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 muffins 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 30g of sugar? That is 10 teaspoons of sugar which is more than the recommended daily intake by the American Heart Association. So I am pleased to introduce my low sugar vegan strawberry muffins, with only 7g of unrefined sugar per serving. Yes, most of the sugar in these moist fluffy muffins comes from fruits like banana and strawberries which also adds 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 these vegan strawberry muffins good for your 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 to compare to the store-bought ones.
A 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 store-bought muffins have 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 muffins 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 nutrients including iron, magnesium ad zinc.
- Maple Syrup – it has a lower glycemic index (GI=54) than sugar (GI=68) and contains a lot of nutrients 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 in calories.
- Coconut oil – contains a high level of antifungal 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 teaspoons Baking powder
- 1 tablespoon Flaxseed meal – or ground chia seeds
- 1 cup Strawberries – diced, fresh (if frozen, thaw and remove juice)
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a 12-muffin-hole non-stick pan with natural muffin paper cups or lightly grease the holes with oil of your choice. Set aside.
- 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 bananas 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 muffin 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 flaxseed meal and set aside the batter for 10 minutes to let the flaxseed meal 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 the same amount of white all-purpose flour, or half white all-purpose and half whole all-purpose to add fibers.
- Gluten-free option: use the same amount of gluten-free flour blend.
- Feel free to swap strawberries with fresh blueberries or raspberries.