Pumpkin Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

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I am so excited to finally share these Pumpkin Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins with you! Two years ago when I first tried The Best Pumpkin Muffins from the Post Punk Kitchen they became an instant favourite. I made them constantly all of that fall and winter. Last winter I was so busy trying new recipes, that I only revisited these a couple times, and never took any photos. Now its pumpkin season once again and I have fallen in love with these muffins all over again.

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Through the many times I’ve made them, The Best Pumpkin Muffins has slowly morphed into something healthier and a little different: my Pumpkin Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins. I use whole grain flours, a lot less sugar and oil (and healthier versions of both), more molasses and pumpkin, and the cranberries are never optional. While the PPK’s pumpkin muffins lived up to their name, I have to say that I enjoy them even more with the changes I’ve made. I hope you do too!

Pumpkin Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins (Yields 12 Muffins)
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup chickpea flour (besan)
¼ cup brown rice flour
½ cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp sea salt
1 ¼ cups pureed pumpkin
½ cup unsweetened nondairy milk or water
¼ cup molasses
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
½ cup chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans (optional)

Notes:
– Please don’t be scared away by the somewhat lengthy ingredient list; one third of it is spices. The recipe is really simple and comes together quickly.
– If you don’t have chickpea or brown rice flour, you can use all whole wheat but your muffins will be a little denser and you may need a little bit of extra milk or water.
– For a special treat, I highly recommend trying these with a ½ cup of vegan dark chocolate chips instead of the nuts. You won’t be disappointed!
– For some an extra pop of ginger, toss in a couple tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger.

Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.
In a smaller bowl whisk together the pumpkin, milk, oil, and molasses.
Stir the cranberries and nuts (if using) into the dry ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.
Use a ¼ cup measuring scoop to scoop batter into a lined or lightly greased muffin tin.
Bake for 20-23 minutes.
Enjoy!

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In case you’re wondering, these muffins freeze amazingly well, though I usually have a hard  time having extras to put in the freezer.

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These little guys are so moist and flavourful they really don’t need anything else! (Though a little smear of Earth Balance probably wouldn’t hurt.) Yum!

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I’ve shared this post with Healthy Vegan Friday #70 and Wellness Weekends.

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What I Ate Wednesday #143

Welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday!

I have more random vegan eats, as per usual. You can check out everyone else’s What I Ate Wednesday posts here. Enjoy!

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Salad: Baby spinach, quinoa, a Baked Falafel Burger, orange pepper, broccoli sprouts, Sriracha, and thinned lemon dill hummus.

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A Chickpea Flour Omelette with orange pepper, spinach, black olives, mushrooms, and Daiys wedge cheddar.

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So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Yogurt with frozen blueberries (thawed by the time I ate this), chia seeds, cinnamon, and raw cacao nibs.

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Salad: Baby spinach, orange pepper, cucumber, a Perfect Veggie Burger, lemon dill hummus, and Sriracha.

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Ryvita with tahini and fig jam.

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A Field Roast Frankfurter, cucumbers, orange pepper, and lemon tahini dip (just tahini, lemon juice, water).

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Mocha Vega Smoothie – frozen blueberries, 3 greens cubes, 1 scoop Chocolate Vega One, 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, almond milk, cold coffee.

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Oatmeal with chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, chopped dates, and peanut butter.

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Warm taco-spiced lentils and quinoa with artichoke hearts, raw cucumbers and red pepper.

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My Most Made Recipes

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Vegan MoFo 2013 – Post #12

I don’t have a lot of time today for a post, as I should be spending the day studying for a test I have tomorrow, so I thought I’d just share with you some of the recipes I’ve posted about that I actually make repeatedly. The number is actually pretty small. There are just always so many new and interesting recipes to try that I find it difficult to repeat past ones, even when I really loved them. The ones that I do repeat are usually the ones that were really quick and easy, in addition to tasty.

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I make these Chickpea Flour Omelettes all the time! They are quick, easy, very filling, and easily adaptable to whatever vegetables I have on hand. My favourite fillings include spinach, peppers, something spicy like pickled jalapeños or red pepper flakes, and a bit of Daiya Cheese.

And for a variation, I’ve made these Vegan Scrambled ‘Eggs’ a few times since I discovered them.

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I’ve been making these Easy Hot & Sour Refrigerator Pickles on and off all summer long and they always disappear very quickly! I mostly just eat them as snacks.

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It isn’t a recipe, but I am pretty much obsessed with falafel salads and wraps. (Seriously, search my blog for ‘falafel’ and you’ll see one pop up on almost every What I Ate Wednesday post.) I used to use Casbah Falafel mix, but now I’ve been using the Baked Falafel Burgers from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. Staples in my falafel salads are cucumbers, peppers, either hummus or tahini sauce, and (lately) Sriracha.

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These Wheat-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Veganomicon are a big hit with my family and I. I love the texture and taste from the oat flour and the recipe is really easy. The small batch means you won’t be taking cookies in and out of the oven for hours, and you won’t have too many leftovers to tempt you in the following days.

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This Lower-Fat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Veganomicon has been repeated quite a few times in our household, and is a big hit with omnivores and vegan (just me) alike. You can also see it here, with the addition of raspberries!

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This Basic No-Mayo Coleslaw is (in my humble opinion) crunchy, tangy, coleslaw perfection. I make this quite a lot, both for myself and as a contribution to family dinners. My mom and sister have also requested the recipe and made it a few times! 🙂 I find it seriously addictive, in a good way, and it never lasts long.

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And last, but certainly not least is my Avocado Toast with Balsamic Vinegar. Sometimes the simplest things are the best. I make this all the time, at all times of day, and I always thoroughly enjoy it! Hearty crunchy whole grain bread (I prefer Silver Hills), rich creamy avocado, tangy balsamic vinegar and lemon juice, and a punch of spice from the black pepper! Yum yum yum. I think I know what I’m having for lunch today.

Veganomicon: Blueberry Corn Pancakes

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Vegan Mofo 2013 Post #10 – It only took 17 days, but I’m finally halfway there! Looks like I may just make it to 20 posts!

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I’ve never been a huge fan of pancakes, but recently this recipe in Veganomicon for Blueberry Corn Pancakes caught my eye when I was looking for something a little different to make for breakfast one morning. Isn’t it great that 2 years later and I’m still always discovering new things in Veganomicon?! I’m in love with a recipe for Blueberry Corn Muffins from The Joy of Vegan Baking, so I knew the flavour combination was a winner.

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I loved these pancakes and will be making them again! The combination of blueberries, lemon, and cornmeal gives these a great natural sweetness and the cornmeal makes for an awesome texture. Just as it says in the book, they have a “little crunch and a wonderful mouthfeel”. These just feel like a perfect summer pancake. Light, bright, fruity, with just a touch of lemon.

P.S. – I think I’m starting to realize that I actually do like pancakes when they are thin, I just really dislike big fluffy doughy ones.

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I did make a few minor substitutions like I do:
– I used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup chickpea flour in place of the all purpose flour. The batter also ended up really runny, so I ended up adding another 1/4 cup whole wheat flour.
– Most of the recipes in Veganomicon call for a specific type of nondairy milk. This one called for soy, but I used unsweetened almond milk.
– I replaced the canola oil with melted coconut oil.

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I think the only thing I would change next time is to drop the blueberries into the individual pancakes, instead of mixing them with the batter. The batter is quite runny (which makes for nice thin pancakes), so the blueberries just end up on the bottom and it was difficult to try and get a good amount in each pancake.

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Vegan MoFo 2013 – Post #4 – I’m a little behind already!

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You may have read or seen me mention this amazing Chickpea Flour Omelette! It has quickly become one of my most repeated recipes. Does it taste like eggs? Not really (though the black salt helps), but it is still the best replacement I’ve found for the veggie-filled omelettes I often enjoyed before I went vegan.

So, I knew as soon as I saw this recipe for chickpea flour-based Vegan Scrambled ‘Eggs’ that I had to give them a try!

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I don’t like scallions and I didn’t have any kale, so I left those out. In place, I doubled the mushrooms, and added diced red pepper, jalapeño, and parsley.

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Mine certainly didn’t turn out as pretty as Lauren’s, but they sure were tasty! It’s been over two years now since I’ve had scrambled eggs, but I think the texture of this dish is quite similar.

This is definitely going in my savoury breakfast rotation, and I’m looking forward to many more variations! In fact, I think I’m going to go make this for lunch!

What I Ate Wednesday #134

You know the drill by now. What I Ate Wednesday #134. Random vegan meals. Enjoy!

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Hummus & Veg Sandwich – Toasted Silver Hills bread with roasted red pepper hummus, cucumber, spinach, and lots of black pepper.
Coleslaw (cabbage, Vega Antioxidant Oil, red wine vinegar, black pepper, Dijon mustard) with a falafel burger, red pepper hummus, and cucumber.

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Yogurt Bowl – So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Yogurt with blueberries, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and raw cacao nibs.
Spinach Burger (from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way) on toasted Silver Hills bread with roasted red pepper hummus, Sriracha, and coleslaw (same as above).

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Chickpea Wrap – Chickpeas mashed with balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning, and black pepper, with Daiya Jack Wedge, and cucumbers.
Brown Rice Fruit Salad – Cooked brown basmati rice, sucanat, vanilla extract, cinnamon, blueberries, peach, and hemp hearts.

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Potatoes & Salad – Roasted yellow flesh potatoes (olive oil, Greek seasoning, and paprika). Salad is romaine lettuce, cucumber, orange pepper, pickled jalapeños, red grapes, and balsamic dressing.
Brown Rice Fruit Salad 2 – Cooked brown basmati rice, cinnamon, sucanat, pineapple, blueberries, and hemp hearts.

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Chick’n Strips & Salad – Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers, my Easy Hot & Sour Refrigerator Pickles, and salad (romaine, red pepper, avocado, lime juice, Vega Antioxidant Oil).
Red grapes, blueberries, hemp hearts. Half of a Raspberry Lime Mini-loaf (based on this recipe).

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Chickpea Flour Omelette – with yellow pepper, green pepper, spinach, pickled jalapeños, and Daiya Cheddar Wedge.

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My Breakfast This Morning: Chickpea Flour Omelette

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This morning I woke up hungry, but with no clue at to what I wanted for breakfast. I staggered around the kitchen a bit but none of the usual suspects like toast, fruit, cereal, tofu scramble, or oatmeal seemed very appealing.

So I turned on my computer and took a look at my Vegan Breakfasts to Try board on Pinterest. As soon as I looked at the recipe for this Chickpea Flour Omelette from Vegan Richa I knew I had found my breakfast. This is exactly why I love Pinterest! Even half asleep I could easily choose my breakfast from all the beautiful photos laid out for me!

This was more like a savoury stuffed pancake than an omelette (though I think the black salt would have given a more eggy taste) but it was delicious! I stuffed mine with spinach, bell peppers, diced pickled jalapeño, and Earth’s Island Vegan Cheddar. So good!

This was also very quick and easy to throw together, which is especially appreciated in the mornings. In the few months before I went vegan last year I was pretty much obsessed with veggie and cheese stuffed omelettes, and this recipe was the closest I’ve come to recreating that. I would eat this any time of day, and will definitely be making it again!

Anyway, while I did change a couple minor things, the recipe is essentially the same, so I’m just going to share my changes instead of writing out the whole recipe again.

As Richa suggested, I used ground chia seeds in place of the oat flour. I did have to add about 1/8 cup extra water to my batter, probably because of this.

I left out the black salt, as I don’t have any (yet).

Also, I chose to sprinkle my veggies and cheese on top of the batter once it was spread in the pan, rather than mixing it right into the batter. Because of this I didn’t flip my entire omelette over. I just cooked it for longer on the one side, and then folded it in half.

You should definitely try this Chickpea Flour Omelette!

Updates (Nov 24, 2012):
I’ve made this Chickpea Flour Omelette a few more times in the past month and it has been wonderful each time!
I’ve used both a combination of ground flax and chia seeds, and just flax seeds and both ways worked well. The only difference I noticed is that I had to add a bit more water when using the ground chia seeds.
I finally found some black salt and tried it in this omelette yesterday. It really does have an eggy sort of taste. I was scared it would taste too much like eggs, but it was just enough. I will definitely be using the black salt in this from now on, but if you don’t have any, sea salt works just fine.
And while we’re talking salt, I’ve been using only 1/8 tsp salt, instead of the 1/4 tsp stated in the recipe, only because I like putting some vegan cheese in my omelette, which is already salty enough for me.