Vegan Chocolate Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Muffins

Holy moly what a week. It probably would not have been so bad had I actually studied for my midterms during “Reading” Week but I opted to watch the Olympics 24/7 instead which I guess is my own fault. Then the Blacklist returned Monday night which meant that another hour of potential studying was shot. Did I mention that my new life goal is to be Agent Keen when I grow up? I’m not kidding. My stress levels definitely were not helped by the fact that the steering went in my car either. Seriously, you do not realize how important power steering is until it is gone. Every time I drove it was actually an arm work-out just trying to turn the wheel. But, I can happily say that I managed to overcome all of the aforementioned obstacles and successfully (well I guess we will see about that when I get my marks) completed all of my midterms. I think some chocolate is in order.

Funny how quickly things change. At the beginning of this week I was ready to ditch sugar.   I seem to go through these cycles where I get really down on my eating habits and decide to overhaul them. This time it didn’t last very long. Within 12 hours I had already decided that it was not worth it and went reaching for a caramel. The thing is, when you look at the big picture, my diet is not unhealthy. I eat a ton of fruit and vegetables, especially as a vegetarian. The problem is that I have this habit of sucking on candy. It may only be 5 or 10 pieces a day, but over the course of a week, or even a month, that is a lot of sugar. So I make up my mind that it has got to go, only to find myself re-incorporating it into my diet. Somehow I was able to give up meat without any issues but when it comes to even just the slightest amount of sugar, my will power is virtually non-existent. Then I ask myself the basic question, “What would I gain if I gave it up?” I would probably drop a couple of pounds eventually (apparently changing your caloric intake by only 100 calories per day can lead to weight loss), not that I am trying to accomplish that. I always find myself validating the habit via what I call the “enjoyment principle”. I ask myself if I am happier with sugar than without it and the answer is invariably “yes”. Thus having determined that the pros outweigh the cons, I continue on with my candy-eating ways.

It still rides me though because otherwise, my diet is the picture of health. No pop, chips, french fries, none of that. I have not eaten it in years. More than anything, I think it bugs me because it is contradictory to everything I believe in (can you say high-fructose corn syrup?). And I still do it. But if you don’t enjoy life, what’s the point? It really reinforces my mantra that as humans, we don’t just eat to satisfy hunger. If that was the case, none of this would be a problem. Food is both social and pleasurable – or at least I think it should be. As long as I have that mentality, I don’t think my habits will be changing anytime soon.

Since I am staying on the sugar bandwagon, let’s make some vegan chocolate muffins for a little weekend treat. They are super moist and stay that way for a couple of days, thanks to the addition of mashed banana (although it does not obviously contribute to the flavour). Not that they are going to last for a couple of days. Actually I hate that cliche. Doesn’t everyone say that? “Oh it makes x amount and keeps for this long but that won’t be a problem because it will be consumed almost instantaneously.” It makes us sound like we are all malnourished and starving. So scrap the first part, let’s take the time to savour these muffins. Let them last for as long as you want to. Until they start to grow mold that is, then I would recommend trashing them.
Vegan Chocolate Muffins
Vegan Chocolate Muffins

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Vegan Chocolate Muffins
 
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Makes 10-12 muffins
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Recipe type: dessert, snack
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup neutral flavoured oil (vegetable, canola, safflower, etc.)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. cider or white vinegar
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • turbinado sugar, as needed
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350F.
  2. Line 10-12 muffin cups with liners.
  3. Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. In a separate bowl whisk the oil, water, banana, vanilla, brown sugar and vinegar until it is as smooth as you can get it (there will probably still be some lumps from the mashed banana, no worries).
  4. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth, you don't want any lumps of flour or cocoa. The original recipe calls to pass it through a strainer if there are still lumps but I feel that this is a bit extreme. If you want to, all the power to you though.
  5. Portion the batter into the lined muffin tins. Leave them about ¾ full, you want some room for them to rise. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick/skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool and eat!

Vegan Chocolate Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Muffins

12 thoughts on “Vegan Chocolate Muffins

  • March 1, 2014 at 5:12 am
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    I could never choose to give up sugar…the happiness that it gives me to have dessert definitely outweighs any potential benefits of giving it up entirely! Love how chocoalte-y these are!

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  • March 4, 2014 at 2:44 am
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    the way she look’s you don’t think is a vegan chocolate muffins, look great and very puffy and delicious muffin dessert, yummy :D

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  • March 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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    I spend a ridiculous amount of time thinking about vegan baking, and I always wonder about the banana in many (most) recipes. Is banana the secret? I wonder…
    Anyways, these muffins look excellent and totally “unvegan” which I appreciate! Sometimes people make vegan food and it looks… healthy. But I don’t necessarily want healthier, maybe I just want a delicious dairy-product free recipe like this one.
    I wasn’t lying when I said I think about this a lot, haha!

    P.S. I think our eating habits should all be about balance. It’s really hard to diminish sugar too much. I once cut it out completely, along with gluten, but I only managed to keep it up for 40 days. It’s hard. So now I’m all about balance ;)

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    • March 6, 2014 at 10:14 am
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      Wow you have given this a lot of thought! I totally agree with you though, it’s no surprise that vegan food often has a negative connotation when much of it is geared toward the more “granola-ish” types if you get my drift. I think it is the best compliment when you can feed someone vegan baking and they have no idea that it has no eggs or dairy in it.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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    Lol you’re hilarious, Mallory! I definitely spent way too much time watching tv (and napping) as opposed to studying when I was in university. Trust me, it’s worth it (unless you’re failing, which I doubt). I NEVER pulled all-nighters. If I didn’t know something by 11 pm, I wasn’t going to magically retain it by staying up all night. These muffins look delicious! So chocolatey, yummmm… I always bake a batch and then eat them all week long. These need to happen in my life, stat!

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  • March 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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    Yummy, I made these tonight and they turned out great! Super easy and quick :)

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