Breakfast Food: Vegan Raspberry Pecan Muffins

A few words about these muffins before I begin.

1) My daughter requested raspberries, which were only available frozen this time of year, meh results – while the flavour was good, they bled purple juice throughout the muffins. I don’t like the purple streaks.

2) Both kids are annoyed with me for using pecans in the muffins. They go to a “No-Nut” school and so can’t take these with them for their lunches.

“But you like pecans”

I think my daughter just rolled her eyes at me.

This is the first time I have used tofu in a muffin recipe. I was disappointed at first, I thought the muffins tasted a bit tofu-like when they were still warm and fresh out the oven. You know, there are not too many silken tofu recipes I have been happy with. I just can’t get over the tofu taste.

Still warm, these were too moist. Fresh out of the oven is my favourite time to eat muffins. But I didn’t like these. My husband made a face. This is my biggest fear about vegan baking. I just want them to taste good – and sometimes they don’t.

Regardless, the next day was different. This not too sweet muffin tasted much better the next day. The tofu taste went away and they firmed up a bit. Actually they are quite good. I nice snaking muffin, perfect for packing in lunches – if you go to a “Open-Nuts” school, I guess. Otherwise, you will have to eat them at home.

 vegan raspberry muffins


Vegan Raspberry Pecan Muffins

from Vegan Family Meals by Ann Gentry

Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 8 ounces of soft silken tofu (not quite the whole block)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 2/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (or frozen, very slightly thawed)

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare muffin tin with paper liners.

Combine dry ingredients – flour through pecans – stir with a whisk.

In a food processor combine remaining ingredients, except raspberries – tofu through vanilla. Blend well until creamy and smooth.

Add wet ingredients to dry and fold gently to just combine. Gently fold in raspberries. Spoon into prepared muffin cups, bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin 10 minutes before removing from pan.


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