Try as I might during the summer months I just can’t escape not using my oven for too long. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating raw foods and cooking up quick meals on the stove but sometimes I just want a damn muffin. Or anything else that is fresh baked and warm, it’s intoxicating toasty scent filling my nostrils and the entire house. YASSSS. I mean hell, I’m already sweating because it’s 100 degrees outside, so what difference will turning my oven on make? It’s all about priorities.
Since we are well into berry season, you are most likely seeing copious amounts of berries everywhere. Because it’s so hot in Houston right now, we’ve already moved past strawberries and blackberries so that blueberries can have their fleeting moment. Blueberries just might be my favorite, though they are neck and neck with raspberries. I love their intensely blue skin mottled with chalky white that gives way to a juicy green center. In season berries are the sweetest, especially if you are able to obtain them locally as they are allowed to ripen in the sun. I was craving a blueberry muffin the other day so I decided to brave the added heat from the oven and bake some up.
I ended up pairing the blueberries with some cashew butter because of a past smoothie combo that yielded delicious results. Also, it adds a bit of extra protein to the muffins in case you need some extra fuel to get you through the day. Since blueberries go well with dark chocolate, I threw in some cacao nibs both for flavor and texture. At the last minute I stirred in some ground cinnamon because I like to live on the edge. In addition to giving these muffins a little extra something, it will make your kitchen and house smell amazing. Instant air freshener. To keep it easy on me and on you, I ended up using a gluten free flour mix instead of making it myself like I usually do. Feel free to use one that you like. If you don’t have issues with gluten, use the same amount of your favorite wheat flour and add more plant milk if the batter seems too dry. Let’s make muffins!
p.s. the flowers in these photos are the ones I mentioned in the last post…I picked them on a walk along our bayou.
Cashew Butter Blueberry Muffins with Cacao Nibs
140g all purpose gluten free flour mix (I’m partial to Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour in the blue bag)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsbp cacao nibs
75g (about 3/4 cup) blueberries
75g plant milk (I used cashew milk)
120g cashew butter
80g unsweetened applesauce
65g maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it with coconut oil. Set the tin aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and cacao nibs until combined. Gently stir the blueberries into the dry ingredients until they are evenly distributed.
In a blender or food processor, combine the plant milk, cashew butter, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and gently stir with a spatula until a thick muffin batter forms. If it seems too dry, add a splash or two more of your plant milk.
Fill the wells of the muffin tin about 2/3 full of the batter. I find it’s easiest to do this with an ice cream scoop. Once you have used up all of the batter, tap the tin on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles, then place the tin in the oven.
Bake the muffins at 375 for 15-18 min, rotating the tray halfway through the baking time. The muffins are ready when they are golden brown on the edges and a tester comes out clean. Makes 8-9 muffins.