Curry, exotic spice blends, and ginger. These are just a few of the things that warm my soul. What they have in common is a pungent flavor that is spicy, but warm. Flavored with ground ginger, but also cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, Gingerbread has always been one of my holiday favorites because of it's warming effect.
When we got back from the Red River Gorge, it took me over a week to acclimate from the time change. With frost out my window and extra time to kill, it was the perfect recipe for holiday baking! First I made a french press, and then I pulled out all the spices, attempting to muffle any sounds as I open and closed cupboards.
How does the poem go? Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. At that wee hour of the morning, I worked quietly so as not to disturb a anyone. Just me, my whisk, and the preheating oven, working together while the rest of the neighborhood lay silent.
Whiffs of molasses and ginger rose in steam from the oven, waking everyone up before the muffins were even finished. While they were still hot, we smeared the muffins with butter and sipped our coffee, as if it were Saturday, before hurrying off to work to meet the real world.
These muffins, delicate and soft, but full of warmth, made it feel like Christmas morning, even in early November. You'll know the feeling when you make these muffins, or these crispy cookies, raw bites, or even this off-beat pumpkin pie: gingerbread brings a smile to your face.
What are you baking this season? What treats make your day feel just a little bit more special? Let me know in the comments!
Serves: 12 | Total Time: 60 minutes
- 2 3/4 cups almond flour
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup canned coconut milk, full fat
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
- 2 large eggs
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 12 whole pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a muffin pan with muffin liners.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg. Whisk to remove any clumps.
- In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients: molasses, maple syrup, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, melted butter, eggs, and orange zest if using. Whisk until few clumps remain.
- Add half of the dry mixture to the wet, and stir. Then add remaining dry mixture, and continue to stir until a loose batter forms and few to no clumps remain. Divide batter among muffin liners, filling each about 5/6 of the way full. Top each muffin with a whole pecan.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted into the middle of a muffin, comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Store in air tight container in fridge for up to 1 week.