Saturday, March 15, 2014

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chai-Spiced Muffins


Pumpkin Chai Tea "Latte" in its muffin form.
The past three months have been pretty hectic. With all the school stuff, musical theatre along with the struggle of senioritis...whoa. 
Today marks the first day of Spring Break! Since I'm staying in town (to treasure the last few days in Vancouver/Raincouver before I leave for NY in the summer) for the two weeks, this means- baking time, lots of it.


Optional: glazed

I've got a bucket list down, not sure how many I can do but we'll just see how it goes. 
Also, prom season is coming!! For those of use with low metabolism (aka not one of those people who stays skinny no matter how much she eats), it's time to shape up for summer.
This is a recipe I've modified to have higher contents of fibre, proteins and less refined sugar (you shall be amazed) while packed with natural flavors. Enjoy. 

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pumpkin Soy Chai Muffins (Healthily modified for you)
Tweaked from Ambitious Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 bags of Chai Tea Mix (or mix some cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, cloves if you have them)
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie mix (or canned pumpkin for a lower sugar consumption)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, grapeseed oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup soy milk (or normal milk/almond milk)
  • some sweetened coconut flakes (optional)
  • FOR GLAZE: 
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice (more or less to your desired consistency)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12 muffin tin with paper cups or spray with nonstick spray. If you use muffin cups, make sure to spray the inside of the cups.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add in chai tea mix and whisk again. 
  3. In a separate large bowl combine pumpkin, brown sugar, egg, applesauce, oil, and vanilla; mixing until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix! Sprinkle with some coconut flakes and bake for 23-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of muffins comes out clean. Cool for approximately 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling. Make glaze by whisking the icing sugar and lemon juice together. Drizzle over cooled muffins. 
Before Oven

All puffed up.