Mango Muffins

With a busy semester ahead, I have decided that it would be helpful to make meals in advance and freeze them. At least one day a week I will have to eat lunch and supper at school, and it is way cheaper to bring my own food than buy it from the expensive cafeteria. If I can just grab something from the freezer the night before to thaw in the fridge, it will save me time and energy during the busy weeks.

Yesterday I made Kris Carr’s split pea soup recipe ,this time adding the kale and dulse seaweed. I also made a spicy chickpea recipe that I plan on posting later. The soup was split (haha) into small tupperware containers, and I sliced pieces of bread and froze them in individual ziplock bags to have with the soup. To make room in the freezer I had to finish off a bag of frozen mangos. So, I decided to make muffins with it. Here is the recipe that I discovered from holycowvegan.net. I used a different oil, halved the sugar, and doubled it because that’s how much mango I had. I’m thinking that you could replace the mango with any frozen fruit. Here’s the recipe for 12 muffins.

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I used regular whole wheat and white flour because that is what I had on hand. It works, but I am sure that using the pastry flour would make the muffin softer and spongier)
2 cups mango purée (I’ll explain how I made that)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp (or if you want more sweetness, put 3/4 cup… But I really don’t think it needs it)
2 tbsp flax meal, soaked in 6 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract

To make the mango purée, I took all the mangos I had (probably about 5 cups. I doubled the recipe) and simmered them in a pot until it resembled a chunky sauce. I had to add a bit of water at first to avoid burning. I did not add any sugar, as I figured the mango had enough sugar in it already. I then pureed the mangos with a hand blender until it was smooth, but with a few chunks.

Next I mixed all the dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg), and all the wet ingredients in another bowl sugar, coconut oil, flax meal mixture, and vanilla). The puree was added to the wet ingredients. Next, I incorporated the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients by folding them together with a spatula. It’s important not to over-mix.

I greased some muffin tins and used an ice cream scoop to divide the batter equally. I baked the muffins at 375*F for about 20 minutes. What I did is set the timer for 17 minutes and then checked the muffins with a toothpick until it came out clean. I judged by the look of the muffins that they were still too wet. So, they probably baked for about 22 minutes. This may be due to the fact that I doubled the recipe and had 24 muffins in there at once.

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The nutmeg in the muffin is a delicious addition, and the mango makes the muffin very moist. The blog where I got the recipe indicated that the recipe was developed from a banana muffin recipe. So, one could easily replace the mango puree with mashed banana. I kept some out for eating right now, and froze the rest to be eaten as needed. I guess I didn’t really free room in the freezer, but I think the muffins will be eaten quickly.

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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

When I started this blog back in January I could not have predicted that it would turn into a vegan recipe blog. While I eat vegan whenever I can, I do make exceptions from time to time. For instance, if I go to someone’s house for dinner I do not expect them to go out of their way to cook vegan, nor do I want to isolate myself in social gatherings by being the party-pooper that says, “I can’t eat there”. When I have the option I eat vegan, and I very easily make exceptions to eat vegetarian, and even with family or friends I will eat meat: “flexitarian” or “opportunivore”, as I like to call it.

Another one of my exceptions is when I bake for people. If I can easily make the recipe vegan I will do so, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. For instance, with this recipe, I have no idea if there is a vegan equivalent for egg-white peaks. If you know, please let me know!

This recipe for lemon poppyseed muffins is from a cookbook called Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook by Kathleen King, which was given to me by the owner of Life of Pie last Christmas. I highly recommend this cookbook; everything I have made from it has been scrumptious, and all the recipes use excellent techniques to produce a top-quality product. I made these muffins for my stepfather for his birthday.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, separated
1 tbsp freshly grated lemon rind
1 tsp vanila extract
1/2 cup milk, plus 1 tsp lemon juice (or 1/2 cup buttermilk)
2 tbsp poppyseeds (I put about 1 1/2)

First off, I added the vinegar to the milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, I combined the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). In a large bowl I used an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until it was light and fluffy, then added the egg yolks one at a time. I then mixed in the lemon rind and vanilla.

The next step was to add the buttermilk and flour mixture to the wet ingredients, in alternating additions, and making sure to finish with an addition of the dry ingredients. The poppy seeds were folded in next.

In a medium sized bowl I whipped the egg whites to soft peeks; this is the point at which the peaks raise slightly when whisped with a spoon, but not hard enough to form solid peaks. I gently folded the egg whites into the muffin batter.

I spooned the batter into 9 muffin tins, lined with muffin papers, and greased. The muffins were baked for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, until a toothpick came out clean when inserted. The batch that I made baked for about 22 minutes.

These muffins are fluffy and moist, and can be made with any other kind of citrus zest if you’re feeling adventurous. The recipe in the cookbook called for orange zest.

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