Vegan Mini-Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins
Mini food is so poppable. One after the other, down they go.
That darn mini food. But it’s so small that the calories don’t even count. Exactly.
I’m so happy with how these little puffballs turned out. They’re soft, springy, bouncy like little trampolines, and they’re vegan.
Sometimes vegan baked goods, especially muffins or cakes, are terribly dense. Lead balloons come to mind. When removing eggs, it’s easy to also remove lightness and fluffiness. However, no eggs here, and they’re as soft and fluffy as any traditional muffin.
Making them is literally a 5 minute job and because they’re mini, they bake very fast. You’re looking at 15 minutes from start to finish. Gotta love speedy muffins and recipes that don’t dirty every dish in your kitchen.
They freeze beautifully so you might want to make a double batch and freeze half for snacks and grab-and-go breakfasts.
The whisk-together batter comes together so quickly and easily in one bowl. No mixer, no hassle. It’s a great vegan ‘master batter’ and you can adapt it by switching up the chocolate chips for diced dried fruit or nuts. Glaze them or brush them with (vegan) melted butter and dip them in cinnamon-sugar like these.
To make the batter, simply mash one banana, then add sugar, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon before stirring in the dry ingredients and the mini chocolate chips.
The banana behaves like an egg to both fluff the batter and bind the ingredients, while keeping the muffins light and fluffy.
The muffins don’t taste like banana. I couldn’t taste it at all, and I was looking for it. I used a fairly non-ripe banana. Pale yellow, and no black freckles. The riper bananas get, the sweeter they become, and also the more distinctively banana-ey they are, and it’s harder to mask. Many people only bake with very ripe bananas, but in recipes that I don’t want to taste overly banana-ey, I’ll use under to averagely-ripe bananas.
I used coconut oil as the fat source and I’m no stranger to using it in muffins, cakes, bread, cookies and more. I love baking with it, and replace it 1:1 with butter or other oil. While I usually say that you can’t taste it, you definitely can taste it here. There’s no strong spices, pumpkin puree, or anything else to make the flavor, and it’s noticeable.
For anyone who likes coconut oil, you’ll love these. It gently perfumes the muffins and adds a faintly sweet under-current of tropical flavor. It’s not overwhelming and I love it, but in full disclosure, you can taste it. If you absolutely don’t want to use coconut oil, I’m sure that you could sub with vegetable or canola oil.
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I used mini chocolate chips because full-size chocolate chips could overwhelm these little one-bite wonders. If all you have is regular chips, run a knife over them and give them a coarse chop so the big chips don’t sink to the bottom of the mini pans.
I used two Non-Stick Mini Muffin Pans. I filled the cavities to 3/4 full. It’s a little tricky filling mini muffin pans because small amounts of batter can dramatically alter results. Underfilling and the already small muffins become a skimpy joke, while overfilling can cause mushroom top where the tops bake together on top of the pan and your muffins look like conjoined mushrooms. Admit it, you’ve done it. Just do your best here.
If you’re baking in a full size pan, you’ll need to extend the baking time by a few minutes and bake until they’re done, whatever that means in your oven and your chosen pan.
Before baking I sprinkled all the tops with chocolate chips because I wanted the visual pop of chocolate. We eat first with our eyes and my eyes liked seeing all those glistening mini chips on top of the fluffy muffins.
They’re ridiculously moist, springy, tender, delicate and light, without being airy, and as good as any traditional muffin with eggs and butter. They’re sweet, satisfying, and with the undercurrent of coconut oil flavor, I couldn’t resist them.
24 mini muffins did not even last 24 hours.
Vegan Mini-Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins
The muffins are soft, springy, bouncy like little trampolines, and they’re vegan. They’re ridiculously moist, tender, delicate and light, without being airy, and as good as any traditional muffin with eggs and butter. They’re sweet, satisfying, and there’s an undercurrent of coconut oil flavor. It’s not overwhelming, but you can taste it. If you absolutely don’t want to use coconut oil, you can sub with vegetable or canola oil. I used mini chocolate chips and if all you have is regular chips, run a knife over them and give them a coarse chop so the big chips don’t sink to the bottom of the mini pans. If you’re baking in a full-size muffin pan, extend baking time by about 5 minutes, or as needed until your muffins are done. They freeze beautifully for quick and easy breakfasts and snacks.
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (other milks may be substituted including coconut, soy, rice, cow), at room temperature
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (vegetable or canola oil may be substituted)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling tops
- Preheat oven to 400F. Spray two 12-count Non-Stick Mini Muffin Pans very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pans; set aside. (I don’t prefer the cosmetic look of muffin liners and I am not sure if the paper will stick to the muffins). Alternatively, the recipe can be made as regular-sized muffins; use a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan
- In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork.
- Add the sugar, milk (room temp milk will prevent coconut oil from re-solidifying; if it does anyway, some small clumps are okay), oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and whisk until combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
- Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
- Divide batter equally among the cavities of the prepared pans using approximately one rounded or heaping tablespoon of batter for each muffin. Each cavity will be about 3/4 full. Spraying a medium cookie scoop, with cooking spray so the batter slides right off is handy here.
- Optionally, add a pinch of chocolate chips to each muffin top.
- Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until tops are domed, puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling but no batter. I baked for 11 minutes, but because pan sizes, climates, and ovens vary, bake until done; watch your muffins and not the clock. If you’re baking as regular-sized muffins, my guess is about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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