Recipe: Mochachocarula Muffins

I recently had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on safari in southern Africa. A safari guide and tracker introduced me to a delicious drink called the mochachocarula: coffee, hot cocoa powder, and the South African cream liqueur Amarula. While getting out muffin ingredients today, I remembered the drink and used it as inspiration. Read more …

Recipe: Pumpkin-Almond Chocolate Chip Muffins (Vegan)

The last time I baked muffins was the last time I posted a new recipe on this blog, so I was overdue for a batch. I decided to stir up one of my old favorites, but with a different blend of flours and no added sugar. No stevia or other concentrated sweetener, either. If you consistently avoid added sugar or … Read more

Recipe: Buckwheat Chocolate-Chip Muffins (vegan, gluten-free)

Remember that zucchini glut this summer? We had so many I ended up freezing some so I wouldn’t have to deal with it. Last week, I took some grated zucchini from the freezer and made these muffins with buckwheat flour. Yum! Supplies measuring cups and spoons 1 mixing bowls and mixing spoon blender or food processor muffin tin with 12 … Read more

Recipe: Carrot-spice muffins (vegan, gluten-free)

Supplies measuring cups and spoons 1 mixing bowl blender muffin tin with 12 2½-inch cups cooling rack Ingredients 1 tablespoon oil 2 tablespoons flax seed 1¼ cup unsweetened applesauce 2¼ cup grated carrots ¾ cups buckwheat flour ½ chickpea flour ½ rice flour 2 tablespoons xylitol or sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon allspice … Read more

Recipe in a Flash: Pomegranate-Strawberry Sorbet (vegan, lactose-free)

pomegranate-strawberry sorbet (vegan, no added sugar)

Pomegranates go on sale this time of year, so I froze some along with the applesauce I made recently for a rich sorbet. I love how it turned out—delicious, creamy and pomegranate-y. Ingredients ¾ cubes of frozen unsweetened applesauce* ¾ frozen strawberries ½ frozen pomegranate seeds, plus a few for sprinkling 1 tablespoon almonds 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk Freeze the … Read more

Buckwheat harvest muffins (vegan, grain-free)

cranberry buckwheat pumpkin muffins

I was in the mood for something reflecting the local harvest. So I threw together muffins featuring acorn squash, cranberries, apples, and buckwheat—plus cinnamon, a traditional autumn spice. These were moist and have an addictive flavor. If you want a more mild buckwheat flavor, substitute half with wheat flour or gluten-free flour mix. Supplies measuring cups and spoons 2 mixing bowls … Read more

Cherry-almond muffins (grain-free, vegan)

sherry almond gluten-free muffins

I made sauce out of some of the cherries I picked this summer. I often use applesauce in muffins, but decided to experiment with cherry sauce in this batch. They gave these muffins a slight pink tinge that the camera didn’t really pick up. If you don’t have access to cherry sauce, just purée some frozen cherries in a blender or … Read more

Recipe in a Flash: Black Raspberry Nice Cream (Vegan)

Black Raspberry Nice Cream (Vegan)

Ingredients 1 cup cubes of frozen applesauce 1/2 cup frozen cherries 1/2 cup cup frozen black raspberry 15 almonds 1/8 teaspoon Truvia (1/2 packet) Instructions Reserving a few pomegranate seeds aside, put everything else in a blender or food processor (see my previous post for thoughts on blenders) and turn to high power following your blender manufacturer’s instructions. Use the blender’s tamper … Read more