Fruit and Veggie Muffins


I have done little baking here and I must add some recipes.  I made these wonderful muffins, using my food processor to do the chopping, making this an easy recipe to achieve.  I debated making mini muffins because they are so cute  but there is so much goodness in these, I decided on the full size.  

Pears and carrots may sound odd together but they are not.  They went together like peanut butter and jelly and were much more delicious.

Making muffins always presents a problem for me.  There are so many muffins, I want to make, with a multitude of combinations of ingredients.  When, I decide to make one, I can’t make a decision.  I really wanted to make a cheesy muffin and owe myself that opportunity.

Fruit and Veggie Muffins  (adapted from Recipe for Living)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups. shredded cored, peeled pears
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries  (the food processor did not do a great job chopping these but it makes no difference)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2-1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Canola oil

Method:

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, mix pears, cranberries, carrots, and nuts  Stir gently to combine.

Sift dry ingredients.  Add to sugar mixture and stir well.

Stir in eggs and oil and mix gently but thoroughly.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes; remove to wire rack.

 Makes 12 large muffins.

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Butternut Squash Muffins

Where is my counter?

There are times, when the kitchen seems to be overflowing, in butternut squash.  I am not sure what possesses me to stock up on squash but it is not a bad idea because we get to eat wonderful squash dishes.   I am think about what to do with the “giant” squash, sitting on my counter.  I was thinking of making a kugel and this would be an interesting one.  I have made sweet potato kugels and they are delicious so this would also, probably be good.  I am wondering if I may have made one, in the past, and have forgotten it.  Not a good sign.

This almost has no fat in it which is a major bonus for any of us who are attempting to eat a little more healthily or a lot more.

Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

1/2 pound peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash

 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

3/4 cup Soy or Almond Milk

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon margarine, melted

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F . Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan.

2. In a medium saucepan with enough water to cover, boil squash 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and puree in a food processor.  (You can cook this in your microwave for less time, if you are lucky enough, to have one.)

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, white sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice.

4. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together Almond Milk, egg and margarine. Stir in squash. Fold the squash mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.

5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling cups about 1/2 full. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from muffin pan and cool on a wire rack.

Cinnamon Minis

I had about a half hour to bake something which meant I needed a quick baking item.  Immediately, muffins came to mind  but I was not sure,  I could even pull that off.  Then, I thought of my minis, the tiniest of minis.  In a muffin pan that usually holds six muffins, these hold 12 shaped cakes, as tiny as can be.  They would bake even faster.
I used a recipe from Taste of Home for Cinnamon Muffins, adapted the recipe slightly and made these adorable little gems.
The star-shaped mini below is really a tin, I did not have enough batter for.  I put in a little and got this flat cutie.  It was thick enough to taste good.
Cinnamon Minis        
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free flour mix or all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Rice milk

There is a topping in the original recipe but I had no time to make it.
Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix oil  and sugar well. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; add to sugar mixture alternately with Rice milk until well combined.
  • Fill greased miniature shapes 2/3rds  full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins – Barefoot Contessa Family Style

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Cook Time:   25 min

Serves:   18 muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 8 tablespoons oil

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 8 ounces (about 1 cup) sour cream

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 18 paper liners in muffin pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the oil and beat for another 2 minutes.  With the mixer on low-speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low-speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a sharp thin knife blade comes out clean.

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