If you love sweet cherries and dark chocolate, then you’re going to love these Vegan Cherry Chocolate Muffins. They are free of the top eight allergens and contain only the freshest ingredients. The super sweet Northwest Cherries make this recipe even more delicious. Enjoy this yummy recipe that’s perfect for the whole family.
I received a massive shipment of sweet, red cherries from Northwest Cherry Growers/Washington State Fruit Commission earlier this week, and couldn’t be more hyped about it. I have been scouring pinterest to find delicious, cherry-centric recipes that also suite my current dietary restrictions. My search led me to these Vegan Cherry Chocolate Muffins from Elephantastic.
This recipe is perfect for beginner bakers like myself. It’s easy, requires minimal ingredients, and the entire baking process takes less that 45 minutes. Additionally, the base batter for these are the same as my Vegan Cranberry Muffins.
I made a few modifications to the recipe, but nothing major. Because I can’t have wheat, I used Krusteaz Gluten-free flour, vegan dark chocolate morsels and added a little applesauce. Given the extra wet ingredient, I increased the bake time here by 5 minutes. Here’s a secret, because I eat these muffins for breakfast, I like them to be a bit more dense. A filling first meal of the day. If you do not like dense muffins, remove the applesauce and add egg replacer. This will make them a bit more light and fluffy.
Nothing beats the smells of muffins baking in the oven. Just the smell alone had my husband waiting for them to finish in the kitchen. Because these muffins are egg, nut, dairy and wheat free, Emory can enjoy them too. As she gets older, I look forward to making these types of recipes with her. For now she just reaps the benefits of my “hard” work. Her and my husband enjoyed this recipe and I hope you do too!
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, whisk, then add in coconut oil, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar and whisk again until it's a smooth batter.
Fold in half of the chopped chocolate and the halved cherries.
Fill the muffin batter in muffin wrappers or use a lightly oiled muffin pan. Add the rest of the chopped chocolate and put a whole, pitted cherry on top of each muffin. Bake the muffins in the oven for about 25 minutes until golden. Let them cool off a bit and enjoy!
I add applesauce to all of my muffin recipes. It makes them super moist and even more delicious. Because of this additional incorporation of liquid, I tack on about 5-7 more minutes of baking time. I also used vegan dark chocolate morsels!