I moved to a very rural area a few years ago and my daughter lives in a place with several health food stores and a Trader Joe's in walking distance. So, she has started sending me "care packages" for Christmas. They are generally packed with grains and spices that are hard to find in a rural setting. This year, she included a box of Trader Joe's Gingerbread mix. I rarely use cake mixes and bake things from scratch.
We are not all that big on desserts but we do like muffins with coffee in the morning. We prefer muffins to have some texture, not necessarily cake-like. Since I've seen the TJ Gingerbread mix mentioned here before, I thought it was worth sharing for people who prefer whole grain muffins, and happen to have this mix in the house.
Gingerbread muffins from Traders Joe’s Gingerbread mix
1 box TJ Gingerbread mix
¼ cup rolled oats
¼ cup walnuts and ¼ cup raisins chopped together in a food processor
2 tablespoons wheat germ or whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
¾ cup water
Preheat oven to 350. Butter or spray muffin pan.
Mix dry ingredients (first 5 listed) with a whisk. Combine wet ingredients - applesauce, butter, egg and water with a whisk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine with a wooden spoon or rubber scrapper until mixed through. Do not over-mix. Fill muffin pan about 2/3 full (approximately 1/3 cup in each tin.) Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.