Vegan Wild Blueberry Muffins

Last updated on December 17th, 2021

Vegan baking is definitely not for the faint of heart. These vegan wild blueberry muffins proved to be no exception. I have worked with and heavily adapted this recipe from an old vegan print magazine.

vegan baking ingredients

Sweet potatoes, flaxseeds and dates instead of eggs and sugar? Who has “whole wheat pastry flour”? Not I and certainly not any store that I was able to visit during a pandemic in the greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. Oat flour? Well, that can be made in a food processor – to be fair… but still, why…?

So why did I do this – why bother? Because I actually had wild blueberries in my freezer, they’re delicious and I thought the basic flavor profile of the recipe would be delicious. Also I am unable to eat eggs so any time I find a recipe without eggs, that’s a big win for me.

Was this a success? Yes, and no. They were surprisingly, a huge hit at my house. Everyone loved them. Except me…. who is the weirdo with the weird diet. Well, if they are good enough for my picky autistic 20-year-old, then they must be pretty damned good.

Tips & Tricks for making Vegan Wild Blueberry Muffins

If you’re familiar with the ins and outs of vegan baking and cooking – it is probably safe to skip most of this. If not then feel free to read on through.

Using ground flaxseeds in the place of eggs

ground flaxseeds egg replacer

I’ve done a non-scientific survey of my friends and associates and the results are clear. No one I’ve spoken with is willing to admit they enjoy flaxseeds as an egg substitute – unless there are plenty of other flavors wrapped up in the dish. They are ubiquitous in vegan cooking and what I consider a necessary evil. Make sure you buy pre-ground or grind yours finely with a coffee grinder before measuring.

To make one ‘flaxseed egg’ combine 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp. water, so a 1:3 ratio. Let the ground flaxseeds soak in the water for at least five minutes, or until they become gelatinous. Yum.

Other egg substitutions are available. You can use ‘chia seed eggs’ (similar methodology), or Bobs Red Mill egg replacer, which is a mix of tapioca starch and other mysterious starches. You can also use applesauce or bananas, however those fruits have a strong-ish flavor profile so you’ll end up with a different flavor than what you may be shooting for.

Using dates instead of sugar

dates instead of sugar

Dates are a very common way to swap processed sugar for natural sugar. They’re also incredibly delicious. The technique is fairly simple: remove the pits from the dates, cut them up into small pieces and dissolve in your favorite nut or otherwise “non-dairy” milk – at least for this recipe anyway. For this recipe, 1 – 2 minutes in the microwave was plenty to create a thick paste-like syrup.

date-paste-sugar

Flour Flour Everywhere

Except when and where you need it. The original recipe called for “whole wheat pastry flour” and that sounded incredibly intriguing. and I’m always up for trying something new. I looked for it in many different types of grocery stores but couldn’t find it. As it turns out, you can substitute a mix of whole wheat flour and all purpose (AP) flour for the whole wheat pastry flour – so that’s exactly what I did here. Just don’t use bread flour specifically – the gluten content is too high for the muffins to come out well.

The recipe also calls for oat flour and by some miracle I happened to have that in my pantry. However, oat flour can be rather expensive and comes in very small bags. To make your own, place a small quantity of rolled oats in your food processor and grind until you have oat flour. Absolutely works in a pinch!

Baking at High Altitude

As mentioned previously, I live in Albuquerque, and that is 5,000+ feet (1,524 meters) above sea level. Baking at high altitude is more complex than “sub this for that” or “change your oven temperature”. Humidity, microclimates, the temperature of your house and the season you’re in along with numerous other factors play into how your baked goods turn out. Vegan wild blueberry muffins are certainly no exception.

My best advice is to temperature check your oven (mine turned out to be more than 25 degrees hotter than advertised) and adjust accordingly. For good results, I found the high heat works well for me, cooking for slightly less time. Also: Practice, practice, practice. Different baked goods with different ingredients will obviously yield different results, so get to know your ovens and climate accordingly.

Making the muffins

Use a blender to combine date mix, flaxseed, roasted and peeled sweet potato, and vanilla until smooth.

date mixture, flaxseed mixture, sweet potato and vanilla
blend until smooth

In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, ground cardamom and sea salt.

whisk solid ingredients

Add the sweet potato mixture to the flours mixture and stir until just moistened; batter will be slightly lumpy.

add sweet potato mix to dry mix

Gently fold in wild blueberries. If you can’t find “wild blueberries” in the frozen food section of your grocery store, you can macerate regular blueberries to smaller-sized pieces.

fold in wild blueberries

Scoop batter into the prepared muffin pan, about 2/3rds of the way full. I used muffin cup liners – feel free to use whatever works best for you.

fill muffin pan

Bake for 40 minutes, turning pan halfway through. The muffins will look like they are done at the halfway mark and the toothpick test may “pass” at this point. They aren’t done. Keep cooking and check them again closer to the 40 minute mark.

cook until clean toothpick

But otherwise, you know the drill – bake until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out “clean”.

Cool on wire rack for at least ten minutes.

cool on wire rack

Serve warm or refrigerate for storage.

Congrats, you just did some vegan baking!
I think I would have loved them without the sweet potato. I’m not a fan of that particular flavor and it just didn’t work for me. However, despite their appearance, they were a hit and didn’t last long. Maybe I’ll try again in the future with bananas. I know I like bananas. I think…

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Vegan Wild Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Wild Blueberry Muffins

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oven, vegan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 76kcal
These vegan wild blueberry muffins may be a hit. Or not. But it will definitely be fun to try them out.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted sweet potato
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries, thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line muffin pan with muffin cup liners (optional)
  • Microwave dates and almond milk on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring until mixture forms paste.
  • Combine ground flaxseeds and 3 tbsp warm water in small bowl and set aside for five minutes.
  • Blend until smooth: date mixture, prepared flaxseed mixture, sweet potato, and vanilla.
  • In large bowl whisk together: flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom.
  • Pour contents of blender into flour mixture and stir until JUST combined. Do not overman.
  • Gently fold wild blueberries into muffin batter.
  • Scoop into muffin cups, 2/3rd full.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, turning pan halfway through. (See note)
  • Cool on wire rack for ten minutes.
  • Serve warm or refrigerate.

Notes

  • Muffins may appear to be done and even “pass” the toothpick test at the halfway mark. They are not done. Continue cooking them through closer to the 40 minutes…
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2363IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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