Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vegan Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

It's been awhile! Many things going on, but most importantly, I became an Aunt again! My sister just gave birth early yesterday (was it really only a day ago?) morning to her first son, Dash. He arrived before expected and needs some TLC at the hospital still, but is doing well and they are eager to bring him home when he's ready. She was a rockstar, did the whole thing sans pain medication, and I was privileged to witness the birth. So amazing.

I decided to make my sister some muffins to help with lactation as well as help keep her energy up for a snack throughout the day, and of course I wanted some too. I needed to use what she already had in her entirely non-vegan kitchen. That means no flax seed meal, no coconut oil, no special flours or organic sugar. Oh, and it helps if a two year old can help easily (Thanks Eleanor!) Enter Vegan Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins! Oats are great for nursing mamas, and these also have no refined sugar, no dairy, whole wheat flour and are made with simple pantry ingredients. A win for everyone.

the finished product
using totally fresh nutmeg- I had to crack open the shell and everything!

Vegan Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins
adapted from Jamessina

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon 
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
1/4 c. oil (I used oil, melted coconut oil would be excellent)
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened

*1/4 c. brewer's yeast or nutritional yeast (optional)
*1/4 c. flax seed meal (optional)

*Brewer's yeast, flaxseed meal and oats are the perfect trifecta for nursing moms! The first time I made these muffins without the optional yeast + flaxseed, but they are great either way. Also I did a lot of research into the difference between brewer's yeast and nutritional yeast for this recipe, and found that they both seem to be excellent for you. I could not locate brewer's yeast in the small time allotted to me for shopping before getting back to my sister's house to help babysit, so I used nutritional yeast. The main difference is that only brewer's yeast contains chromium/selenium, while only nutritional yeast contains vitamin B12. Definitely do your own research though.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a small bowl. Add wet to dry, stir only until incorporated. Bake in a sprayed muffin tin for 15 min. Done! Easy vegan muffins that will satisfy anyone. Delicious with jam


  1. Thanks for this recipe! I'm going to try it out tonight for my son who's vegan due to dairy and egg allergies. I hope your nephew is doing well!

  2. Thanks!I just made these for my 8 month old who is dairy free!

  3. Great muffins. I needed to add a 1/4 of almond milk (unsweetened) to get the batter to the right texture, but other than that, very tasty, perfect for fall. Look forward to making a batch with the variations suggested.

  4. The recipe and muffins look great; I plan to make them this weekend.
    Two questions:
    1) its fresh ginger, i presume. Should I grate the ginger?
    2) if I wanted to use Sugar In The Raw (turbinado), instead of maple syrup, how much should I use? Have you tried with this sugar or its only been with maple syrup?