I’m betting several of you have already discovered these little delights in the refrigerated section at your local grocer, but Abe’s Mini Muffins just came onto my radar a couple of weeks ago, when the company contacted me to share their array of dairy-free baked goodies (even more to come!).
They were kind enough to send 6-pack samples of each flavor of Abe’s Mini Muffins (they are also available in 12-packs), all dairy-free and vegan, with enough to help me make some more new friends in our building! They were loved by all, including the most die hard dairy-eating of the bunch.
As a little back story, the founder of Pearl River Pastry has a son named Abe who is lactose intolerant and allergic to nuts, eggs, and seeds. He created these mini muffins just for him! Note that there are allergen disclaimers for allergens present in the Pearl River Pastry facility, but they are made on a dedicated dairy-free line and since Abe is allergic, these may be “school safe” (and a great addition to lunch boxes if so!).
Here is the breakdown on the broad selection:
Chocolate Chip Cookie – I opened this package of Abe’s Mini Muffins first as I knew it would be a popular pick. And we weren’t disappointed. The bakers were oh so generous with those semi-sweet mini morsels; not only are they dotted all over the tops, they are smattered throughout. Definitely muffin-like and tender, with the perfect sweet vanilla undertones.
Wild Blueberry Smash – Of course this flavor was tops on the list for sampling – I mean, who doesn’t love blueberry muffins? As you can see below, they got the texture just right – perfectly soft and cake-y but also lightly moist and tender. The flavor was familiar and comforting with strong notes of vanilla and scrumptious sweet blueberries. Honestly, these Abe’s Mini Muffins were a little over the top sweet for me, but still impossible to resist.
Devil’s Food – Again, chocolate in cake or muffin form isn’t my cup of tea, but I have to admit that these little gems were not too sweet and near perfect with a slathering of nut or seed butter “frosting”. Naturally, they were a big hit among all of the chocolate cake fans (which could have been everyone but me!).
Coconut Carrot Cake– I really liked these. They have a sweet carrot cake vibe in both the taste and texture, with a big infusion of coconut. You definitely need to be a fan of both carrot and coconut to like these – luckily, I am and it seems many others are, too, as these were snatched up quite quickly.
Lemon Poppy – Though a classic muffin flavor, I think I’ve only sampled that lemon poppyseed combination a couple of times in my life. But even with my limited tasting experience of this match, I think Abe’s Mini Muffins got it right with a nice lemony essence and the perfect smattering of poppy seeds. The delicious flavor and spot-on moist cake-like experience make this a pleasant selection to accompany a big mug of tea.
Apple Cider – The flavor of these Abe’s Mini Muffins was sweet, very sweet, but warm and awesome. We honestly couldn’t get enough. However, our batch had a rather odd texture for a muffin – more like a chewy cookie. We actually kind of liked them that way, but they definitely weren’t muffin-like.
Golden Cornbread – The packaging for these Abe’s Mini Muffins says “sweet and savory” but they were all sweet to me. Tasty, and with that perfect, moist, tender, lightly cakey cornbread texture, but I felt the sweetness overpowered the cornbread flavor a bit. I would love for them to take down the sugar by about 25% in this flavor.
Cranberry Orange Zest – We loved the cranberries and the sweet orange undertones in these Abe’s Mini Muffins. These were just a touch dry and chewy, but that provided a light sugary top crust. They were good and not quite as sweet as the cornbread, but still just a touch too sugary overall to hit our favorites list.
Certifications: Abe’s Mini Muffins are Certified Kosher OU Dairy (they are dairy-free by ingredients and made on a dedicated dairy-free line – according to the packaging – but dairy is present in the facility) and I believe Certified Vegan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Abe’s Mini Muffins are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Pearl River Pastry website at www.prpastry.com.