Craisin Muffins

craisin muffinsToday I was in dire need of baked goods. Yes, dire need. I decided to make muffins, but it was one of those days when every recipe I read required more ingredients than I had on hand. Improvisation and veganisation was needed! I used Boyfriend’s muffin cookbook, found a recipe entitled Christmas Morning Cranberry Muffins, and proceeded to change just about every ingredient – the original recipe called for cranberries, white sugar, all purpose flour, walnuts, eggs, and orange peel. I have to admit I was afraid they would only be fit for the garbage, but they turned out lovely. Now renamed Craisin Muffins, this is what you will need:

  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) baking powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5 ml (2 tsp) cinnamon
  • 5 ml (2 tsp) ground cloves
  • 1 flax egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup melted Earth Balance butter sticks

To make the flax egg (as suggested by the all-knowing Boyfriend), put 1/3 cup flax meal in a bowl and mix with water until just moist. Let sit about 10 minutes until flax meal swells and is a gluey texture.

Preheat oven to 375F. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, and Craisins. Add the flax egg, orange juice, and melted butter. Combine until the mixture is moist. Fill greased muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes. They may not be pretty, but they sure are tasty.

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