Moist & Luscious Maple Fruit Muffins

Sue from Perth, Western Australia writes:

Hello Kurma, do you have a vegan muffin recipe?”

muffin:

My reply: Here it is!

Moist & Luscious Maple Fruit Muffins

Our test kitchen crew couldn’t believe it when I disclosed to them that these muffins were completely dairy-free and almost totally fat-free. They are also egg-free, but certainly not taste-free, and their texture has to be experienced to be believed. Makes 12 muffins.

1 cup pitted semi-dried California dates, chopped
½ cup maple syrup or mild honey
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
grated rind and juice of 2 oranges
3 green apples, peeled and grated
3 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sultanas
½ cup walnuts, chopped
optional low-fat cottage cheese, honey & cinnamon to serve

Preheat the oven to 180° C / 350° F.

Combine the dates, maple syrup or honey, bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup water in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Fold together the remaining ingredients, and stir in the date mixture. Mix well and spoon into 12 non-stick muffin tins.

Bake for 25- 30 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and fully cooked. Serve the muffins warm or at room temperature with the optional cottage cheese, honey and cinnamon.

Posted by Kurma on 12/1/10; 7:10:31 AM

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