Okay, you guys. I’ve been talking about these muffins since I made Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal a couple of weeks ago. Once I started adding veggies to breakfast, I’ve wanted to throw them into everything! Which is how these delicious carrot cake muffins (made with sweet potato!) came about. So let’s bake some!
Last year, my dog’s birthday rolled around and I wanted to make her something delicious. I celebrate my dogs’ birthdays more than I celebrate my own, so I knew I needed to make her something delicious from scratch. Yeah, I love baking, and it’s mostly because I love to feed everyone. It’s how I show people I care. So I had to make G something yummy. And I’ll be making these again tomorrow for her birthday (her 10th!!) this year. Here’s the result!
Husband made quinoa flour for pancakes a while back. We don’t use it all that often, but he made way more than he needed, so I figured I’d scour the internet search Pinterest for quinoa flour recipes. Vegan ones, of course. And I found a gem I wanted to try. It’s usually a gem if it includes chocolate and I have every single ingredient on hand (or know how to substitute the ones I don’t have).
These cornbread muffins are heavily inspired by Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free cornbread. However, I love cornbread in muffin form, prefer coconut sugar over cane, and don’t use oil when I bake. Which means I changed it up a bit and absolutely LOVE it. Even my nonevegan/non-GF parents love these muffins! So, if you’re interested–even if you’re not vegan or gluten-free!–you should check this recipe out. The end result is worth working with the aquafaba, in my opinion.
I love making them when Husband makes a big batch of chili, but they’re also a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. They’re super impressive though. The pickiest of eaters in my family love them, and if they do, most people will. So give these a shot. They’re so yummy!
Let me know if you try this recipe! Rate it, comment below, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. Happy eating!
- 3/4 unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup aquafaba
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar*
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp gluten-free flour
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp fine cornmeal
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt (pink Himalayan recommended)
- 1/3 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and ready your cupcake/muffin tins. I have silicone muffin cups, so I don't use nonstick spray or parchment paper, but feel free to do so. Alternatively, you can bake these in a 8x8 pan** instead.
Add non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar to a small bowl and set aside.
Pour aquafaba into a medium mixing bowl and beat with mixer until small peaks form. Add sugar a little at a time and keep beating until it's glossy and firmer peaks form. Then set aside.
Mix dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
To the dry ingredients, add the milk/vinegar mixture and the applesauce and stir to combine. Then add the aquafaba/sugar mixture and gently mix until combined.
Add batter to prepared muffin tins and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly and then enjoy!
*Or you can use 1/2 cup cane sugar (total) for a more traditional cornbread muffin and leave the coconut sugar out.
**For an 8x8, bake for 25-35 minutes.
**Inspired by Minimalist Baker.
This one came from an intense need to make blueberry oatmeal. I put blueberries in my smoothies (along with flax, turmeric, cinnamon, banana, and walnuts) nearly every time I make them, so maybe I really wanted the oats part? I don’t know. But anyway, I’m glad I did because this is bomb AF.
A few days ago, my husband decided to make some of Minimalist Baker’s chickpea salad sandwiches. That was an excellent idea, but it left us with two cans’ worth of aquafaba. here. Which meant I needed to do some impromptu baking! That’s always okay with me, so I tried to find some recipes that sounded amazing. I already planned to make this GF cornbread for chili over the weekend, but I still had more aquafaba left. So I found first this incredible brownie cookie recipe. My tweak to that one will probably be posted soon when I make them again. But this cupcake recipe came out pretty dang great the first time, so I decided to post it now!
So I had a lot of overripe bananas…
I feel like this is how most of my cooking adventures start. I buy a lot of bananas, eat a lot of them, freeze some of them, and STILL have bananas that end up going too brown. And I mean almost-black brown. So I end up making a lot of banana/oat-based creations. This one isn’t revolutionary, but I threw it all together and loved how they turned out. I will definitely work on tweaking it, though this is a really good base to work from.
These are freaking delicious. They’re a twist on my chocolate chip muffins, made with even more fruit! Because that’s what I love most. I make them at least once a week, and yesterday, I made them and ate all twelve throughout the day. Oopsie! But oh well. They’re low fat and full of fruit, fiber, and yum. YUMMM. Seriously. And they’re gluten-free.
I usually make these muffins with chocolate chips, but I went the nut route this time. Does that sound dirty to you too? *wink* Anyway, these are absolutely delicious without the chocolate chips. They’re still sweet enough, but they aren’t too sweet. And the walnuts (which would be replaced with pecans if you want – or leave out altogether) give these a nice rich flavor. I love making up to two dozen of these from one batch, but you can also bake this into a loaf. And you can add other stuff if you want! The batter is a great base to let your imagination run wild. Enjoy!
You guys. I always have a lot of bananas. I put bananas in smoothies, I freeze them to make ice cream, and I make a lot of banana bread muffins. Like, seriously. Inviting me to a party? Plan on having some banana bread muffins. I buy too many bananas so I don’t run out, but I end up having more than I need, so when they start to turn super brown, I make muffins. And they’re usually this flavor: chocolate chip!