chai spice hominy cupcakes

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,BIRTHDAY,Breakfast,Dessert,Gluten Free,Meatless Monday,recipes,snacks,Vegan,Vegan MoFo

Not only is this Heather’s Meatless Monday from A to Z, it is also the start of VeganMofo – Vegan Month of Food. This is spabettie’s third year participating, and will be the first year I have a theme – Treats and Sweets!

Yep, a whole month of desserts and sweets. What better month to do it than October, with my favorite holiday at the end?

Things will get interesting on Mondays this month, trying to incorporate the #MMAZ ingredient into something sweet – I do have plans for a couple of the ingredients already…

I celebrated my birthday with my family on Saturday – we went to dinner and bowling, then the parents went home and all us kids went to sing karaoke. A perfect spabettie birthday activity!

For dessert at the bowling alley, I brought cupcakes. Needing to find a way to sweeten hominy, I came up with these muffins that are warmly spiced with chai, cinnamon and cardamom. These muffins are great as is, but to make them a dessert I whipped up a decadent spice frosting.

You can taste the hominy if you know to look for it, and it adds a fantastic moisture.

Everyone loved them!

chai spice hominy muffins

adapted from cherry zucchini crumb muffins

dairy, egg, oil, soy* and gluten free, vegan

makes 12 -15 muffins

2 tablespoons flax seed, freshly ground
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water

1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoons chai tea powder (Natures Flavors)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon (fresh!) ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 can hominy, drained
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut milk (carton)

Grind flax seed in blender, coffee grinder. Place 2 tablespoons flax in a bowl, add water and stir. Place in refrigerator to set into gel (this equals / replaces two eggs).

In large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, chai, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. In food processor, purée hominy until smooth. Add syrup and coconut milk, combine completely. Stir flax mixture into hominy purée, fold into dry ingredients. Quickly spoon into prepared muffin cups – 3/4 full, and get into oven.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

*muffins are soy free, frosted cupcakes are not

chai cream cheese frosting

adapted from citrus cream cheese frosting

gluten, dairy and egg free, vegan

8 ounces cream cheese (Tofutti)
2 tablespoons chai tea powder (Natures Flavors)
1 tablespoon cardamom
2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whip cream cheese,  chai and cardamom until softened, gradually adding powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Transfer to piping bag or frost as desired.

Here is where I usually link to other recipes using the #MMAZ ingredient of the week. Since this was my first time using hominy – I don’t have any other recipes. I cannot wait to see what everyone else made – visit Heather for Meatless Monday A to Z!



{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

Happy Birthday!!!

You are so creative – I would have never thought to make cupcakes. And that icing sounds incredible! :)


2 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

the icing IS really dang good… and I actually look forward to making these cupcakes again!


3 Abby October 1, 2012 at 4:03 am

Happy Birthday, again! I can’t believe everyone who is doing Vegan Mofo. It’s my first year following it and I can’t wait to see what my favorite bloggers-you included-come up with. ;)


4 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

yee! there are some posts I am SO excited about… (yeah, I had to do some ahead because even we cannot eat all that dessert… )


5 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 1, 2012 at 4:54 am

Um, a month of treats? I’m soooo down with that.


6 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I know, so excited!


7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 1, 2012 at 5:01 am

I’m so glad you had a great birthday celebration! Bowling and dinner sound perfect to me! Tony is such a karaoke lover…I love watching the train wreck, but I do not like the attention of actually singing. These cupcakes sound perfectly delicious!


8 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I know I do not sing all that great, but I don’t care – I love it! bowling was fun too, we had a great time!


9 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 1, 2012 at 6:15 am

Sounds like a great way to celebrate!


10 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

it was, we had so much fun. glad you had a good trip, welcome home!


11 Dianne @ Veggiegirl October 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

This is my third year participating in Vegan MoFo too. These cupcakes look incredible! Happy birthday!!!


12 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm

yay – I always look forward to the MoFo, and I saw your ‘schedule’ today, looking forward to your posts as well!


13 jobo October 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

Happy birthday again my dear! I love birthdays!! Hehe. and these cupcakes look so good. perfect salty sweet??


14 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

the hominy was salty, but once it was in cupcake form it wasn’t too much… I bet you could leave the sugar out and have this as an awesome cornbread recipe! or next time I could puree half, leave half whole…


15 Eden October 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

I think hominy is vastly underused and under rated. I had hominy hummus at this lunch track a while back and it was heavenly!
Hope you’re doing well Kris ;)


16 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

this was my first time cooking with it, will not be the last! in college I spent a summer in Tennessee, and hominy grits was one of the few things I could find to eat that did not have meat… ;)


17 ¡Yo Soy Liz! October 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

Where are those adorable houndstooth cupcake liners from?


18 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I found them online –> houndstooth cupcake liners


19 janetha {meals & moves} October 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

love the liners ;)


20 spabettie October 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

knew you would ;)


21 Cara October 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

What the what?! Hominy? In muffin form? This is why I love you!!! I cannot wait to try these…and eat every one of them :)


22 spabettie October 2, 2012 at 6:40 am

I know, I really had no idea how these would turn out, and I left myself extra time to make a second dessert. well, I didn’t have to, these were YUM.


23 foodwanderings October 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Happy Birthday and what a wonderful way to celebrate with chai cupcakes. I had chai this past weekend in the green festival in dc and absolutely loved it. Was very subtle as I imagine it would come through in a cupcake! :)


24 spabettie October 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

yes, it is definitely the time of year for chai and other warm spices…


25 Purely Michelle October 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

yum! I love cupcakes…now somehow I need to figure out how to get these to magically appear in front of me ;)


26 spabettie October 2, 2012 at 6:38 am

I know, WHEN will they invent the Instant Blog Food Transfer?? ;)


27 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I don’t even know what hominy is but it sure looks good in/on a cupcake.
A whole month of sweets….I better get my mixer and food processor ready since I always want to make everything you post.


28 spabettie October 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

it’s… corn that has had it’s outer shell removed, then soaked to puff up. this was my first time cooking with it, and it was delicious! :) and yep, hold on to your boots, Meghan, I have some GOOD things coming… :D


29 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Sweet (pun intended).


30 spabettie October 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm
31 Suzanne @ RollWithIt October 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

YAY! Libra’s unit! Happy Birthday! These sound SO good and I had never thought about using hominy…pretty much ever, so thanks for introducing me to this. I wonder if this could work with fresh corn? Texture would probably be compromised, but taste remain the same?

Lovin’ the VeganMoFo so far!!!!!!


32 spabettie October 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

woo HOO Libra! this was my first time using hominy… I liked it! not sure, you could try fresh corn, it might not be the same consistency? let me know if you try it though!


33 Veggie Sara October 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

*drool* these look amazing!


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