Re-Sharing my Most Popular Recipe: Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins

Happy December 1st to you! And, happy Friday. Can you believe it’s December already? I feel like this year was an insane whirlwind and I cannot believe 2018 is around the corner.

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year. A lot of pain, growth, and struggle. But I’ve also seen a lot of kindness come out of friends old and new, and for that I am insanely thankful.

As I try to revive my blog after neglecting it time and time again, I thought I’d re-share a recipe that continues to be a top source of traffic to my site.

Behold, an old delicious favorite: vegan blueberry flax breakfast muffins.

These muffins are originally from my ebook, 40 Easy Vegan Desserts, and were published on the blog in March 2015. In case you weren’t following way back when, I thought I’d repost them because they are a true delight and make a wonderfully nourishing breakfast, snack, or dessert. I fancy them warmed up with a smudge of almond butter, or dunked in almond milk.

I hope you enjoy these! Bake a batch while watching Great British Bake Off (season 4 is now on Netflix!) and enjoy life. 🙂

Have a great weekend! I’ll be finally whipping out the DSLR and doing some new recipe development AND have a product review planned this weekend. Stay #blessed

Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25-35 minutes
Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour (can make with 2 cups rolled oats processed in a food processor or blender until fine powder forms)
    • Note: I also made these with 1 cup oat flour and 1 cup spelt flour. This was also wonderful!
  • 1/4 cup ground flax (can sub chia seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (can sub canola)
  • 1 cup almond or soy milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar, left to sit for at least 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce or 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup brown sugar (depending on level of desired sweetness); can also sup 1/3rd-1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a cup or bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar and allow to curdle, at least 10 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, flax seed, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together well.

4. Add apple sauce, melted coconut oil, sugar and/or maple syrup, almond milk + vinegar mixture to bowl with flour. Mix gently until just combined. Fold in blueberries.

5. Grease or line a 12-tin muffin tray. Fill each spot about 3/4ths of the way full with muffin batter. Place into the oven for 25-35 minutes until puffed, golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean upon removal. Allow to cool (or don’t) and enjoy. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 4 days, and/or freeze.

Vegan Olive Oil Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I’m not one to tell anyone what to do with their lives but can I tell you that you need to make these muffins? Because you do.

Easy Vegan Olive Oil Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Well, not really. But if you’re looking to increase your daily intake of deliciousness or happiness, I’d strongly urge you to make these muffins.

Vegan Olive Oil Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Why? I believe it’s rather obvious just by looking at the title. First of all, who dislikes muffins? Can you name one single person? Me either.

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Moving on to what’s inside: olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh juicy blueberries. When I was little my mom used to always serve blueberries with lemon juice and sugar for dessert or as a snack sometimes in the summer. It’s a wonderly simple, refreshing, and easy treat. The lemon juice makes the blueberries sparkle, and the sugar tempers the bitterness of the lemon. Yum.

Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Blueberry Muffins

So the other day I was eating my blueberries with lemon juice and sugar just like I did 20 years ago (omg I’m so old), and I simultaneously wanted a muffin. As you may know, blueberry muffins are my favorite muffins, which I discuss in this post, Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins. And then when it comes to summery treats, I think citrus/sour, so I decided to make a muffin that paired lemon and blueberry together.

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When it came to choosing a fat, I went with olive oil. Because this Lemon Olive Oil Coconut Cake is quite literally still one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. These muffins are basically a portable muffin-version of the cake. Aka perfection.

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The blueberries add a luscious burst of juiciness and flavor, and a nice textural contrast to the super moist cake. Which leads me to mention that in the world of muffins, I always believe there are two categories: breakfast muffins and desesrt muffins. These are definitely more on the dessert-y muffin side of life. But you can also eat them for breakfast. Because yum.

Easy Vegan Olive Oil Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Hope your summer is going splendidly~! And if you need a little sunshine in your life or in your mouth, make these muffins and cuddle your puppy and have a lovely day. 😀

Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Level: easy

Delicious Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Blueberry Muffins!

makes 24 muffins / cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups olive oil
    • can sub up to half with coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or almond milk, unsweetened (can use ‘lite’ canned coconut milk, or out of a fat-free out of a carton, like the kind you put in cereal. both work!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider (or any) vinegar
  • zest of 2 large lemons (about 3-4 tablespoons)
  • juice of 2 large lemons (1/4-1/2 cup)
    • *note, you can make this as lemony or as plain as you desire, by increasing or decreasing lemon juice and zest within given ranges
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • could also sub 1 cup cake flour & 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • gluten-free: use 2 cups gluten-free flour blend, or oat flour with varied results
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl or measuring up combine almond/coconut milk and vinegar. Allow to sit, at least 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine olive oil and sugar and whisk together. Zest lemons and place zest aside. Juice lemons and place juice aside n another small bowl.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add lemon zest and whisk again.

4. Add half flour mixture to olive oil and sugar mixture, and fold gently with spatula. Add half non-dairy milk and vinegar mixture. Repeat with remaining half of flour mixture and remaining half of non-dairy milk mixture.

5. Fold in blueberries

6. Pour batter into lined or well-oiled muffin tins

7. Bake for 18-22 minutes until lightly golden, fragrant, and/or cake begins to pull away from sides of pan, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean upon removal.

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Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins

When life puts giant boxes of blueberries on sale what do you do? Thank your lucky stars, buy a box, and eat the entirety of said box thinking about how great a blueberry muffin would be. Proceed to purchase another giant box of blueberry muffins two days later to fulfill muffin desires. Win at life. Repeat as necessary.

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What is not to love about blueberry muffins? For some reason they have always been my favorite. Simple, classic, and bursting with juicy balls of berry juice. Mmm. In fact, when I broke into one of these beauties today I managed to splatter blueberry juice all over my freshly cleaned hoodie. Because we all know I literally cannot wear clean laundry for a full day without soiling it. Such is my life. #slob

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Blueberry muffins are always something I come back to. Yeah I’ll get excited about that other cool trendy flavor. Sure I’ll give a chocolate chip muffin a whirl, and yeah I’m down with a banana walnut as much as the next girl. But for me, at the end of the day, it’s always back to my bloobies. The blessed bloobies wrapped up in carby goodness.

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This talk of carby goodness brings up my next point about muffins. In my opinion, there are two types of muffins: breakfast muffins and dessert muffins. Both are excellent for different reasons and warrant a time and place to be eaten. Some days I want a mile-high crumble top to give me a sugar buzz. But today I wanted a not-too-sweet-eatable-for-breakfast-hearty muffin. And then I went into blueberry muffin labor and birthed a dozen Beautiful Blueberry Breakfast Muffins.

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Yum. These babies are 100% whole grain, and have a gluten free option as well. Vegan, per usual, they have nothing in them they do not need. Add as much sweetener as you desire; I’m putting you in charge here with a sliding scale to suit to your personal preference.

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Eat as you please. I enjoy them microwaved for about 10 seconds with a smudge of almond butter, and/or with a smudge of coconut butter and some raspberry jam. But you can jam on them however you wish. I’m not bluffin’ with no muffin, you should make a batch and enjoy them as a quick snack or breakfast for the rest of your week and/or day if you love carbs as much as I do. Eat up homies~!

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Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25-35 minutes
Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour (can make with 2 cups rolled oats processed in a food processor or blender until fine powder forms)
    • Note: I also made these with 1 cup oat flour and 1 cup spelt flour. This was also wonderful!
  • 1/4 cup ground flax (can sub chia seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (can sub canola)
  • 1 cup almond or soy milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar, left to sit for at least 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce or 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup brown sugar (depending on level of desired sweetness); can also sup 1/3rd-1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a cup or bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar and allow to curdle, at least 10 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, flax seed, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together well.

4. Add apple sauce, melted coconut oil, sugar and/or maple syrup, almond milk + vinegar mixture to bowl with flour. Mix gently until just combined. Fold in blueberries.

5. Grease or line a 12-tin muffin tray. Fill each spot about 3/4ths of the way full with muffin batter. Place into the oven for 25-35 minutes until puffed, golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean upon removal. Allow to cool (or don’t) and enjoy. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 4 days, and/or freeze.

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Maple Cranberry Corn Muffins

[ Disclosure: “I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.” ]

True fact: I used to not be crazy about corn products. Even 6 months ago I turns my nose up at polenta and even at corn tortillas. Then all of a sudden I realized how amazing they are and now I’m corn crazy. For some reason though I’ve always loved corn bread and corn muffins. This has never changed.

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Corn is very Wisconsin. Wisconsin is my homestate. I love Wisconsin and fall in Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful things ever. So. many. colors. You know what is is very Wisconsin and very fall-in-Wisconsin? Fresh cranberries. MmmMm.

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I believe Wisconsin is the largest producer of cranberries in the US. #gowisconsin. They sell them in bags at every grocery store around. I adore them. I actually will pop them raw, like grapes. People think this is weird. Just like how I love to eat bananas with sea salt and canned pumpkin with cinnamon, sugar and a spoon. I’m okay with people judging me, as long as I’m enjoying myself.

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Maple syrup is also very Wisconsin. We have lots of syrup-makin’ trees, apparently. It’s also very fall. And these muffins decided to make themselves fall Wisconsin-themed muffins thanks to the inspiration from the corn. I used Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches corn. The lovely folks at Libby’s were kind enough to send me some samples of three pouches: corn, green beans, and peas.

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The pouches were super convenient, flexible, and fit well stuck into random corners well in my crammed cabinets. I also dug that the pouches are eco-friendly, easy to open (no can opener required!) and the vegetables were all fresh tasting.

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So why not combine all things #wisconsin into one epic corn muffin? I could think of no reason not to, so that’s just what I did. These are great. They’re super corny (lol), and the oatflour makes them fluffy and soft and coincidentally gluten free. These are wonderful muffins that are neither too sweet nor savory in a way that can be enjoyed for breakfast, or alongside something savory like a salad and/or a hearty fall stews.

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Pureeing corn into a paste adds moisture and substitutes for some of the large amounts of oil often found in corn muffins the same way applesause would. Whole kernels in cornbread/muffins have always been a thing in our household, and I suggest that if you have not yet incorporated this concept into your corn baking ways, you do so immediately. Corn is a whole grain, so you can eat these delicious fluffy tangy little babies while knowing you’re doing something nice for your mind and body. Bonus: they’re vegan, nut free, and gluten-free aka allergy-friendly! Enjoy!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Level: Easy

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup oatflour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup Libby’s corn, divided [1/2 cup pureed, 1/2 cup left as whole kernels]
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine almond milk/soy milk + vinegar in small bowl and set aside to curdle, at least 10 minutes. This will be your pseudo-buttermilk.

3.In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

4. In a food processor or blender puree 1/2 cup corn until a smooth paste.

5. Add corn puree, vegetable oil, and almond milk mixture to dry mixture. Mix gently until just combined. Add corn kernels, cranberries, and maple syrup and mix gently again.

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6. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners or grease well with vegetable oil. Fill each tin with 3/4 of the way full and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden, fragrant, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean upon removal.

7. Allow to cool and serve with maple butter or alongside a hearty bowl of soup. 🙂 Eat!

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Check out more Libby’s Recipes below!!

{Healthier, Vegan} Pumpkin Muffies

I love Panera. “Meet me at Panera Bread” is one of my favorite phrases to hear. Perhaps it’s a nostoglia thing (I ate a lot of Panera growing up) but p-bread forever has a soft spot in my heart. Those sourdough rolls. The baguettes. Their Strawberry Poppyseed Salad. Dat soup. The bread bowls. The bagels. The Med Veg sandwich with the cilantro-jalepeño hummus. The fact that my bestie Sarah Cath worked there. The unlimited in-house coffee refills. I could go on forever.

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When it comes to the baked goods Panera has to offer, Pumpkin Muffies also have a special place in my heart. To me, pumpkin muffies represent surprises my dad would bring me if he had grabbed lunch there during work, a (welcomed) treat on rare school mornings, or special weekend breakfast noms. I remember the excitement I’d feel every time I’d get that signature brown paper bag with that Panera criss-cross pattern and could see the bottom had a slight greasy oil circle at the bottom. At that moment, I knew: it was a Pumpkin Muffie, just waiting to give me a powder sugar mustache.

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Fluffy, sweet, pumpkin-y, and with those strange powder sugar balls, these babies are incredible and I love them unconditionally. I don’t quite know why I’ve never tried to make them at home before, but yesterday morning for whatever reason I just needed to do so. And that’s just what I did.

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I made mine with oat flour because it results in super soft baked goods, which is exactly what I was aiming for, and they’re whole grain, so they feel less junk-y than the original ones. The muffins themselves are super fluffy, almost bouncy, cinnamon-y, and are a bit less sweet than the Panera version.

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I used chia seeds + water as an egg substitute/nutritional booster, but you can also use flax, applesauce, or an egg if that’s more your style. The topping? That’s still pure sugary goodness. And that is totally fine.

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How do you make them muffies you ask? I placed a biscuit cutter on my baking sheet, put two generous spoonfuls of batter into it, allowed to batter to kind of adhere to its shape for a hot second, then lifted the biscuit cutter and repeated this 12 times until I had 12 muffies. You could also use a circular cookie cutter, pipe in a circle using a wide-tipped pastry bag or plastic bag with a large corner end snipped off, or do your best and try to spoon the batter into circular shapes. It’s up to you. Even if you bake them in a muffin tin as regular muffins, they will still taste delicious, don’t you worry. 😉

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Level: Easy

Ingredients – Muffies:

  • 2 1/4 cups oat flour (all purpose would also work)
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (any kind will do)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seed + 2 tablespoons water (can also use 3 tablespoons apple sauce)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt

Ingredients – Topping:

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a small bowl, combine almond or soy milk and vinegar. Set aside and allow to curdle for at least 10 minutes. In another small bowl, combine chia seeds + flax seeds and water and set that aside too.

3. In a large bowl, combine oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

4. Add canned pumpkin, sugar, almond milk + vinegar mixture, and chia seeds + water into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula or spoon to fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

5. Place a silicone baking pad or sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place a biscuit cutter or circular cookie cutter down on the sheet. Place two generous spoonfuls of batter into the biscuit cutter. Allow the batter to form to the shape of the circle. Lift the biscuit cutter, and repeat 12 times until you’ve made 12 circular muffies.

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6. Place muffies in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until puffy, fragrant, bouncy upon touch, and a toothpick placed in the center of the muffies comes out clean.

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7. Place muffies on a cooling rack and allow to cool. Meanwhile, combine powder sugar and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix together.

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8. Once muffies have cooled, sprinkle topping all over them. I recommend doing this right once muffies are COMPLETELY cool, and/or preferably right before eating, otherwise the powder sugar may absorb into the muffies and they’ll look shiny and weird. Store in plastic baggies or an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. These also freeze and reheat well. Especially in the toaster. Yummies = when you have toaster muffies. Hooray! Muffies all week long. Happy Monday everyone :)!

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Apple Cinnamon Duffins

Duffins. If you don’t know what a Duffin is, allow me to change your life: a Duffin is a hybrid muffin-doughnut. This is like the old-school Cronut before Cronuts were a thing. The OG hybrid, complete with a hybrid name. It’s basically a muffin doused in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Does any of that NOT sound appealing??? Exactly. They’re wonderful.

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Duffins emerged as “the new Cronut” about 6 months ago in the media at a few bakeries and at Starbucks. This confused me greatly, because these are totally old school. My mom used to make Duffins from a recipe in a Wisconsin Magazine from like the 1950s.  According to Pita (my mom) it’s an old Amish thing. And in high school my friend Josh and I would use his a cookbook his mom (Gretchen, who is a culinary/general icon of my world) got on her wedding day. We’d crack open the yellowing pages and hit up the Duffin recipe and/or the Blueberry Boy Bait. Yum.

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I’m not sure the exact origin of the Duffin, but I know it’s older than both the Cronut and I, and I also am certain that it is a wondrous joy that you should make and eat. I have a lot of apples on hand from attending apple fest this weekend, so I decided to incorporate some into the Duffins, because who doesn’t love soft cooked apple chunks in muffins with cinnamon and nutmeg. 🙂

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MmmMmM. Nutmeg is certainly a key player for these babies; don’t skip it.  I also made them a bit healthier and vegan to make them more breakfast appropriate for my personal taste buds. But if you want more dessert-y Duffins, add 1/4 cup more sugar, and use all-purpose flour instead of whole-wheat. It’s all up to you. Recipes are just guidelines, after all, and as I’ve said before my main goal in blogging is simply to inspire.

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Eat a Duffin. Watch Duff Goldman on Ace of Cakes. Or pretend you’re eating a Cronut. Sing the lyrics to Lady Gaga “Poker Face” replacing “bluffin’ with my muffin” with “bluffin’ with my Duffin.” Or just simply eat it with some tea and let its cinnamon sugar coating coat you with spice and sweetness for your day ahead. Duff on, friends!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Level: Easy

Yield: 8-12 Duffins

Ingredients – Duffins:

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, vegetable oil, Earth Balance nondairy spread, or butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (any kind will do)
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (or all purpose)
  • 1 cup oat flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • dash more cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar to coat apples

Ingredients – Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tray with disposable muffin cups or grease well.

2. In a small bowl, combine almond or soy milk and vinegar and allow to curdle.  Set aside for at least 10 minutes. This will form a pseduo-buttermilk. Meanwhile…

3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil or butter in the microwave. Whisk in sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla and applesauce and stir.

4. In a large bowl, combine flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine.

5. Pour oil/sugar/applesauce mix into the dry ingredients and mix gently with a spatula. When fully combined, add the pseudo 1/4 cup at a time, mixing gently until a loose batter forms.

6. Peel and chop apple into small cubes and place in a bowl. Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of granulated sugar and a generous dash of cinnamon to the apples. Toss well with a spoon until all the apple chunks are coated. You can add the apples to the batter in two ways: either stir them directly in, or scoop enough batter into a muffin tin to cover the bottom, spoon a little apple mixture (to form middle apple center) and cover apples with more batter. If you just stirred them straight in, fill each muffin tin about 3/4 way full with batter. If you layered, nice work. Still aim to have each cup 3/4 full.

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7. Pop muffin tray full of Duffins into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until browned, hollow to a finger tap, and/or a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean upon removal.

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8. Allow muffins to cool. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with a fork.

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9. Using the microwave in 30 second increments, melt butter or coconut oil in a small microwave-friendly bowl. Take each muffin and roll it gently into the melted butter. Use you fingers to spread a light coat gently all over the muffin.

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10. Take the butter-kissed muffin and roll it in the cinnamon sugar mixture until it gets a lovely coat of delicious goodness.

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11.Place on a cooling wrack until cooled. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days (longer might get soggy) or put them straight to the face. Enjoy! #apples

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5 Ingredient Banana Blender Muffins with Peanut Butter Crumb Topping [Vegan]

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Another easy-peasy recipe for your enjoyment! Allow me to introduce you to these lovely Banana Muffins with a Peanut Butter Crumb Topping! Kind of a fun spin on classic crumb muffins but super easy, quick and nutritious, all made with things you most likely have around your kitchen. I wrote this recipe for Spoon University in a partnership with JC Penny, to help demonstrate great ways to use this blender for college students. Thus, this recipe is minimal ingredients, minimal prep, and still super duper delicious. The muffins themselves have no added sugar or oil, as bananas and peanut butter add plenty of natural sweetness and tenderness. The crumb topping has a little bit of sugar, but that never hurt no body. Other than that these are 100% whole grain, vegan, and legitimately tasty.

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I actually totally did use the blender to make these muffins and I must say – that thing is nice! It can do anything a blender could ~ and more ! It could easily be used for smoothies and even has to-go cups/lids, and can also function as a food processor and slice, dice, and grind! It even came with shaker top lids for things like cheese and breadcrumbs. How nifty! Check out the original post here, and/or make the muffins from the recipe below.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 8 muffins

Ingredients – Muffins:
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
3/4 cup almond milk or milk
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
dash salt
optional: 1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips

Ingredients – Crumb Topping:
1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place 1 1/2  cups rolled oats into blender and blend on high until a fine powder forms. This is your oatflour. Place oatflour in a bowl and add remaining 1 cup rolled oats. Add baking soda and salt. Mix well with a spoon.

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3. Peel bananas, break into pieces, and place the pieces into blender, along with peanut butter and almond milk. Blend on high speed until liquified. Remove from blender, pour into bowl of dry ingredients, and mix gently. Add in nuts and/or chocolate if desired.

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4. Pour batter into a lined or lightly greased muffin tray, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full.

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5. Assemble crumb topping in a small bowl by combining the 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 cup peanut butter, and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix with a fork or form crumbs with fingers.

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6. Sprinkle crumb topping on top of each muffin and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly brown and fragrant and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin is clean upon removal. Enjoy!

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