Apparently 2013 is the year I eat my words – quite literally. Despite my self-proclaimed love for gluten, this was the year I got really good at and started to really appreciate gluten-free baking. And despite my borderline-unhealthy obsession with butter and eggs (okay, there’s nothing borderline about it), I’m starting to really fall in love with vegan baking, thanks to these muffins.
It’s officially fall!! This is truly my favorite season – the one I wait all year for. My obsession with apples is now at an all-time high, and these muffins are loaded with tart Granny Smiths. Carrots and cranberries really ramp up the fall flavors, making these the perfect healthy counterpart to last week decadent caramel muffins.
Whole Foods has this amazing goat cheese, cranberry, pecan salad that I’m obsessed with. It’s light but still decadent tasting – all sweet and savory and creamy. If it weren’t so overpriced, I would probably eat it all day, every day.
These muffins have all of those key ingredients I love with the added bonus of being enveloped in carbs. Why eat a salad when you could eat a muffin, am I right?
There are breads that are simple and no-frills, good for sandwiches and toast. And then there are breads that are stuffed, topped, and loaded with all the fixings, a solid meal in and of itself. This loaf falls squarely into the latter category.
Filled with dried cranberries (homemade!), chocolate chips, walnuts, and pecans, this bread makes for a great breakfast. It’s so hearty and substantial it doesn’t need any butter or jam (though some Nutella would really put this over the top). Just pop a couple of slices in the toaster and enjoy.
In retrospect, the color scheme of these avocado cranberry muffins would have suited December much better, but it’s too late (to apologiiiiizeeeee).
These muffins mark my continued (sort of half-failed) attempts at gluten-free baking. They’re delicious, but they just don’t look like regular muffins, which is a mystery I am determined to solve.
What muffin would be appropriate for Thanksgiving week? Nothing less than a Turducken inspired one, of course! If you haven’t heard, the turducken has become a new Thanksgiving showstopper – it’s a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey.
For my muffins, I went the sweet route and chose cranberry, orange, and chocolate for my three layers of flavor. Cranberry is the inner most flavor because it’s tangy and sour, then comes chocolate, and finally, a refreshing citrus note with orange.
It’s Thanksgiving week! Probably one of my favorite weeks of the year. To kick it off and finally use the bag of cranberries I’d been saving in my freezer, I made these super easy pate de fruits, basically fruit jellies.
These aren’t anything like the canned stuff you’ll find in the supermarket – they’re vibrant, light, and full of that great tangy cranberry flavor. Cut these up into cute shapes and they’d make a great palate cleanser before dessert.