Almost-as-Awesome-as-George-Clooney Muffins

I know; nothing is as awesome as George Clooney.  (Well, at least according to George Clooney).  But this is still one heck of a stud muffin, nonetheless! (*groan*).

So, are you ready for the Oscars?!

As I’ve been remarking on twitter, I’m not sure why I’m so geared up to watch the glitz-and-glamor, botox-and-restalyn, glistening parade of sartorial faux-pas yet again this year, considering (a) I’ve seen but one of the movies; (b) the hosts, while both appealing in their own ways, are really a generation removed from most of the viewing audience; (c) this year’s show, with its surfeit of charity-ops for camera-hungry celebs and its plethora of cause-specific ribbons, promises to offer a massive ego-massage positively onanistic in its over-the-top, only-as-they-can-do-it-in-Hollywood, self-indulgence. 

But hey–I might see George Clooney! And Meryl will be there!  And maybe even Oprah! And gowns!  And a dance number! And Joan Rivers–!!

Oops, no Joan Rivers this year (at least, not in Toronto).  Boo hoo! To me, her biting commentary and snarky asides were mostly what made watching the Oscars worthwhile (that, and the squirm-inducing speeches, of course).  Well, at least I saw La Joan the other night at her live performance.  (For those of you who asked, she was tremendous.  Hilarious.  Gut-splittingly funny. A force of nature, indeed!  And the worst gutter mouth of anyone I’ve ever heard, regardless of age.  Nice to know some things don’t change as you get older!)

I’ve always wanted to have one of those Oscar-night parties with friends, at which you all eat themed foods and drink themed alcoholic beverages.  Instead, tonight I’ll be watching the show while continuing to work on my puzzle, with the HH gleefully adding his ascerbic commentary from the sidelines.  Not a fan of the whole Hollywood-worship vibe, the HH would rather read a book on nuclear physics.  For real.

Still, gotta give the guy credit for staying in the same room and keeping me company.  And who says couples can’t have different interests?  When we were first together, I might have wished that my honey and I would do everything together, but I’ve since realized it’s no fun, for instance, sitting in a movie theater watching The Notebook and bawling your eyes out while your partner silently mocks you for your melodrama.  Much better to go with a girlfriend, and let her silently mock you.

And so, in the spirit of each doing her or his own thing, I bring you these Awesomeness Muffins, made especially for the HH to enjoy on his own.  Since he’s not on the ACD, and since I would much rather he bring a homemade muffin than a Tim Horton’s muffin to work for breakfast each day, I was happy to do so. And they’ll make a great snack for the guy while he reads that physics text.

The recipe is adapted from the talented Kris Holechek’s  100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes.  The original muffins, called “Leslie’s Awesomeness Muffins” (see? some things really are better with your girlfriends) featured a combination of banana, dates, and nuts.  I took the mix a step further–perhaps feeling a bit of the over-the-top Hollywood influence this weekend–and added butterscotch chips, which I sourced from a local supermarket and have been dying to use.  The result was a moist, light muffin packed with a health-promoting punch and just a smidge of decadence.  Somehow, I don’t think the Oscars will offer the same restraint this evening. 

Awesomeness Muffins (ACD maintenance only)

adapted from 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes

Light, moist, and with very little added sweetener.  You can certainly substitute chocolate for the butterscotch, but the butterscotch chips add a lovely aroma and richness to the muffins.

2 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup/240 ml)

1/2 cup (120 ml) plain or vanilla soy, almond or hemp milk

1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower or other light-tasting oil, preferably organic

2 Tbsp (30 ml) blackstrap molasses

2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar

1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) apple cider vinegar

1 cup (100 g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant)

2/3 cup (95 g) chopped dried dates

1/3 cup (65 g) dairy-free butterscotch or chocolate chips

1/2 cup (55 g) walnut pieces, lightly toasted

1 cup (140 g) light spelt flour

1/3 cup (45 g) whole spelt flour

2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder

1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking soda

1/2 tsp (2. 5 ml) cinnamon

1/8 tsp (.5 ml) fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 375F (190C).  Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners, or spray with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the bananas, soymilk, oil, molasses, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar; stir until well mixed.  Add the oats, dates, chips and nuts and stir to coat.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the light spelt flour, whole spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined.  Using a large ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup (60 ml) measure, scoop the batter into the prepared tins, dividing evenly.  Bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes, until a tester inserted in a center muffin comes out clean.  Cool 5 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool completely.  May be frozen.

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  1. i have yet to experience vegan butterscotch chips! this looks like a good way to do it though!

  2. You’ve seen one of the films! I am impressed. My one night at the cinema so far this year was to be on the weekend at outdoor cinema but it was a washout. I hope you enjoy the night of nights – not sure if it will be on our telly or not – I just don’t plan that far ahead but it may be the fireplace of the noughties (as e likes to call the background telly) rather than us really engaging with all these films that we have barely heard of.

    I think I am much more likely to enjoy these muffins – am in search of low sugar recipes at the moment – though still trying to keep sylvia off chocolate – though I am sure genetics will win out and she will love the stuff

  3. I think this is one of the best OSCARS ever though my husband keeps coming in to talk to me about things he thinks are important! Um, dude. I was so good and didn’t even watch the red carpet…gimme a break.

  4. pictures are beautiful! i also love that Joan Rivers is a tag:p

  5. These would be perfect for a mid morning snack. Slightly sweet, nice and hearty, just perfect! Another amazing recipe, thank you!

  6. These look fab. They are so easy to adapt to be gluten free, too, though make sure to use oats that are certified gluten free. Thanks for the great sounding and looking muffins!

    Ellen

  7. Sorry but, your muffins are more awesome than George Clooney!

  8. Please tell me where you found the vegan butterscotch chips! I have been looking everywhere and can’t seem to find them in Toronto. Thanks!

  9. Nora and Nicole,
    I usually shop for stuff like this in the Jewish aisles of the supermarket–anything labelled “parve” is usually vegan, too (since it has to be dairy free and animal-free!). Our local Sobey’s supermarket has these as well as vegan white chips–it’s hit or miss, but sometimes you can find them. I used to stock up when I saw them, but don’t lately because I can’t eat the chips myself–but at least the HH can :) Apparently Price Chopper in the States and Lieber’s has them as well as white chips–you may even be able to get some on amazon! :)

  10. I bet George Clooney would die for those muffins. I know I would. Bookmarked!

  11. Oh, looking in the Jewish aisles of a supermarket – that’s an awesome tip, thank you! I’ve never been able to find vegan butterscotch chips either, so I really appreciate the tip. I’ll have to pay a visit to one of my old neighbourhood’s grocery stores next time I’m in Montreal! Then I’ll be all set to make those muffins of much awesomeness… :)

  12. Thanks, Ricki!

  13. Hahaha great title and the recipe sounds delicious as well. But not as delicious as George! :)

  14. Haha I love the name. So great.

    And thank you! Definitely let me know if you try it out. I love feedback :)

  15. Hmm, perhaps we should throw an Oscar party next year and let the husbands have a nice physics chat in the back room?

    Those muffins look divine! They appear quite simple, but there are a lot of flavors going on in that ingredient list.

  16. You had me at “George Clooney…”

    *swoon*

    And those muffins ain’t bad either :)

  17. bananas, dates, maple syrup, molasses and oats, too?!?! oh yaaaay! your almost-as-awesome-as-george-clooney muffins look absolutely stellar, Ricki! they have so much goodness going on – it’s making me drool. i’ve got everything but the dates and bananas, so i’m gonna have to grab some soon. george clooney = the best! he looked a little sadfaced at the oscars this year, but i swear – that man gets better with age. i puffy heart him the most (well, george & benicio del toro). also, i was totally the friend who was silently judging as two of my friends sobbed their eyes out watching The Notebook. ah ha ha!

  18. I like awesome, so of course, these sound good!

  19. i’ve never been much of a fan of awards shows… and i didn’t cry when i watched the notebook, oops! but i’ll surely take one of these muffins :)

  20. these look stellar, Ricki! I’d eat them up more gladly than I would eat up Geor…oh my. what was I about to say?

  21. These looks delicious and full of flavors. Send me one , please , for my breakfast:)

  22. your titles crack me up. Those look delish!

  23. These muffins look amazing, Ricki! They surely are George Clooney-caliber. :) Thanks for sharing!

  24. Alisa,
    Great idea! Or even a “virtual” Oscar party. . .

    jessy,
    I thought George looked a little dour, too–he scowled through the whole thing! Not funny.

    Celine,
    You devil, you! ;)

    Sylvia,
    It would be my pleasure!

  25. Great idea adding some butterscotch chips! ;) I love adding oats to my muffins.

  26. Just tried these for the first time and I just wanted to say thanks as they were delish! Yum, yum, yum. I’ve pinned then to my pinterest board

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