Raspberry Hemp Muffins

Posted on July 13, 2012

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a recipe, but I haven’t wanted to cook very much given the ridiculous temperatures.  Still, I had a container of delicious raspberries sitting in the fridge from the week’s CSA share, and I wasn’t just going to let them go to waste.  The hemp seeds* were a great way to add some protein,  omega-3s, and a pleasantly nutty flavor.  Between the hemp seeds and the whole wheat flour, these muffins are much more filling than if they were made with white flour alone.  I made them at night to avoid the worst of the heat.  Come breakfast, the effort was completely worth it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries (I’m estimating here, I just used all the berries I had on hand.)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I used Turbinado.)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used coconut.)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 400°.  Get out two mixing bowls.  In the smaller of the two bowls combine raspberries, egg, milk, and cooking oil.  Stir until well mixed.  Combine dry ingredients in the large bowl, stir until well mixed.  Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients all at once.  Mix until nearly all of the dry materials are incorporated.  Scoop into a well greased muffin tin, distributing mixture evenly between cups.  Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  (Time is for a standard 12 cup muffin tin, time will be shorter if you use a mini-tin.)  Tip out of pan onto a plate or rack to cool.

Scoop the batter into the tin quickly. The chemical reaction that makes them rise begins as soon as the wet and dry ingredients are combined.

The finished muffins are satisfyingly fruity, without being overly sweet.

*From wikipedia: Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea,[19] and used in baking. The fresh leaves can also be consumed in salads. Products include cereals, frozen waffles, hemp tofu, and nut butters. A few companies produce value added hemp seed items that include the seed oils, whole hemp grain (which is sterilized by law in the United States, where they import it from China and Canada), dehulled hemp seed (the whole seed without the mineral rich outer shell), hemp flour, hemp cake (a by-product of pressing the seed for oil) and hemp protein powder. Hemp is also used in some organic cereals, for non-dairy milk[20] somewhat similar to soy and nut milks, and for non-dairy hemp “ice cream.”

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