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Garam Masala Mini Muffins

We like all things “mini”.

1. Mini golf? We’re obsessed.

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And when I say “we”, I’m referring to the child prodigy, also known as J Man.

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Don’t let her fake smile fool you. This picture was taken at hole #1.

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This was #6, five too many holes for Miss Rae. She spent the majority of the day pouting on this bench.

2. We love mini tomatoes. Ok, ok, I’m actually the only one who loves mini tomatoes, but I have high hopes for Miss Rae, my future foodie.

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3. We love mini tractors.

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If only Rae had less hair, we’d have a “mini me”!

4. We especially love Minnie Mouse. For some reason, for both kiddos, she’s the favored of the Mouse family. Most likely, she’s Miss Rae’s favorite because she’s J Man’s favorite and vice versa…

But the best mini of all, and I’m certain you’ll agree…

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The mini muffin. Oh friends, I hit the bullseye with this one. Granted, almost anything dipped in melted butter and then rolled in cinnamon-sugar will make most people swoon, but these are special.

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a) They’re vegan. That alone makes them special. Note: Let’s talk about my job. I’m surviving here, but it’s a hostile work environment:). Word on the street is that there was a bad smell upstairs in the office and the assumption was that the offending odor was vegan food. Or maybe, just vegans in general. I should bring in some of these mini muffins. Then we’ll see who smells!

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b) Garam Masala. You know, the spice used in a lot of Indian cooking? Yep. In the doughnut batter and in the sugar coating. Weird? For sure. Good? Absolutely.

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Matty B was unsure, but was feeling brave, so he humored my creativity and tried them. His response?

“It tastes like curry. But so good. And weird. But so good! I wish Indian restaurants would serve this for dessert instead of that gross rice pudding (kheer) they serve!”

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The only problem with mini muffins? Somehow you end up eating double the amount than you would if it was one regular muffin.

Weird how that never happens with mini tomatoes…

Regardless, be brave and try these muffins. They won’t make you smell. I promise.

Garam Masala Mini Muffins

Ingredients

5 TBS earth balance
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup ww pastry flour
1/2 cup ap flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup almond milk
1 TBS pumpkin purée

Coating
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 cup earth balance, melted

Instructions

Beat earth balance and brown sugar until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Mix the tablespoon of applesauce into the almond milk. Add small portions of the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter and sugar, beating well between each round.

Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and put a scant tablespoon in each hole. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350.

Meanwhile, mix coating ingredients (except for earth balance).

When muffins are done and still warm, dip in earth balance and them roll in sugar coating.

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