Earl Grey & Vanilla Muffins
(with a Sweet Almond Granola Topping)

Vegan, Soy Free
12 muffins
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes

Cost: $10.50 (87 cents per muffin!)

Ingredients
1 earl grey teabag, tea removed and bag discarded
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water, soaked)
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 cup almond milk
1 vanilla bean (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)

Granola Topping
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup oats
2-3 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F and line 12 muffin cups with paper muffin liners

Combine ground flax with 3 tbsp water and set aside.

Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk.  Add apple sauce, maple syrup, flax egg, and almond milk. Whisk to combine.

Now add the vanilla.  If using a vanilla bean, slice it down the middle and scrape out the insides using the back of a butter knife.

Prepare granola topping: first blend the almonds to make a course meal.  In a small bowl, combine ground almonds, oats, and maple syrup.  Stir until the oats and almonds begin to stick together.  

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  Top with granola mixture and bake for 20-22 minutes.

Serve warm and store extras in a covered container for up to 5 days.

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