A new year comes with new recipes and where better to start than this tried and tested English classic; the chocolate chip muffin. As always this recipe is easy, delicious and of course, vegan.
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Who doesn’t get all mouth drooling to see anything, and I mean ANYTHING literally, has got chocolate chips in it? I bet no one. And today you are about to get your mouth watering over these fluffy, sweet, delicious vegan chocolate chip muffins.
They are honestly one of the easiest and delicious muffin recipes that you can easily make at home while staying at home! I am very pleased to introduce you this vegan chocolate chip muffin recipe as the first recipe of the new year!
My first vegan chocolate chip recipe in Japan
It may come as a surprise to some of you guys as much as it is to me, but this is actually the very first recipe that I made with chocolate chips in it! I posted my lovely vegan chocolate chip cookie bars a while ago, but these muffins were definitely the very first thing I baked with vegan chocolate chips. And I wondered, why did I not try to create any recipes with chocolate chips in them sooner?
And I realised, one of the reasons was that vegan chocolate chips were not available in Japan when I started creating recipes for The Chestnut Bakery, so frustrating! But thankfully, I recently came across some vegan chocolate chips online that stay in shape in the oven, hurray! I love that we are all seeing more and more of our favourite baking goods without dairy in them.
So of course the first thing I baked as soon as the package arrived was these lovely vegan chocolate chip muffins. Are you all chocolate chip lovers ready for this recipe?
Here we go.
How to make vegan chocolate chip muffins
Muffins are one of my absolute favourite things to bake. Mainly because they are just plain delicious, make my day brighter just looking at them on my breakfast table(and eating them of course!) and they are also super easy and takes relatively short amount of time to bake. This makes muffins a beginner friendly thing to bake for moms with kids or anyone who wants to take up baking during quarantine.
I remember the very first time I baked muffins, I was apprehensive as to how that batter I was mixing could turn into the delicious muffins with puffy little tops I see in fancy bakeries and cafes. And I can feel your apprehension too, especially if this is your first time baking muffins.
So here are some of the tips I use to make my delicious vegan chocolate chip muffins or any muffins with that puffy top.
Dry and liquid in ingredients ratio
If you bake often, I guess you know how important it is to get the dry and liquid ingredients ratio right to make certain baking goods to give them their signature features. This time, for the vegan chocolate chip muffins, is that fluffiness and puffy muffin top combined with that soft and moist texture. To achieve this, do use the scale or very carefully measure with measuring cups, otherwise the texture won’t be right or you won’t get that cute muffins tops.
No over mixing the batter
It is easy to over mix the batter when mixing the dry ingredients and liquid ingredients. But be careful not to! Over mixing the batter causes gluten(if using regular white flour) in the flour to develop, which results in tough texture. For these vegan chocolate chip muffins we want to get fluffy, puffy, soft and moist texture so when mixing try to mix as gently as you can.
I always mix with a big wooden spoon instead of a whisker with cutting motion from top to bottom, rotating the mixing bowl slightly to make sure everything is combined but just before it’s mixed too much.
It is ok to have some lumps of flour left in the batter, don’t worry! They will all incorporate once the batter is rested and baked in the oven.
Patience, it’s resting time
It wasn’t until I baked the second batch of my muffin butter at my first attempt that I realised the muffins of the second batch raised higher and made that perfect muffins top!
Turns out, resting muffin batter for good 20-30 mins gives it time to incorporate the dry and liquid ingredients well and relax the gluten developed in the mixing step. So patience my friends, the key to good tall muffins!
Keep aside some chocolate chips to sprinkle
To make the vegan chocolate chip muffins both delicious and looking pretty (who doesn’t want their muffins look pretty?), keep aside about ~half a cup of chocolate chips to sprinkle on top right before they go into the oven.
This way you have chocolate chips both inside the muffins and on top of the muffins which will make them look pretty to anyone’s eyes when they come out of the oven!
Use vegan chocolate chips that don’t melt in the oven
I did… I did try to bake things with regular vegan chocolate chunks when I couldn’t find any vegan chocolate chips that don’t melt in heat. But the things is, muffins don’t do well with regular chocolates!
So do use vegan chocolate chips that don’t melt away in the oven, so the ones you sprinkle on top won’t all melt and run down to the side of the vegan chocolate chip muffins.
In supermarkets or online, pay attention to the package to see if the chocolate chips are dairy free and don’t melt in the oven. They look the same as regular ones, so be careful!
Can I make these vegan chocolate chip muffins gluten-free?
Yes you can! Simply swap the plain flour with gluten-free rice flour. The texture is going to be slightly dense, like one of my favourite muffin recipe gluten-free vegan lemon muffins.
I am planning on creating more gluten-free recipes for those who follow gluten-free diet so keep tuned!
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Can I use vegetable oil instead of vegan butter for these vegan chocolate chip muffins?
Yes, you can use vegetable oil instead of vegan butter if you prefer. Just use the same amount of your preferred vegetable oil in the recipe. The texture and flavour will be slightly different, slightly lighter in texture and flavour would be subtle.
I like the flavour that vegan butter gives in these vegan chocolate chip muffins so I recommend you to sue vegan butter but you can use any other oils you like!
How and how long can I keep these vegan chocolate chip muffins for?
Muffins are best eaten fresh but you can also put them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 2-3 days to enjoy in the morning or as a snack. Simply take the muffins out of the fridge and warm up in the microwave whenever you fancy having these delicious vegan chocolate chip muffins.
You can also keep them in the freezer for a longer shelf life. Put them in an airtight container and keep them in the freezer for up to 2-3 month, warm up in the microwave for 2-3 mins until it’s soft and fluffy again!
You will LOVE this vegan chocolate chip muffins if you:
– are chocolate chip lover
– love muffins
– are vegan
– are not vegan
– love chocolates
– want easy thing to bake
Vegan chocolate chip muffins
What you need:
- 3 cups (310g) plain flour
- 1 & 1/2 cups (225g) sugar
- 1 cup (250ml) soy milk
- 1/3 cup (100ml) melted vegan butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup (150g) vegan chocolate chips + more to sprinkle
- Muffin cups and tin
- Preheat the oven 180C(356F)
- Mix the soy milk and apple cider vinegar to make vegan butter milk. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and vegan chocolate chips.
- Add the vegan butter milk and melted vegan butter into the dry mixture and mix gently with a large wooden spoon. Be careful not to over mix! Little lumps of flour left in the mixture is ok, don’t worry.
- Rest the butter 20-30 mins if you have time. If you are in hurry skip this step.
- Scoop the muffin batter into muffin cups in a muffin tin. Leave a little space on top so that the muffins have room to raise. Sprinkle some vegan chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 25-30mins until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
- Let cool on a cooling lack. Enjoy!
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