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Butternut Squash Muffins with a Frosty Top

butternut squash muffins

Do you like carrot cake? I do. If you like it as well, you will definitely love these butternut squash muffins. They are sweet, moist and a perfect treat on a snowy day. Yes, it’s snowing here. Our street was all white this morning. I hope that it will last and that the snow won’t turn into brown mud in the afternoon. Unfortunately snow is not always nice in the city.

I have taken two days off work, which puts me into a total Christmas mood. This afternoon I will defintely start baking Christmas cookies.

I love how our weekly vegetable delivery has turned all winterly: brussels sprouts, cabbage and SQUASH! I have turned into a total squash lover lately. My favourites include these muffins, squash soup with coconut milk and warm squash and kale salad with nuts. Things on my list: butternut burritos and butternut pasta.

Look at the beautiful colour of this butternut!

butternut squash halves

butternut squash crushed

I have rediscovered my cookbook “jamie at home” by Jamie Oliver. All the recipes are ordered by seasons. Great book with beautiful photography.

Recipe from the book “jamie at home” by Jamie Oliver

What you need for 12 muffins:

  • 400g butternut squash, skin on and finely chopped (blender)
  • 350g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 handful of chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 175 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • For the frosting:

  • orange zest from one orange
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 100g sour cream
  • 200g tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and vanilla extract scraped out
  • For decoration and final twist: sea salt, lavender flowers or rose petals

  • Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Prepare a muffin tin with paper cups
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the muffin ingredients
  • Fill the muffin cups with the mixture
  • Put in the oven for about 25 minutes
  • Allow the muffins to cool down
  • Meanwhile whisk together all the ingredients for the icing
  • You might need to adjust the amount of lemon juice/icing sugar for a perfect icing texture
  • Scoop the icing on the muffins
  • For a final twist, sprinkle some sea salt and flower petals on top
  • Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

    apple and cinnamon breakfast muffins with oat

    Being away from home during the week these days, I love to celebrate shared meals on the weekends. Especially breakfasts. We get the day started on Saturdays and Sundays with a big breakfast with fresh juices or smoothies (I need a juicer! My electric blender is being pushed to its limits!). I also love to bake in the mornings. I am an early bird.

    This weekend I made apple and cinnamon breakfast muffins with rolled oats. Wholesome for breakfast with no sugar involved but the slight sweetness of the apples. I will take some to Hamburg for next week for a second breakfast on the go.

    rolled oats yoghurt for apple cinnamon breakfast muffins

    I used Elstar apples for the muffins as they are quite sweet. I love the variety of apples (colours!) you see at the markets at the moment. But to be honest, I often don’t know a lot about the types of apples available. I am just impressed.

    three apple and cinnamon breakfast muffins with oat

    What you need for 12 muffins:

  • 500ml plain full fat yoghurt
  • 350g rolled oats
  • 2 large shredded apples
  • 100g oat flour
  • 100ml honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 20g fresh yeast

  • Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • When you shred the apples, don’t use the “apple juice” for the muffins
  • Whisk together all ingredients except for the rolled oats in a large bowl
  • Fold in the rolled oats
  • Scoop out the mixture into prepared muffin tins
  • Decorate with apple slices (not too thin or they get burned)
  • Raw Chocolate Pralinés

    two raw chocolate pralines

    I love raw chcocolate.

    I have experimented with raw desserts quite a lot recently and became a big fan of raw brownies. I don’t really like raw chocolate mousse. Or maybe I didn’t find a good recipe yet. I made it based on avocado – the classic. But I am not yet convinced by the combination of chocolate and avocado. However, the combination of raw cocoa and dates – these raw chcolate pralinés are based on – is simply divine.

    It is a perfect little sweet treat.

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    Carrot Bundt Cake

    carrot cake

    carrot cake close up

    Cakes with veggies, fruits and nuts are not for everyone. I really like it. And so I love this carrot cake full of these things. It became one of my favourite cake recipes. It is actually more of a fruit cake than a carrot cake and it tastes even better after a couple of days.

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