Vegan Chocolate Orange Muffins, light and fluffy, sumptuous and pillowy, rich and indulgent – everything we are told vegan food is not!
These gorgeous double chocolate cupcakes make me gasp every time I take a batch out of the oven, I’m still amazed that vegan cakes rise just as much as egg based cakes do! Vegan baking has been one of the biggest surprises on my vegan journey, once I realised that I could still bake and share all the cakes and pastries I have in my huge repertoire everything fell into place. I have drawers full of cookie cutters, baking trays, cake tins and muffin pans and recipes to fill each of them coming soon to a blog near you 😉
So – these beauties…”What’s the secret of their fluffy deliciousness?” I hear you cry! I’m not really sure to be honest. I mean, I know what I put in them, but I don’t know why it works – anymore than I knew why an egg did it! I’m now doubting that the rise I got in my pre vegan baking days was anything to do with the eggs at all. The raising agent in these vegan chocolate muffins is baking powder – just as it was before! I’ve replaced the butter with sunflower oil and the dairy milk with almond milk and that’s it.
It’s the only explanation.
Unless you have a better one!
And here they are in their finery, all prettied up and ready for afternoon tea. I haven’t covered then with vegan buttercream (I’ll do that on another bake very soon!), I wanted their supreme chocolatey-ness to shine!
I flavoured my vegan chocolate muffins with tangerine marmalade because that is what I had to hand. For an even deeper orange taste use good Seville orange marmalade and prepare to have your socks blown off! It’s Seville season right now and I’ll be bubbling my marmalade towards the end of this week – a little bit of sunshine at the end of January is a very good thing! It also means I can make another batch of muffins – hoorah!
Vegan Chocolate Muffins flavoured with tangerine marmalade for an orange hit it is impossible to resist!
- 200 g (1 cup) self raising flour (1 cup all purpose flour + 2tsp baking powder)
- 25 g (3 tbsp) cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 100 g (½ cup) soft light brown sugar
- pinch salt
- 75 g (½ cup) vegan chocolate chips
- 100 ml (½ cup) sunflower oil
- 300 ml (1¼ cups) almond milk
- 2 tbsp orange marmalade
- grated zest of one tangerine or half an orange
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F, line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper cases
Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large mixing bowl
Stir in the sugar, salt, chocolate chips and orange zest
Whisk together the oil, milk and marmalade
Make a well in the flour mix and pour in the liquid, stir well to combine and pour into the muffin cases.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until risen. If you poke them with a skewer it should come out clean (unless you hit a chocolate chip - poke them in a couple of places to be sure!)
Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Here’s a shot of one of them broken open to reveal the fluffiness inside – just in case you don’t believe me!
You can serve these vegan chocolate orange muffins warm, with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or cold, maybe dusted with a little icing sugar and topped with a slice of crystallised orange if you’re feeling fancy. This is a very versatile basic muffin recipe so fiddle with it a bit if the mood takes you – you could leave the chocolate chips out or replace them with chopped nuts or dried cherries. If you make them do share them over on Instagram and tag me at ThinlySpread – I love seeing what you all do with my recipes!
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