Don’t worry–you can’t taste the lentils!
I have a few bags of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils that need to start making their way into recipes so on Sunday I cooked a batch and started to get creative.
I figured that pureeing the lentils would make for a good liquid base for a muffin mix. And my real goal was to create a muffin with staying power from protein and fiber with a hint of sweet (raisins).
Red Lentil Muffins
2 cups cooked red lentils*, pureed in food processor
1 cup applesauce
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oat bran
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup raisins
1/8 cup chia seeds
1/8 cup millet (uncooked)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the lentil puree, applesauce, orange juice, and vanilla.
3. Add in dry ingredients and combine with wet ingredients. Batter will be thick.
4. Put in greased or lined muffin tins and bake for 35-40 minutes.
5. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a baking rack to cool.
6. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
These muffins are dense and hearty. The raisins and spices add a sweetness without adding sugar to the batter. *I cooked 1/4 cup of red lentils and that yielded about 3 cups of cooked lentils.
I have another recipe to share this week with the last cup of cooked lentils!
Tucker was my kitchen helper all day and was really interested when I was trying to take a photo of the muffins! Here are a few out-takes…
Do you have a good red lentil recipe to share? What’s your most creative kitchen creation? Have you snuck healthy ingredients into a dish and no one knew the difference?
i dont cook with lentils enough, because I am not sure of how to make them in different ways…this is one way that I could check out 🙂 they look delicious!
Maybe you could make lentil cupcakes!
Ooh, I love that! I’ve got everything except for millet. Going to get some today.
I’ve never tried red lentils, but this recipe looks great! Your little helper looks even better 🙂
whoa I never thought of using lentils this way, such a great idea
my dogies are the same way, always ready to taste test!
awwww Tucker!! So cute. I hope he got some!
I would have never thought of this but just may give it a try.
I’ve made brownies with black beans and chocolate cake with beets. I’d also like to give avocado chocolate icing a go. 🙂
It’s great that there’s all kinds of healthy things in there and it looks like Tucker doesn’t mind!
I love tucker! Would never have thought of adding lentils to muffins but what a great way to make them a little healthier! I love using pumpkin in place of butter
Wow, those sound so unique–and delicious! 🙂
I must admit I am still scared of them but they look great. I love your sweet taste tester’s face. 🙂
Whata a crazy/wonderful idea. I would never have thought of lentils in muffins! That’s never something I would have thought of!
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Muffin looks so good and what a good furbaby lol
This sounds oddly appetizing. I can easily get any and all varieties of dried lentils from our local Turkish markets, so I’ll have to try this one. However, I was given a batch of “Herman Cake” starter and have been baking with that. I altered the recipe which called for chocolate chunks and pecans as the flavorings, after finding a different one online, and added bananas for a ‘healthier’ and moister cake. Really good!!
Wonder how Herman would taste with lentils added in…