Friday, January 25, 2008

these magic muffins are the secret warp tube to the level 8 of your heart

8-10 ounces mexican drinking chocolate (Ibarra or Popular)
1/2 c canola oil

1 c finely chopped dried figs, stems removed
3/4 c bourbon
1.5 tsp mexican vanilla extract

1/2 c vegan butter (earth balance)

1 c chopped walnuts

16 oz can pumpkin
1/3 c water
1 egg
1/3 c flaxseeds
3/4 c quinoa flakes
1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c spelt flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves

equipment: muffin tin, 2 small saucepans, large mixing bowl

Preheat oven to 350. grease muffin tin.
melt chocolate with oil over low heat and set aside.
simmer figs, bourbon, and vanilla until liquid is absorbed. add butter and walnuts and fry until the nuts are golden brown. remove from heat and set aside.
combine pumpkin, egg, and dry ingredients. add chocolate mixture. thin to approximately the texture of yogurt or sour cream and stir in fig mixture.

distribute batter even in muffin cups; they should be completely full.

bake until a fork poked into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. there's enough oil in them that they really won't get too dry if you forget about them while you are vacuuming, downloading john cougar mellencamp, and cleaning the bathroom. i did. then i ate 4. mmm.

figs are a great source of b-vitamins, potassium, and fiber. flax, canola, and walnuts all are rich in omega-3s. pumpkin has tons of beta-carotene. chocolate is the number one remedy for dementor attacks.

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