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Cinnamon Okra Muffins
Source: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/04/oatmeal-okra-cookies-oo.html#572fXaJSV1SXf0Ps.99 (Entered by Deborah Jimenez)
I was inspired by a local grower and Suncoast Co-op member who was in a quandry in what she could do with her abundance of okra she was harvesting so I made it my mission to seek out a recipe different and new by using okra as the main ingredient. I’ve enjoyed the muffins and I hope you do too.
Serves: 12 to 18 muffins
Step by Step Instructions
- Muffin Instructions: 1. In a food processor or blender add chopped up okra and blend until it is smooth like guacamole. I used a blender because it had a pulverize setting. Set the 1 cup pulverized okra to the side for later directions.
- 2. In a medium size mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger. Set aside.
- 3. In a different medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the sugar and solid coconut oil or butter until light and fluffy. You can achieve this quicker by using an electric mixer.
- 4. Mix the eggs into the butter/sugar mixture one at a time until lightly mixed in.
- 5. Alternately mix the flour mixture made earlier and the ginger ale into the wet ingredients until just combined.
- 6. Fold in the okra till it is blended well into the batter
- 7. Divide the batter into the 12 cupcake liners. I filled my liners to the very top and they did not overflow while cooking but I still had batter left over so I made another ½ dozen with the left over batter which were slightly smaller muffins when done.
- 8. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched. I checked mine with a toothpick and when pulled out clean they were done.
- 9. Immediately remove from the muffin tin and place on a paper towel to draw up any moisture the okra may have created
- 10. Cool before putting on cinnamon cream cheese frosting
- Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions:
- 1. Mix cream cheese and coconut oil or butter until light and fluffy.
- 2. Slowly mix in powdered sugar (add more than 2 C if you prefer a thicker frosting). Note: You can make your own powdered sugar by placing regular organic sugar in an electric spice/coffee bean grinder and grind until powder form.
- 3. Slowly mix in the cinnamon until you’ve reached your desired taste. Note: I used a little bit under a tablespoon but again it is best to start adding gradually until you've reached your desired cinnamon flavor. You may find you want to add more than a tablespoon???
- 4. Spread or pipe the frosting on to muffins.