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Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Hello there, muffins! These little lemony bites are a good reminder that spring is right around the corner. It’s just hiding under piles and piles of snow. Piles that keep getting bigger and bigger… but eventually the snow will melt. Until then, keep dreaming of sunshine and happiness and cram your face full of these delicious lemon poppy seed muffins.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | doughseedough.net

They’re whole wheat, but they’re not heavy. And the little sub of applesauce makes them just a teeeensy bit healthier. These are great to share, but they’re also great to keep for yourself. I made a double batch and shared a little and froze the rest. I now have a stash of these bad boys sitting next to my dairy-free cinnamon rolls.

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Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
makes 12 muffins

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plain soy milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, slightly cooled
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
3 lemons, zested
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place liners into a muffin tin and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, poppy seeds, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in soy milk, lemon juice, canola oil, coconut oil, applesauce, zest, and vanilla extract. Mix until ingredients are just moistened, being careful not to over-mix.
  3. Fill prepared muffin tin three-quarters full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until muffins are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

recipe slightly adapted from Prevention RD, originally from Vegan Brunch


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Ooey Gooey Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

I wish I could sleep in a bed of these cinnamon rolls – warm, fluffy, gooey deliciousness. I swoon a little every time I walk past a bakery and smell cinnamon rolls baking away. And then I cry a little because I can’t eat the dairy-laden treats.

Oeey Gooey Dairy-Free CInnamon Rolls | doughseedough.net

So here’s my solution to my cinnamon roll problem. This isn’t a quick recipe, but the recipe is simple and the results are so worth it. I need to make a mental note to always make a double batch of these bad boys because they freeze beautifully. I let them cool and then individually wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in freezer bags. Then when I’m craving some cinnamony goodness for breakfast (or for a snack), I just pull one out and microwave it for a minute and ::bam!!:: (Almost) freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Oeey Gooey Dairy-Free CInnamon Rolls | doughseedough.net

The icing is probably unnecessary, but it makes the cinnamon roll real pretty 🙂

Ooey Gooey Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls
makes 1 dozen

for the dough:
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg

for the filling:
2 1/2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

for the icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

to make the dough:

  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Add in margarine and vanilla and stir until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine yeast with warm water in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes or until mixture is foamy.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or in a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour, sugar, and salt.
  4. Whisk egg into the milk mixture until well combined. Pour milk and yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until dough forms a sticky ball. Add in remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time, kneading well after each addition, until dough turns smooth and soft but still slightly sticky. The amount of flour you use will vary, but I usually use about 3 1/4 cups.
  5. Lightly oil a large bowl. Form dough into a ball and place in bowl, turning to coat in oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.


to assemble the cinnamon rolls:

  1. Lightly grease a large baking pan. A 9×13-inch pan works well, or a large pie or cake pan.
  2. Punch dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll dough out into a 20×13-inch rectangle. Spread melted margarine evenly over the dough.
  4. Whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture onto dough, making sure to get it all the way to the edges.
  5. With the long end facing you, roll dough up evenly. Gently pinch the edge to seal. With the seam-side down, cut the dough in half. Cut each half into 6 equal pieces for a total of 12 cinnamon rolls.
  6. Place rolls cut-side down in prepared baking dish, making sure to leave a little space between the rolls to allow them room to expand. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap and bake cinnamon rolls for 25 – 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Allow cinnamon rolls to cool slightly in the pan to soak up the cinnamon sugar before icing them.
  9. Whisk together powdered sugar, almond milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle over slightly cooled cinnamon rolls.

 

heavily adapted from Food Network


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Mini Vegan Apple Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

These doughnut muffins are adorable. I mean, how can anything this small not be cute? They’re also dangerously addictive. And since they’re so small, it’s really easy to eat a lot of them in a short amount of time. Thank goodness that these are a bit healthier than the traditional fried doughnut!

Mini Vegan Apple Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins | doughseedough.net

I think next time I might try stuffing these little bites with some raspberry preserves to recreate one of my guilty pleasures: jelly filled doughnuts.

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Mini Vegan Apple Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins
makes 24 muffins

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

for the cinnamon sugar topping:
2 tablespoons vegan butter substitute (I used Smart Balance)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, allspice, and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, sugar, and almond milk until well combined. Pour mixture into dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  4. Fill your prepared mini muffin tins 2/3 – 3/4 full with batter. Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes, or until a light golden color.
  5. During the last couple minutes of baking, melt your butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Combine your sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.
  6. Once the muffins are done, dip the top of the muffin in the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place on a wire rack and repeat with remaining muffins.

Tip: I used a toothpick to pick up the muffin, dunk it in the butter, and then roll it in the sugar. It saved my hands from getting burned and it was a little neater than using my fingers.

recipe slightly adapted from Milk Free Mom


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Vegan Cranberry Orange Muffins

Vegan Cranberry Orange Muffins | doughseedough.net

A cup of coffee is definitely not the best part of waking up. At least not for me. These muffins, though? These muffins are worth waking up for. I am cranberry-obsessed. I seriously cannot get enough of this tangy fruit. I need to make a mental note to stock up on the fresh berries while they’re available so I can hoard them in my freezer and use them throughout the year (and not just during the holidays). If you’re searching for some easy brunch ideas for your holiday gatherings, give these muffins a try!

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Vegan Cranberry Orange Muffins
makes 12 muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange zest (from about 4 large oranges)
1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (from about 4 large oranges)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a muffin tin or line with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in orange juice, canola oil, applesauce, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix by hand for 5 seconds or until wet and dry ingredients just start to come together. Add in cranberries and walnuts and continue to mix until ingredients are just moistened, being careful not to overmix.
  3. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until muffins are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

recipe slightly adapted from Post Punk Kitchen


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Vegan Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Vegan Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping | doughseedough.net

I’ve finally given in to pumpkin. Pumpkin treats, that is. I suppose it’s that time of year – leaves are turning, it’s getting colder, days are getting shorter… there’s even a threat of snow around here.

I love all things pumpkin except for pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cinnamon rolls… you name it, I’ll eat it. This pumpkin cake has won over my heart. It is definitely the pumpkin treat of choice for me. I will eat and eat and eat and eat until it’s gone. Seriously, it’s that good. Pumpkin cake with a streusel topping and some icing – what can be better than that?

I came across this recipe when I was looking around for a brunch dish for a work party. I made the coffee cake and it smelled (and looked) so good that I knew I couldn’t wait until the next day to eat it. So, I made another one. Big mistake. Mike and I ate about a quarter of the cake that night. And then we kept eating it the next day… and the next. And then it was gone. I was heartbroken when it was gone because I was also out of pumpkin. I stocked up on pumpkin this weekend so I can make sure we have a steady supply of this amazingness for a couple weeks 😉

Vegan Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping | doughseedough.net

Vegan Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake
serves 10

for the streusel topping:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup dairy free butter substitute (I use Earth Balance)

for the cake:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup plain almond milk

for the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×11 or 9×9 baking pan and grease with butter substitute or nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. To make the streusel topping, combine flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a fork, two knives, or a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  3. To make the cake, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, brown sugar, oil, maple syrup and milk until well combined. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and use a spatula to smooth out the top.
  4. Sprinkle prepared streusel topping over the batter and gently press down into the batter. Bake in preheated over for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. When cake is almost done baking, make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and almond milk and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Serve immediately, or keep at room temperature for up two three days.

recipe slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction


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Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins

Lightened Up Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins | doughseedough.net

I’m a cookbook junkie. I have shelves and shelves of cookbooks of all different types. I seriously love them. I honestly love just having them – I don’t cook a lot from them. In fact, most of my cookbooks get looked at once, maybe twice a year. As always, there are exceptions. Baked: New Frontiers in Baking is my most recent purchase and I’m obsessed with it. Every single dish I’ve made from it has been amazing. If you don’t own this book, I beg you – BUY IT!

Now, these muffins… so so good. In fact, I made these about 2 months ago for some friends. They were gobbled up before I even got a chance to take a photo for the blog. Thankfully, these muffins are also very easy to make and really tasty so I didn’t mind having to make these again! In fact, I whipped these up before heading to work on Friday. It only took about 20 minutes of prep time and another 20 for baking. I  made a few adjustments so they would be a bit healthier and I loved how they turned out!

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Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins
very slightly adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

3 cups mashed, very ripe bananas (6 – 7 medium – large bananas)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup skim milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
3 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2-12 cup muffin pans with liners or grease with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together bananas, sugar, brown sugar, butter, applesauce,  milk, and eggs.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, instant coffee, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in wet ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill prepared muffin cups with batter, filling each one 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing the muffins and placing on a cooling rack to cool completely.


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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Spring means rhubarb to me. I’ve been lucky enough to get a fair share of rhubarb from my in-laws and parents over the years to bake with. But, this weekend, things changed!

I was able to take my first cutting off our rhubarb plant! We transplanted it two years ago and the past two years it’s been extremely sad looking and scraggly. I actually thought it had died after it got trampled during our garage re-siding project last summer. It looked dead, that’s for sure.

Then this year, it miraculously grew into beautiful stalks. I got a mere half pound off of it, so it still has a long ways to go, but it’s a great start!

This was originally meant to be a 9×13 pan of coffeecake, but all of my 9×13 pans have disappeared. I really need to keep better track of my bakeware. Thankfully, the muffin pan worked just as well 🙂

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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
makes 1 9×13 cake or 24 individual cakes

for the filling:
1/2 pound fresh rhubarb, sliced (about 2 cups)
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 3 cups)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup cornstarch

for the cake:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the topping:
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. To make the filling: in a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, strawberries, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and cornstach. Bring to a boil and let cook for 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. To make the cake: whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a medium bow, stir beat buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla until wellc ombined. Pour into crumb mixture and stir until combined.
  4. To make the crumb topping: melt butter in a small pan over medium heat. Stir in flour, sugar, brown sugar, and ginger until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Fill prepared muffin cups half way with batter. Add a heaping tablespoon of filling on top and drop 1 tablespoon of batter on top of filling. Sprinkle with  crumb topping.
  6. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before moving a wire rack to cool completely.

recipe adapted from Taste of Home