I really hate seeing good produce go to waste, so I am always coming up with new ways to use our leftovers.
This muffin recipe was inspired by the abundance of pulp we end up with every morning after we make our fresh cold-pressed juice, and turns out it is the perfect ingredient to make the kids school muffins deliciously sweet and moist without the need for heaps of added sugar or oil.
Add to this the fact that the pulp of beetroot and carrot is where most of the fibre and nutrients are found in these vegetables, these muffins are a nutritional knockout, just jam packed with goodness to keep them fuelled throughout the school day.
This muffin recipe would work with any leftover pulp, provided there was still some moistness in the pulp and you sort through and take all the big bits out of the mixture.
This batch makes about 20 mini muffins.
¾ cup coconut flour (sifted)
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup melted coconut oil
¼ honey (depending on how sweet you want them)
1/2 - 1 cup of leftover pulp from juicing (or finely grated carrot / beetroot)
2 tbsp raw cacao
1 tsp natural vanilla extract or ½ vanilla pod scraped
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a mini muffin tray with 20 muffin cases or baking paper cut outs. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl.
Beat eggs in another medium sized bowl. Add honey and vanilla. Beat well to combine. Add coconut oil (but make sure it is not too hot as it will scramble your eggs) and mix until combined.
Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and mix well, then leave to sit for 5 minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb all that liquid.
Then add your pulp and mix well. Spoon mixture into mini muffin cases and cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack.
They are awesome served with a dollop of creme fraiche or butter for some added moisture.
Stephanie Meades is a Certified GAPS Practitioner specialising in assisting people transition to eating more REAL FOODs for improved health and wellbeing. For more REAL FOOD inspiration, visit www.lifewellnessco.com.