Friday, May 24, 2013

Vegan Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Streusel Muffins
In the AM we want to have something other than that coffee on the run. We always seem to be on the go and not much time to have a healthy and substantial breakfast. Muffins can be a great options but most on the go muffins are loaded with TOO MUCH fat, calories, and are not vegan to boot. This recipe shows you how to not only make a perfect and moist muffin, but it will give you a nice boost in the morning with its oats and fresh fruit, no wimpy muffins here. Combining those fresh ingredients, including lemon to make your muffin explode with flavor. A perfect spring and summer time recipe for you to try for your family. This muffin is great served with vegan butter and/or jam with your favorite beverage, as well as a great freezer item. Just freeze any leftover muffins and you have a make and take for your busy AMs, no hungry mornings here. Enjoy!

Vegan Blueberry Streusel Muffins
Yields: 15 to 18 Muffins

Ingredients

Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups plain vegan milk
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup Crisco, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, finely minced

Streusel Topping
1 cup quick cook or instant oats
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cold vegan butter

Directions

Heat Oven to 350 Degrees

MuffinsIn a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Dry Ingredients for Muffins
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the Crisco and sugars on high speed until light, approximately 5 minutes.


Creamed Vegan Butter & Sugar
Add the vanilla, zest, and juice, mix well.
Lemon Zest
Creamed Ingredients with Juice & Zest 
Measure out the vegan milk. On low speed, add the flour mixture and the vegan milk mixture alternately one at a time, beginning with the vegan milk mixture and ending with the flour mixture.

Flour into Batter
Vegan Milk going into Batter
Mix the batter only until blended. Scrap sides as needed through the process. Once you have the batter mixed, stir or lightly mix blueberries in until combined.
Blueberries
Blueberries mixed in 
Finished Batter
Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the prepared cupcake or muffin baking pans with cupcake wrapper or greased and floured surface.

(I used Cupcake pans and yield more muffins later, with Muffin pans you will have less muffins. You still need to fill the pans up, you want each pan filled just about to the top.)
Filled Muffin Pans
Struesel Topping
Add all your ingredients (except vegan butter or Crisco into a mixer, food processor, or bowl and mash to combine all the ingredients together.Once combined, add in vegan butter and mix to combine again until mixed is the sizes of peas.
Pre-Mixed Streusel 
Finished Streusel 
Assembly
Take your already filled pan with muffin batter and place topping on top of each muffin. You can add 1/2 to 1 Tablespoons per muffin evenly distributed.
Streusel Topping
Streusel Topped, Ready to Bake Muffins
Bake in the center of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and cake springs back.

Muffins in the Oven
Finished Baking Muffins
Finished Baking Muffins
Cool to room temperature before removing from pan.

Vegan Blueberry Streusel Muffins
Serve along side your favorite beverage or coffee with vegan butter and/or jam. Tastes great warmed up slightly in the microwave and will freeze great for make and take breakfasts in the AM for the family. No stall leftover muffins here, just fresh, moist, and delish vegan muffins from now on. Enjoy!
Ready to Eat Muffins

-Amy