red currants

Fluffy and Moist Vegan Red Currant Muffins

I always wanted to make vegan muffins that taste like real muffins, without any compromise. I've tried many recipes, but the result wasn't really satisfying. They were either too dense and moist or too dry.
 It took me a while to tweak this recipe. 
I have to admit, it's not the healthiest dessert I've done (although I used only organic ingredients), but I'd rather eat 90% healthy wholesome meals, make 10% exceptions and enjoy my life ;)
So here is my favorite red currant muffin recipe, you can substitute red currants with any other berries. I'm sure it will taste good as well. Hope you'll enjoy!

Serves: 10 muffins

Ingredients:

1½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
¾ cup cane sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
⅓ cup softened vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
1 mashed banana
½ cup non-dairy milk  
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh red currants

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Grease 10 muffin cups with coconut oil.

Mix vegan milk, sugar, mashed banana, vegan butter and vanilla extract.

Sift flour and baking powder over the moist mixture and stir until well incorporated.

Fold in red currants.

Divide the batter between the 10 muffin cups, they should be about ¾ full.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Mostly Raw Vegan Coconut Cheese Cake with Red Currants

I love raw creamy vegan “cheese” cake filling, but since the raw nut/date crust is just too heavy and too sweet for my taste, I decided to substitute nuts and dates with oats, and it turned out super delicious! I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Ingredients:
 
Filling:

2 cups pre-soaked cashews
1 ½ cups coconut cream (my favorite one is from Trader’s Joe)
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup light agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt

Crust:

1½ cup quick oats
½ cup almonds
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp light agave syrup
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Instructions:

  • Soak cashews for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375℉ /190 ℃
  • Add oats, almonds, sea salt and coconut sugar in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. 
  • Line a 6-8 inch spring form pan with parchment paper.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl, add agave syrup and melted coconut oil. Mix it with a spoon to combine until a loose dough is formed and not crumbling. If too dry, add a bit more melted coconut oil.
  • Transfer mixture to parchment-lined baking sheet. Press crust evenly down into your spring form pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to refrigerator to let cool completely.
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  • Drain cashews and transfer into a food processor. Add lime juice and pulse until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add vanilla extract, coconut oil, agave and salt and blend very well, scraping sides often, until very smooth. Transfer to a high speed blender, add coconut cream and blend for extra smooth batter.
  • Pour filling over the pre-baked crust and spread into an even layer. Tap on counter to remove air bubbles over your crust in your pan.
  • Place in the freezer for at least four hours. Remove from the freezer for 15 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw. Top with red currants and serve.