Muffins Done Right: Quick and Easy Vegan Treats

And I’m back! Quicker than I thought too. This morning was spent in the kitchen, trying to “vegan-ise” a recipe my mom has been making for years. The result: simple muffins that you can flavour in any way you’d like. Throughout my childhood, my mom often made us apple and cinnamon muffins early in the morning for our lunchboxes, which shows how quick and easy this recipe is.


Today I’ve made apple pie inspired muffins (similar to what my mom used to make) and yummy, fudgy dark chocolate peanut butter muffins.

Both muffins have the same base, which is really easy to make – just mix the following ingredients together thoroughly:

350g all-purpose or cake flour

150g sugar

15ml baking powder

250ml plant milk of your choice (I used almond milk)

2 chia eggs (30ml of chia seeds mixed with 90ml water – let it sit until the seeds become gelatinous and thick)

100ml coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the apple pie inspired muffins, finely chop one apple, a handful of pecan nuts or walnuts, and a handful of cranberries. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Grab yourself a big bowl, wooden spoon, kitchen scale and measuring jug. Weigh out all your base ingredients and mix them all together until well combined. Add in the apples, nuts and cranberries and fold them into the mixture.

 

Line your muffin tin and scoop mixture until them so that they’re three-quarters full. Pop them in the oven for just fifteen minutes.

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The chocolate muffins are slightly different – there are the added ingredients of 75ml of cocoa for a dark chocolate taste, plus extra milk to thin the mixture, and dark chocolate chips

Add the cocoa in with the flour and other dry ingredients so that it’s mixed in properly – you don’t want little pockets of cocoa when you bite into the muffin. Mix everything together – I found that the mixture was quite a bit thicker than the other muffins because of the cocoa, so add in milk until the mixture is thin enough. Once again, either line or grease your muffin tins and pour the mixture in. Bake for 15 minutes.

Drizzle some peanut butter over the top of the muffin once cooled (if that’s your thing) or enjoy them as they are – delicious and chocolatey, with a brownie-like consistency.

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I hope you enjoy making these recipes, they’re super easy and quick and a really nice vegan alternative to ordinary muffins.

See you soon!

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Feeling Stuck

I probably sit in front of my laptop 15 times a week with the intention of writing a blog post. And every time, I turn away with nothing accomplished. I seem to be stuck, with plenty of ideas and no drive to take these ideas to completion. Motivation is hard to find, and I seem to have lost mine. The solution, I think, could be to start fresh, and give myself a clean slate. That doesn’t mean that I’m deleting everything and pretending that it didn’t happen, rather, I’m making the decision to improve upon my efforts, in many of the spheres of my life. More time to be spent simply writing, more time dedicated to doing my best in school, and more time spent being the best person I can be for myself.

If you know me, you know I’m quite bad at replying to messages and being on top of my social media. I can spend hours on my phone a day and completely ignore messages. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes I don’t have the energy to be social and engage with people. It’s so hard these days to cut off any form of social media, as we’ve become so accustomed to being engaged and being able to contact people at any time and expect a reply almost immediately. This is something I’d like to explore more on the blog in the next few months, as exams will be coming up sooner than we all think and it’s so easy to waste valuable time on our phones. Even easier is to become fatigued and overwhelmed by the expectation of being constantly available, to the detriment of your own mental health and your studies.

On that note, a to-do list:

  • Be more present – less time on my phone and more time reading or doing anything else
  • A blog makeover (things are looking a little pink and I’m not sure how that happened)
  • Make a conscious effort to reply to messages and be there for people

I’ve been at home for a week now, and I still haven’t been able to get my life together enough to post here. I’ve had tons of ideas and been in the kitchen almost constantly, but I’ve mostly been trying other peoples recipes and not trying my own creations. This week hopefully I’ll be trying out some of my own recipes and getting those up soon!