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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 (50 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tsp (10 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

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  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 jars. 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.

Nutrition info

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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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 🥰