I’ve always been fond of lentils. I love how they’re nutrition powerhouses, yet so cheap and versatile. I once attended a cooking class put on by Canadian Lentils and it kindof blew my mind how many ways lentils could be used in cooking: in soups, smoothies, even fudge (oh you heard that right, and yes it’s delicious!).

These Mini Cinna-Lentil Muffins are so great for little eaters. Pack a couple in your toddler or preschooler’s lunch or snack, or even make them into mini cupcakes for your little one’s birthday!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cooked red lentils
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mash lentils in a large mixing bowl with a fork.
  3. Add sugar, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and oil and mix just to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients.
  5. Add dry ingredients to lentil mix and blend until combined. Don’t overmix.
  6. Spoon batter into mini muffin tins (grease if metal; I use silicone so I don’t bother) and bake for 12-14 mins. Do the toothpick test to see if done*

*Insert a toothpick into the centre of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s done! If batter clings to the toothpick, continue baking slightly longer.

 

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