Red Lentil Muffins

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

Ingredients
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 egg
1 cup raisins
Optional:
1/8 cup chia seeds
1/8 cup millet (uncooked)

Instructions
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.

muffins

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…

Notice the muffin in the background?

Notice the muffin in the background?

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I’d be happy to help you taste-test!

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?

 

Vitacost Sale

There’s a big sale going on over at Vitacost–12% off everything!

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I’m a huge fan of Vitacost to order kitchen staples as well as try new-to-me products that aren’t available at local stores.  The best part?  There’s usually a good sale/promo going on, I tend to qualify for free shipping, and items cost less than they would at local stores.  A few of my favorite things?  Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder, Garden of Life Super Seed, Bob’s Red Mill anything, and Pure Bars.

(Side note on Pure Bars – I first found these at Whole Foods in DC – haven’t seen them anywhere else so I was happy to find them online.  They are all natural, organic, gluten free, and delicious!)

If you haven’t shopped Vitacost before, consider shopping around today.  There’s everything from food, fitness, baby, personal care, etc.  Today’s 12% off EVERYTHING is available with promo code 123SAVE and ends at 11:59 pm EST and is available up to $1000. 

I know I’ll be shopping today!

Do you shop at Vitacost?  Anything I should try?  What’s your favorite food product that you order online?  

**Note:  I will receive $30-$40 worth of products from Vitacost in exchange for sharing today’s sale with you.  Any product reviews and opinions are my own.**