Thursday, 4 September 2014

Vegan Date Muffins - MEWS free!

My wonderful sister in law sent me the inspiration for these muffins, and since I am stuck in waiting for a washing machine engineer who cannot tell the time I decided to get backing.

I'm a bit of a novice baking egg free still, and I suspect my efforts are nothing like as good as hers, but this is her adapted recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow's "It's All Good" Recipe Book. 


  • 2 cups Gluten free flour of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 overripe bananas (great raising agent!)
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup almond milk or your choice of substitute
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates or dried fruit of your choice
  • walnuts/seeds/your choice or nothing to sprinkle on the surface before baking
Variation - You could combine a mixture of flours, and also replace a scoop with protein powder. My sister splits the 2 cups of flour into four quarter cups of brown rice flour, millet, quinoa, and buckwheat.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C 400F
  • Combine all dry ingredients in bowl 1
  • Combine all other wet ingredients in bowl 2.
  • Thoroughly combine the contents of both bowls and spoon into (about 16) papercases.
Tip - toss the dried fruit in a spoonful of flour first, this prevents them sinking to the bottom of the muffins when cooking.

My efforts were good, but didn't rise quite as well. I suspect my mixture was a little dry - it needs to be a soft, dropping consistency. These are delicious though, and I can think of plenty of variations! Great for packed lunches too!

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  1. These look fab Kate :-) 1 tbsp flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp of water is a great egg replacer if you can have flax? Otherwise gelatin is supposed to be really good, but I haven't tried it myself yet...

  2. These look amazing, here I am sat with my porridge which now looks really dull in comparison x

  3. They look absolutely delicious. Great tip to stop the fruit sinking, whenever I've made fruit fairy cakes they have been a failure.

  4. Looks like you did a great job with them - I never knew that abut over ripe bananas

  5. These look fab, but I have no idea what MEWS means!

    1. MEWS free is Milk, Egg, Soya and Wheat free :)

  6. It's always handy to have some egg free recipes. I also like that you can you use standard gluten free flour. I haven't got anymore cupboard space for lots of different flours and grains.

  7. I didn't know what MEWS meant either until I read Jen's comment. They do look really tasty x

  8. I'm another one who had no idea what MEWS was - now I do, they look even more delicious x x

  9. Just love the sound of them , how fab .x

  10. These muffins look GOOD !!
    One of my nephews eats only gluten-free, and I'd love to try this recipe for him :)

  11. Replies
    1. I answered Jen on that above ;) Milk, Egg, Wheat and Soya free, the four major allergens :)

  12. They look and sound amazing Kate

  13. These look absolutely fab will book mark and try for sure.

  14. These look lovely and I have a real problem with eggs, in that I hate eating them and am put off food I know they're in so these would be perfect for me!

    1. Have you seen this?

  15. I'm always on the looking out for vegan recipes! thanks! x

  16. They sound great. I love making and experimenting with vegan cake recipes :)

  17. Forgot to say I'm here from #foodiefriday x

  18. My girls love dates so will have to make them this weekend!
    Thank you so much for linking up with #FoodieFriday


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