28 April 2011

No Meat Zone Recipes: Vegan Asparagus Herb Muffins


These light, flavorful, herb-scented muffins are colored with flecks of red sundried tomatoes and bright green asparagus. And the best part is that they're completely free of all sugars and sugar subsitutes.

I wouldn't suggest trying to grate asparagus by hand. It's much easier to put the grating disc on your food processor and feed the stalks through the feed tube while the processor is running. I used about half a batch of asparagus to get one grated cup full. After they've baked and cooled, you can enjoy these colorful treats alongside a big bowl of soup or salad.

Asparagus Herb Muffins

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour (or more spelt)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated asparagus
  • 1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes, soaked until soft
In a large bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, unbleached flour, baking powder, baking soda, basil, oregano and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the nondairy milk, vinegar and olive oil.
Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir just to combine. Fold in the asparagus and sundried tomotoes.
Spoon the batter into an oiled muffin pan, filling each tin 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Nicole Axworthy | @aDashofVegan
Nicole is a writer, editor, wife, and mother of two adorable rescue cats, Leola and Eli. She loves animals too much to eat them, and she's discovered that teaching others through food is a very effective vegan outreach tool. On her blog, A Dash of Compassion, Nicole aims to spread a positive message about healthy eating while celebrating all things sweet.

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