This is a Variation on a Root Formula, a simplified recipe that shows which ingredients
are core and which can be changed to create different flavor combinations or use what you
have on hand. See our other variations at the bottom of the Root Formula page.
Our Planetarian muffin formula offers the perfect balance between decadence and health. Chockfull of good-for-you yummy extras, a little scoop of whole wheat flour, a glug of molasses, and the chia seed stand-in for eggs, these plant-based muffins are great for an on-the-run breakfast. Yet, the bold flavors, the rich, tender texture, and the studded top make them feel like something you picked up at a specialty bakery on the weekend.
As with all of our formulas, we give you the root formula followed by variations, so that you can bake up a batch of muffins that we developed for you or create your own.
We give you the option to make these muffins traditionally with eggs and dairy yogurt, but we’re hoping you give the Planetarian version a try to see just how delicious these muffins can be with chia seeds and plant-based yogurt.
Make a batch, enjoy a few, and then freeze the rest for the week. They microwave to perfection with one minute on defrost and followed by twenty seconds on high power.
Holiday Cranberry Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon each: baking soda and salt
- 2 teaspoons finely grated zest from 1 orange
- 10 tablespoons coconut oil or plant-based butter (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds mixed with 10 tablespoons (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) water
- 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (not Greek), plant-based or dairy
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, plus a few extra for the tops
- 1/4 cup raw sugar
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and zest in a medium bowl.
- Beat coconut oil, sugar, and molasses with an electric mixer over medium-high speed until light and fluffy, a minute or so. Beat in chia seed mixture, then 1/2 of the dry ingredients, followed by 1/3 of the yogurt. Continue beating in dry ingredients, alternating with yogurt, in two more rounds to make a stiff batter. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in cranberries. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray. Use a large ice cream scoop to divide batter evenly among the cups. (They will be full.) Press a few extra cranberries into each muffin top and sprinkle generously with raw sugar. Bake until muffins are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and serve warm.