Vegan Streusel Muffins

by Gena on November 9, 2010

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Loved the responses to my Candle 79 tribute – especially the obvious New York City infatuation that seeped through them. I love having readers who appreciate the romance and spirit of NYC as much as I do. Speaking of that, I’ve recently re-read this gem of an essay, which my friend Heather sent me after reading my post on Manhattan. She wrote,

“[It’s] a short titled "Lost and Found" by Colson Whitehead. This is how much this reading impacted my life – I made a note in my blackberry with the title of the short and the authors name.  Because I NEVER EVER EVER want to forget it. ever. i want to read it or hear it twice a year.  I want to remember it always.Which came in handy when I realized that you would love it.”

I do love it, Heather (I also love other works by Mr. Whitehead). Thanks for sharing it with me—and now, with other CR readers! Check it out, guys, if you’re interested.

Announcing my Choosing Raw counseling giveaway (which you should all enter), I asked you guys what kind of posts you’d like to see more of in my next 365 days of blogging. I loved the answers: more thoughts on veganism and body image, more tips on how to handle social challenges as a vegan, more recipes, more ED musings. I also got a few requests for more baked good recipes. It took me over a year and a half to post my first one; now that I have, I think it’s a habit I’ll have to cultivate! Let’s begin here, with vegan streusel muffins.

Oh yes I did. Normally my muffin ventures are simple: banana walnut, carrot raisin – that kind of thing. The goal when I made these bad boys was to keep it simple, but add a finishing touch (streusel topping) that would make them look impressive. Success! After I finished baking these, I stood back and thought, “I could not possibly have baked those. They actually look…accomplished.” And believe me, they demanded no more effort than your standard batch of vegan muffins – just a pulse or two of the ‘ole Cuisinart. Which means that every novice baker in this audience of readers can make them too, and hopefully savor them as much as I did!

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Vegan Streusel Muffins (makes 9)

For the muffins:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Dash salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup rice milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup safflower oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the streusel topping:

1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
4 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp Earth Balance
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon

1) Preheat your oven to 400, and oil two muffin pans with coconut or safflower oil.

2) To make the topping, put all topping ingredients in a food processor and process till crumbly. (You could also mush it all by hand after chopping the nuts.)

3) Sift together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients till everything is just incorporated. Put the batter into 9 muffins (you could do 12, but I don’t like skimpy muffins, and this wasn’t enough for 12 big ones).

4) Spread topping evenly over muffins, and bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until golden on top. Serve!

These made for a lovely presentation:

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And they tasted incredible. Warm, sweet, a little cinnamon-y, and just indulgent enough. They didn’t need Earth Balance at all, and indeed I wouldn’t usually opt to smother them with anything, but a tiny smear turns them into a super-special treat:

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If you’re looking for an easy and fun muffin recipe to bake for family around the holidays, this might be it! I already plan on making another batch for M, and a batch for my Mom. Possibly for coworkers, too. And, oh yeah – for me.

What’s on your holiday baking agenda? And circling back to the top, what’s the last essay you read, and loved?


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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

These look awesome! I have a vegan streusel recipe too that I’ve been making. Anything with oats, brown sugar, cinnamon…yep, that’s my speed, for sure :)

I am so impressed that you’ve been baking more lately! I know that you don’t necessarily consider yourself a “baker” or a desserts-type baker, but you’re onto something lately!

My holiday baking agenda…hmmm, nothing special planned b/c I am going to be gone/traveling the whole month of Dec. but of course that doesnt stop me from making things day to day. No holiday excuse needed..haha!



Sarah November 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

OMG these look amazing!!!
The weather this week has been pretty gross – super windy and rainy. I always come home from work in search of something hot, usually grabbing a cup of tea, or digging into my mom’s amazing chili.
Baking these beauties seems like the perfect way to warm up and to spend a grey autumn afternoon.
I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend! (:


claire November 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

Wow, these are definitely bookmarked for the next time I am craving muffins…yum!

I can’t believe I missed the Candle tribute…I adore that place…going back to read it now!


sarah@sarahnotsoplainandtall November 9, 2010 at 12:56 am

And what is your give-away that you mentioned?? Sounds like something I would LOVE to win…how do I enter?
For the holidays I really hope to find a healthy vegan pumpkin pie to make that doesnt use soy!! Its a challenge, but Im up for it!



sophia November 9, 2010 at 1:02 am

I didn’t know vegan streusel is possible!! I think the crumbly, buttery topping is seriously the best part. I wish it was 70% streusel, and 30% cake, hee hee.


bitt November 9, 2010 at 1:08 am

I made some muffins with a streusel topping too today. Very good stuff. Will post soon. The streusally cinnamonny nutty topping makes them oh so good.


Julie the Alkaline Sister November 9, 2010 at 1:11 am

Oooh this recipe sounds yuuum-mmy! I often use spelt flour so interchanging at least half the flour or more might work nicely. Must try:) Thanx for sharing.


Sarah November 9, 2010 at 1:18 am

Thanks so much for posting Colson’s words! It’s been a while since I’ve read his work. I think I will pick up Colossus of New York tonight.


Dorry November 9, 2010 at 1:27 am

These muffins look divine. I’m just starting to experiment with baking in my kitchen and hope to have some winning recipes for gifts this holiday season. I’m thinking cookies and bread but I still need to tackle a pie at some point. :)


JoLynn-dreaminitvegan November 9, 2010 at 1:41 am

Very nice muffins you baked! Streusal topping seems to go over very well with people.


Christin L. November 9, 2010 at 1:58 am

I am super intimidated by baking, but I’m trying to work through it… god knows the blogosphere has plenty of recipes I’d like to try, this being one of them!


Green & Juicy November 9, 2010 at 5:22 am

Oh. Wow. I practically had to keep myself from licking the screen – these look amazing!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

Mmmm these muffins look awesome, girl.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

Yum! They look like they belong in a bakery!

I’m guessing you love Joan Didion’s “Goodbye To All That”? ;-)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 9, 2010 at 9:12 am

Ohhh those look so good. The insides look totally fluffy but moist and muffin-y too, which I’ve found is hard to achieve with vegan baked goods. Clearly you’re onto something with the baked goods :)


Lauren November 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

Wow! These look sooooo good! Um, how about a batch for your lovely food twin? HA HA! Enjoy!


Meghan Telpner November 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

Looks great…ah yes the holidays are coming up aren’t they.. :)


Heather November 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hooray! Glad you loved it. I think I will relisten to the Selected Shorts Alec Baldwin reading NOW :) xo


Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

YUM! Those certainly do look incredible!
I haven’t thought much about my holiday baking yet since I will be traveling and likely just do it all at my parents house closer to the “big day”! I am definitely going to be giving away a lot of my homemade jams and preserves from this summer though!


Diana (Soap & Chocolate) November 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Ah yes, Coleson Whitehead! Very cool. We read him in my now defunct book club.

These muffins look especially great because the ratio of effort involved to impressive taste and presentation factor is delightfully skewed. :)


VeggieGirl November 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

My holiday baking agenda? Blondies, of course :) And some pumpkin pie.


Sarah S. November 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

What an unexpected treat!


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Those look awesome Gena!


BroccoliHut November 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Wow, these look delicious! I plan on making some of my vegan pumpkin bread very soon in honor of the approaching holidays:)


Damon November 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Sounds great! Unfortunately we don’t have an oven :( Kudos to you though for being so in tune with your diet and relaxed with your “rawness”. Happy Holidays!


Amanda Arthur November 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm

These look awesome! I’ve eyed several streusel muffins over the years, but these look less complicated and more healthy than any I’ve seen.

I would love to be entered into the CR counseling giveaway… the hardest part is deciding what I would like to hear more about from your blog! Personally, I really enjoy the balance you have now– plenty of delicious recipes along with some vegan rants, nutritional fad clarifications, restaurant reviews and general musings.

I do enjoy reading your posts on the vegan lifestyle and socializing aspects, since that’s something I still struggle with. It sounds like your friends and family are quite vegan-friendly for the most part, but I am the only vegetarian/ aspiring vegan among my friends and, although my older brother is a longtime vegetarian, I don’t think he’s tempted to give up dairy or eggs. My mother-in-law is the stereotypical “Oh you’re vegetarian? But you eat chicken, right?” person and explaining to her that not only will I not eat her sausage gravy or pot roast, but I also don’t want her omelettes or cream/cheese-laden meals is a bit dreadful. Funny, when I didn’t eat eggs or dairy because I was doing a “cleanse” (her word, not mine), she was intrigued… but when I tell her that dairy really upsets my stomach and I’m trying to avoid it (“forever”), I just get blank stares. Aye aye aye well there’s my own vegan rant. Sorry for the novel!


Pure2raw twins November 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Girl these look perfect!!!

I love holiday baking and unbaking ; )



Casey November 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

These look divine! I am making pumpkin scones for my dad, all health-ified and vegan :)


jd November 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Holy delicious!

Your blog is fantastic :)

I’m adding you to my blogroll now – yay!


Gena November 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Love yours, too!!!


SaRAW November 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

no baking happening at my house but in the unbaking category there will be raw gingerbread cookies and raw pumpkin pie :) Those muffins do look divine though, I made vegan muffins before I went high raw and they always came out too crumbly :(


Ashley November 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Just catching up on all of your posts! These muffins really look incredible. I can tell the texture is perfect from the photos. I can’t believe how much they rose too! :)


susan at prana November 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm

i can’t wait to make these— have been hankering for some healthy vegan baked goods. perf for taking into work for the unhealthy coworkers!
i also notice you use a lot of agave nectar. i’m so skeptical about it now what with all this controversy about it containing sucrose, HFCS, etc. what kind do you use? thoughts?
thanks much.


Melanie Animal November 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

Vegan muffins looks great! Actually it’s my first time to hear this recipe. I should try this for our midnight snack this one.


Rose Gold December 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I love the filling idea. I guess chocolate syrup and cream cheese frostings is the best combination for this fillings.


apron appeal May 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

Oh this recipe is so close to something I can eat. Earth balance is made with pea protein and I have food allergies that include, nuts, tree nuts and legumes to contend with. DRAT!


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