Brace yourself: this recipe is a small variation to the already proven delicious Greek Spice Cake Donuts (Fanouropita) but here now in muffin form. This classic Greek recipe is so tasty and delicious, versatile and simple. Once you master the basic recipe there is no limit to the type of variations that can be created! (hint hint: there’s more variations to come…!)
Here, the addition of apples, figs and walnuts sweetens the already sweet deal. Layers of tart Granny Smith apples, sweet figs and crunchy walnuts create a loaded and flavorful treat. Did I mention this recipe is dairy-free? Yes, it is. So consider doubling the recipe and reaping the benefits for a few days. These muffins are so good and with tasty fruits like apples and figs you can eat them for breakfast, an afternoon or late night snack and not feel the least bit guilty.
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ cup vegetable or corn oil
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- ¾ cups warm water
- ¼ cup orange juice
- Grated rind of ½ orange
- 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, sliced thin and chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup dried figs, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces or smaller
- 1/2 cup rough chopped walnuts, plus more for topping
- Combine flour, spices and baking powder in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Combine oil and sugar in stand mixer or with hand mixer.
- Add warm water, orange juice and orange rind.
- Mix until well blended.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Gently mix in the apples, figs and walnuts.
- Line muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
- Using an ice cream scooper fill the cups 3/4 full.
- Top with chopped walnuts.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and the cake springs back when touched.
- Enjoy warm with butter (or non-dairy vegan butter) and honey. Yum. Yum.
©2014 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta, LLC.
Recipe and photos by Alexandra Salidas Roll of Figs & Feta, LLC. Please do not reprint this recipe without permission. If you would like to feature this recipe on your blog or site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link your post to this one as the original source. Thank you!
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