The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. So does chocolate. Or carob.
I have come to realize that chocolate and carob will cover any other odd elements you may introduce into a dessert or otherwise sweet good – zucchini, spinach, carrot, lentils…
Now, I’m not calling lentils a sin – they are good for you – but the carob in this recipe does a really good job of masking this protein-packed pulse. I used carob instead of chocolate because carob is the caffeine-free alternative to chocolate. However, feel free to use cocoa if it suits your fancy.
These muffins are great as a morning breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.
½ cup red lentils
1 cup gluten-free oat flour or gluten-free baking flour (or 1 cup all-purpose flour)
¼ cup carob powder (or cocoa powder)
½ cup apple sauce
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup coconut beverage (not coconut milk), non-dairy milk or water
¼ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup carob chips (or chocolate chips)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup rolled/old-fashioned oats (gluten-free) for garnish
Note: Carob powder is naturally sweeter than cocoa powder. Thus, if using cocoa powder or chocolate chips, you may want to increase the amount of sugar used in this recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Grease a muffin pan.
- Cook the lentils according to package directions. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Mix well. Create a little well in the centre of your ingredients in the bowl, and add your wet ingredients, including your lentils. Mix well. Add your carob chips and gently stir until incorporated.
- Pour your batter into your prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle oats onto each muffin and place the pan into oven.
- Bake for 35 minutes in the oven or until tooth-pick comes out clean.
- Let cool in muffin tins and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Serve warm or cool. These can also be frozen.
On another note, I’m entering this recipe into the 2015 Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelation Challenge! Yay! Likes and repins of my recipe count as a portion of the total scoring, so please like it and repin it! Here’s the direct link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/214554369724083664/