‘Aqua faba is amazing as those of you who use it know. We made vegan zucchini muffins on tv this week and in this recipe I use aqua faba as an egg substitute. The muffins can be served with soups, instead of bread and great for work lunches, picnics or kids’ lunch boxes.’
You will need:
3 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup aqua faba (the contents of a regular size can of chickpeas)
2 tablespoons olive oil
200 ml water (to be added a little at a time if needed)
200g zucchini, coarsely grated
1 onion, finely chopped
grated zest of 1/4 lemon
75 g pecan nuts
1 tablespoon apple organic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
a pinch of smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to 150C. Prepare a muffin tin with papercases.
In a large bowl sift the flour twice, add the bicarbonate of soda, the smoked paprika, the pecan nuts, the salt and pepper and dried mixed herbs.
Grate the zucchini coarsely and place them on a clean kitchen towel. Wrap the towel round them and squeeze it to extract as much water as possible.
Saute the onion in a tablespoon of olive oil.
In a large bowl, mix the fresh herbs and the olive oil. Add the grated zucchini, lemon zest and sauteed onion.
In a large glass bowl place the aquafaba and whisk for 12 to 15 minutes until it forms stiff peaks.
Add the flour mix to the zucchini and liquid ingredients. Fold in with a large metal spoon. Do not overmix. Add the whisked aquafaba and fold in. Now add enough water, a spoonful at a time until the mixture reaches a dropping consistency.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake in a very moderate oven for 45 minutes. Test the muffins by piercing with a wooden skewer in the center and if it comes out clean and are a golden colour, the muffins are ready.
Serve warm or great for picnics and lunchboxes.
Tip: When using aquafaba, reduce the oven temperature to 140-150C for baking and 100C to make meringues
I use self raising flour by St Georges Brand, vegetables & fruit by Big Fresh, smoked paprika and dried mixed herbs by Schwartz, pecan nuts by Good Earth, canned chickpeas by Happy Chef, muffin cases and muffin tin by Tescoma.