Vegan & Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Garcia Muffins a.k.a. Yes, The Ice Cream… But In MUFFIN Form!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Garcia Muffins a.k.a. Yes, The Ice Cream… But In MUFFIN Form!

These VEGAN + GLUTEN-FREE CHOCO CHERRY GARCIA MUFFINS are BOMB. Think cherry Garcia ice cream in muffin form!

They’re crumbly on the outside & moist, soft & chewy on the inside. They’re bursting with naturally sweet flavour, antioxidants, vitamin C & indulgent melted chocolate chunks!

I’m so excited to share the recipe with you babes & I really hope you love them as much as I do!

But before we get to the recipe, here’s a little tip! When buying your frozen tart cherries, make sure what you’re buying is actually dark TART cherries & not dark SWEET cherries. Tart cherries have a higher antioxidant content & are the ones that have been studied for years for their amazing benefits regarding restful sleep, muscle recovery, vitamin C content & immunity-enhancing properties.

They’re low in added sugar (& contain no refined sugar), gluten-free, possibly nut-free, oil, butter & dairy-free & absolutely MARVELLOUS! ‘NUFF SAID.

INGREDIENTS:

(Recipe yields enough for 9 medium muffins)

  • 1 cup frozen dark tart cherries
  • 1/3 cup homemade cashew milk or any other plant-based milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp. organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp. creamy almond buter (or nut-free alternative)
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2-3 tsp. raw organic cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • A few pinches of sea salt
  • 1/2 your fave vegan dark chocolate bar (crumbled) or 1/3 to 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

TO MAKE:

  • Preheat oven to 350F & line a muffin tin with muffin liners.
  • Add all the ingredients (except the chocolate chunks or chips) to a large mixing bowl & mix until combined & incorporated.

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  • Gently fold in the chocolate.
  • Add the batter to the lined muffin tin & bake for 15-16 minutes, until tops are browned & crumbly & a knife comes out clean!

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  • ENJOY!
    • Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container.

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