I do not juice very often, other than the frequent use of fresh squeezed citrus in cooking/baking. Juice has a lot of sugar so I tend to not drink it too often; eating the whole fruit or a smoothie is better. I do sometimes love a good juice though - usually one that is filled with vegetables and fruit. When it comes to this juice, no one can deny it if only for its color. Typically you crave juices in the summer but being winter, this lovely juice is filled with winter roots n' fruits and begs for some end-of-the-season blood orange. Plus with the addition of ginger it is warming. Great for a morning when you need a lil' love. Ancient Romans offered the goddess Aphrodite beets. It was said that she ate beets to retain and enhance her beauty. Want to get intimate with beets?
I hate throwing away all the beautiful pulp after juicing because there are still some nutrients and a lot of fiber left. Plus, the pulp is food tye-dye in a bowl! These muffins were just the cure! They are lightly sweet and reminded me a bit of a bran muffin with a sweet crunch on the top. Made with whole wheat flour and honey for a bit healthier of a morning start.
Juice (makes two small glasses... if you'll share)
1 Large apple (I used fuji)
1 Blood orange
Ginger - I used a numb about 1.5 inches
Wash and lightly scrub the roots. Run the beet, carrot, and apple through the juicer, trimming to fit as necessary. Dump out the pulp into a bowl and set aside for muffins (I didn't cook the ginger pulp into the muffins). Run the ginger numb through the juicer. At this point I like to strain my juice just to get out any extra sediment. Zest the blood orange and set aside for muffins. Squeeze blood orange into juice, stir, and drink!
Muffins (Makes 12 muffins)
Whole wheat flour - 1.5 Cups
Baking soda - scant 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Zest of 1 blood orange
Pulp from juice - I had about 1 cup packed
Honey - scant 1/2 cup
Eggs - 2
Milk - 1/4 cup (I used 2% but almond milk would work great as well)
Oil - 1/4 cup (you don't want olive oil, I used canola but walnut/almond would be nice)
Toppings - A small handful each of oats, poppy seeds, walnuts, almond meal, rose petals and sugar in the raw. Use any toppings you have (nuts/oats/grains)
Butter - 1TB melted
Preheat over to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin. Mx flour, salt, baking soda and blood orange zest together in a bowl. In a mixer or bowl with a whisk, combine pulp, eggs, and honey together for a minute or two on low speed until combined. While mixer is running drizzle in oil and then milk. Add dry ingredients in two batches and mix until just combined. Don't over mix!
Mix toppings together in a bowl with the 1 TB of melted butter, stir together until moist.
Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and tap tin on counter a few times to settle the batter. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over the muffins and lightly press into the batter with your fingers. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and eat.