An easy vegan strawberry muffin recipe with fresh strawberry, refined sugar free and gluten free option ! Those are simply the best healthy strawberry muffins, 100 % homemade muffin that taste like bakery style strawberry muffins without dairy or eggs!
Vegan strawberry muffins – low sugar
Did you know that a regular american muffin contains around 30 g of sugar ? That is 10 teaspoon of sugar which is more than the recommended daily intake by the American Heart Association. So I am please to introduce my low sugar vegan strawberry muffins, only 7 g of unrefined sugar per serve. Yes, most of the sugar in those moist fluffy muffins comes from fruits banana and strawberries which also adds-on fiber and vitamins C. The rest of the sweetness is natural coming from maple syrup a delicious refined sugar free sweetener loaded with nutrients.
Are those vegan strawberry muffins good for health ?
Let’s face it, a muffin is a treat and you should never skip a meal for a muffin. But, if you crave a good bakery style strawberry muffin this recipe is definitely good for your health compare to the store bought ones.
An healthy vegan strawberry muffin recipe
With only 170 kcal per muffin and 7 g of unrefined sugar those are healthy strawberry muffins with taste. Keep in mind that a store bought muffins has about 350-450 kcal and 30 g of sugar. So let’s have a look closer at the ingredients used in this recipe to understand why those are healthy strawberry muffin to snack on.
- Spelt flour – it is a highly nutritive flour. It contains more fiber than white all-purpose flour and therefore it is better for your gut health improving digestion. It is also rich in nutrient including iron, magnesium ad zinc.
- Maple Syrup – it has a lower glycemic index (GI=54) than sugar (GI=68) and contains lots of nutrient including lots of manganese. It means it doesn’t impact your blood sugar level as fast as sugar and adds nutrients.
- Banana – it is a natural way to sweeten muffins while adding fiber and avoiding inflammatory food like eggs
- Strawberries – low sugar fruits high in vitamin C
- Unsweetened almond milk – it is the best light plant-based milk to make fluffy muffins. It is sugar free and low calories
- Coconut oil – contains high level of anti fungal Lauric acid
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Your friend, Carine.
Vegan Strawberry Muffins
- 1/3 cup coconut oil , melted or light flavor oil of your choice like almond oil
- 1 small banana , mashed (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon mashed banana)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups spelt flour , sifted to avoid lumps, see flours options in note
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon flaxmeal or ground chia seeds
- 1 cup diced strawberries , fresh (if frozen, thaw and remove juice)
- In a medium size bowl prepare the vegan buttermilk. Whisk plant-based milk with apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and maple syrup. Set aside.
- In another small mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil and mashed banana. Make sure you measure the amount of mashed banana in cups to be precise. Some banana can be larger than others and too much mashed banana will leave the muffins slightly moist inside. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour of your choice (I used white spelt flour) , baking soda and baking powder.
- Stir in the banana oil mixture, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir until it forms a consistent muffins batter and no lumps left. If you sifted the flour you shouldn't have lumps. If you struggle with lumps, it is ok to blend the batter few seconds in a blender, food processor or whisk with an electrical beater until you get a lump-free batter.
- Stir in the flaxmeal and set aside the batter for 10 minutes to let the flaxmeal fiber react with the batter. Meanwhile clean and dice the fresh strawberries.
- Stir in diced strawberries. Note that if you are using frozen strawberries, defrost them first and don't add the strawberry juice to the batter or it will thin the batter too much. Keep strawberry juice for a smoothie or flavor water.
- Transfer the batter into the muffin batter evenly into a 12 muffin hole pan.
- Bake 25-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool 10 minutes in the pan then transfer on a cooling rack.
- Cool completely before eating. It takes about 3 hours to get the perfect texture, be patient.
Storage and freezing
- Store the muffins in a muffins box or airtight box for up to 4 days in the pantry.
- Freeze the muffins in an airtight box or zip bag. Make sure you remove the muffin paper cup before freezing. Defrost the day before.
- You can use same amount of white all-purpose flour, or half white all-purpose and half whole all-purpose to add fibers.
- Gluten free option: use same amount of gluten-free flour blend
- Feel free to swap strawberries by fresh blueberries or raspberries