Monday, January 23, 2017

Juice Pulp Mighty Muffins!


 


      Did my title make you curious?  I hope so!  I know that a lot of you are juicing...and that is fabulous :)  Kudos for increasing your fresh veggie and fruit consumption!  Juicing is a great way to provide an array of nutrients to your body in an easily absorbable form.  But you are left with a mound of pulp each time you juice.  You could throw it in the compost bin...or you could use this fiber-rich by-product to make some Mighty Muffins.  (Mighty Delicious and Mighty Nutritious...and Gluten-Free!)

      Fiber is the indigestible element in whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables. 
      The fiber in whole foods comes to us in two forms...soluble and insoluble. 


      Soluble fiber, like pectin and mucilage, will remain in your juice.  These fiber forms absorb water like a sponge in your digestive tract.  They slow down the transit of food, which helps to regulate blood sugar.  They function as prebiotics, providing the fuel source for the healthy bacteria living in your gut.

      Insoluble fiber, like cellulose and lignins, will form the pulp.  These fiber forms bulk up your "poo" and contribute to bowel regularity :)  They also help you feel full...which may help you resist food cravings.  Insoluble fiber speeds up food
transit time...which goes back to that regularity thing :)


Enough of Fiber 101...let's get on with these muffins!
These mighty tasty gems are great anytime...for breakfast, a snack or dessert!
Do you really need an excuse??
Here goes....
  
 
Ingredients you will  need...Organic whenever possible :)
*3 cups of buckwheat flour
(I buy buckwheat groats in bulk and grind the flour in my VitaMix blender.)
*1/4 cup of ground hemp seeds
(Also done in the Vitamix!)
*1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
*1 tablespoon of baking powder
*1 teaspoon of cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
*2 cups of juicing pulp (Any variety will do :)
*1/2 cup of plain, full-fat yogurt
*1 small ripe banana, mashed
*1/2 cup of unsweetened nut milk of choice (almond, coconut, cashew)
*1/2 cup of maple syrup
*1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
*handful of oats for garnish :)
 
 
 
Instructions...
*Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
*Combine buckwheat flour, ground hemp seeds, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and              
nutmeg in a large bowl.
*Add the pulp to the dry ingredients...and mix until the pulp is coated.
*Combine the yogurt, banana, nut milk, maple syrup and vanilla in a smaller bowl.
*Add the wet ingredients to the dry...and mix well.  This batter will be thick.  Add a small amount of nut milk if needed to improve consistency.
*Spoon your batter into muffin tins lined with papers.
*Sprinkle on the oats.
*Bake for 20-25 minutes...or until a toothpick comes out clean :)
 
And there you have it...or should I say, HERE you have it!
 
 
P.S....They are yummy warm with butter!
 
Recipe inspiration courtesy of www.eatyourselfskinny.com