By Sara Matthews
Recipe published in Feast, Issue 27 – June 2018
2tbsp of apple cider vinegar
180g of polenta (cornmeal)
130g of brown rice flour
1 heaped tbsp of nutritional yeast
30g of arrowroot
1tsp of salt
a good grind of black pepper
11/2 tsp of baking powder
11/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
1/4–1/2 tsp of dried chilli flakes
2tbsp of water
30g of basil, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
100g of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (plus 4 cut into 3 for the tops of the muffins)
80g of black olives, chopped
30g of pine nuts, roughly chopped
30g of pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
80g of spinach, chopped
70ml of rapeseed oil
50ml of filtered water
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases.
In a measuring jug, mix the plant milk with the apple cider vinegar and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the polenta, rice flour, nutritional yeast, arrowroot, salt, pepper, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and chilli flakes.
In another bowl add the basil, garlic, chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not the tomatoes that are needed for the tops of the muffins), olives, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds.
In a cup or jug, whisk the rapeseed oil and the filtered water together to combine, then pour over the basil/tomato mix and stir to coat. Put this to one side.
In another small bowl mix the gram flour with the 2 tbsp of water and mix to make a firm paste. This is a replacement egg; the paste will be a tough mix but don’t worry as it is meant to be.
Make a well in the first flour mix and add the milk mix, gram paste and the oil mix, and stir to combine. Add the chopped spinach and mix again to combine.
Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases, place a piece of sun-dried tomato on the top of each. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning the tray round half way through cooking to ensure an even bake.
Leave to cool for a few minutes then serve warm or cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
If you want to serve them warm, place them in the oven on a low heat for 5 minutes
They keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container, and can also be frozen