Molasses is the thick, dark syrup which is a by-product of sugar-refining. It’s still used as a sweetener but contains all the good stuff that has been stripped away to get white sugar- trace amounts of vitamins and significant amounts of minerals. The darker the molasses the healthier it is. Apparently, just one tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses provides up to 20% of our daily needs of calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron!
I keep meaning to buy a jar of the really dark stuff and take a spoonful a day for the health benefits. I happen to like the taste of it on its own too. It’s kind of difficult to describe…sort of sweet, spicy and a little bitter all at once.
It’s most commonly used in gingerbread recipes so I decided to make something gingerbread-esque. Muffins! Yes, I know I’ve already done muffins this Vegan MoFo but that was way back at “A”, these are completely different, and anyway, who can complain about muffins?!
I added dark chocolate chunks to these muffins as I love chocolate and ginger together. If you haven’t tried Green and Black’s Ginger Dark Chocolate, you should! For a double kick of ginger I also added some chopped crystallized ginger, but that’s optional, as I know some people just like the ginger flavour not pieces of the stuff.
- 1C Rye flour (or other wholegrain flour)
- 1/2t Baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
- 1/8t Salt
- 1/4t (heaping) Cinnamon
- 1/2t Ground ginger
- 2-3T Coconut sugar
- 1/4C + 1T Milk
- 2T Unsweetened apple purée OR non-dairy yogurt
- 2T Oil (I used Organic Sunflower Oil)
- 2T Molasses
- 25g/1oz Dark Chocolate, chopped into chunks
- 2T Chopped Crystallized ginger (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line a muffin tray with 6 paper cases.
- Stir together dry ingredients, flour through to coconut sugar, in a medium bowl.
- Whisk together wet ingredients in a measuring jug or small bowl. Add wet to dry and stir just to combine. Don’t over-mix.
- Fold through chocolate chunks and ginger and divide the mixture evenly between muffin cases.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes.
UK folk, in case you were wondering, treacle is the same thing…
Do you like ginger and chocolate together?
What else can I use molasses in?
Oh, I’ve just remembered a non gingerbread recipe that uses molasses- Boston Baked Beans! I like the recipe in The Vegan Table.