Happy 4th of July!!
I have never made muffins with strawberries but a friend picked strawberries in the spring and gave me a gallon’s bag worth of frozen strawberries inspiring these muffins!
When her vegan son his family came visiting, I took one of my muffin recipes and changed it to make it vegan. Applesauce replaced eggs; vegetable oil replaced butter and almond milk replacesd cow’s milk. The ratings came back—vegans and non-vegans loved them!
It's such a pleasure to expand the table to make room for all--just what we are celebrating on the 4th of July--where we strive to make every life important and included.
Happy Birthday America!
Recipe is below.
Jes feels an outsider-in her family, in her schools and among her friends. She is the victim of bullying, of nightmares and uncertainties. “If only they’d treat me like a normal person,” Jes thinks.
But Jes doesn’t think of herself as normal because of her birth, her adoption, her family’s frequent moves and her origins. What I love about author C.C. Bolick, is that I didn't guess Jes' secret! No spoilers here! You’ll have to read Leftover Girl for all the answers.
Yield 20 muffins
2 cups white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup almond milk or milk of choice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed, chopped and patted dry
1/3 cup old fashioned oats for oatmeal
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup non-dairy margarine
Preheat oven to 375F.
Spray muffin tins or line with papers. If using papers, spray papers on the inside.
Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a separate bowl, add and mix applesauce, vanilla, milk and oil.
Add to flour mixture. Mix. Fold in strawberries.
Fill muffin tins 3/4 way to top, about 1 heaping tablespoon.
Topping: Melt margarine and mix in brown sugar and oats together. Sprinkle on top of each muffin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from oven and place on rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then, remove from tins and continue to let cool on rack.
To Freeze: Muffins should be room temperature. Place muffins on a cookie sheet, not touching. Place in freezer for 1 hour. Remove and put muffins in plastic freezer bag or air-tight container suitable for a freezer. Freeze up to 6 months.
Reduce the sugar: Use Truvia brown sugar, following conversion measurements on package. Use sugar free jam.
Add eggs: Use 2 eggs in place of applesauce
White Bean Soup (recipe to come!)