Harvest Muffins

Rain, rain, and then some more rain. The leaves are sparse on the trees and the warmth is slowly fading away. So, pretty much a typical English autumn day. So I thought it called for some Harvest Muffins that utilise apples, pumpkin, and carrots.

  
There are quite a number of apple trees here in Bristol, which probably accounts for all the great cider in the area. These lovely baubles were given to us by a friend, so I decided to use them for some yummy breakfast muffins. Here is what you’ll need:

  

  • 3/4 cup porridge oats
  • 2 tablespoons linseed (or ground flaxseed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 honey
  • 1/4 nut butter (I used almond)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup puréed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

  
First, in a large bowl, add the oats, linseed, ginger, cinnamon, and baking soda. Mix and set aside.

  
Next, beat the egg in a medium 

bowl.

  
Then add the honey, nut butter, and pumpkin to the beaten egg, and stir it all up.

  
To the moist mixture, you will add the chopped apple and grated carrot. Mix thoroughly.

  
Add the moist mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing well.

  
Lastly, add the raisins and nuts, chopping them if need be.

  Preheat your oven to 375 F / 190 C and grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Add a heaping spoon full of batter to each cup. Bake for 20 minutes on the middle or bottom rack. Note that they may not rise much, but they will be baked.
  
And that’s it, Harvest Muffins perfect for a rainy day! They are chock full of good ingredients and can be made gluten free by using certified gluten free oats or even coconut flour. These are the perfect type of treat to make if you have a surplus of apples and carrots from your autumn harvest. And if you don’t have any pumpkin, you can use one cup of apple sauce or even mashed banana. Enjoy on their own or with a hot cup of apple cider. Stay warm out there, thanks for reading, and Happy Eating!

  

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