Friday, January 16, 2015

Maple Pecan Muffins

I'm learning that it doesn't take much to turn a pancake into a muffin.  And, for me, muffins are infinitely less tedious.  Who has time to stand there babysitting pancakes 3 at a time?

This recipe started out as the pancake recipe from the back of a bag of FunFresh Foods almond flour. 
The first thing I did was convert from measuring by cup to going by weight. (I really can't stand dealing with messy measuring cups!)
Here's a summary of the transformation from pancake to muffin:

180 g almond flour90 g pecan meal
60 g almond flour
30 g cashew meal
82 g agave nectar82 g maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda3/4 tsp baking soda
n/a1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
n/a28 g melted coconut oil
n/a4 to 8 grams Teff grain, chia seed, rice flour, whatever
n/achopped pecans for topping

Here's what stayed the same:

2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
116 g. water (4 ounces)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 (f).
  2. Line 24 mini muffin cups with liners, then spray with coconut oil or other non-stick spray.
  3. Use wire whisk or fingers to mix pecan meal, almond flour, cashew meal, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt  in a small bowl until well-combined.
  4. whisk maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl together until well-combined.
  5. Whisk in the eggs, then the water.
  6. Whisk in dry ingredients. I do this in stages to ensure more even incorporation.
  7. If the mixture looks too runny, stir in the Teff, chia, or whatever.  Teff has a nice nutty flavor, and adds a little bit of poppyseed-like crunch.  If you don't like that texture, then just add a little of whatever you like.  It will still be a bit runnier than normal muffin batter, but that's OK.
  8. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 to 7/8 full.  If you have a little batter left, just bake it in a lined custard cup (or two).
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes.  Tops will spring back when lightly touched, and a toothpick will come out with a crumb or two.
  10. Remove from muffin tins and cool thoroughly on wire rack.  The texture is best at room temperature.

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