This post is dedicated to all the chocoholics out there:) Without having tried any other vegan version, I'm still going to say these chocolate muffins are THE BEST, simply because in three years of veganism I made them so many times and yet there never seemed to be anything missing. They are perfect on their own, but you can also pair them well with chocolate cream, peanut butter frosting, or raspberries and cream cheese. The muffins have a very light, crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth texture, and deep cocoa flavour - I'm referring to them as muffins because of their large size, but the texture is rather that of a cupcake.
To make these muffins I just tweaked a little the recipe for Lemon Orange Muffins.
This recipe makes 8 or 9.
- 1 1/2 cups minus 1/3 cup plain white flour (see note)
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unrefined caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- zest of one orange
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice with pulp
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 Tb sunflower oil
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar if you don't have)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl, add the sugar and mix well.
Add the orange zest to the flour mix and combine.
Add the orange juice and vanilla and very gently mix with a fork or a whisk. Careful not to overmix.
Add the oil and vinegar and mix to incorporate.
Lightly grease 8 or 9 muffin cups with oil and place a paper cup inside.
Divide the batter equally between the cups (about 2/3 full) and bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Remove the tray from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Leave the muffins in the tray for 15-20 minutes, then take them out and put them on a plate. Serve them plain or frosted.
For the peanut butter frosting combine smooth peanut butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. The amounts will depend on your taste (roughly 1 cup peanut butter, 2/3 cup sugar and 1-2 tsp cocoa powder).
Enjoy and spread the magic!:)
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