Saturday, November 7, 2009

Vegan Cranberry Muffins



Here's a sweet saturday treat. The cold weather has inspired me to bake this week, and I couldn't resist using cranberries. Since they are only available in the fall, I buy a few extra bags and freeze them. They keep well for at least 12 months. I like to add them to smoothies and oatmeal all through the year. Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving!
Reknowned for their ability to prevent and treat urinary infections, cranberries can also help raise (good) hdl cholesterol, help prevent atherosclerosis and many cancers including breast, colon, prostate and leukemia.  Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.

I like to add brazil nuts to my baking and oatmeal. They are a wonderful source of selenium which is a cancer preventative and helps to build the immune system. I grind them up in my food processor and freeze so they are always ready to use. My kids would never eat brazil nuts for a snack the way they eat other nuts, but ground and added to oatmeal or a muffin, they are happy to eat them.

Vegan Cranberry Muffins

1 1/2 c, whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 c. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 T. coconut oil
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
juice of 1/2 of a lemon
1/2 c. agave
1 c. fresh cranberries

optional topping:
3 brazil nuts, ground
1 T. raw unsweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Then add oil, banana, lemon juice, and agave. Stir till just combined, then stir in cranberries. Spoon into greased cupcake pan, sprinkle with topping if using, and bake 15-18 min. till toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Remove and cool on wire rack. Makes 11.

6 comments:

Vegan Epicurean November 7, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

I love that you hid the Brazil nuts. Great plan to get everyone to eat them. I have to do that here too.

Your muffins look great! I keep cranberries in my freezer to use all year long as well. I love the color and the tartness they add to foods.

talk to you soon,
Alicia

Claudia November 8, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

What a great autumn muffin - filled with goody ingredients. And I have all of them .... time to fire up the stove.

Lele November 8, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

I keep cranberries in the freezer too! I love them in scones in the summertime. I think they are delicious year round.

Stacy November 9, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

So healthy and delicious! Can't wait to try this one!

janet November 10, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

Thanks for all of the nice comments. Cranberries are great, there are so many things you can do with them.

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