Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The Ginger-Spice Bomms

Ginger-Spice with Buckwheat, Oat flour, and Molasses Muffins

This weekend my toddler-baby danced for the first time. Knee-walking over to me with a funny grin, she pulled her socks off, stood up and gripped the arm of my chair, then kicked her legs back and forth as fast as she could, tapping her bare feet against the kitchen floor. It was almost like she was running in place. But, with one leg bent and the other straight, it had the effect of a lopsided Irish jig. Her expression contained this marvelous mix of awe, surprise, and joy: something new is happening!

When she stopped dancing and squealing, she reached up to the table for something to eat — a reward. These warm muffins that smell like gingerbread cookies awaited her. They have a complex, slightly mysterious flavor, with sweetness, heartiness, and warm spice. Appropriate for a first dance.


3/4 cup buckwheat flour
3/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup walnut pieces


1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease the muffin pan with oil or butter (I use olive oil spray — quick and easy, and afterward the cooked muffins lift right out).

2. In one bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and baking soda, salt and spices and set aside. In the other bowl, mix the olive oil, molasses, honey, eggs, vanilla, and the buttermilk or yogurt.

3. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing just until combined. Then, fold in the raisins and walnuts.

4. Scoop into the muffin cups, filling just below the top, and bake 25-30 minutes until they’re a gorgeous dark brown. Cool for a few minutes in the pan before turning them loose. I love to eat them warm, with a bit of butter and strawberry jam. Happy Wednesday Delicious!

Previously: The Booodseees.

Natalie Eve Garrett is an artist who cooks.

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The flavours, they look great. But will they work without three different types of flour? Can't I just use regular flour?

Neve Garrett

@Apocalypstick Yes! It will totally work and be wonderful.


You can't really see the muffin bottoms in the main/1st picture so they look like magical hovering cookies. And delicious, they look delicious.


@whizz_dumb I was so convinced they were cookies than when she first made mention of muffins I thought it was a typo.

Neve Garrett

@whizz_dumb YES, magical hovering cookies!!! Well, no. Next time? But they are delicious, and they really do smell just like gingerbread.

Also, a secret: buckwheat doesn't rise as much as other grains.


@whizz_dumb I thought they were cookies too! Then to add to the confusion, a co-worker of mine came in and thought that the bottom picture with strawberry jam was meatloaf instead of a muffin. Which then led into a conversation about making meatloaf muffins with mashed potato filling. I think these muffins are going through an identity crisis. But they look SUPER delicious, I'm making them.

Neve Garrett

@Abraxas Oh noooo meatloaf muffins ahhhhh


@whizz_dumb I actually make mini-meatloaf in muffin tins. They're perfect for individual servings (one or two is enough per person) and they freeze well. Also, I didn't have a good loaf pan.


It is probably my pregnancy hormones but OH MY GOD I WANT A TINY DANCING TODDLER AND THESE MUFFINS. Do you do housecalls? Because I'm very tired.


"Hello? Dancing Toddler Delivery. Annybody home? We're gonna leave the muffins on the stoop, s'okay?. Hello? We can't do the dance if you're not home, but you still hafta pay for the whole package deal. There's an invoice in the basket. Hello?"




Neve Garrett

@dk I reeeaallly really want to answer yes. So: YES!

Neve Garrett

@dk But really I think you'll have both soon enough, right? Congrats to you!! Babies dancing alone (or not alone) with muffins is a pretty adorable thing, you will love it.


@Natalie Eve If said baby is due August 26, how long must I wait until the dancing commences?

Neve Garrett

@dk Belly dancing, beginning soon! Giggle-y nutso Irish jig-dancing takes longer, though (my girl is 17 months). But then in-between you can have lots of MUFFINS!


I am saving this for post-spring-break!! YAY muffins!


Yum! And easily veganized. Flax eggs (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water; whisk it then let it sit to thicken) or a 1/2 cup mashed fruit (pumpkin puree? applesauce?) would work really well here I think. Also, you can add some apple cider vinegar to soymilk in recipes that call for buttermilk.

Neve Garrett

@dysphonium Definitely with the flax, YES. It might not have the same fluffy texture, but these are hearty muffins. It will be great. Or yes, a half banana per egg, or 1/4 cup applesauce. And pumpkin is always so amazing! And, for the dairy, soy yogurt or almondmilk or any other non-dairy variation should work, too. I hope you try it out (& like it!)


@dysphonium Yay! Veganize ALL the recipes! I second the pumpkin addition.

Neve Garrett

@agreenballoon If you try it, tell me what you think! I bet it will be amazing. [I don't do pumpkin bc of cans/bpa (ugh) but just maybe will try sweet potato one of these days.]


@dysphonium also easily de-glutenized! Yayy!


hey! how old is your dancing toddler? and when do you find time to bake? I have twin 17 month olds and it just seems like they are unable to entertain themselves? when I cook they cling to the kitchen fence, screaming...do you bake when she naps? I'm clearly doing something really wrong.


@southwer ok I just saw she is 17 months like mine. how? how do you bake?

Neve Garrett

@southwer Maybe not having a kitchen fence is the secret? She's totally in the kitchen with me, running around, pointing at the oven and pronouncing from afar that it is HOT ("ott!") It can get crazy, but it's good fun. She's a pretty chill baby all around. Also, I have *one* ;)

Neve Garrett

@southwer Ooh and yes, nap times are reserved for painting / secret fairy-tale-project-ing (oneday, someday, revealed here!). I ONLY cook when she's awake.


Just taking the opportunity to recommend the Boooodseeees recipe from a couple weeks ago. I put in the walnuts and used rolled oats rather than oat flour, and can vouch for both options. My picnic buddies pronounced them A Hit.

Neve Garrett

@Pixa Let me know if you picnic with these, too -- muffins in the great outdoors!!


@Natalie Eve These do look like excellent picnicking muffins!

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I really need to have someone in my life who will bake delicious things for me.

@redheaded&crazy I want an adorable dancing toddler. Somehow a toddler that dances while gingerbread smells waft through the house sounds like a superior type of toddler. I bet she's flippin adorable and cute and wears knitted hats with ears on them and is the cutest child ever.

Neve Garrett

@S. Elizabeth I totally wish I could post a picture. Bias-free, I must say, she is an incredibly adorable wide-eyed child. Edith can attest to it (Bias-free as well, naturally ;)

Neve Garrett

@Natalie Eve And yes, cat-hats forever!

Michelle LeBlanc@twitter

I really liked the intro to these muffins, it was like the J. Peterman catalog of food.


Tasty time! The texture was great (I used 1.5 cups of regular flour, and 3/4 cup of whole wheat), and I like the crunch of walnuts throughout. However, I'd add much more ginger - while the batter was nice and spice-y, I feel like the flavor got much more subtle with baking. (Caveat: I love the taste of ginger to perhaps an unhealthy degree.)

Neve Garrett

@TiggerHalsey Ahhhhh, GINGER -- you know I sometimes use a tablespoon of ginger in these! And love it. (My husband says the more the better.) I actually wasn't sure which version to post since I really do like to mix it up a bit each time, it keeps it interesting. But my baby danced for the two tsp version;) Anyhow, I'm glad you liked them!


@Natalie Eve The dancing baby version is clearly the one to post! Thank you for sharing with us.


I made meatloaf cupcakes for my boyfriend's birthday party one year, big hit. Baked em up in cupcake liners so they looked legit, piped mashed potatoes on top (with pastry bag and tip) as "frosting", "sprinkled" with bacon bits/chives/cheese, and popped candles into those puppies. Everyone loved! Not as much of a surprise as the year before, when I made the whole cake out of meatloaf, ketchup in between the layers, mashed potato frosting. Some folks didn't realize it was meat till they took the first bite, I guess? It was dark in that bar...


This looks delicious! How many does it make?

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