Whole Grain Concord Grape Muffins

Makes 12

Music Pairing: Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes

I know, I know. Why is this recipe mostly in grams? This is how I bake when I’m just being me in the kitchen. No need to be diligent about taking U.S. measurement notes. I’ve said it time and again, but baking by weight is not only the most accurate, it’s really the easiest way to go. I even started weighing liquid ingredients recently. Now I can just pour everything into a bowl over a scale with no fumbling for measuring cups (and less to wash). If you must use measuring cups, the flour amounts to about 1 1/2 cups plus two tablespoons using the scoop & sweep method. The coconut sugar is about 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons. See why weighing is so much more convenient?

Oh, and a funny note about the music pairing. No relevance to these muffins, or even this post. I woke up with it on my mind this morning, and have been humming it all day so figured it was meant to be here. Now that I think about it, though, it makes sense considering the dream I had…more on that another day.

250 grams whole wheat pastry flour

125 grams coconut sugar

2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) sea salt

3/4 cup (175 grams) cashew milk

1/4 cup (50 grams) grapeseed oil

1 large egg

1 teaspoon (7 grams) vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups (200 grams) concord grapes, seeded & cut in half (see original recipe for notes on this)

Preheat the oven to 3675F (190C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin, or line with disposable papers.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a deep bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour in the milk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Beat with a whisk until just blended, and there are no visible signs of flour. Fold in the grapes with a spoon or rubber spatula.

Spoon into the prepared tin (I use an ice cream scoop to do this). Bake for 20 minutes, or until the centers are set, and spring back when touched. Set the pan on a wire rack, and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. May be served warm or at room temperature.