Let’s talk about some of the ingredients for a moment.
Molasses: I remember when I learned what it was, it was a revelation. Blackstrap molasses is what’s taken out of sugar when it is refined. It contains all the minerals and vitamins that are in the sugar cane. It’s also an old remedy for increasing iron levels. It’s chock full of nutrition and has a distinctive, complex sweetness that my kids think tastes like chocolate. Sometimes I make them a “calm down” drink before bed, which consists of molasses mixed with milk. It does smack of chocolate milk. The magnesium and minerals can help calm one down before bed and aid with sleeping.
Einkorn Flour: These muffins are made with Einkorn flour. It’s an ancient, very nutritious grain that is generally well tolerated by even those with gluten sensitivity. While it is an actual wheat, its hydration point is different than regular wheat; therefore, if you decide to use regular wheat flour, you’ll have to add some liquid to this recipe. I would suggest adding between 1/2 to 1 cup milk. That batter should be like a thick pancake batter, and you may need to experiment to get the right consistency.
Sourdough Starter: If you’re keeping a starter, then you likely are looking for ways to use your excess starter. If you’d like to make this recipe without the starter, then you can make the Groaning Muffin recipe by Nourishing Joy, which has instructions for not using a starter.
Avocado Oil: This is my neutral-flavored oil of choice. I like that it’s not overly processed or prone to going rancid like other vegetable oils. It also remains liquid at room temperature. Feel free to sub coconut oil in this recipe, but it will have to be melted before it can be added. Be careful not to get it too warm so it doesn’t scramble your eggs.
Coconut Sugar: This is the about the only sugar I use in my kitchen. I love the roasted, toasty flavor of it, and it has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar. It also has a less sweet taste, which for me is a plus since I’m not a huge fan of sweets. Again, because it isn’t refined, all its minerals remain intact. Substitute Sucanat or Rapadura sugar as an alternative.