perfect vegan cranberry muffins
The Perfect Vegan Cranberry Muffins

The Perfect Vegan Cranberry Muffins

There’s nothing worse than getting all of your ingredients together for a DELICIOUS looking recipe only to finish 45 minutes later (because baking with kids is hard enough already, let alone when they want to help every step of the way) and take a bite into the driest, most disgusting muffins ever.

Healthy food doesn’t have to suck. I promise. At least….not with these Perfect Vegan Cranberry Muffins!

The moisture in this recipe comes from good ol’ soy/coconut or whatever non-dairy type of yogurt you choose. I really like a vanilla soy yogurt in this recipe but you can use any unsweetened yogurt as well. This will make the muffins absolutely delicious.

Moist Vegan Cranberry Muffins

I am a big fan of “less is more” in recipes but I do regret not adding in more cranberries to these lovely ladies. Next time I will add in another handful!

If you are not a big cranberry fan, you can opt to substitute for anything else your heart desires. Chocolate works every single time (or you can do both), nuts, seeds, raisins, or even fresh berries like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or even black berries. The options are endless.

Silicone Muffin Pan

If you follow our blog/social media pages, you know how much I love our silicone baking mats so when I was shopping for a muffin tin, I made sure to go with silicone as well. These are just magical. Nothing sticks inside, you can easily pop the muffins out by flipping the bottom up, and you will never have to deal with a rusty muffin tin again. I highly recommend these for anyone who is looking for a new muffin tin. If you already have a muffin tin, keep it and just get some silicone muffin liners!!

Moist Vegan Cranberry Muffins

The Perfect Vegan Cranberry Muffins

These are the perfect breakfast or dessert choice for the entire family!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast, kid approved, vegan snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 128kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats blended into a flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup vanilla vegan yogurt
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  • You will need two bowls: One for the wet ingredients and one for the dry ingredients. Once each are well mixed, go ahead and add the wet to the dry and mix again.
  • Fill the muffin pan with the mixture. I like to use a silicone muffin pan to avoid using oils or parchment paper. If using a traditional muffin pan, be sure to grease or line with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

**These will last in the refrigerator for 5 days. 
**This recipe was inspired by the AMAZING Dianne Wenz from Diane's Vegan Kitchen. Try her recipe....it'll blow your socks off. 

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.62g | Protein: 4.04g | Fat: 1.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.33g | Cholesterol: 1.09mg | Sodium: 107.57mg | Potassium: 142.34mg | Fiber: 1.18g | Sugar: 11.24g | Vitamin A: 36.69IU | Vitamin C: 0.47mg | Calcium: 79.79mg | Iron: 0.87mg
Moist Vegan Cranberry Muffins

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Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls
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Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Our family adores energy balls and we create new ones each week with various ingredients: dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, coconut, Medjool dates, nut/seed butter and more!

The boys have fallen head over heels in love with Goji Berries and so I decided to create an energy ball with these little miracle workers. Goji berries have a very long history in Ancient China and have been used for eye, liver and kidney issues.

They are a great source of Vitamin C, Iron, and Fiber and contain all 8 essential amino acids!!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

I decided to add as many goodies as possible to these energy balls: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Chocolate, and Coconut!

Further Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji Berries

  • Just one ounce of these berries will fulfill 10% of your daily protein requirements!
  • The high amount of vitamin C is great to boost your immune system and protect you and your little ones from the flu.
  • These berries can aid in weight loss. The sweet and yummy taste (plus the added fiber) can help you to have an easier transition from processed sugar to whole foods. Our family LOVES to snack on these!
  • Goji berries contain a special antioxidant called zeaxanthin (this antioxidant gives them their beautiful and bright color). Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they’re exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation.
  • Goji berries are fantastic for lowering blood sugar and avoiding sugar crashes. They can also improve sugar tolerance if you slowly substitute these for the processed sugar snacks!
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Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

Let the Food Processor do all of the work! Just keep processing until a dough ball like this forms 🙂

Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

These are a must try energizing bite to add to your family's weekly meal plans! Great for the kids lunch boxes or an afternoon pick me up!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, energy ball, kid friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 70.15kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medjool dates *Packed with seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 2 tbsp cashews
  • 1.5 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

Instructions

  • Start by removing the seeds from the medjool dates and adding to the food processor. Follow this by tossing in all of the remaining ingredients.
    vegan goji berry bites
  • Turn the food processor on and allow it to do all the work for you. If you need to stop to scrape down the sides, go right ahead. Continue to food process the mixture until a dough like ball is formed.
    Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball
  • Once the dough is formed, remove from procesor and take either a 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depending on the size you want) amount and roll into balls. You can leave as is or you can roll in some coconut shreds as shown. The balls will be quite sticky so I do recommend rollling them in some sort of a powder/shreds. Feel free to use cacao powder, coconut shreds, pulsed nuts, powdered sugar or whatever else you want!
    Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls
  • Store in the refrigerator to set and also to keep for the week. I like to keep mine stored in an airtight glass container. These are fantastic for snack lunch boxes, mid-afternooon pick me ups or even as a quick out the door energy boost!

Notes

**Can sub out any nuts for seeds.
**Can sub goji berries for any dried fruit you have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 70.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.84g | Protein: 1.14g | Fat: 2.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.95g | Sodium: 0.34mg | Potassium: 108.01mg | Fiber: 1.34g | Sugar: 9.62g | Vitamin A: 18.25IU | Calcium: 15.87mg | Iron: 0.48mg
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

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