Vegan Berry Muffins

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My friend Angela posted a picture of the most amazing vegan blueberry muffins the other day and I knew I had to give them a try (original recipe at: http://os.care2.com/all/blueberry-chia-muffins-gluten-free-and-vegan#1). I whipped these up in the middle of the ice storm on Saturday, and while they may not have been in my containers for the 21 day fix, I couldn’t resist giving one a try. I made a couple of alterations to the original recipe but nothing to major. Next time I want to make them with dark chocolate chips!

IMG_0008Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup AlmondCoconut Blend
  • 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed Berries, Thawed

Directions:IMG_0009

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. In your blender, purée your oats to turn them into oat flour. Make sure you do not see any whole oats.
  3. Mix oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and chia seeds.
  4. In blender, purée maple syrup, bananas, vanilla extract, and milk until smooth.
  5. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients together, gently stir in your thawed berries. 
  6. Place liners in muffin pan, and fill each section 3/4 full (these muffins do not expand as much as regular muffins).
  7. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a knife comes clean from the center of the muffin.
  8. Store any leftover muffins in the refrigerator. They will stay good for a week, but they probably won’t survive that long in my house!

IMG_0012If you look closely you will see David and his muffin had two admirers…good news is there is nothing in these muffins that can’t be shared with our puppy friends! While I wouldn’t suggest giving them a whole muffin, a tiny bite was enough to allow David to enjoy his muffin in peace. They were amazing warm but they were even better cold the next day for a quick grab and go breakfast. My 21 day fix container math for these muffins isn’t perfect, but sometimes you need a little cheat that won’t set you back: 2 muffins are 1 Yellow (treat), 1 purple and 1 tsp.  

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