Spiced Quince Streusel Muffins

These muffins are fragrant, spicy and flavorful.  They make a great grab and go breakfast or snack. The use of unrefined sugars provides a caramel flavor.  The basic recipe uses drained quince sauce, which is similar to apple sauce.  When they are in season, I add diced fresh quince.  Since quince is a dryer fruit than apples or pears, it can be directly added to baked recipes without causing problems with excess moisture.

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I formally adapted applesauce streusel muffin recipes to make effective use of the bounty of quince produced by my backyard tree featured in Mojave Fruits and Nuts.

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Now that I follow a “No white stuff” diet per directions from my cardiologist, I need to adjust.   This recipe uses a lot less “white stuff” than traditional recipes, but it still should be enjoyed in moderation. Quince, Old fashioned oats, pulse flour (yellow split peas) all add fiber and micronutrients to make a heart healthy muffin.

Ingredients

Muffins

1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup yellow split peas puréed with Noyaux water*
1 cup drained quince sauce (similar to apple sauce)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup ground oatmeal flour
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour or all-purpose flour blend
1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger

Split Peas Puréed with Noyaux Water

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Grind dry *toasted yellow split peas in a food processor or blender to make a flour.  Mix about 3/4 cup flour with small amounts of Noyaux Water made from roasted apricot seeds (unflavored water can be used)   Let sit for a few minutes and then readjust balance of flour to water until the mixture forms the consistency of canned pumpkin.

Streusel

Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil or  butter

1 cup whole “old fashioned” rolled oats
1⁄4 cup packed Splenda brown sugar blend, coconut sugar, jaggery, panela or Muscovado.

Struesel Method

Mix streusel ingredients in a bowl.

Prepare Muffin Batter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Rub muffin pans with a clump of coconut oil that was hardened in the fridge.

Beat egg in a large mixing bowl with oil. Add split pea purée, vanilla and drained quince sauce.

In a separate bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and ginger.

Stir dry mixture into purée mixture just until flour is moistened. Optional ingredients such as raisins, nuts, diced fresh quince, or dried fruits can be added at this time.

Sprinkle about 1 tsp of struesel into bottom of each muffin cup. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Top each muffin with about 1 tsp streusel.

Lightly toast any leftover streusel to use as granola.

Bake

Bake 15 minutes, or until top of muffin bounces back when touched or a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Additional Sources of Information

Health Benefits of Quince. OrganicFacts.net   Accessed May 31, 2016.

Quince – health benefits & Recipes.  Yolanda Bertaud, MSOM, HHP, CH. Byzantine Flowers. Accessed May 31, 2016.

The Nutritional Value of Yellow Split Peas April 26 2016. Michele Turcotte, MS, RD. Livestrong.com Accessed May 31, 2016.

Calories in Yellow Split Peas. https://www.caloriecount.com/. Accessed May 31, 2016.

2016 International Year of Pulses.  Accessed May 31, 2016.

Pulse flours to the fore Jeff Gelski. . Accessed May 31, 2016.

Lentil Apple Muffins. USDA Dry Pea and Lentil Council. © 2016 USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. Accessed May 31, 2016.

Yellow Peas Pack a Punch.By USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

Types of Chickpeas & FloursSimple Gluten Free KitchenBalvinder alias Neetu. Accessed May 31, 2016.

This Recipe is the Pits.  Brave Tart: Stella Parks,Stephen “Rosco” Weber, and Sarah Jane Sanders. Tuesday August 14, 2012

“Types of Oats”. The Whole Grain Council. Retrieved May 30, 2016

* I used freshly ground dry yellow split peas all winter long with no problem.  When the thermometer topped 100 ° F, the “grassy” smell emerged from my batter.  To prevent this from happening, it is best to toast the peas prior to grinding during warm weather.

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About Caliche Chick

I retired from a career as an Environmental Scientist and Botanist. My first career was teaching science and English as a Second Language (ESL), and content classes for ESL students at the middle school level. I also taught introductory biology at the community college level. I have an avid interest in plants that grow with little to no irrigation. I also keep a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and back yard chickens. When I am not in my yard, I am taking Construction Technology Classes at Victor Valley College and working on my "fixer upper" home.
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