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Linzer Torte Muffins + Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I don’t know about you, but it’s been a looooong week for me and I’m ready for the weekend.  I say long week, but it wasn’t bad.  In fact, the sweet people over at Bob’s Red Mill were kind enough to send over some products for me to try and giveaway to a lucky reader.  The next four blog posts are each going to feature one of these items and the contest will end shortly after the last post.  Though all of the recipes may not be gluten free and vegan, all of the items in the giveaway are! Enter in the Rafflecopter below, open to residents of the United States.

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The first item I dove into was hazelnut flour.  I’ve been obsessed with hazelnuts for a good portion of my life and had never seen hazelnut flour until looking through the Bob’s Red Mill website.  I’ve used almond flour (also by Bob’s Red Mill) before and had high hopes for this flour.  It definitely didn’t disappoint!  I’m not ashamed to admit that I picked a little up with my finger and tried it before baking.  You can really taste the quality of the hazelnuts in there.  The package suggested replacing ¼ of the flour in a normal recipe with hazelnut flour, but I used 2/5th to get extra hazelnut flavor and texture.  If you like hazelnuts and like exploring with flours, I wholeheartedly recommend trying this flour.  It does add some fat to your baking, but they’re healthy fats (and tasty fats).  I tried to balance it by omitting fat from my recipe.

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I’m not entirely sure what a traditional Linzer torte is like, but I had a delicious Linzer torte cupcake in Chicago a few months ago.  I healthified it up, turned it into a muffin, and called it breakfast.  Delicious breakfast.  The muffin has a lightly spiced, nutty flavor.  I originally made a cream cheese and jelly icing, but I actually liked it better with a smear of jelly.  I believe Linzer torts are typically topped with red currant jam, which isn’t so prevalent here, so I used raspberry.  The muffins are just slightly sweet, so the jelly really makes them sing.  I’ve eaten a fair share jellyless, and they’re still delicious.

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You’ll see that a lot of Bob’s Red Mill products make an appearance in this recipe! Other than the hazelnut flour, there’s the pastry flour and flax meal.  I’m a big fan of the brand, but I wasn’t compensated for this post other than the free product I received to review and the free product to giveaway to a reader.

Linzer Torte Muffins
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Ingredients
  • ½ c unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ c sugar
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or honey
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ c milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 ½ tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp jelly (I used 100% fruit, raspberry jelly)
  • 1 ½ c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 c hazelnut flour
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp clove
  • Jelly for topping or Cream cheese and jelly icing (see note)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a muffin tin with liners and lightly spritz with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Combine applesauce through jelly. Whisk until well combined (some pieces of jelly may persist, that’s okay).
  3. Gently stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Distribute amongst cupcake tin. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Top with jelly or icing and serve immediately. Un-iced muffins can be kept loosely covered for up to 3 days, spread with topping just before serving.

Notes
To make a cream cheese icing, combine 8 tbsp jelly with ½ c powdered sugar, 8 oz fat free cream cheese, and 1 tbsp cornstarch. Stir until homogenous and spread over cupcakes.
Don’t like hazelnuts? Try almond flour!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 190 Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g

 

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47 Comments
    Donna K Jun 14, 2013

    The Date Sugar sounds good.

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    Cassie H Jun 12, 2013

    I’ve never used date sugar before, but would be such a smart choice for replacing white sugar in my baking.

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    Maisk Jun 12, 2013

    I always buy Bob’s products, would love to try these! Especially the hazelnut flour. I’m new to your blog, loving it! :)

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      Kelly Jun 12, 2013

      Well I’m glad you found me and I’m glad you like it!

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    Vunda V Jun 12, 2013

    the hazelnut flour sounds awesome

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    Jennifer K Jun 12, 2013

    Mmmm Hazelnut Flour! Must try this at home

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    Vera K Jun 11, 2013

    I am most interested in trying the Organic Polenta.

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    Nicole Jun 11, 2013

    Really interested in the hazelnut flour!

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    Christie@fooddonelight.com Jun 11, 2013

    You had me at Linzer Torte! I love that you turned my favorite cookie into a muffin. I have never gtried the hazelnut flour. I am so intrigued! I wish I could reach in and eat one. I have to pin to make these!

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      Kelly Jun 11, 2013

      I hope you like them! These are handsdown my new favorite muffins (which is saying a lot! I make a lot of muffins)

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    aimeed28 Jun 11, 2013

    The hazelnut flour is intriguing. I have a portion of my fridge dedicated to Bob’s Red Mill products – TVP, chickpea flour, chia seeds, etc. Love their stuff!

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    Lydia Claire Jun 11, 2013

    Date sugar.

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    Megan G Jun 11, 2013

    Hands down the Hazelnut Meal/Flour. Sounds delish!

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    Diana B. (@VeggieNextDoor) Jun 10, 2013

    I’m torn between the Date Sugar and the Hazelnut Flour – both of which are new to me. Polenta is already one of my favorites and I have their TVP in my cabinet already :-)

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    Cadry's Kitchen Jun 10, 2013

    I am a huge polenta fan. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts, but it’s also fabulous on the grill. So I’d be interested to try this brand!

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    ashley Jun 10, 2013

    I’d love to try the date sugar!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Ali Seiter Jun 10, 2013

    I LOVE both Hazelnut Flour and Date Sugar! Hazelnuts are definitely my favorite nut, although they’re also one of the most pricey, unfortunately. Date Sugar is my favorite sweetener, as well.

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    Emilie Jun 10, 2013

    I love Bob’s Red Mill. I have used flours, cereals and they have great soup mixes.

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    HilLesha Jun 10, 2013

    I’m most interested in the Hazelnut Flour. :)

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    Allison Downes Jun 08, 2013

    the hazelnut flour sounds interesting! Thank you for the nice giveaway!

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker Jun 08, 2013

    Yum! These look amazing! I’ve tried their almond flour, but haven’t gotten to the hazelnut yet. Gotta put that on my list!

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    Joanne Jun 08, 2013

    How cute are these!? And what a fun series with Bob’s Red Mill…I would love to try either the hazelnut flour or the date sugar – definitely intrigued!

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    Elena Vo Jun 07, 2013

    The Hazelnut Flour sounds very intriguing. I wonder what it smells like…must be divine!

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    Reeni Jun 07, 2013

    I love that you made linzer tortes into a muffin! So creative and delectable! The hazelnut flour sounds super delicious!

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    moderngirlnutrition Jun 07, 2013

    Fancy! Bob’s Red Mill is my fave. I just bought coconut flour, and loved it! Great giveaway Kelly!

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      Kelly Jun 07, 2013

      from my understanding, it’s just teeny, tiny pieces of dried date. Fancy, right?

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    rachel Jun 07, 2013

    Hazelnut flour…think I could make macaroons with it?

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      Kelly Jun 07, 2013

      I bet you could use it for anything you use flour. I haven’t used it 100% in anything yet, but it feels pretty similar to almond meal and I’ve used that 100% before and had good results. Sometimes you need to bake a little longer and the texture isn’t quite as delicate. They will definitely be darker in color, because the flour is dark.

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    gaiantlc Jun 07, 2013

    Thanks for a great giveaway! It’s a toss-up between the date sugar and the hazelnut flour. Both are items that I have not used before!

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    Tina L Jun 07, 2013

    Ooh, hazelnut flour! Sounds lovely!

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    Denise M Jun 07, 2013

    i want to try the Hazelnut Flour

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      Kelly Jun 07, 2013

      WOAH! Have you never tried TVP? This is something you need in your life!

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    Sarah Jun 07, 2013

    Hazelnut flour for sure@

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      Kelly Jun 07, 2013

      That’s the only one I haven’t opened yet and don’t have a plan for. I’ll definitely have to do some experimenting with it over the weekend, I’m super excited to see what it’s like!

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    Em @ Love A Latte Jun 07, 2013

    Love Bob’s Red Mill products! Great giveaway and that breakfast muffin sounds delish! Your pictures are great :)

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    Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen Jun 07, 2013

    I actually have several products from Bob’s Red Mill. I use several of the flours, but I have not tried hazelnut. I have a package of their granola I will try soon.

    Reply

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