Easy Vegan Chocolate Muffins

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Note, these are meant to be a little bitter, a little sweet, and not overpowering sweet like muffins you’d normally find.

I like to promote “less sugar” in my recipes, which means instead of using 1/2 cup or 1 cup of sugar, I use as much natural sweeteners as I can, and decrease the amount in general. So be warned, this isn’t for you if you like a very very sweet muffin.

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But anyway, this is a recipe inspired by a really lovely message I received on Facebook, and someone asked me to recommend an easier baking recipe for a beginner, with not as much ingredients. It’s funny the thought of making a recipe with easier or lesser ingredients never really crossed my mind, so here it is.

This still has quite a few ingredients, but they are usually ones that are slightly easier to find. I think chocolate chips and vanilla really enhanced the flavours, so add if you can find them. Don’t forget that if you’re not using chocolate chips, add one more tablespoon of molasses.

If you really absolutely can’t stand molasses, you can replace it with pure maple syrup.

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Speaking of beginners and baking, I still remember when I first tried baking chocolate muffins, it was disaster and a half, or whole! The first time, they were hard as rock because guess what ingredient I forgot to add? BAKING POWDER! Which means they turned out very dense.

The second time, I was all like DETERMINED to make it work, so I worked on it a great deal, the rising was perfect, but guess what? It was like a chocolate flavoured bitter muffin, which meant it wasn’t sweet at all. OOPS! I kind of didn’t add enough sweeteners so all I could taste was bitter. So after that, I kind of haven’t went back to it.

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This time, it came out perfect, as in it rose, it was fluffy, it was a little bitter, a little sweet, just the way I like my desserts. It’s nothing like those cakes you eat that are just 110% sweet, because I honestly don’t think that’s too healthy.

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Muffins

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or spelt flour)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons white grape juice
3 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons molasses (3 tablespoons if not using chocolate chips)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
2 teaspoons baking soda

Optional, but enhances taste
1 tablespoon semisweet vegan chocolate chips (I Used Enjoy Life)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*My desserts usually aren’t as sweet because I think it’s healthier not to have too much sugar, if you must have it sweeter, add 3 tablespoons of liquid sweetener than two.

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).

In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients (including the optional, if using). Mix until a smooth and runny batter forms.

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Put six muffin parchment paper liners on a muffin tray and spray it with non-stick cooking oil. Otherwise, the little muffins are gonna want to hang on its life on those papers!

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Bake in the oven for about 17 minutes, then run a toothpick down and if it comes out clean with little crumbs, then it’s ready. Otherwise, bake for a few more minutes and try again.

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Muffins
Serves: 3
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or spelt flour)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons white grape juice
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (3 tablespoons if not using chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
Optional, but enhances taste
  • 1 tablespoon semisweet vegan chocolate chips (I Used Enjoy Life)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients (including the optional, if using). Mix until a smooth and runny batter forms.
  3. Put six muffin parchment paper liners on a muffin tray and spray it with non-stick cooking oil. Otherwise, the little muffins are gonna want to hang on its life on those papers!
  4. Bake in the oven for about 17 minutes, then run a toothpick down and if it comes out clean with little crumbs, then it’s ready. Otherwise, bake for a few more minutes and try again.

 

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