I found myself with a plethora of blueberries that needed to find a use and a strong desire to make vegan muffins, but there’s a catch. We generally try to avoid soy products and with my husband’s allergies, most nut products as well. So when I looked up recipes for vegan muffins and saw almond milk, soy butter substitute, and various nut butters popping up everywhere, I decided I would just have to make my own recipe. With the help of the internet and some food-wise friends, I decided on my ingredients and gave it a shot. I have since devoured these delicious muffins and am sad that they’re almost gone.
These muffins ended up being much simpler than I had anticipated, and would likely be a good recipe to try with children if you want to get them baking with you!
8 ounces plain apple sauce
1 cup blueberries
1 banana, previously frozen and thawed (see below)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heavy dash cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350 and either use paper muffin liners or grease your pan with olive oil. I like the reusable silicone liners.
Thaw a banana from your freezer. (I put overly ripe bananas in the freezer to keep for baking. Best thing I’ve ever done!) Mash the banana with a fork.
Mix everything together. When I say a “heavy dash” of cinnamon, I love my cinnamon. I use a good shaking of cinnamon, but you may want a little less. That’s a personal taste thing.
When baking with blueberries, I prefer to mix by hand so the berries don’t get busted up.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and let cool. The letting cool was the hardest part. I just wanted to dig in!
These muffins were easily toddler-approved with the little one eating his in the blink of an eye and wanting more. The hubby was a little more skeptical, but admitted that they were “good for vegan food.” That’s pretty high praise from him! He did say that he would prefer them a little sweeter. As is, they won’t be too sweet. You could easily add more sugar if you have a sweeter tooth.