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You'd Never Know It's Vegan: Blueberry Crumb Muffin Recipe

Jillian is a food-allergic adult and mama with years of personal experience to share with the greater food-allergic community.

The finished blueberry crumb muffin.

The finished blueberry crumb muffin.

Don't miss out on blueberry muffins just because you avoid eggs or milk! This recipe is bursting full of berry flavor with subtle hints of lemon, and it's finished with a sweet topping to add dimension.

Preparation and Baking Times

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

18 min

28 min

30 to 32 muffins (traditional cupcake pan)

These muffins taste wonderful with a vegan butter spread.

These muffins taste wonderful with a vegan butter spread.

Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup mild-tasting oil, such as vegetable oil or partially refined olive oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 cups blueberries (adjust according to your preference)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract

For the crumb topping:

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter substitute such as Earth Balance

Instructions

  1. Rinse the blueberries well in a strainer, then transfer them to a bowl. Add the 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon extract. Stir well to coat the blueberries and start dissolving the sugar.
  2. Microwave the blueberries for 1 minute and 30 seconds (or, alternatively, heat them over medium-low heat for a few minutes to soften and plump them up, while stirring frequently). Set them aside.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
  4. In a separate large bowl, add the sugar, water, oil, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer on low speed to dissolve the sugar well.
  5. Next, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and pinch of cinnamon all at once. Mix well to combine.
  6. Now add the blueberries, including their juices. Mix well.
  7. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  8. In a separate bowl, add the ingredients for the crumb topping. Use an electric mixer on low to blend the ingredients until slightly dry and crumbly.
  9. Spoon the crumb topping on top of the batter for each muffin.
  10. Bake as directed for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. In all eggless baking, do not open the oven door until towards the end of the baking time. Doing so can cause sinking in the middle. Make use of that oven light to keep an eye on them!
  11. Cool the muffins in the pan completely before removing them. These muffins store well in an airtight container, and freeze wonderfully for convenient snacking any time! Enjoy.

Photo Guide

Blueberries and juices added to the batter.

Blueberries and juices added to the batter.

Pre-heating the blueberries ensures that they burst open, adding more flavor.

Pre-heating the blueberries ensures that they burst open, adding more flavor.

Crumb topping.

Crumb topping.

Fill 3/4 to the top.

Fill 3/4 to the top.

Fresh out of the oven.

Fresh out of the oven.

The crumb topping adds a nice sweetness.

The crumb topping adds a nice sweetness.

Warm and add vegan "butter" for an indulgence!

Warm and add vegan "butter" for an indulgence!

© 2018 Jillian Erin

Comments

Maka on March 03, 2018:

My son requested blueberry cupcakes and these were perfect, he loved it! I made a couple mods bc of lack of ingredients. We used orange extract instead of lemon and made icing for the topping. I over filled the tins, so it made 12 reg size muffins, 2doz minis and 2 ramekins. YUM-O!

Jillian Erin (author) on March 03, 2018:

Thank you both! Please come back and tell us if you make these, and what you think of them!

Jenn Stevens from Canada on March 02, 2018:

Great recipe! These look so good :)

Tori Leumas on March 01, 2018:

These look delicious! I bet I could make them gluten free too by using Bob Red Mill's gf 1-for-1 flour mix.