I’m not calling you a dummy! (If you’re reading this on Vegan American Princess, you have an intelligent, inquiring mind!) But these are so easy and so good, it’s a shame not to call ‘em as I see ‘em! And the best part is that you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already. These Vegan Every Berry Muffins for Dummies are dairy-free, egg-free and you can try making it gluten-free with a gluten-free flour blend. If any of my GF friends want to try that and let me know how well they turn out, I’d add that to the recipe.
An important note about the berries! In this recipe, I don’t believe that when it comes to the berries, less is more. I added 2 full cups of berries and why limit it to one kind of berry? Mixing blueberries, raspberries, chopped strawberries, fresh cranberries and a few black berries just made the muffins that much tastier! A sweet and tart explosion! If you really must know, I used all the still fresh, yet lonely, berries in the fridge. It’s all good! As we all know, berries have amazing health benefits, so go crazy.
Next time I make these, I’m going to decrease the amount of sugar and see if the sweetness of the berries can compensate and still taste as good. It may just be a matter of how sweet one prefers a muffin to be, but I think reducing added sugar is always worth trying.
Of course, experienced vegan bakers will want to add all kinds of fabulous ingredients like chia and/or flax seeds, nuts, maybe even dried cherries or dates—the possibilities are endless! This recipe can be a starting point or an ending point! Make it your You-Berry Muffin!
There’s nothing like a little fruity muffin and a hot cup of almond milk cafe latte to get you in a good mood!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1-2 cup fresh or frozen berries of your choice (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries or a mixture)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Mix in the almond milk and oil. Do not over mix.
- Gently fold in the berries
- Pour into paper or foil cupcake wrappers in a muffin pan
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes
Berries are a wealth of riches to keep your body and mind healthy! But what’s in them that makes them so great?
- Anthocyanin, antioxidant: gives berries their color, reduces inflammation and may help prevent and manage arthritis
- Quercetin, antioxidant: decreases the inflammatory effects of chemical in the joints of people with inflammatory conditions, works with anthocyanin to help slow age-related memory-loss
- Vitamin C, antioxidant: responsible for health of collagen, contributes to health of skin and hair, may reduce the risk of arthritis, cataracts and macular degeneration
- Water: berries are high in water content, which hydrates and fills you up
- Fiber: helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, aids in weight loss
- Folate: a B-vitamin which protects against cardio-vascular disease and age-related memory loss, contributes to the production of serotonin
For more info about why berries are so good for you: Joy Bauer: Health Benefits of Berries
Enjoy! xox Ellen