Vegan Cinnamon Toast Banana Muffins

If there was one recipe I could have anyone try from anything I’ve ever posted… it would be these lil babies because holy sh*t. I keep checking for crack in the ingredients list (haha).
But in all seriousness, if you’re looking to show up anyone at some bake off or win over your in-laws, this is the recipe.

They are incredibly moist, and contain the perfect mixture of banana and cinnamon tastiness. I used bananas that were about to start oozing because of how soft the peel got, and they were completely brown… maybe this is why they tasted like heaven? I found this recipe on Dirty Blonde Vegan, made by the lovely Erin. Also shout out to Erin for one of my new favorite recipes.

Ingredients

Banana Muffins
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar(choose organic to be sure it’s vegan)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup mashed ripe banana (approximately 2 small bananas)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Cinnamon toast topping
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Line your 12 count, standard size muffin tin, with paper baking cups and spray each cup with non stick spray. Set muffin tin aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash two overripe (brown spots/patches are the softest and sweetest) bananas with a fork.
  4. Add the sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Use a whisk to combine well. Some clumps from the bananas are expected.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon (1/2 tsp) and mix to just combine the wet and dry ingredients into a batter. It will be thick, but do not over mix. Stop mixing when you can no longer see dry flour anywhere.
  6. Spoon the batter into the pre-greased muffin cups. The batter should be exactly the right amount to divide evenly between the 12 cups with no extra. (As a rule, muffin cups should be filled about 80% full to allow for rising in the oven.)
  7. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/2-3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon to make the cinnamon-sugar topping. Mix with a spoon.
  8. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar topping over the twelve muffins with the spoon. Divide the topping evenly over each muffin top.
  9. Bake for 17-22 minutes at 375F. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean, with no sticky batter on it. Resist the urge to open the oven during the first 15 minutes of baking, this is when the muffins are rising the most!
  10. Cool the muffins in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Baking times vary by ovens, so start checking the muffins at 17 minutes, and remove from the oven when a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean (no batter stuck to it).
  • For Gluten-Free: Substitute a gluten-free flour mix (such as Bob’s Red Mill) for the flour.
  • For Oil-Free: Use additional applesauce instead of the vegetable oil. This may result in a denser, but still delicious, muffin.

Vegan Ultra Chewy & Delicious Brownies

Who else is balancing the stress of a pandemic with a healthy amount of unhealthy treats? Shout out to sweets for always making me feel better and helping me escape boredom… this recipe especially. It’s so f*cking good, and probably the best brownie recipe I’ve tried up to this point. These babies have a nice and firm, almost-crunchy outside, with a soft gooey middle that pairs fantastically with a fat scoop of ice cream. Hello, comfort food. The recipe is borrowed from My Darling Vegan, made by the lovely Sarah.

The beautiful brownie mix, just before getting put in the pan and then in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, letting excess paper hang over the edges. Spray parchment paper with cooking oil. Or lightly oil your 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Prepare the flax eggs by mixing the flax and water, and setting aside.
  3. Fill a pot with a couple inches of water and bring to a boil. In a medium heat-safe bowl combine vegan butter, sugars, cocoa powder, and salt. Place on top of the pot – the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water – and remove from heat. You can also use a double boiler. Stir butter/sugar mixture occasionally until the butter has melted completely. Meanwhile, mix together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract and flax “eggs” to the butter/sugar mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and stir vigorously until well combined; the batter will be very thick. Once well combined, transfer into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until mostly set. They should be slightly underdone.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
Hi my beautiful babies, don’t they look f*cking fire?!

Vegan Pecan Pie

Drop whatever you are doing and get your ass in the kitchen to make this delicious-ass, tasty-ass pie. I had never made a pecan pie… or any pie really… but gat damn this was so good. My whole family (mind you are carnivorous, dairy drinking monsters) couldn’t stop eating it or hyping my ass up about how good it was. Pie crust made from scratch, which I got creative with with those cute lil leaves. Shout out to Abbey from Abbey’s Kitchen for the recipe.

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 ½ c flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegan butter very cold frozen is best
  • ½ cup cold ice water

Filling:

  • 4 tbsp ground chia seeds OR chickpea liquid
  • 8 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 c maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 c melted vegan butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add the flour, salt, sugar, and butter and pulse until it reaches pea-like pieces. Add in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time until it comes together (you likely won’t use it all!). Form into two thick round disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to set up.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Mix together the chia or chickpea liquid and almond milk, refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. In a food processor, puree the chia egg or chickpea liquid mixture, maple, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, vinegar, vegan butter, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Stir in the pecan halves.
  6. Roll the first dough disk out to less than 1/4 inch and fit into a 9 inch pie plate. Prick the bottom. Chill until firm for about 30 minutes.
  7. Roll the second disk out and using a cookie cutter (or free-form with a knife) cut out leaf shapes.
  8. Pour the filling into the shell and press the leaf shapes all around the edge.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour or until it just gently jiggles in the center. After the first 20 minutes, you’ll likely want to cover the edges with tin foil to prevent the crust from overbrowning.
  10. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Vegan Apple Pie/Crisp

GAT DAMN. Didn’t know I was a baker y’all, but this is bomb af. I say that every time (I know) but this one is my first bake attempt and it’s for realsies. The whole fam ate it right up. The crust is strange in that you can’t roll it out, but you’ll press it into the spring-form or pan and it’ll turn out great.

This recipe is from Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 1/3 c flour
  • 1/4 c sugar of choice
  • 1/4 tsp each: cinnamon and salt
  • 1/4 c oil or butter spread
  • 2 tbsp water

Filling

  • 4 cups peeled apple, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • optional 1/2 c raw walnuts, diced small
  • optional 1/2 c raisins

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c spelt flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 c oil, OR 1/4 applesauce for fat-free
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions:

This recipe calls for an 8-inch springform, but it also works in a 9-inch if you double the entire recipe.

Preheat oven to 350F, line the bottom of an 8-inch springform or removable-bottom tart pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry crust ingredients, then stir in the oil and water to make a dough. Transfer to the prepared pan, press down hard, and bake 12 minutes on the center rack. Toss the apple and sweetener in a medium bowl, then spread evenly over the baked crust. In a third bowl, combine all crumble ingredients. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the apples. Bake 50-60 minutes or until apples are soft and tender. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing the springform.