Saturday, April 18, 2015

Daniel Fast Coconut Raisin Banana Nut Muffins - Wheat Flour

These are REALLY REALLY good...

These are moist and chocolaty !!!!  LOVE the raisins and crunch from the nuts.

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.

Adapted from this recipe.

This was a thicker batter.

1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup ground nuts
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger 
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp corn starch

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 large dates, chopped
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar (I used white)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar) 
4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed  (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)

Blend the milk, dates and water in a blender or food processor until well blended.

Mix vinegar, applesauce, milk, vanilla, peanut butter and mashed bananas in one bowl.   Add the blended dates (with the milk and water) and stir until well combined.

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.  

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

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 278,  Total Fat 11.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 70mg, Carbs 39.4g, Fiber 5.2g, Sugars 16.3g, Protein 6.9g

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness."  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

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