Oil-Free and Scrumptious Chocolate Loaded Muffins

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Boy am I excited to share these muffins. If you know me, you know I’m lazy. I’m on the pursuit of doing nothing. While I love to cook, and sometimes I can whip up elaborate meals, most of the time I want something easy that still tastes delicious. The truth is, recipes don’t have to be complicated and in fact, some are so easy the trip you would have to make out of your house, to the store, to buy whatever processed version they sell of the food you’re craving is more daunting than making the easy peasy homemade version. I think vegan recipes in particular have a bad reputation as being difficult and expensive and thus are overlooked as ‘complicated’ and that frustrates me! Once you know what foods are vegan and what you want to avoid, you’ll find vegan cooking/baking is no more difficult than making anything non vegan. Basically, I’m here because I’ve done the research and I’ve put my laziness to good use to try to make simple, but delicious recipes that everyone can make.

Truth is, I’m not the most talented baker/cook, so if I come up with a recipe, it is something everyone can do.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to ask you, whoever is reading this, what are you interested in eating? What recipes do you want to see? Is it something completely unique? Do you want to see something veganized? Are you into healthy food or comfort food? I want to know more about you and what you’re interested in. Part of the reason I started this blog was to connect with other vegans and learn about them. Why they went vegan, how it has impacted their life, how passionate are they? What other interests do you have besides food? If you’re not vegan, what lead you here? Are you interested in veganism, or are you making an effort to eat healthier? What is important to you in your life? I figured the best way to connect is to ask, so if you want to share anything, feel free to comment on this post, or on my instagram, or even shoot me a DM. One of the great things about the internet is that it allows you connect to all different kinds of people. And I think that’s really great because not everyone in your day to day life will validate your decisions- whether that means being vegan or something else entirely, it’s great to connect to others who share your same passions. I’m not one to put myself out there, but I feel like something is missing in my life, and I’m not as helpful a person I’d like to be. I’m trying to break out of my shell and that’s just a little bit about me. So as much as this blog is a place for me to share recipes, I want you to take away something from it; what that is exactly depends on how you feel it, but I hope it’s something positive.

Also Happy Birthday to my little boy! He’s 5!

Recipe
Make 12 Muffins
Ingredients
For the Wet:

  • 3/4 cup vegan white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons organic applesauce
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Dry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup UnReal Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems or their Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F. Grease or line a 12 cup muffin pan with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl, add the sugar, applesauce, milk and vanilla. Stir well to combine.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and stir gently just until combined. Sift this mixture if you find it lumpy.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir just until it is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. But be careful not to overmix the batter! If you are using the UnReal candies I recommend not adding them in until after the batter has been distributed among the muffin tray as the wetness causes the candy shell to melt. They will still taste good but they won’t maintain their fun colours, so it is best to drop them on top of the muffins just before you bake them.
  • Using a large spoon, divide the muffin batter among the 12 cups as evenly as you can. Place in the oven and bake for 19 to 20 minutes. Every oven is different so keep an eye on yours to make sure they don’t burn and you will be fine.
  • Once removed from the oven let them cool in the tray for at least 15 minutes and then either eat them or place them on a cooling rack or the counter to let them cool for longer before you store them.

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