For those of you who don't know me very well, I like to experiment with my food. The odds are usually in my favour; however, depending on who is my guinea pig they may or may not agree with me! This morning I had a brain wave.
I had a hankering to make a new muffin recipe that I tried out a couple of weeks ago. It was tasty and felt oh so good to eat - easy on the tastebuds and agreed with me in every way.
Part of my thing is that I'm always looking to improve on recipes or to try substituting new foods and tastes into existing ones. It drives my husband crazy because he likes things to always taste the same! Oops, sorry honey! My brainwave today included the remains of some Manitoba Hemp Protein powder I came across in the cupboard. I am always looking at ways of increasing our greens consumption so I thought "why not - the worst that can happen is the muffins will be a weird colour." They actually don't look too bad and more importantly, they taste great!
For some nutritional facts on this powder; according to Manitoba Hemp it contains hemp protein concentrate, natural plant extracts, organic coconut sugar, organic harvest greens blend (organic spinach, organic kale, organic broccoli), and organic mixed berry flavor.
A quick #101 on hemp seeds (in case any of you are interested). Hemp seeds are from the same species as cannabis (marijuana) but they don't have the same effect on you as other cannabis products!They are extremely nutritious, and rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals such as magnesium, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, iron and zinc.
So without further adieu, here's my latest experiment:
Green Pumpkin Muffins:
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup maple syrup
2-1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup of hemp protein powder (mixed berry flavor with greens)
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. pumpkin spice
1 tsp. vanilla
4 tsp. almond butter
2 tsp. melted coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped dates
Set oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tins with coconut oil. Makes 12 muffins.
In one bowl mix together your wet ingredients: pumpkin, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and almond butter. Mix well.
In another larger bowl, mix together dry ingredients: almond flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, pumpkin pie spices and green hemp protein powder.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry as well as chopped nuts and dates. Mix just until combined.
Place in muffin tins and bake in oven until toothpick comes out clean - between 25 and 30 minutes. These are moist, tasty and quite filling since they are loaded with protein!