Oatmeal, applesauce, and maple syrup keep these vegan whole wheat muffins tender, with hints of sweetness from the dried cherries.
Don’t skip soaking the oats in boiling water – it’s crucial for adding moisture without soggyness and helping the grains melt into the dough.
Due to the importance of the ratio of oats to boiling water, we strongly recommend using a scale to weigh the ingredients in this recipe.
Storage: Muffins are best freshly baked, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat in 350 degree oven until heated through, 6 to 8 minutes, covering with foil to prevent excessive browning, if necessary.
Or buy: Whole wheat baking flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill brand, can be found in well-stocked supermarkets and online. Dried, unsweetened tart cherries are available online.
Servings: 12 (makes 12 muffins)
Active: 20 minutes|
Total: 1 hour
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.
Place the oatmeal in a large heatproof bowl and pour in the boiling water. Stir to combine and cover the bowl with a plate or lid large enough to trap moisture. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, lightly brush the wells of a 12-cup muffin pan with oil.
Once the oats are hydrated, add the applesauce, maple syrup, oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Stir in baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cardamom until well combined. Using a flexible spatula, gently fold in the flour, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as you mix. Don’t worry about dry spots at this point – it’s best not to overmix before the fruit goes in. Add the dried cherries and stir a few more times until evenly distributed.
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan (use a generously filled 1/4 cup measure or a #16 pan for quick, even portioning) and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick is inserted inside. the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Let cool on a rack in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently run a butter knife or offset spatula around the muffins to loosen them, if necessary, and turn them out onto the rack. Serve hot or at room temperature.
No wholemeal pastry flour? >> Use a 50/50 mix of all-purpose and whole wheat flours.
Dried cherries >> other dried fruits, such as cranberries, blueberries, chopped apricots.
This analysis is an estimate based on the available ingredients and this preparation. It should not replace the advice of a dietitian or nutritionist.
Tested by Becky Krystal.
Published on February 12, 2024