Thursday, January 30, 2014

Daniel Fast Chocolate Spice Steel Cut Oat Muffins (DF, GF)

The steel cut oats give the muffins a chewy texture.  As with all Daniel Fast muffins, since you can not use leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda),  they do not rise like "regular" muffins - resulting in a denser muffin.  These muffins are better the day after they are made.  Actually, I think ALL muffins taste better the day after they are made !!   I LOVE these warmed in the microwave and then spreading peanut butter on top of them !!!  

These muffins got more and more flavorful each day !!  

1 cup Steel Cut Oats  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/3 cup Oat Flour
1/3 cup Corn Flour
1/3 cup White Rice Flour
1/3 cup Tapioca Starch
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup  date syrup 
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 medium or 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)

Mix date syrup, applesauce and mashed bananas in one bowl. 

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  

Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.

The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!

Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 130, Total Fat 1.1g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 25mg, Carbs 29.6g, Fiber 2.8g, Sugars 9g, Protein 2.9g

It's dangerous to promise something to God too quickly.  After you've thought about it, it may be too late.

Proverbs 20:25 (NCV)

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