There is nothing better then the combination of summer fruits and vanilla to send you into your favourite sunshine moment. It may be a holiday drinking cocktails or visiting family and friends for a BBQ. What ever it may be, there always is time for a fresh fruity snack or high tea experience to lift your mood when the sun is warm. These little Summer Sunflower Vanilla Muffins are one of my favourite of GingerNotes Muffin recipes and I think it is the use of vanilla syrup as the sweetener. They are a perfect addition to bring along on your next picnic, sharing wholesome and nourishing food love made with quality ingredients.
Some GingerNotes –
- Did you know the vanilla flavour is derived from the Mexican Orchid plant species and the word literally means ‘little pod’
- It also is the second most expensive spice after saffron and I guess we therefore really appreciate and value it’s delicate flavour notes in cooking.
- Nutritionally it only has the ever so slightest traces of potassium, calcium and magnesium but nothing that is going to contribute to your overall dietary needs.
Summer Sunflower & Vanilla Muffins Recipe
Prep 10min | Cook: 15-20min | Makes: 30 small or 15 large
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup 100% vanilla syrup
- 150g organic butter
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1 orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC)
In a large bowl add flours, almond meal, salt and baking powder. Give a quick stir through using a fork.
In a separate bowl beat the butter and vanilla for 2 minutes until light and fluffy then add the orange zest.
Add all the dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix through using a spatula. Add in the mixed berries and sunflower seeds and gently fold through.
You can either use pre-made mini patty cases or a mini quiche tray lined in butter. It is very easy just to use one of your fingers in a spinning motion.
Bake for 15-20mins or as soon as you see the muffins turn a slight golden brown on the surface. Cooking alternative flours always results in a slightly more dense texture.
Made with Love,
If you would like a gluten free alternative to enjoy more muffin goodness, why no try my Pear Sunflower Muffins.