Vanilla Bean Blackberry Muffins
Hi lovies! I got a lot of requests for this recipe & let me tell you, I am not surprised. I honestly don’t know how I kept it from you guys for so long… guess I was being selfish & stuff. NO, JK. But, seriously, these muffins are everything. They are moist, literally BURSTING with vanilla flavour & when the blackberries melt in the oven, they become almost sticky/syrup-y. GAHHH, I can’t. Like, you know when you try to describe something SO GOOD but you can’t put it into words? Ya, that’s how I feel about these muffins.
In my opinion, the best way to eat them is to warm them up a bit right before so that you kind of re-melt the blackberries & so that the dough becomes a little bit more moist (ZOMFG, are you not drooling right now?)!!
To make this wonderfulness (is that a word?), you will need:
- 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (I use Bragg’s, my all-time fave!!!);
- 1 cup of milk of choice (I used Earth’s Own organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk, it’s SO GOOD). You can literally use anything though, let your imagination run wild! I feel like cashew milk could be great in this recipe too, or you can simply just use skim or regular full-fat milk.
- 2 tsp. of pure organic vanilla extract (I used my pantry staple by Simply Organic);
- 3 tbsp. of coconut oil (I used Nutiva Coconut Oil and also have the Naked Coconuts brand – these are my two favourites, but I think Spectrum also makes a great one!). If you don’t have coconut oil, DO NOT PANIC JUST YET. Vegetable oil will sub just as well! P.S. You can also sub the oil with apple sauce for completely oil-free muffins, but I’ve tried the recipe both ways & it was 10000000 x better with the oil, like no joke. I would only substitute if you ran out of oil & started the recipe and have NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Like, apple sauce is good & all but this recipe just works SO MUCH BETTER with the coconut oil. PLUS, it’s only 3 tablespoons… so like, why not?
- 2 cups of spelt, white or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (As always, I used Bob’s, but any of these will work!);
- 2 tsp. of baking powder (Also used Bob’s Red Mill. Can you tell I’m a loyal customer?);
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar of choice (GO WILD. White, brown, coconut sugar, Xylitol or, my go-to pantry staple: Erythritol. A miracle. So natural. So raw. KIND OF EXPENSIVE, but whatevz. I think I mentioned it to you guys in a previous post, but I use the one by NOW Foods);
- 2 more tbsp. of sugar of choice;
- 1 cup of fresh blackberries, crushed (DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use frozen ones – they will let out way too much water & ruin your batter & that would be my worst nightmare, you?);
- OPTIONAL, but totally recommended: 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (I use the organic shredded coconut by Cuisine Camino).
NOW, TO WHIP UP THESE BABES (I hope you don’t find it weird that I call these muffins babes, but they are literally the definition of babe. They’re beautiful. I swear):
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar/white vinegar, milk, vanilla extract & coconut oil.
- In a separate bowl, stir together all the other ingredients, EXCEPT THE BLACKBERRIES (or you will have a black batter. EW).
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones & stir until it is evenly combined and mixed. NOW YOU CAN ADD YOUR BLACKBERRIES.
- Gently stir in the blackberries but only until evenly mixed. DO NOT OVER-STIR (Unless of course you want black batter. Refer to step 4).
- Pour your batter evenly into the muffin tins & bake for 19 minutes.
- Your muffins should look domed when you take them out of the oven. If not, bake for a couple more minutes, BUT WATCH THE BABES.
- Allow your muffins to sit in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing them.
The recipe should give you 12 very nice-sized muffins (a.k.a. they are not tiny. you will not feel ripped off after eating one. you will feel satiated, satisfied, amazing, beautiful, wonderful, AND YOU WILL WANT ANOTHER ONE, AND ANOTHER ONE).
Your babes should look like this when they come out of the oven. If they don’t, well once again, honey, you did something wrong. NEXT TIME, LISTEN TO ME.
Enjoy lovies!!!! & Don’t forget to warm them up before devouring!