All recipes are deliciously vegan.

Find VRC | veganrecipeclub.org.uk on YouTubeFind VRC | veganrecipeclub.org.uk on InstagramFind VRC | veganrecipeclub.org.uk on FacebookFind VRC | veganrecipeclub.org.uk on Twitter

Magic Muffins

gluten free
wheat free
2 spoon difficulty rating

30 minutes

Serves: 12-14

Magic Muffins

Let Them Eat Cake! This easy recipe makes light, tasty and versatile vegan muffins and is really popular. The muffins can also be made gluten-free by using g-f flour plus a mashed up banana plus an extra splash of plant milk to thin the batter a little (eg soya, almond, rice...)

As you will see, this basic recipe is very versatile and you can ring the changes with different flavoured icing also. Most icing sugar in the UK is vegan (but not the Royal variety).

Muffins and cupcakes can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Some of us love tons of rich icing and decorations, others prefer them plain, as below.

 

 

 

Main picture courtesy of Dotthecozyvegan with thanks

Ingredients: 

DRY INGREDIENTS - SIEVE INTO A MIXING BOWL
330g/12oz self raising flour (Use all white OR half and half fine wholemeal and white)  
225g/8 oz caster sugar
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

WET INGREDIENTS - MEASURE INTO A JUG

  • 110ml/4 fl oz plain vegetable oil (not olive)
  • 290ml/scant 11fl oz soya or other plant milk, eg almond, rice...
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

EGG ALTERNATIVE. CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THESE
1 tbsp flax meal +3 tbsp warm water mixed together to make a flax egg. Add this to the combined wet and dry mixture at the end
OR 4 tsp soya flour - sieve this into the dry ingredients
OR 3 tbsp aquafaba (the gunky water in a tin of chickpeas or other white beans), whisked to make it frothy. Add this to the combined mixture at the end BUT reduce soya milk to 250ml

 

PLUS whatever flavourings you like – see suggestions below.

  • Chocolate and cinnamon (substitute some of the flour with cocoa powder and 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • Blueberry – a handful of any frozen or dried berries
  • Apple and cinnamon – apple chunks and 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pear and cinnamon – as the apple variation
  • Carrot – 1 medium grated carrot. Nice with some lemon zest added too
  • Maple and pecan – replace some of the sugar with maple syrup and add a handful of pecan pieces
  • Banana – 1 well-mashed ripe banana (add 1-2 tbsp extra liquid if mixture too dry)
  • Lemon and poppy seed – zest of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp juice and 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • Orange and cranberry – zest of 1 orange, 2 tbsp juice and 1-2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Mixed berry – frozen or dried berries are best because they keep their shape whilst baking but fresh will do at a pinch
  • White vegan chocolate (Organica’s vegan white) and berry Chocolate 
  • Triple vegan chocolate chip or else use broken pieces from a bar of vegan chocolate. Eg Organica’s dark chocolate or their Couverture bar (which tastes rather like Galaxy). If you have a good health food store they may sell vegan chocolate chips.
  • Or try just about any dried fruit (chop if large, like apricots)

 

  • BUTTERCREAM ICING
  • 100g/generous 3oz icing sugar, sieved
  • 30g/1oz vegan margarine, eg Pure OR 30g mild coconut oil OR Trex
  • Flavouring, eg vanilla essence; lemon essence and zest; cocoa powder etc

ALL KITTED OUT
Mixing bowls small and large; jug, sieve, medium-large muffin tins and cases; mixing spoon, measuring spoons, scales

Method: 

1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°/Gas Mark 6. Get muffin tins and cases ready.

2, Sieve the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda (and dried soya flour if using) into a large mixing bowl. If you're using cocoa powder, sieve that in too. Mix well.

3. Mix the plant milk, oil, vanilla essence plus any liquid flavourings together in a jug.

4. Gradually pour the liquid mix into the dry mix. This is better done by hand. If using whipped up aquafaba or the flax egg option, add it now, making it's well distributed into the batter.

5. Spoon batter into muffin cases placed in muffin tins for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Check after 17 minutes).

6. While the muffins are baking, make the icing by creaming the fat then mixing in the icing sugar and flavourings until everything is amalgamated. This can be made in a food processor for speed - add a splash of plant milk if it's too stiff. Chill in the fridge or freezer until you want to serve the cooled muffins. Use a fork or piping bag to ice. Add any vegan cake decorations you can find - many regular shop bought ones are suitable but check with the manufacturer. 

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter

Did you know that Vegan Recipe Club is run by a charity?

Viva! is a UK-registered charity which educates people about the realities of factory farming and how it impacts our health, the planet and animals. Vegan Recipe Club is part of our project to make going – and staying – vegan really easy by providing amazing recipes which make even meat-eaters’ mouths water!

We’re doing it because veganism saves animals, protects our planet and is better for the environment and your health.

We don’t receive any government funding. We can only keep going with YOUR help. Please consider donating to Viva! to help us continue to offer these life-saving services.

New recipes

Displaying 1 - 15 of 15
Stuffed "No Turkey" Wrapped in Gaz's Streaky Bacon

Stuffed "No Turkey" Wrapped in Gaz's Streaky Bacon

This is technical to make but so rewarding when you slice into it. I believe this recipe is powerful enough...See recipe »
The Ultimate Christmas Roast

The Ultimate Christmas Roast

This is Christmas, all wrapped up ... literally! The Christmassy flavours we all love are in this roast “beef” wellington...See recipe »
Baked Cauliflower Steaks

Baked Cauliflower Steaks

These cauliflower steaks are delicious and great as a main or a side! If you're serving them as a main,...See recipe »
Cashew Cream & Beetroot Crostini

Cashew Cream & Beetroot Crostini

These tasty treats make for a delicious starter to any meal but particularly at Christmas! The sweet roasted beetroot combined...See recipe »
Domoda (Gambian Peanut Stew)

Domoda (Gambian Peanut Stew)

One of the Vegan Recipe Club team recently visited The Gambia and was delighted to find this vegan stew as...See recipe »
Bao Buns with Sticky Tofu

Bao Buns with Sticky Tofu

This dish needs little introduction... light fluffy Chinese boa buns packed full of crunchy veg and sticky tofu! Perfect as...See recipe »
Thai Rendang Curry

Thai Rendang Curry

This is a simplified version of a Thai street food dish. The combination of aubergine, lemongrass, tamarind, coconut milk, sugar...See recipe »
Smoky Vegan Cassoulet

Smoky Vegan Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a traditional white bean dish originating in the south of France. To add substance to this vegan version...See recipe »
Lavender Panna Cotta with Caramelised Cinnamon Figs

Lavender Panna Cotta with Caramelised Cinnamon Figs

When we designed our vegan chalet menu , we wanted a blend of simple, plant-based meals and a few versions...See recipe »
Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

These pancakes have been described as 'heavenly'... fluffy, sweet and moist... thick American-style... what better way to enjoy your left...See recipe »
Pumpkin & Chickpea Burgers

Pumpkin & Chickpea Burgers

What a tasty, healthy way to use up that left over pumpkin. These burgers are fun to make, very easy...See recipe »
Roast Pumpkin Salad with Tahini Dressing

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Tahini Dressing

This salad is so addictive... we challenge you not to eat the whole thing in one sitting! The sweet pumpkin...See recipe »
Beetroot & 'Ricotta' Ravioli with Pistachio, Mint Pesto

Beetroot & 'Ricotta' Ravioli with Pistachio, Mint Pesto

This is a very fancy dish that will impress at any dinner party and at the same time it’s super...See recipe »
Crispy Sesame-Coated Baked Tofu

Crispy Sesame-Coated Baked Tofu

This recipe is everything you want in a tofu dish - it's quick and easy, really healthy, crispy on the...See recipe »