In Season Spice Muffins (V,GF,Low sugar)

Whether it is the holiday season or not, these little muffins will add just enough nice spice to make your day!  20171126_142032.jpg

I had some pumpkin left from Thanksgiving goodness, so I wondered about how best to 20171126_144757.jpguse it…and since I’m preferring to go more and more Vegan, this mini-muffin-madness happened. So cute with their little muffin tops that will melt in your mouth!

They make the perfect on the go snack of shareable morsels for a get-together.  So, let’s get this recipe sharing going!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbsp freshly ground flax seeds mixed into double the amount of water
  • 1/2 small ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups of golden monkfruit (I use Lakanto)
  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour with no skin
  • 1.5 cups of gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of whole grain buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin unfiltered organic olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of ground ginger
  • choice of vanilla extract or paste
  • fun topping option: figs or dates, and nuts…maybe chocolate!?20171126_141902.jpg

  WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line muffin pans with paper lining or spray to keep from sticking
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix up flax egg
  3. Add mashed banana, flax egg, pumpkin puree, monkfruit, vanilla paste, coconut nectar, olive oil in mixer bowl and blend a bit
  4. Sift together all the rest of the dry ingredients until evenly distributed
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until batter is thick and well combined.
  6. FUN OPTION–chop up remoistened Turkish figs, nuts of choice like pecans and walnuts and stir with coconut oil and couple spoonfuls of the batter. Then mix little dollops of it on each muffin.  You can even do chocolate, but avoid the sugar if possible!
  7. this will make about 36 mini muffins, so there’s lots to go around after you bake them for 17 minutes.
  8. Test for doneness with a slim chopstick and let cool before boxing up or devouring.

BERRY GOOD RAW CHEESECAKE

wp-1474488711236.jpgBEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS TREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY OR HOUSEGUESTS…with some overnight soaking, putting this together is pretty simple! Please use only organic or local berries not sprayed with pesticides grown by farmers you know and trust.

wp-1474488711606.jpgCRUST INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup soaked and dehydrated nuts (Brazil, almonds, walnuts, & pecans are my favorite)
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut (handful extra for pan lining)
  • 1 cup gently soaked dates or raisins… or even figs–whatever suits you fancy and that is on hand
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat groats (yes, these are gluten-free)
  • dash Himalayan pink salt
  • dashes Ceylon cinnamon

 

CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups soaked Indonesian cashews (they are very buttery and creamy)
  • 1/3 cup sweet liquid (I soak monk fruit granules in water.)  Honey or maple syrup works, too.
  • 1 scant Tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or at least 1 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup warmed coconut oil

TOPPING OPTIONS:

  • fresh fruit (I like layering with jammy topping and then topping with fresh fruit
  • jammy topping of berries 1 cup and 1/4 cup dates with squeeze of lemon juice, pureed
  • option (to seal in fruit, you can add jammy topping over the fresh fruit

DIRECTIONS:

  1. pulse together crust ingredients in food processor until it sticks together but still has not crunchy texture.. this is a preference matter so do what feels appetizing to you!
  2. line your springform cake pan with parchment, then spray with coconut oil…sprinkle some of the coconut shreds on bottom for ease later
  3. press crust firmly into bottom of pan
  4. mix all cheesecake ingredients into your power blender (Vitamix or like) until smooth
  5. scoop cheesecake into pan and chill to set in freezer for a couple hours
  6. blend the topping ingredients and prep your fruit (i.e. if you are using strawberries, slice them as you want for decor or go bold and use them whole other than the green leaves, that is!)
  7. top as you like, but make sure you let the entire cake defrost before serving (about one hour room temp or several in fridge)

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    Make sure you save a slice (or 2) for yourself!

 

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WOW…This bag of Leeks had 4 which were almost as long as my arm … or as you can see… as long as my ankle-to-calf-to lower thigh in length…. really wild!

I happen to be having a bowl of leek and sweet potato soup as I write 🙂 …How did I discover this photographed leek-y wonder?!

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My list was long, but what I received via drop off at my front door blew me away… I believe it was the organic farm sampler box for 29 dollars that brought my bounty to overflowing!!!  I was not sure if I would like their products because I love grocery and farmers market shopping and the entire process of handpicking my own goodies while getting to know the people behind the produce, but I did!

This service cuts out the middle man of a grocery store and brings selected items to me.  The only down side is that the fruit I would pick would be a bit more ripe, but I understand that delivering very ripe items like nectarines and peaches would make them mushy and bruised.  So, on the days and weeks I cannot make it to the market or to see my regular farmers, this is one great option I will look forward to having as a plan B 🙂

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some of the leaves in my poorly lit photo look yellowish, but they were not really so much…!

Gosh, the asian sweet potatoes are also humongous and the cilantro is so fresh, it filled my kitchen with its peculiar fragrant scent… Love that!  The fruits and tomatoes will hangout with my avocados to ripen and soften, so I will be happy happier in a just a couple days 🙂  The cantaloupe however, was super ripe and large.. and less than $2.  YAY!

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