Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Spices Muffin


Merry Christmas everyone!
Happy Holidays!
Winter Hugs!

I thought that was such a cute little saying - "Winter Hugs" -- that one came compliments of my daughter Rachel from her new "warm" home in Vancouver, B.C.   She left the prairies this fall lured by the promise of less winter and more "big city" things to do!  Lucky for me Vancouver is only 1 hour and 10 minutes from Edmonton via WestJet or AirCanada but a whole lot further via the trail through the Rockies! (12 hours)! Hard to believe she is basking in above temperatures with greenery still abounding whilst we are shovelling our way out every second day and bundling up to keep ourselves from turning into ice statues!

Lucky for me I'm able to be indoors cooking and baking today.  Decided to make a muffin using the warm holiday spices  - nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and adding molasses in keeping with the season.

Ingredients

3/4 cup unbleached organic flour
1/4 cup oatbran flour
1/4 cup oatbran
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon golden ground flaxseed
3 tablespoons orange/mango juice
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup soy milk
1 cup finely grated carrot (about 1 large carrot)

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Stir the 3 tablespoons juice into the 3/4 cup soy milk.  Add the flaxseed, molasses, applesauce, olive oil and grated carrot.  Stir.  Combine the wet and dry together.  Using 1/4 cup measure - divide evenly between your muffin cups.  (I got 11 out of this recipe). Bake at 375 degree for about 20 - 22 minutes.

I was also busy entertaining the little elf today! Lucky for us we decided to swap last year's glass xmas balls with some inexpensive unbreakables.  He's busy decorating and re-decorating the tree and himself. The pic on the left was his take on what to do with the pointy decorations and the pic on the right was him asking for more pics of him but I arranged those jewels :O)