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Pumpkin Honey Wheat Muffin

Yield: 24

1 cup raisins
3 cups whole wheat flour or spelt grain flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup honey or 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup organic brown rice syrup
1/2 organic molasses
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 24 cup muffin pan, or line with paper liners. Place the raisins in a cup, and add enough hot water to cover. Let stand for a few minutes to plump.

In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid mixer, stir together the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Place in eggs, pumpkin, bananas, honey, and molasses. Mix just until the dry ingredients are absorbed. Drain excess water from raisins, and stir in along with the walnuts. Spoon into muffin cups so they are about 1/8″ from the top.

Bake for 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan before removing from cups.

The combo of the banana, pumpkin, molasses and honey will make this a very rich, moist, hearty and healthy muffin. The pumpkin, molasses, and raisins add a combo of vitamins like Vitamin A, B3, B4. B6 and iron, plus the walnuts add Omega-3s and protein.

Gingersnaps1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
1 large egg
1/3 c molasses

2 c flour (more if dough is sticky)
2 t baking soda
2 t ginger
1 t cinnamon

Sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine butter and sugar. Add eggs and molasses one by one. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Roll into small 1″ balls, or .5 oz, roll in sugar, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.