Buh-bye snow and welcome golden rays of energy! These bright days have me craving fresh, warm and spring infused healthy baking. My ongoing obsession with the golden, citrusy root of turmeric has not died down and I recently stumbled upon Teff, a super food wee little grain with a list of nutritional benefits that are mind-blowing. So I thought, why not mash these two together with warm spices, crisp apples, sweet carrots and VUALA, out came these delicious fresh baked, Spring inspired, Apple Carrot & Turmeric Breakfast Muffins!
Now I have to tell you, I am not a die-hard muffin fan… in fact, I can’t remember the last time I had one prior to this urge to do some Spring baking. I actually experimented first with breakfast cookies, wasn’t in love with the textural result, which led to, huh, how about a muffin instead? It was meant to be, these muffins are everything I was craving and more! Although the season is changing, I’m still not quite ready to let go of those comforting winter spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, so I thought I’d ease in to this whole Spring thing! A bite of one of my Apple Carrot & Turmeric Breakfast Muffins will bring your taste buds an infusion of citrusy turmeric and ginger, bursts of juicy tart apples, sweet hints of anti oxidant packed carrots, warmth from the cinnamon and nutmeg, finished off with a caramelized sweetness from the baked dates, YUM!
So you’re probably wondering, what the heck is teff, what kind of crazy grain is this?! I thought the same thing as I browsed the shelves and came across this tiny, dark brown, gluten-free grain (FYI I bought bulk teff from Bulk Barn and Bob’s Redmill Teff Flour from Sobey’s). I bought that interesting grain and marched straight home to do more research, little did I know that this Ethiopian grain is brimming with surprising health benefits, a super food and gaining major popularity in North America. High in nutrient content, it’s loaded with protein, calcium, eight amino acids, iron, fiber and anti-inflammatory properties, all in this adorable little grain! Well, I tried it out in these muffins and teff flour worked perfectly! I can’t wait to experiment more with this mysterious super grain!
So, what are ya waiting for! Get your Spring baking on with these nourishing muffins… or shall we call them Teffins, hehe :)? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you, reach me on Instagram @apinchofnurse or Facebook! XOXO