾ C Whole Wheat Flour
2 T Cornstarch
2 t Baking Powder
½ t Baking Soda
½ t Salt

In a small pan soak dates in the water for at least 1 hour. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes. Stand off the heat a further 10 minutes. Mash with a fork to a paste. Hold in a large bowl at room temperature until required. (If you have less than ½ C of date paste, add unsweetened applesauce to make up the missing quantity.)
In a small saucepan bring the almond milk and vanilla just to the boil. Do not allow to actually boil. Add the tea bags and the spices (Cinnamon to Black Pepper). Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep until milk is cool (about 20 minutes). Remove the tea bag, squeezing it out and add to the date mix.
While the above are cooling – preheat oven to 375F and prepare muffin tins.
Add the agave, pumpkin puree and spiced soymilk / tea to the date mix and stir until combined.
In a separate bowl sift together the remaining ingredients. Add these to the wet ingredients and mix to just combine. Don’t over mix as pumpkin can make things gummy if mixed too much.
Spoon mix into prepared muffin tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until tests done.
Cool in tray for 5 minutes before turning onto cooling rack.

Are they what you had in mind radioactive? Would you (or Jeni or Courtney) like to make them and report back?


Courtney said...

These look great! I love using date puree as a sweetener...I just may try these with spelt flour and see how they turn out that way!


Carla said...

Courtney, I've got some spelt ones in the works too!