I was absolutely super-duper completely 110% beside myself when I opened up my brand new kitchen aid stand mixer on Christmas. (Love you Mom & Scott 🙂 )
As soon as I got back to my apartment I had to make something. There was no other option. It was completely necessary to christen it, and to do so with something scrumptious while simultaneously attempting to stick to my New Year’s Resolution.
What to do, what to do?
The pantry pickings were slim. Johnny and I picked up a few things from the grocery store, but nothing too extravagant. I saw some molasses leftover from the tasty ginger snaps I made during my christmas cookie extravaganza and that’s when it clicked, gingerbread muffins! Om nom nom!! (Actually, my first though was gingerbread CAKE, but then I shook my head at myself and decided muffins would be a wiser decision…)
Whole Wheat Gingerbread Walnut Muffins
with Cinnamon Orange Glaze
For the Muffins:
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup unsulphered molasses
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda, mixed into one cup of boil water
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For the Icing:
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- The juice and zest of 1 orange
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- pinch of nutmeg
Begin by mixing together the oil, sugar, and molasses.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. Add the flour and the oats, followed by all of the spices, vanilla, and orange zest.Slowly mix in the water and baking soda mixture.Gently fold in the walnuts.
Transfer the batter into a greased or lined muffin tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° until fragrant or
when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Remove muffins from tin and let cool for about 10 minutes before glazing.
For glaze, whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
If it’s too thin, add more sugar. If it’s too thick, add some more juice or water.
Drizzle over muffins before digging in! 🙂