Mineral Packed Molasses Muffins






The smell and taste of molasses carries me back to my childhood and reminds me of baking gingerbread cookies with my mother. In my freshman year of college, my basketball team called me "hermit," after my insatiable appetite for the dining hall hermit bars. There is something about the robust, distinct sweetness of the molasses flavor that imparts comfort and warmth in the cold winter months. It was not until I started reading more about healthy foods that I discovered molasses is the most nutritious of any sweetener.  In fact, the darker the color, the healthier the molasses!  The darkest and healthiest of all molasses varieties is Black Strap Molasses, containing super high concentrations of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium!! 
This week I put black strap molasses to the test and baked some tasty VEGAN FEEL FULL MUFFINS.  This recipe comes to me via a recommendation by Your Daily Vegan and it is a recipe by Jennifer McCann of the Vegan Lunch Box (her blog is full of tasty looking vegan dishes).  What I love especially about these muffins is not their vegan-ness, but they are oil free!!!  Never before have I had such a delicious home-baked muffin that did not contain any butter, oil or eggs! 


FEEL FULL MUFFINS


1/2 C spelt flour
1/2 C barley flour (or can use a combo of 1/2 cup white flour and 1/2 cup wheat flour in place of the spelt of barley) -- I used spelt and whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ripe bananas, peeled
3 TBSP black strap molasses
1/2 C apple juice, plus more as needed (I needed to add abt 1/4 C more)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 zucchini, finely grated (abt 1 1/2 C)
1/2 C finely chopped or ground walnuts (I didn't have walnuts :( but would be delish!)
1/2 C currents or raisins (optional) -- I added a TRADER JOES mixed medley, see below


1) Combine dry ingredients in a bowl - flours, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda





2) Combine bananas, molasses, apple juice and apple cider vinegar in a mixer -- see picture above

 




3) Combine dry and wet ingredients in the mixer - see above picture



4) Add zucchini, walnuts (if you have them) and raisins/currants




I didn't have raisins, but I did have TRADER JOE'S Golden Berry Blend w/ golden raisins, cherries, cranberries and blackberries (YUM!)



Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to fill the muffin pan (grease the muffin tin w/ non-stick cooking spray)



Batter filled muffin pan!



Muffins are done! Just 20 minutes on 375 degrees. 


I enjoyed my muffin still steaming and it was delicious! It is crazy moist and perfect for all you molasses lovers out there!  Better yet, I worked out the calories and fat for these very muffins (w/out walnuts) and it comes to 95 calories and less than 1 gram for each!!  Enjoy  :)




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Welcome! My name is Christine and I have landed here to share my love of healthy living and eating. I live in NYC where I am currently enrolled in the School of Integrative Nutrition. I am already certified as a holistic health coach and I have started seeing clients to help them reach their wellness goals. I started hot mama health to share the idea that it is fun to be healthy! Health is an adventure with endless foods to taste, exercises to explore, and challenges to meet! If you do not already feel this way, I hope that I can bring you into the light or at least stir a little inspiration here and there.
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