Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vegan Mofo: Bluffin' with My Muffin

I've been craving muffins somethin' fierce lately. Not sure why, but it has been a long, long time since I've baked fresh muffins for breakfast. It was time to fix that, and who better to turn to than Isa Chandra Moskowitz?

I flipped through Vegan Brunch, hoping one of the many muffin recipes would call to me. And sure enough, these Pumpkin Bran Muffins were all, "Make me Bianca, make me!" I heeded the call and here's what I got:

Nothin' fancy to look at. In fact, they got a little browner around the edges that I would have liked. But damn are they good! Isa really knows what she's doing. I had some doubts when I saw the recipe called for an oven temperature of 400 degrees, but I was reassured with my first bite.

The batter is loaded with pureed pumpkin and oat bran flakes, so I feel extra healthy when I eat these ... even if they do contain a little sugar. I guess I'd never tried bran flakes before, but I liked the subtle gritty texture the flakes lent these muffins.

I washed them down with a half-cup of Silk Pumpkin Soymilk mixed with a half-cup of regular soymilk. That's a little trick I learned from Nora at Pride & Vegudice. The Silk Pumpkin is way too sweet, and it's a whopping 170 calories per cup. Mixing it with plain soymilk cuts the calories and takes a bite off the sweetness.

What's your favorite muffin flavor?

22 comments:

Susan said...

Lemon and Poppy Seed, without a doubt!

I wish we could get some of these intriguing soymilk flavours here in Australia. I don't drink a lot of flavoured soymilk, but I'm curious just for a taste!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Ha! Great title.

aimee said...

I have no idea! I love them all:-)

dreaminitvegan said...

Blueberry muffin is my fav. I'm really liking those Pumpkin Bran muffins you made. I hate to say this but I still don't have Vegan Brunch. I know I know, that's so not cool.

Jeni Treehugger said...

I've not really tried that many muffins - chocolate and blueberry is about as exciting as it gets.

Kiersten said...

Yum! Pumpkin muffins are my probably my favorite kind of muffin. I haven't tried that recipe yet, but I love Isa's pumpkin muffins from VWaV.

Chocolate-Covered Katie said...

mmm muffins! I'm kinda obsessed with muffins at the moment. Now that I make them single-serving, I can have one in a different flavor every day. Or maybe sometimes twice a day... muffin gluttony!
So, to answer your question: Please don't make me choose a favorite! ;)

foodfeud said...

Ooh those look nice and hearty. I love anything pumpkin but the cranberry nut muffins in Vegan Brunch are also amazing and the cocoa spice muffins in The Joy of Vegan baking are also surprisingly good - usually chocolate muffins are either too sweet and cupcake or too dry for me.

Rick said...

i'd be STUFFIN that MUFFIN! Wouldn't take NUFFIN!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Isa is definitely the muffin goddess!

Dianne said...

I've been wanting to make those since I went on my fall pumpkin kick, but I'm too lazy to buy bran flakes! I love all muffins, but I used to go for blueberry with crumble topping in the bakeries the most. Thanks for the nog trick, too...I didn't want to buy it because I was afraid I'd chug the whole thing ;-)

Sharan said...

Banana nut baby!

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

I second the blueberry muffins with the crumblies! I love those!

I've always been more of a fruit-type muffin person. At least for breakfast.

Vegyogini said...

I'm not much of a muffin eater, so I think I'll go with lemon poppyseed.

Yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes look similar on the outside to the orange ones, but are starchier, more potato-like, and less sweet. They are still delicious, just as the savoury pie was. :)

Erin said...

Why haven't I made these muffins yet? I have some pumpkin in the pantry...

Thanks for the soy milk trick too. I may try that with Silk Nog, which I love for the flavor but not the calorie count.

Sal said...

yum, they look great. i've got a tin of pumpkin in my cupboard that's been there ages and I don't know what to do with it. muffins may be the answer!

panda with cookie said...

I love the coffee chocolate chip muffins from Vegan Brunch. Love.

Kris said...

I am a muffin whore. Seriously, I could bake muffins all day long and never tire of it. Some of the best ones are the least eye catching. Yum!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

I have to make these. My favorite muffins right now are the pumpkin muffins from VWAV with added walnuts. I also love the blueberry bakery muffins from Vegan Brunch. I also need to try pumpkin Silk!

vegannifer said...

I love banana walnut muffins!

Mihl said...

These look like the perfect breakfast muffins!

prideandvegudice.com said...

Girl, you remember my tips better than I do myself! Good time to bring it back - the less calories in your milk, the more muffins you getta eat! :)