Whole Grain Vegan Orange Oat Muffins
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This recipe is from Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller. All of Ricki’s recipes include metric measurements, so to show her exact style, I’ve left included her metric measurements in the recipe. If you don’t have a food processor, see my quick notes following the recipe.
  • 1 whole medium organic seedless orange, washed, whole and with skin [This is one time when you want to spring on that organic orange, since you will be using the peel too]
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) water
  • ½ cup (60 g) chopped dried pitted dates (they should be soft)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) sunflower or other light-tasting oil [I used grapeseed]
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) blackstrap molasses
  • ½ cup (120 ml) unsweetened coconut milk beverage or cashew milk (I use So Delicious)
  • 1 cup (140 g) whole spelt flour [can sub whole wheat flour in a pinch]
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) sea salt
  • 1 cup (100 g) whole rolled oats (not instant)
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F (190C). Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners for small muffins or 9 liners for large muffins, or spray with nonstick coating.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, process the orange segments until almost smooth. Add the flax seeds, water, dates. oil, maple syrup, molasses, and milk alternative and process almost to a smooth puree (you can leave a few small flecks of date and/or orange, but none should be larger than sunflower seeds). Set aside for a few minutes to rest, while you prepare the dry ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Add the oats and stir to mix.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture in the bowl and stir just until combined (it’s okay if a few dry spots remain, you just don’t want to overmix!). Spoon the batter into your prepared muffin cups or tins – they will be quite full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating the pan about half-way through (I skipped the rotation), until a tester inserted into one of the muffins comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pans before removing to a rack to cool completely. These taste even better the next day, as flavors meld [I can vouch for that!]. These muffins freeze beautifully (I can't vouch for this, since we devoured them all while fresh).
No Food Processor? I don’t have one either. I simply added the orange sections through the milk alternative to my little old blender, and let ‘er rip until it was well blended, with a few tiny date and orange bits left for interest.

Diet type: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy free, Egg free, Nut free, Peanut free, Soy free, optionally Wheat free, Refined Sugar free, Low Fat.
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Serving size: 12 servings
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/vegan-orange-oat-muffins