Now that Thanksgiving is past and we've entered into the season of Advent, it's time to break out all those favorite Christmastime recipes that typically are baked in December! Like the pumpkin we used in last week's muffin recipe (pumpkin pecan muffins), we actually enjoy a little gingerbread throughout the year and hope today's recipe will inspire you to do the same. Happy baking!
makes 12 delicious muffins
1 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 t. baking powder, aluminum free
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. sea salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1/4 t. ginger
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c. applesauce
1/4 - 1/3 c. molasses (depending on how strong you like it)
1/3 c. Rapadura sugar (optional)
1/2 c. boiling water
organic sugar to sprinkle on top, optional
Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin pan with paper baking cups. Measure flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices into a large bowl; stir with a whisk to blend. In a medium bowl, mix together egg, applesauce, melted oil, molasses, and sugar (we say the sugar is optional since we forgot to add ours (oops!) and they still turned out great!).
Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients.
Then carefully add the water...
...and stir just until blended; batter will be on the thin side.
Using an ice cream scoop, fill muffin cups about 2/3 with batter. Generously sprinkle tops of muffins with organic sugar -- optional but highly recommended!
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes; check with a toothpick to be sure they're done.
Cool in pan for a few minutes before removing muffins to wire rack.
We hope you'll enjoy these mildly-flavored gingerbread muffins! We adjusted our recipe to up the molasses from 1/4 c. to 1/3 c. for a slightly stronger flavor which we prefer (this based on recipe comments at the above link).
We would love to know if you give any of our muffin recipes a try. Let us know how they turn out or if you put a different spin on them. :)
This is the 47th installment in what will be, Lord willing, our year-long muffin adventure: Muffin Mondays! 52 Mondays, 52 Muffins. There are 5 more to come, stay tuned!
Proudly sharing this week's muffin recipe with: Mouthwatering Monday, 2 Maids a Baking, Far Above Rubies, Titus 2sday, Tasty Tuesday, Growing Home, Raising Homemakers, Let's Do Brunch, Healthy 2day Wednesdays, This Chick Cooks, and Simple Lives Thursday