Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cupcake Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Merry Christmas Eve!  I'm really excited about this new recipe I created today.    Actually, I simply jazzed up an old recipe of mine (Banana Oat Muffins) to make it more festive for Christmas.  These came out just as moist as the original recipe but, the added chocolate makes them rich & decadent & the dried cherries add some sweet zing.  They are too decadent to just be called a muffin but , not quite a cupcake since there is no frosting, so, I decided to call them "cupcake muffins".  And these are really easy to make since everything goes in the food processor.   These would be great for a Valentine's Day treat as well!


2.5 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1/4 C good quality cocoa / cacao powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
4 TbSp ground flax seed
1 cup full fat coconut milk (mixed well).  The canned version or homemade*Native Forest has the BEST amount of "cream" compared to other brands I have tried.
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup to keep it truly vegan)
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas 
1 Cup Dried Cherries (halved/chopped)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
    grease your muffin pan (I use Spectrum Organic's Shortening...it's soy free!)
  2. With your chopping blade in place, process the oats in a food processor for 30-60 seconds 
  3. Add the the dry ingredients (baking powder & soda, cacao/cocoa powder & flaxseed meal) to the food processor and pulse until mixed.
  4. Add the wet ingredients (vanilla, coconut milk, honey & bananas).
  5. Process for about  30-45 seconds to ensure everything is well mixed.
  6. Remove blade, scraping batter off into work bowl.
  7. Add chocolate chips & cherries and stir well.
  8. Place 1 heaping tablespoon or ice cream scoop of batter into each muffin tin.
  9. Bake for 16-18 min.

1 recipe makes 16-18 cupcake muffins  

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