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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Vegan Vanilla Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins


Although I am not vegan, or even vegetarian, I have started doing mostly vegan baking.  This is because, (1) I find using flax eggs actually makes low-fat baked goods have a better consistency than using real eggs, and (2) Its a sneaky way to get flax into my kids (the girls eat real eggs all the time).

Blueberry muffins are usually nothing more than cake: white flour, sugar, butter or margarine, etc.  Absolutely nutrition-free aside from the blueberries.  In addition, they will spike your blood sugar, which will crash soon after making you crave more sugar and carbs.  Forget about it!

Instead, these one-bowl blueberry muffins are packed with fibre, protein and nutrition and will leave you feeling satisfied and help you avoid the energy crash and cravings.

Because I made these for the kids, I added a scoop of Mighty Greens powder, but adding a greens powder is optional.  You can probably replace the spelt flour with a gluten-free substitute, if necessary.

Vegan Vanilla Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

2 flax eggs (add 2 tbsp. ground flax and 6 tbsp. hot water to your mixing bowl and stir)
1 cup baking stevia (that measures equivalent to sugar)
1/3 cup oil
Buttermilk: 1 cup unsweetened, plain or vanilla non-dairy milk + 1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop vegan vanilla, stevia sweetened protein powder
1 tbsp. greens powder (optional)
2 cups whole spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Whisk together stevia, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla in with flax eggs.  Whisk in protein powder.  Add remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.  Scoop batter into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.  Makes 10-12 muffins.  Keep in air-tight container up to 2 days, refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze.

The girls loved these so much, they didn't even last 72 hours, which is actually kind of annoying because I was hoping they'd provide quick breakfasts for the week. But really its a victory because while Little A, like myself, likes all manner of muffins and quick breads, Big A normally only likes banana chocolate chip. I was determined to make a muffin without chocolate chips that she'd love and I did!!

I have added this recipe to Urban Naturale's Plant-based Pot-luck Party Link-up.