Real Vegan Muffins

5 Sep

I have a story to tell you.  It’s about a school that claims to be accepting and accommodating of all dietary restrictions.  It’s about claims that don’t always reflect real life.

I went to a picnic today.  An all-campus, meatless Monday picnic.  This picnic was about promoting the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, even if you can only do it one day a week.

This picnic had two serious issues.  The first being that there was no advertisement whatsoever about meatless Mondays.  Not even a table with pamphlets that you could pick up, leaf through, maybe even take back to your dorm room to use as scratch paper.


Just an absence of meat.

The second serious issue was that there was hardly anything there that I could eat.

Me.  A real life flesh and blood vegan.

I went to the picnic thinking, this is awesome.  Finally, they’re doing something to promote vegetarianism across campus.  There’ll be tons of great vegetarian and vegan food there.

I was sadly mistaken.

The tables were filled with pound cake, whipped cream, mayonnaise-y potato salad, cheese tortellini pasta salad with more cheese on top, and bread salad topped with – oh yes – cheese.

The only thing there that I was able to eat was lettuce, bread, and watermelon.

To say the least, I’m disappointed.

So here, have some muffins.


(very loosely based on a recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking)

  • 1 c. oats (not the instant junk)
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed whisked with 6 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 c. (plus more, if your batter is too thick) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 granny smith apples, chopped
Preheat your oven to 350°F.   Grease your muffin tins. In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and flax mixture.  Whisk until creamy and smooth. Add to the flour mixture and stir until combined, but be sure your don’t overmix it.  Fold in the apples.
The batter is supposed to be thicker rather than thinner, but if it’s too stiff to work with, you can certainly add some applesauce.
Scoop into the muffin tins and bake (for jumbo muffins) for about 30 minutes.
Makes 6 jumbo muffins or 12 regular sized muffins

One Response to “Real Vegan Muffins”

  1. Carina September 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm #


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