Tuesday, August 28, 2007

RECIPE ~ Goody Breakfast Muffins

This recipe comes from an ayurvedic source I forget now, but you must try these hearty, chunky, yummy muffins fresh from the oven with a smearing of almond or walnut butter, raw honey or homemade sugarless fruit jam for a healthful breakfast or tasty treat with tea. See suggestions for specific doshas below.

1 3/4 cups mixed flour*
1/4 cup each of bran flakes, oat bran and wheat germ**
1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds or walnuts
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 eggs or 1/2 cup mashed banana
1 cup plain yogurt or 1/2 cup milk substitute (soy, rice, almond...)
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup turbinado sugar, maple or brown rice syrup
1 cup chopped dried fruits of your choice***

* Try any combination of whole wheat, brown rice, kamut, tapioca, rye, chickpea or barley flours
** Can substitute 3/4 cup ground flax seed
*** Vatas should soak dried fruit in hot water for 10 minutes, then strain to use in recipe

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (from flours to salt). In a separate bowl, blend together all the wet ingredients (from eggs/banana to sweetener). Fold in dried (or soaked and drained) fruits.

Spoon batter into lightly oiled muffin cups. If desired, sprinkle tops with coconut, walnuts, or sunflower seeds (I did 4 muffins each). Bake for 15 minutes (or up to 20 if knife inserted comes out sticky). Makes 1 dozen.

VATAS choose wheat, oat, rice and/or quinoa flours plus ground flax; sweeten with sugar or brown rice syrup; use soaked prunes, soaked raisins and/or soaked apricots, with or without coconut; throw in 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger for extra digestive spice
PITTAS choose wheat, spelt, barley and/or oat flours; sweeten with sugar or maple syrup; choose any dried fruits with or without coconut
KAPHAS choose oat, barley, rye, and/or quinoa flour; sweeten with prune puree or fruit concentrate; choose any dried fruit except coconut; throw in 2 tsp dried ginger for extra digestive spice


Philippa Steele said...

I've only just discovered your blog.... I cooked these up this morning and they were perfect! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

Sunflower oil is hardly a recommended ayurvedic oil.
Dr Vasant Lad said he was unaware how bad vegetable oils are when he released his book.

Anne MacAlpin said...

Hello. Looking through this I am unclear...do you first measure sunflower seeds and then grind or grind seeds until you have enough for this recipe? Also, I don't like olive oil so use it only for main dishes or sauteing. What about grape seed?

Thank you.