Vegan Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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Columnist Seiran Sinjari is back with a delicious baked good: Vegan Blueberry Muffins. Her biweekly recipe column All About the Veg! is all about highlighting the versatility of fruits and vegetables by shining a spotlight on a different one in each of her articles. Today is all about our favorite summer berry: the blueberry. 

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Like Something Straight From the Bakery

It’s finally time to share a sweet recipe here. It’s actually the first sweet recipe of this column! We’re making it seasonal of course, with blueberries. I love baking vegan blueberry muffins because the tartness of the blueberries is a perfect contrast when you bite into a fluffy muffin. Furthermore, the beautiful purple color of the blueberries after baking is just gorgeous.

Now to make it a little bit more fun and extra delicious, I like to fill them with a vegan cream cheese filling and top them bakery style with some crumbs. So it’s like having a muffin, cheesecake and pie at the same time!

If you can resist eating them all at once, they are the perfect gift to bring to and share with friends and family. They truly feel like something straight from the bakery. And although there are three components for these muffins, they are really easy to whip together with only a few simple ingredients! This recipe makes 6 muffins, so be sure to double the ingredients for a larger batch!

What You’ll Need

Blueberry Muffins

  • all-purpose wheat flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • unsweetened almond or oat milk
  • vegan butter, melted
  • lemon
  • vanilla extract
  • blueberries

Cream Cheese Filling

  • vegan cream cheese, room tempered
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • vanilla extract

Crumbs

  • all-purpose wheat flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • vegan butter
  • vanilla extract

How to Make these Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Step one: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F.

Step two: Make the muffin batter

To prepare muffin batter, mix together 150 g flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Next, fold the wet mixture into the dry with a spatula without over mixing. Then toss the blueberries with 1/2 tbsp flour and carefully fold them into the batter.

Step three: Prepare the cream cheese filling

To prepare the cream cheese filling, place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a small spatula until it’s smooth and creamy.

Step four: Prepare the crumbs

Prepare the crumbs by mixing flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix vanilla extract into the butter and pour over the flour mixture. Mix gently with a fork until crumbs form. If it is too dry, add a little more melted butter.

Step five: Fill the muffin pan and bake the muffins

Line a muffin pan and add 2 tbsp of batter into each cup, then add 2-3 tsp of cream cheese filling to the center and cover with remaining muffin batter. Finish by sprinkling some crumbs all over. Next, bake on middle-rack for about 30 minutes or until just slightly browned. Allow to cool at least 10-5 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

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Vegan Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

  • Author: Seiran Sinjari | Legally Plant-Based
  • Yield: 6 muffins 1x

Description

These vegan blueberry cream cheese muffins truly feel like something straight from the bakery. And although there are three components for these muffins, they are really easy to whip together with only a few simple ingredients!


Ingredients

Scale

Blueberry Muffins:

  • 150 g 1/2 tbsp all-purpose wheat flour
  • 110 g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 ml unsweetened almond or oat milk
  • 50 g vegan butter, melted
  • 1 small lemon or 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g blueberries

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 150 g vegan cream cheese, room tempered
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Crumbs:

  • 60 g all-purpose wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F.
  2. To prepare muffin batter, mix together 150 g flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  3. Fold the wet mixture into the dry with a spatula without over mixing.
  4. Toss blueberries with 1/2 tbsp flour and carefully fold them into the batter.
  5. To prepare the cream cheese filling, place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a small spatula until it’s smooth and creamy.
  6. Prepare the crumbs by mixing flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix vanilla extract into the butter and pour over the flour mixture. Mix gently with a fork until crumbs form. If it is too dry, add a little more melted butter.
  7. Line a muffin pan and add 2 tbsp of batter into each cup, then add 2-3 tsp of cream cheese filling to the center and cover with remaining muffin batter. Finish by sprinkling some crumbs all over.
  8. Bake on middle-rack for about 30 minutes or until just slightly browned.
  9. Allow to cool at least 10-5 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

Recipe, text, and photography by Seiran Sinjari.

 

Seiran Sinjari's author photo on the left. On the right, her name in bold letters, underneath, her bio: Seiran is a Stockholm-based freelance food photographer and recipe developer who left her international legal career to pursue her quest for a life with more freedom and creativity. Her recipes and photographs have been featured in Thrive Magazine, Japanese Genic Magazine and recently she appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show. Her cooking is often inspired by flavors from the Middle East / her Kurdish roots or her encounters with different cuisines around the globe. You can follow her on social media at @legallyplantbased.

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