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Muffin break

Is there a better way to spend a chilly winter weekend than baking? The warm kitchen, the delicious smells, the sweet rewards!

Food blogger Ami Zielinski of Greenskis knows a thing or two about the joys of baking when the weather turns unfriendly. She came up with this wholesome berry muffin recipe on a snowy Sunday afternoon in her hometown of Orange, NSW. They make a healthy snack (well, healthy by muffin standards) and are vegan, too. But best of all they are absolutely scrumptious! A big two thumbs up from the hardtofind. team.

Berry, almond & applesauce muffins

Makes 12

1 1/2 cups (225g) wholemeal flour
3/4 cup (90g) almond meal (it’s easy enough to throw whole raw almonds into the food processor to make)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup (60ml) coconut oil (you’ll need to melt it first)
1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
1/2 cup (150g) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (125ml) almond milk
1 1/2-2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
Flaked almonds or coconut flakes for a crunch on top.


  1. Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F and line a standard 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.
  2. Combine flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl, stir together the coconut oil, maple syrup and applesauce.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients and the almond milk to the applesauce mixture, using a spatula to fold evenly without overmixing.
  5. Gently stir in the berries.
  6. Spoon mixture into prepared paper cases about two-thirds full. Sprinkle tops with the flaked almonds or coconut.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven to stand for 10 minutes.

Winter baking essentials

Muffin recipe and kitchen essentials

1. Pink chevron 68-piece partyware package, $39.99
2. ‘Bakeball bat’ rolling pin, $39.95
3. Cookie stamps in various designs, $31.95
4. Pink & white baking cups, $15.30
5. Personalised ‘mixer’ notebook, $29.95
6. Dry-measure ‘matryoshka’ cups, $19.90
7. ‘Queen palm’ silver cake server, $70
8. Bamboo measuring spoons, $13.95
9. ‘Chevron grande’ neon coral apron, $17.95
10. ‘I love you more than cupcakes’ A6 notebook, $5.50
11. Medium-sized cake stand in red, $76.95
12. An April Idea ‘cupcake’ print, $19.95

Ami Zielinski is the mastermind behind Greenskis, a blog about green lifestyle. As a mother of two boys, Ami is motivated to shop locally, eat healthily and raise sustainability awareness. You can visit her blog at

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