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Pomegranate Muffins

This is what seasonal cooking is all about. The mangoes are all but finished, and now it’s pomegranates! Luckily pomegranates are also a superfood – high in vitamins C, A, E, potassium and folic acid, and higher than green tea in antioxidants.

This recipe uses the whole arils (or seeds) to give a little pop of sweetness as you bite into them. The macadamia pieces are optional – I’ve tried half with and half without, and we’ll see which my school-age reviewers prefer.

This is the second in my Muesli Bar Challenge series. I am aiming for a recipe a week that school age kids prefer to the overpackaged junk food marketed as suitable for lunch boxes. The Challenger has to be within the Witches Kitchen version of healthy and ethical, and it has to be easy enough for busy parents or kids themselves to make. (If you missed it, last week’s Mango Lunchbox Cake made the score one from one so far).

The Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup wholemeal SR flour
  • scant teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Put these first 5 ingredients (all the dry ingredients) in the blender or food processor, and blend just enough to break up the oats and mix thoroughly.

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup orange juice (juice of 1 orange)

Whisk these next 3 ingredients together in a small bowl and then stir into to the dry ingredients.

  • 2/3 cup pomegranate arils (one pomegranate)
  • 2/3 cup macademia pieces (optional)

Stir in the pomegranate arils (seeds), and, if you like, the macadamia pieces, and spoon the mix into muffin cups (makes 8 medium muffins)

Bake for 25 minutes or so until they spring back.

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{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Oak Landers February 9, 2010, 7:12 pm

    It was fantastic but it wasn’t as good as the first one. I really liked the seeds. What’s up for next week?

  • Oak Landers February 9, 2010, 7:13 pm

    and Thank You

  • ned February 9, 2010, 8:17 pm

    makes the common shop muesli bar look like total crap. Loved it.

  • clancy February 10, 2010, 6:51 pm

    commen lunchbox food sux compared to this.
    but the seeds were a bit anoying and the first one was better.

  • Casey Lewis February 10, 2010, 10:19 pm

    You kids got nothing, toughen up and chew!! Hahahaha. That being said, mangoes aren’t quite as prolific down here so I missed the first one, I might just have to take your words as official judges on it. Made a batch with the intention of taking them to work for the lads (and me). In hindsight, making them on day 1 of 4 days off was a bad idea. The housemates have found them and I’ve got a taste for them myself, I give them a day. Might make some more for work as well but I have to find a local source of pomegranates, the one I bought for this was imported, which is down right ridiculous. Dam coles.

  • Linda February 11, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Pomegranates are well in season up here (northern NSW), but they might be a bit later in Melbourne. Wait a week or two. When they come into season, they’ll be surprisingly cheap for such an exotic fruit.

  • Casey Lewis February 20, 2010, 12:06 am

    I don’t know about everyone else but mine were much better fresh out of the oven too. They kinda collapsed a bit after, and the texture wasn’t as nice. Still very yummy but hot with butter straight from the oven they had to be up there with some of my all time favorite muffins yet, definitely top 3. Supermarket still has nothing in terms of local, nice pomegranates, I have faith that the markets will have some love for me, I have to make a trip to Vic Markets soon.

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