Wednesday, 27 January 2010

I've perfected my cinnamon chocolate chip muffin recipe!

Remember these (for those of you in the States) - Betty Crocker muffin mix pouches?

When I was younger and lazier (and not vegan), I used to buy one of the chocolate chip and one of the cinnamon (they made 6 muffins each) and combine them for cinnamon chocolate chip muffins. I have always loved cinnamon muffins, but ever since going vegan and opening my life up to all the amazing creations of vegan baking, I very rarely make a straight-up cinnamon muffin. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a cinnamon muffin recipe in any of my plethora of vegan cookbooks, or even on a blog. Surely I'm not the only person who made cake-sized muffins (all the mix into a 9" round pan) and tried to consume the lot (with margarine, and starting from the middle because I didn't like the crusty outsides), only sharing when I was so full I thought I might be sick (or if there was nothing left but crust). OK, maybe I am. However, I'm sure other people liked those Betty Crocker muffins as much as I did. Here is my closest approximation to those delightfully chemical-filled muffins.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 1/2 c flour (a-p/plain, a combo of plain and wholemeal pastry, or a good GF mix)*
3/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c non-dairy milk
1/2 c oil (or do half oil/half applesauce if you want lower fat)
1/4 c plain or vanilla soy yogurt (or any other substitute for 1 egg)
1/2-3/4 c chocolate chips**

Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Sift dry ingredients together and stir to make sure they're all mixed. Make a well in the centre and add liquid ingredients. Stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill muffin liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick through the centre comes out clean.

*I've had a lot of success subbing Dove's Farm Gluten and Wheat-Free Flour Mix for plain flour in other recipes. If you have access to this, just use it rather than trying to make your own (it's relatively cheap). If not, hopefully you can come up with a good mix; this one has rice, potato, tapioca, maize, and buckwheat flours (in that order) if you want to try it.
**The bags of chocolate chips we get in the UK are 1/2 c, so it's just easy for me to dump in one bag. If you like more chocolate chips, go for it.

In other news, I'm keeping up alright with some of my resolutions, but not so much with others. I might do an end-of-month review on Sunday.


  1. Choc-cinnamon sounds like a good combo to me and I don't think I've seen a recipe for it anywhere else!

  2. You are not alone... Every time I make the lemon sunshine muffins (or whatever they're called) from VWAV I eat the whole lot within a 24 hour period. This is why I only make half batches now... and six is still a lot of muffins!
    -"Canuck" Vee