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Spiced Walnut & Fig Muffins

35 min

Dessert

Make-ahead

There are two ways these muffins can be enjoyed: as a gift given to someone, or as a treat to enjoy yourself. In the gift scenario, simply layer the ingredients in a jar, and print out our instructions on how to turn the jar into muffins! Watch our video below to learn more :) The muffins are not too sweet, and are deliciously festive tasting.

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Total

35 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

25 min

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Ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • ¼ cup (56 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tsp (7 g)
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp
    ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp
    salt
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground cloves (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground cardamom (optional)

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    vegetable oil
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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and lightly grease a muffin tin.
  2. To a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  3. Then add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, but be careful not to overmix.
  4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the wells of the muffin tin.
  5. For decoration, you could add some chopped nuts and dried fruits on top of the muffins before they go into the oven. This is optional.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool, and enjoy!

Notes

  • * Use store-bought almond flour, or make it yourself by adding raw almonds to a food processor and blending until you achieve a flour-like consistency.
  • To gift these muffins in a jar, watch our video below, or follow these instructions:
  • In order for the ingredients to fit, you'll need 1L mason jar. To create even and clean lines in your jar, lower your spoon low into the jar when adding each new layer. Then clean the inside of the glass with a small silicone pastry brush to clear it of any flour residue. Using the pastry brush, level out each layer before adding in the next layer.
  • Add the ingredients in the following order: flour (½ cup) > cacao powder > flour (½ cup) > brown sugar > flour (½ cup).
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, flaxseeds, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and cardamom. Then add this to the jar. Atop this layer, add the almond flour.
  • Use the back of a small ladle or measuring spoon to press down firmly and evenly on the contents within the jar. This should compress all the layers, creating more space at the top of the jar for the following ingredients.
  • Finally, add in the chopped walnuts, dried figs, and chocolate chips.
  • Seal the jar with a lid, and decorate with string or flowers.
  • Print our ready-made printable PDF template to give with the jar, or write the following instructions on a card yourself:
  • To make the muffins: 1) Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). 2) Lightly grease a muffin tin. 3) Empty the jar into a large bowl, and stir to combine all the dry ingredients. 4) Add 1 cup (240 mL) plant-based milk, and ⅓ cup (80 mL) vegetable oil to the same bowl, and stir until just combined. For decoration, you could save some chopped nuts and fruits to put on top of the muffins before they go into the oven. 5) Divide the batter evenly into the wells of the muffin tin, and bake in the oven on the centre rack for 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the centre clean. Let cool, and enjoy!

Storage

  • The cooked muffins can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
  • The layered jar can be stored in a dark and cool place for up to 1 month.

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We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Fleur - Jan. 19, 2022, 3:48 p.m.

Great recipe!


Evelyn - Jan. 10, 2022, 3:12 p.m.

Gifted these in the mason jar. A total hit! Thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - Jan. 11, 2022, 4:53 p.m.

We're so honoured they were gifted, Evelyn - thank you!

Evelyn - Jan. 12, 2022, 3:33 p.m.

My pleasure! One of the gift recipients has already called her whole family raving about these muffins.


Monica - Jan. 7, 2022, 8:50 p.m.

Super easy, taste amazing, and the whole family loved them! Will be making them again:) thank you PUL!

PUL Team - Jan. 7, 2022, 9:42 p.m.

Woohoo! So glad they were enjoyed, Monica 😃


Jenn - Dec. 31, 2021, 6:36 p.m.

I love these muffins. I have made this recipe twice to share as Christmas gifts. And for my own family 4 times this month: Twice substituting dried sour cherries. Everyone loves them. One note my batter seemed a little dry so I add a splash more “milk”. Happy New Year. Jennifer

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:16 a.m.

Oh, Jenn, so lovely to hear - thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family 💚


Nadika - Dec. 31, 2021, 3:55 p.m.

This has become our new favourite muffin recipe!
I made these twice this week and I used oat flour instead of almond flour for one batch, and almond flour for the second batch. The first batch (using oat flour) was definitely more dense, but it tasted almost like a "granola bar muffin" which we didn't mind at all! The oat flour was less expensive, and it didn't impact the taste, just the texture. The second batch (using almond flour) had a more airy texture, but tasted equally delicious.
Thank you for yet another amazing recipe!
Happy New Year!

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:14 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing the modifications, Nadika, it's so appreciated! Wishing you a very happy new year ✨


Kanako - Dec. 21, 2021, 1:06 p.m.

Hi! I made these muffins for myself and loved them! I wanted to give them to my friend this year, but she’s allergic to nuts. What can I use instead and how much of it?

PUL Team - Dec. 22, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Hi Kanako, aw so nice of you to make them for your friend! Roasted pumpkin seeds work well as a substitute for walnuts in the one.

To substitute the almond flour, we've had some reviews with all-purpose flour in place of it, although the muffins will be much more dry and dense. This is because all-purpose flour has gluten and absorbs liquid differently than almond flour. Adding more plant-milk may help a bit, or perhaps oat flour may be a fun alternative to experiment with! Do let us know how it goes if you test it out 😊

Ko - Dec. 31, 2021, 11:46 p.m.

I actually mixed sunflower seeds and used it the same way as the almond flour. She gave them 10/10!

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:09 a.m.

A lovely idea, Ko! Thanks a bunch for the insight 😃


Andreea - Dec. 15, 2021, 5:56 a.m.

Thank you for the inspiration! Muffins are absolutely delicious and the process of making this cute jar was therapeutic for me. I wish you happy holidays!

PUL Team - Dec. 16, 2021, 7:47 a.m.

It means so much to hear, Andreea - thank you! Wishing you the happiest of holidays ❣️


Sabina - Dec. 11, 2021, 11:47 a.m.

Thank youu! I made it last year for my best friend and this Christmas I will do it for my cousins! Great idea!

PUL Team - Dec. 12, 2021, 7:31 p.m.

Oh so lovely, Sabina! Happy holidays 😃


Celina - Dec. 10, 2021, 10:46 p.m.

These are soo delicious! The spices make this taste so festive and amazing! I will be making this for a friend of mine for Christmas. Thank you for the great gift idea :-)

PUL Team - Dec. 11, 2021, 10:30 p.m.

So kind of you to gift the muffins! We're so glad the recipe is being enjoyed, Celina 😊


Ellie - Dec. 9, 2021, 11:56 p.m.

Incredibly delicious recipe and very original idea for a gift! Thanks a lot!


Laura - Dec. 4, 2021, 3:52 p.m.

Hi! Could I use rice flour instead of all-purpose flour to make them gluten free?

PUL Team - Dec. 4, 2021, 11:03 p.m.

Hi there, Laura! Since all-purpose flour has gluten, it helps give the muffins a fluffier texture and structure. Rice flour might not offer this and will likely not absorb the wet ingredients as nicely. We'd recommend trying half rice flour and half all-purpose flour to start or try a smaller batch if possible and see how you like it.

Alternatively, a mix of gluten-free flours generally works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own if you're interested. If so, here's a flour blend recipe from Minimalist Baker that might help: https://minimalistbaker.com/d…. Do let us know if you experiment with the muffins 😃


Nadia - Nov. 23, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

Hi! Can you substitute the almond flour for regular all-purpose flour? The almond flour is quite expensive and I have a tight budget... :)

PUL Team - Nov. 24, 2021, 8:34 p.m.

Hi there, Nadia! Thanks for the question. We've had some reviews with all-purpose flavour in place of almond flour and it's possible, although the muffins will be much more dry and dense. This is because all-purpose flour has gluten and absorbs liquid differently than almond flour. Adding more milk may help a bit 😊

Alternatively, you may be interested in blending raw almonds in a food processor to make homemade almond flour if that's more accessible. Do let us know how it goes if you give the muffins a try!


Aurora - Nov. 15, 2021, 10:37 p.m.

These are SOOOOOOOOO good!


Zsuzsa - Nov. 10, 2021, 9:20 p.m.

I tried it with gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of 'simple' all-purpose flour and instead of almond flour. It needed much more yoghurt, I put there like 340 ml :)) it became more solid than I think it should have been, but it came out totally fine. it is delicious!
p.s., it would be awesome if some recipes would have a gluten-free version as well 😇

PUL Team - Nov. 11, 2021, 1:39 a.m.

Hi Zsuzsa, thanks a bunch for sharing the insight with making these ones gluten-free! We've noted down the request as well. In the meantime, you can find some gluten-free recipes with our recipe filter here if you're interested and haven't seen already: pickuplimes.com/recipe/?sb=&a… ☺️


Lilli - Nov. 8, 2021, 11:47 a.m.

Hello :) Do you think I could substitute the almond flour for oat flour? Also this is such a lovely idea☺️

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2021, 2:37 a.m.

Hi there, Lilli, thanks for the question! We haven't tested it out but imagine it could work nicely. Do let us know if you experiment with it 😊


Leine - Oct. 23, 2021, 7:06 p.m.

Hi there! These look amazing and I’d love to give them as a gift — but the person I’d like to gift these to isn’t a fan of dried fruit. Is there something I could use in place of figs (that is not another kind of dried fruit)? 🙂

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 4:11 a.m.

Hey there, Leine, so nice of you to gift the muffins! Substituting the dried fruit for an alternative nut, seed, or coconut flakes might be some ideas. You could also omit them if desired for a less sweet crunch in the muffins 😊


Karishma - Oct. 23, 2021, 2:35 a.m.

Such a fabulous idea of sending this as a gift. These cupcakes are amazing! All your recipes deliver exactly what’s promised. Also, the website is so thoughtfully created- to adjust for serving sizes, for printing recipe notes for the gift ideas.. wonderful! Everything about what you do is so thoughtful!
God bless you

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2021, 3:43 a.m.

You're much too kind, Karishma, thank you for the lovely review! It means so much that the PUL content is being enjoyed 🤗


Bridget - Oct. 22, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

Hello,
These muffins are amazing, I'm so in love with them,have all my favourites - walnuts, chocolate ant dried figs. These became my to go snack or breakfast number 1 option.
I'm so thankful for your recipes, so simple yet so nutritious and delicious. Let me enjoy and appreciate cooking^^.

PUL Team - Oct. 22, 2021, 4:36 p.m.

Aww this makes us so happy to hear, Bridget! Thank you for helping make our PUL community so special 💚


Chriselle - Oct. 12, 2021, 4:12 p.m.

Making these for the week! This past Christmas we actually prepped them in jars like your video and gave them away as gifts. They are delicious and have become a staple. Thank you, Sadia!

PUL Team - Oct. 13, 2021, 3:30 a.m.

We're glad the muffins are being enjoyed, Chriselle! So kind of you to gift some as well 🤗


Dawn Shields - Oct. 1, 2021, 4:20 a.m.

these muffins are wonderful! They are easy to prepare, moist and flavorful. I added all the spices and used dried cherries and chopped dates since that is what I had and I wanted to make the muffins "right now." My kitchen smelled amazing. The only complaint I had was that my family ate the entire batch in one day.
Next time I will certainly double the recipe. Thank you for adding a wonderful new fall muffin to my collection.

PUL Team - Oct. 1, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

Oh, Dawn, thank you for taking the time to share the lovely review with us! We're so glad the muffins were enjoyed. Happy baking ✨


Sing Hui - Sept. 26, 2021, 2 p.m.

Can I use microwave for this recipe instead of oven ? And how long should I bake by using microwave?
Also, I would like to know if all purpose flour could be a substitute of almond flour?
Thank youuu

PUL Team - Sept. 27, 2021, 4:22 a.m.

Hi Sing! Thanks for the questions. We can't say with absolute certainty as we haven't tested out the muffins in the microwave. The cook time would likely be much less though. Perhaps trying a small batch of the recipe in short intervals may help if you experiment with it 🙂

All-purpose flour in place of the almond flour may work, although the muffins will end up a fair bit more dry and dense. This is because all-purpose flour has gluten and absorbs liquid differently than almond flour. Do let us know if you experiment with it!

Sing Hui - Nov. 2, 2021, 5:06 p.m.

Hello,
Greetings from Malaysia..
I've tried it out by using all purpose flour. It turned out dryer than by using almond flour. Anyway it tasted really good still !
Love this recipe!
Thank you Sadia & PUL team for all the amazing videos, recipes, thoughtful pdf recipes, website & everything.

PUL Team - Nov. 3, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

Thank you for the update, Sing, we're so glad the recipe was enjoyed!


Leen - Sept. 19, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

They are really delicious! Can I freeze them?

PUL Team - Sept. 20, 2021, 4:04 p.m.

Hi Leen, thanks for the question and kind words! We haven't tested it out, but we imagine the muffins could be stored in the freezer for up to a month in an air-tight container, ideally reheating before enjoying 🙂 Do let us know if you test out!


Laura - Sept. 8, 2021, 8:29 p.m.

I made these this morning and they turned out delicious. I used dates instead of figs, because I didn't have any. Thank you so much for the recipe. PUL never disappoints!


Aseel - Aug. 27, 2021, 10:33 p.m.

Made this a few days ago, for my family and it was definitely a hit! Super easy to make, the presentation turned out amazing (loved the added garnish idea on top) and turned out really good too. I expected them to turn out a bit dense, but nope they were perfect!

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 11:14 p.m.

Aw we're so thrilled you enjoyed the muffins, Aseel, thank you ☺️


FJ - Aug. 15, 2021, 8:42 p.m.

Any suggested changes for using fresh figs?

PUL Team - Aug. 16, 2021, 3:35 a.m.

Hey FJ, another dried fruit in place of the figs would work! We recommend dried cranberries 😊


Kayla - July 27, 2021, 7:11 a.m.

These were a bit denser than I had anticipated but then realized they were perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, and I LOVED the flavor combo! As always, any recipe I try from here never fails!!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 8:59 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Kayla, and are so happy you enjoyed the muffins 🤩


Rayna - July 23, 2021, 1:08 a.m.

I have made these at least 4 times and they are amazing. They are heavier, so perfect for the morning staple. Since I am pregnant sneaking in walnuts and figs is a winner!! Love these!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 2:25 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the muffins, Rayna, and all the best with your pregnancy ✨🌻


Courtney - July 22, 2021, 11:51 p.m.

I've made these twice so far, and they are delicious! Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. I subbed coconut sugar for brown sugar, and I've tried them with turkish dried figs once and dried cranberries/golden raisins the other... I like the cranberries better here, but both were good! :) Thanks for the great recipe!

PUL Team - July 24, 2021, 2:27 a.m.

Ooo thanks for sharing, Courtney, we're so happy the muffins have been enjoyed 😃


lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:34 p.m.

so fun to assemble and enjoyed giving them to a friend this holiday season 🤍

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:30 a.m.

So kind of you to gift them, Lucy, thank you for the review 💝


Brenda - July 9, 2021, 6:48 a.m.

These are my new favorite muffins ever! I made these for my family, and they loved them too, especially my picky sibling! Will definitely be making these often!


Margaux - July 8, 2021, 11:43 p.m.

I made these for my mother in law, she didn't want to make them because the layering was too beautiful haha. After a few months she finally decided to make them and they turned out great! Not too sweet, the perfect amount of sugar. It was her first time baking a vegan recipe and she was really impressed with how good they turned out even though there was no eggs or dairy in it.
Thank you for another great recipe!

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:43 p.m.

Thank you for the wonderful review, Margaux! So happy the muffins were enjoyed ✨


L - July 8, 2021, 8:12 p.m.

I originally made these as a gift, but had to make one for myself afterwards. 😄 They were absolutely delicious! I made one with dried mango and the other with dried cranberries. The layering took some time but definitely worth it.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 10:38 p.m.

Hehe a lovely gift to yourself, L! Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with the muffins 🤗


L - July 8, 2021, 8:11 p.m.

I originally made these as a gift, but had to make one for myself afterwards. 😄 They were absolutely delicious! I made one with dried mango and the other with dried cranberries. The layering took some time but definitely worth it.

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 7:17 a.m.

So glad to hear it was worth it, L - thanks so much for sharing!


Victoria - July 8, 2021, 7:51 p.m.

Perfect breakfast muffin! I used chia seeds and dried cranberries instead since I didn't have flax seeds or figs. I made these for work to bring to breakfast and everyone loved them! I enjoy secretly sneaking in healthy food into my coworkers. =)

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 9:27 p.m.

Love the substitutions, Victoria, thanks for sharing 🤩


Laura - June 3, 2021, 5:39 p.m.

Can I use oat flour in place of the al purpose flour?

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 8:17 p.m.

Hello Laura, thanks for the question and patience as we're catching up on website questions! We'd recommend trying half oat and half all-purpose flour to start if possible, and see how you like it. Then try the next time with all oat flour. All-purpose flour has gluten in it, which helps give the muffins a fluffier muffin-like texture and structure. Oat flour might not offer this, but it could be a fun one to experiment with 😃 and if you do, please let us know how it goes!


Clare - May 19, 2021, 2:21 p.m.

I made the muffins with died cranberries and my family and I all loved this recipe!


Cris S - May 12, 2021, 7:42 a.m.

Outstanding! They made the perfect Christmas gift and they were adored by my non-vegan family! 🤗 I hope we will have more muffins-in-a-jar recipes for the next Christmas! 😁 I love anything with creative spices!

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 9:33 p.m.

So kind of you to get your family a gift, Cris! We're so happy the muffins were enjoyed and have noted down the request 😃


S - May 10, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

Love, Love, Love this recipe, have made it over 3 times now and is popular with the family :), Many thanks for this and keep up the good work!

PUL Team - May 11, 2021, 5:07 a.m.

We're so thrilled that the muffins are a family hit! Such a lovely compliment. Thank you, S ✨🥰


Jackie - April 25, 2021, 3:05 a.m.

I have made these about five times now and they are absolutely delicious! My whole family loves them and they finish a batch within a couple of days. I've made them with dried cranberries as well and they tasted just as good! Thank you for your recipes, Sadia! It's always so fun to try a new PUL recipe.

PUL Team - April 26, 2021, 6:08 a.m.

Mmm dried Cranberries sound delicious, Jackie! Thank you 😊


Ewa - April 9, 2021, 9:35 p.m.

Those are my best go to muffins.
I use dates instead of figs. Amazing. Thank you for a great idea.

PUL Team - April 10, 2021, 2:21 a.m.

So glad you've enjoyed the muffin, Ewa! Dates are a delicious idea :D


Pip - April 3, 2021, 4:55 a.m.

I finally made these muffins after giving them away in the 'jar-version' for Christmas! They are SO delicious (and fantastic as a 'hot-cross-bun' alternative for Easter). Thanks Sadia for all you do and inspire us to do x

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 5:50 a.m.

We're so happy to hear this! Thank you for being part of our PUL family, Pip 🥰