Life is Good: we have sweet treatsWe had a playdate yesterday, so of course we needed a yummy snack! Our family love these eggless blueberry muffins.
Our 5-year old has a severe allergy to eggs (among other food and seasonal allergies) and our littlest is showing signs of an egg allergy, too, albeit much less dangerous than his big brother’s. We discovered the big kid’s allergy when he was nine months old, so as his first birthday approached, what was a mama to do? I couldn’t imagine celebrating without a cake. So I turned to my friend, the internet, and went to work researching eggless cooking and baking. I felt so grateful for all of the mamas and others before me who had offered their thoughts, experiences, and recipes. For our big kid’s first birthday, I adapted my Grandma’s “secret” chocolate cake recipe using tofu instead of eggs.
Since then, I’ve (gratefully) discovered a carrot cake cupcake & muffin recipe that I make often. The applesauce/baking powder combo works great as a substitution for beaten eggs.
I’m equally grateful for the vegan strawberry cupcake recipe I found on egglesscooking.com. It’s a great recipe, although mine never look like the picture that accompanies the recipe on the website. In this case, vinegar mixed with oil and vanilla replaces the eggs. Be sure to keep your batter firm. Loose batter will make it difficult for the muffins to remain solid after cooling from the oven. (They’ll taste good, but they’ll fall apart.)
I took the strawberry muffin recipe and adapted it for blueberries. They taste just like any other blueberry muffin…you don’t need to have an egg allergy to enjoy them!
Eggless Blueberry Muffin & Cupcake Recipe
Adapted from a recipe at http://www.egglesscooking.com/2009/02/26/vegan-strawberry-cupcakes/
Yields: 12 Cupcakes OR Two 8 Inch Loaves
1 and 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 to 1 cup Sugar (I use less sugar. The fruit makes them sweet enough for us.)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/3 cup FROZEN blueberries (I use organic.)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (I use Madagascar Vanilla, which is brown in color.)
1/2 cup Canola Oil
1 tablespoon White Distilled Vinegar (Any brand is fine.)
1/3 cup Milk plus another tablespoon or two, if necessary (I use organic whole milk.)
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Grease/line a muffin tin or grease a 9 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl combine together the flour, baking soda and sugar.
3. In another bowl, mix the oil, vinegar and vanilla.
4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir together but do not over stir.
5. Your batter will look a little lumpy at this point.
6. Now, add the milk and blueberries. Stir together, but do not over stir. If your blueberries have been sitting out for a while and begin to defrost, your batter may turn purplish blue. (My kiddo likes this.) (I use frozen blueberries so that they stay firm while the batter is stirred together as well as while the muffins bake.)
7. If your batter still seems dry, add another tablespoon or two of milk. Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a thick batter. There is no egg in it to hold things together, so you don’t want it to be too “loose” or “soupy”.
8. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. I typically get 12 muffins.
9. Bake for about 22-30 minutes (time varies depending on your oven and also the muffin pan you use) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If baking a loaf bake it for 40-45 minutes and check for the doneness.
10. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.