Mini muffins are irresistibly tempting whether served on a buffet or in lieu of bread. These guys employ winter’s most soothing veggie offering: creamy, butternut squash. An average (3 pound) butternut squash should produce 1.25 cups of puree per half, so we created a fresh spread with the extra to serve with the muffins, and add some zip and a freshness. Alternatively, butter or cream cheese would also go well. Think of offering all three if you are having a large crowd for brunch.
MAKES ABOUT 36 MINI MUFFINS
PREHEAT OVEN 375ºF… PREPARE THE SQUASH
1 butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
Place squash halves cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 40-45 min till fork can easily pierce through the squash’s center. Let cool a little, then scoop out the squash and mash with a fork in a bowl.
WHILE SQUASH IS BAKING, MIX WET INGREDIENTS FOR THE MUFFIN MIX
1 CUP cashew milk
2/3 CUP almond oil
2 TB scallions, green tops, cut into thin rings
3 TB carrot, grated
2/3 CUP farmer cheese, room temp
1 CUP roasted butternut squash puree, cooled
In a large bowl incorporate ingredients till thoroughly combined.
FINISH THE MUFFIN MIX
1 CUP spelt flour
1/2 CUP coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
In a separate bowl sift flours, then mix in the rest of the dry ingredients. Transfer to the wet ingredients bowl and stir until just combined.
RAISE OVEN TEMP TO 400°F… BAKE THE MUFFINS
Grease 2 mini muffin tins with spray oil* and divide mixture into each cavity, allowing dough to come above the rim. Create a cone-like, irregular shape at the top, then sprinkle on a few sunflower seeds. Bake for 20-22 min, till edges brown. Let cool 5 min in pan, then transfer muffins to a cooling rack.
WHILE MUFFINS BAKE, MAKE THE SPREAD
1 CUP butternut squash puree
1/4 CUP Greek yogurt
1 TB sriracha
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a small bowl and set on the side of muffins with a small spoon for spreading.
*If you don’t already own a spray oil dispenser, get one. That way you can use the quality oil of your choice for each project. This is a HOBNOB cupboard staple.
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