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A Tale of Two Muffins: Strawberry Edition

More strawberries and chocolate chips this week. My harshest critic was in town and TC asked me to make him a “moist” baked good (AKA: my other father-in-law, Bandit the dog’s owner).

Bandit the gluten-free French Bulldog | gothic granolaI made two kinds of the same type of muffin: strawberry. They look like strawberry buckwheat muffins, but there’s only a half cup of buckwheat flour in each.

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The one on the left is a banana strawberry muffin, and the one on the right is a strawberry chocolate chip muffin. Unfortunately, the ones on the left burned slightly on the bottom, so I made the ones on the right to share instead. Both involve frozen strawberries, since that’s the only kind of strawberries I have (after freezing all the fresh ones). Plus, even though eating seasonal is best in order to remain in harmony with the energetics of the year, if I want strawberry muffins in January, I’m going to be using frozen strawberries, and I want a recipe that works. It’s the same conundrum I had in Berry Berry Go Kickass (I love that post title). One recipe burned, and the other took significantly longer to cook. The taste is right in both of them, though, and I think the problem with the banana strawberry muffins was merely an issue of baking them for a few minutes longer than necessary. The chocolate chip ones, after learning from my first experience with frozen strawberries, had to be baked longer, and I watched them more than necessary.

A lumpy, homey muffin.

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The first recipe is the Veganomicon Lower Fat Banana Bread plus blitzed frozen strawberries and years of modifications. The second recipe I quickly found on Pinterest from Averie Cooks; it was similar to the strawberry chocolate chip cake I made last week in that it also substituted some Greek yoghurt for butter, but kept baking powder as the leavening. In the interest of not cutting into my writing time, I liked the banana strawberry muffins better, and I’ll give the full recipe below. Veganizing and de-glutenizing the Averie recipe was basic: coconut sugar, a full cup of nondairy buttermilk, buckwheat, coconut, and sorghum flours, and a psyllium egg substitute. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know what to do.

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Now let’s make the muffin on the left.

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Banana Strawberry Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium bananas, ripe!
  2. 1/4 cup canola oil
  3. 1/4 cup coconut sugar, powdered
  4. 1/4 cup agave
  5. 1 cup sorghum flour
  6. 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  7. 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  8. 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  9. 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  10. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. 1 cup raisins
  13. 1 cup frozen strawberries, blendered or chopped fine
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a 12-well muffin tin with papers or grease the wells.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blitz the bananas, oil, sugar, and agave until uniformly combined.
  4. In a large bowl, sift then whisk together the flours, xanthan gum, spices, and baking powder.
  5. Add wet to dry and mix well.
  6. Stir in the raisins and strawberries and mix until just combined.
  7. Transfer batter to muffin tin, smoothing out the tops of the muffins.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffin tops spring back to the touch and pass the toothpick test.
  9. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
Notes
  1. These are moist; store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Adapted from Veganomicon
Adapted from Veganomicon
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Parting shots:

TC convinced me to try Monse’s Taste of El Salvador Black Bean Pupusas this week. They were creamy and corny; I’ve never had pupusas so I don’t have a reference, but I liked them.

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I also tried the Gluten Free Bar because it was on sale. Tasted like a chocolate “healthy” bar. Nothing special here other than some apparently outstanding gluten-free-ness.

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Earworms:

Love to my Cobain” by Jeffree Star. This song has been outlawed in my household because of a bad experience my husband had when he was 19. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about this until after I had gotten this song firmly stuck in my head. Kurt Cobain was way before my time (I was three when Cobain joined the 27 club), but I do listen to Courtney Love’s band Hole (I have their album Nobody’s Daughter). Took me a full 24 hours to realize that the song operates around Cobain and Love’s relationship as a metaphor for…something.

Pursuit” by Gesaffelstein. TC introduced me to this song then tried to take credit for introducing me to everything new in music and entertainment I’ve liked since we started dating. Uh-huh. You just keep thinking that, sweetie. I like this song’s harsh electronic, for lack of a better word, “scenes.” The music keeps building to resolve with some sort of twist, and the (uncensored) video is just weirdly cool, all slippery and dystopian. (No, Firefox, “dystopian” is a word! Stop making “utopian” the only idealistic society adjective acceptable in your browser!)

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