There’s nothing better than something sweet and homemade that can be prepared in a very short amount of time. These vegan cranberry and walnut muffins are not only easy to prepare, but also very delicious, made of simple ingredients and they are perfect for the holiday season. Enjoy these muffins with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and give yourself the well-deserved moment of relax.
How to prepare vegan cranberry and walnut muffins
The preparation process itself is very easy. You start by making the vegan buttermilk, which means, mixing together non-dairy milk with apple cider vinegar. Then you need to mix together all the dry ingredients, except walnuts and dried cranberries. To create the dough, you must add the vegan buttermilk and oil to the dry ingredients, mix everything well together and then at the end you need to mix in the cranberries and walnuts. When the dough is ready, simply fill your chosen muffin forms with it and bake the muffins in the oven. You might wonder why the vegan buttermilk is necessary. Well, in order to make your muffins rise and be fluffy, the dough contains both baking powder and a bit of baking soda. To avoid that the baking soda gives your muffins soapy aftertaste, you need to use the apple cider vinegar.
In case it’s not that easy for you to find dried cranberries, feel free to substitute them with other dried fruit or berries that you like. Or, if during summer you have created some stock of frozen cranberries, feel free to use those instead of the dried ones. The only difference is that in case you use fresh or frozen cranberries, you might need to increase the amount of sugar. Dried cranberries are sweeter than fresh ones, so, in case you’re making this change, to avoid that your muffins turn out not that sweet, always taste the dough before baking the muffins. In any case it’s vegan, so it’s safe to try the dough even in an uncooked state.
Vegan cranberry and walnut muffins – perfect for Christmas
If you think about both ingredients – dried cranberries and walnuts – don’t they make you immediately think of Christmas? For me they do. And that’s why this recipe popped into my mind exactly in the holiday season. Even though dried fruit and berries usually contain sugar, which means that they should be eaten with moderation, in Christmas you can eat them more, right? I mean, some muffins won’t harm your figure. And neither your health, because walnuts, for example, contain many valuable nutrients. They contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins B1, B6, C and E, and minerals – manganese, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. And above all, these muffins definitely won’t harm any animal, since they don’t contain animal products. It’s a great feeling to know that your holiday meal does not have a price of animal sufferance!
Also Specky is happy for the fact that these Christmas muffins are vegan. But he’s even happier for the approaching Christmas itself, because he knows that in this time of the year he also gets some gifts! Actually, his happiness sometimes makes him very impatient, like it was during the photoshoot, when he wanted to check all his gifts without waiting for Christmas eve.
If also your level of patience is as low as Specky’s, create a Christmas atmosphere in your kitchen already now by baking these deliciously aromatic cranberry and walnut muffins that are:
- easy to make
- perfect for the holiday season
- and simply yummy!
Let me know, if you try this recipe! Leave a comment or even more – make Specky happy! Snap a picture of your masterpiece and post it on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @bunnymommycooks. And feel free to let your animal family members join in the picture!