Muffins in shops are often seen as unhealthy, but in fact a good baked plant-based muffin with fresh fruits, is far better for you than most sugary shop-bought breakfast cereals. So why not treat yourself to a couple of lovely vegan muffins for starting the day, and a good cup of coffee. You may never go back! If used, choose palm-oil-free vegan butter.
Fluffy Vegan Blueberry Muffins (Rainbow Nourishments) are packed with fresh or frozen fruits, to get your antioxidants, and have a crunchy sugar top. They only need 7 ingredients, and don’t use weird egg replacers or anything like that. Ideal to bake for any time of day, and ideal if you have a glut of blueberries. Of course you could always sub with raspberries or any other berries you have.
These Orange & Raspberry Jam Muffins (Short Girl, Tall Order) use swirls of raspberry jam. Fluffy muffins for breakfast, with candied oranges and fresh raspberries.
Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Short Girl, Tall Order) are a plant-based version of one of the most popular flavours. These small-batch muffins are eggless, yet full of lemon flavour with fresh juice, zest and paste, plus a tangy lemon glaze.
These Vegan Muffins with Blackberry & Lemon (Short Girl, Tall Order) are made with simple ingredients, and topped with a beautiful lemon glaze.
These vegan blackberry muffins (The Veg Space) are made with fresh or frozen blackberries. Quick and easy to make, they are sure to become a lunchbox staple. They use unsweetened vegan yoghurt to replace the buttermilk (or just add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to unsweetened plant milk).
Blackberries are one of the most popular fruits for everyday baking. You can even forage them for free (leave some for birds and field mice, and it’s best to avoid them near roadsides, due to fumes). One blackberry is actually made out of several little fruits together, and they are also used as a natural food and cloth dye. It’s best to avoid eating them after the middle of October, as the humid weather can create a mould that makes them inedible.
Vegan Chocolate Chilli Muffins (Lazy Cat Kitchen) uses this popular Latin flavour combination. Using wholefood ingredients, they are given natural sweetness and a dark purple colour with beetroot. Keep chocolate and spices away from pets.
Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Rainbow Nourishments) are made in one bowl, with common pantry ingredients. They feature bakery-stye high tops and a luscious lemon glaze.
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Lazy Cat Kitchen) are very easy to make, with a simple list of ingredients. All you need is a bowl, sieve and a wooden spoon.
These fluffy chocolate chip muffins (Full of Plants) are far nicer and healthier than storebought versions. Ideal for a quick snack or a greedy breakfast, they are made with wholesome ingredients. Most of the ingredients are easy to find (flour, sugar, baking powder, yoghurt and oil). You’ll also need some plant milk and vanilla (keep optional nutmeg and chocolate away from pets).
You can find plant-based chocolate chips in stores (Moo Free is the main brand). If you want, you can omit them and use raisins or cranberries instead for fruity muffins (keep dried fruits away from pets). If you live alone or in a smaller household, these muffins can be frozen for a couple of months, then thawed at room temperature overnight or baked (from frozen) in the oven.
Blueberry & Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Rainbow Plant Life) are a nice classic recipe, ideal for breakfast with tea or coffee, or an afternoon tea time treat. Use with a mix of all-purpose and almond flour (makes them fluffy) or just use a regular good artisan flour. These muffins contain wholesome bananas and coconut yoghurt. Keep fresh dough away from pets, it expands in the stomach.
Splurge on a good artisan flour, for baking. Doves Farm is likely the best brand sold in nationwide stores, but there are many locally milled flours, which also help to support local businesses, and keep working windmills in operation! Most local millers also offer gluten-free options, if needed. You could also swap the ingredients around for these muffins, say with raspberries or strawberries, or whatever you find in season.