Saturday, August 7, 2010

First Post Ever! + Gingery Blueberry-Pear Oat Muffins (Vegan, GF)

First post ever...here it goes! 

So we decided to start a blog as sort of an outlet for our obsession with food and healthy eating. We are constantly thinking of new vegan and sketch-free recipes. We make dishes that are completely organic and natural. Some of the posts you will see on our blog are reviews of recipes as well as recipes inspired by other blogs or sources that have been tweaked by us in order to make it more natural but we will also have originals created by us! We are looking forward to sharing our "healthy" obsession with you!



1 1/2 cups Gluten-free Flour Blend (see substitutes tab)
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup turbinado or sucanat sugar (add more applesauce if using sucanat)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup peeled, diced pear

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper cups. Mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats in a large mixing bowl. Combine syrup, sugar, applesauce and ginger in a separate bowl. Combine the two mixtures, then add blueberries and pear. They don't rise a whole lot, so when you spoon them into the muffin cups be very generous! Top with oats and bake for 24-26 min (toothpick should come out clean). Makes 10-12 muffins.

    Silly Ely! Muffins are for kids!
    We found this recipe on happyherbivore.com as Vegan, Fat-Free Whole Wheat Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins. We added pears and used finely chopped fresh ginger instead of dried. Also to make them gluten-free we replaced the pastry flour with a blend of rice, oat and buckwheat flour (recipe can be found under the "substitutes" tab). We couldn't believe how moist and soft these muffins turned out considering there is no oils or eggs and they weren't your typical crumbly, dry vegan baked goods. You could also make a banana nut version by replacing half the applesauce with mashed banana. Yummers! :)

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