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    The Happy Pear's Christmas nut loaf muffins

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 35 minutes to 40 minutes

    Makes: 12

    Ingredients

    100g couscous
    2 onions, diced
    3 cloves garlic, peeled
    150g mushrooms, chopped
    1 carrot, chopped into small dice
    150g walnuts
    400g can lentils, drained and rinsed
    3 tbsp ground flaxseed
    3 tsp tamari soy sauce
    30g dried cranberries
    30g baby spinach leaves

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases.

    2. Start by making your couscous. Place it in a bowl and pour boiling water over so it just covers the top of it, then cover with a plate. Leave to sit and puff up for 5 minutes. To make them gluten free, just use 200g cooked quinoa instead.

    3. Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms and carrot to a food processor and blend for about 15-30 seconds until roughly chopped.

    4. Add all remaining ingredients, except the couscous and spinach leaves, to the food processor and blend again until reasonably smooth (you may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl to continue blending).

    5. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl and add the cooked couscous and the spinach. Stir all the ingredients together, season to taste, then spoon your mixture into the muffin cases and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.

    6. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes before serving with cranberry sauce and some sweet roasted winter root veg. Enjoy!

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