This recipe is the perfect winter warmer! Best served fresh out of the oven, these muffins are packed with festive spices and as an added bonus, are vegan! The best thing about these muffins is that they’re not too sweet but still very indulgent! This recipe serves 12.

 

Ingredients

Nutty Topping:

2 heaped tablespoons of rolled oats 65g pecans or walnuts

⅓ 45g cup flour 

¼ tsp cinnamon

4 tbsp melted coconut oil

4 tbsp maple syrup

Spiced Winter Muffin Mixture:

150g plain flour

2 tbsp cornflour

½ tbsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cloves

Pinch of ground ginger

50ml plant-based milk

1 tbsp vinegar

½ tbsp vanilla extract

110g maple syrup 

50g coconut oil

Nutty Topping

  1. Mix together the rolled oats, flour and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the maple syrup and the coconut oil.
  3. Combine the wet and dry bowls by folding the ingredients together with a wooden spoon and then fold in the pecan pieces.

Butternut Squash and Maple Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Mix the vinegar and milk together in a jug and set aside.
  3. Hollow out a small butternut squash. For best results, do this with a spoon and a fork as it shreds the butternut squash enough that it can be put straight into the mixture with ease. 
  4. Mix the flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda and spices together in a mixing bowl.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, melt the coconut oil enough so that it is a liquid and whisk in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and milk-vinegar mixture. Add the butternut squash and mix well.
  6. In a different bowl add the dry ingredients and fold them together with a wooden spoon or spatula until the mixture has combined.
  7. Divide the mixture into 12 muffin cases. Top each muffin with a tablespoon of nutty topping.
  8. Put the muffin tray into the preheated oven for 5 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 190°C for a further 10 minutes. Sometimes they can take a few more minutes to brown off.

Once brown, take out of the oven and leave aside to cool… These muffins are best served fresh out of the oven. 

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