sunday snacking: citrus cranberry muffins (vegan)

vegan citrus-cranberry muffins | everybody likes sandwiches

Today is the most beautiful warm and sunny day we’ve had so far this year. Instead of being outside (scrubbing my balcony clean), or riding my bike with some friends, I’m here, indoors (but with my windows fully open), writing about  muffins. I also have plans to start working on taxes that are due at the end of the month and work on some client work. It’s fun spring times, my friends.

vegan citrus-cranberry muffins | everybody likes sandwiches

Last Sunday morning I was in a baking mood and decided not to go with scones since I had made a batch fairly recently. So I went with the other breakfast favourite, muffins. I had a few navels, blood oranges and a lemon to use up and I decided to try a recipe I had bookmarked on the Post-Punk Kitchen. They looked simple to make before my first cup of coffee so I made a few adjustments to the recipe based on what I had and baked up 12 delicious muffins. They don’t have big heady tops, but looks don’t matter here. These are mighty tasty breakfast treats.

vegan citrus-cranberry muffins | everybody likes sandwiches

The star of the show is the citrus. It really does pop with brightness and flavour and so much better than the dry & bland orange-cranberry muffins you’ll find at the corner coffee shop. These are moist and everything a good muffin should be. You can swap in just regular old oranges for my citrus blend, or experiment with meyer lemons, grapefruit or limes. At first I thought reducing the sugar would be a good move, but the lemon juice does make it sharp and the sugar does add a good balance. That said, if you skip the lemon juice and go with a sweet orange, by all means use less sugar. You can easily substitute in spelt flour or whole wheat or just use all-purpose instead of adding in some wheat bran. That tiny addition was my nod to health, ‘cuz sometimes you can only do so much.

vegan citrus-cranberry muffins | everybody likes sandwiches

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