I had a heavy study day today and mid afternoon got the munchies for something wholesome and filling. Not being a sugar fan I rarely eat cake type foods unless its a trinity recipe, which of course have great alternative sweetness in. I did not have time to go out and get ingredients so I made these from ingredients in the cupboard, and they are delicious. So I thought I would share because there must be others out there who are trying to get away from overly processed foods but still want to make something quick, easy, filling and homey.
1&1/2 cups organic wholewheat SR flour
3/4 cup halved natural colour glace cherries
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 scant cup soft muscavado brown sugar
1 scant teasp baking powder
1 teasp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
1/4 teasp generous of mix spice
3/4 cup plain yogurt and 1/4 cup organic milk (this subs for 1 cup of buttermilk)
1/4 vegetable oil
1 large free range egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (400 F).
Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix by hand.
In a separate bowl combine the yogurt, milk, oil and egg until well mixed. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just moist.
Place fifteen small earth friendly fairy cake cases or 10 larger muffin cases in to a muffin baking tin and spoon in the mixture.
Place on middle shelf of oven and bake 15 minutes or until risen and a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool on baking rack turn out when cool enough to handle and enjoy.
GD is a complete sugar junkie and liked these muffins but added its a very ‘Cranks’ type muffin, which to me is a compliment I love cranks recipes. Julian popped by to pick up chicken feed for the newly hatched chicks at the forest school and after sampling a couple promptly secured some to take home for him and his Mrs.
I am thinking of playing around with this recipe such as substituting some alternative sweetness in my next batch like coconut sugar and adding dates instead of cherries, also trying different oils like hemp oil rather than the vegetable oil and almond milk in place of cows milk.
I like to follow recipes but more and more I am enjoying making up my own creations and learning why and what different food stuffs contribute. Anyways this is a great alternative to highly processed food and has the bonus of being packed with flax seed (linseed) a rich source of micro nutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, B1,and essential fatty acid omega 3. A good source of protein and fiber and it also uses muscavado sugar which is the least refined of all the cane sugars and still gives enough sweetness for the kids to enjoy.