Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cranberry Bran Muffins

Vegan Cranberry Bran Muffins

The last time I was a serious vegan was when I was in university. I ate a lot of great food, thanks partly to two vegan roommates who were excellent cooks, but I also ate a lot of really crappy junk food. Sugar wafers dipped in Cool Whip anyone?


The point is, we all do stupid things in our youth. And despite my poor choices regarding edible oil products, I feel the need to tell you all that I would have NEVER sat out on my balcony at 3 AM shrieking and yelling and annoying all of my neighbours. Never. And I certainly would not have sat out on my balcony at 3 AM shrieking and yelling and annoying all of my neighbours for three nights in a row. So what on earth is wrong with the group of students who just moved in behind us? Are they idiots? Or just jerks? Jerky idiots?

This has nothing to do with muffins. But hey, I'm exhausted. I was lying in bed listening to the shrieking students at 3 AM and wondering if I could hit them with the stream from our garden hose if I pulled it close enough to the edge of our property. The first two times the noisiness happened, the Man of Science went over to ask them to please be quiet. Last night we just called the appropriate authorities. I don't know if anything was done about it because I just gave up, closed the window, and put my head under a pillow. If they are outside yelling tonight I may have to go over there and shame them with the Disappointed Teacher Face I inherited from my mom.

If you are a non-annoying university student, perhaps you would like to bake these muffins and take them to class with you. That's the best segue I can think of. I may need a nap.

Cranberry Bran Muffins

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup safflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup unrefined sugar
1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease a muffin tin or use paper liners.

In one bowl, whisk together applesauce, almond milk, oil, vanilla, molasses, and sugar.

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients, until just combined. Then fold in cranberries.

Fill muffin tins with batter until it is even with the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle of one muffin comes out clean.

Makes one dozen.

Some Notes:

-There are no notes. I am too tired for notes.



T said...

Mmmm... cool whip...

What jerks! Hope they tire out after a few days.

And...yeah, those muffins look awesome.

Lynn said...

Now I have a craving for both muffins AND sugar wafers in cool whip. Mmmmm.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Ughgh the jerks! Even when I was in university I never acted like such an idiot! In fact, I was always the one complaining about people like that. So sorry you've been going through that!

Luckily you have delicious muffins to comfort you. They look so delicious and the perfect breakfast treat.

Hilary said...

I didn't scream outside at 3am when I was a student, either. But these days I am regularly awoken on Saturday nights by the screaming of shady characters who come into London from Kent to party... lots of girlfriend-boyfriend fights.

We seem to have a lot of similarities - librarians like us both and we both live with Men of Science. I love your blog!

Oh, and I love any and all muffins, vegan, non vegan, whatever.

Anonymous said...

I would not advise hosing down your neighbours with your garden hose - you may get sent to the VP's office. But perhaps you wouldn't get in to too much trouble since it's not a fire hose.

Why don't you try taking some muffins to your neighbours? Maybe they will be less likely to piss off the hand that feeds them.

Failing that I liked your 6am one man band idea.


'col said...

Oh, muffins, yum. And: oh, annoying students, grr. We had neighbours at the Earl Place apartment who liked to host parties in their backyard and I wanted to kill them by three in the morning--and I suspect they weren't even that loud. So my sympathies are with you. (I thought about sneaking out onto the roof of the house next door and dropping water balloons into their yard, or maybe just spitting on them, but I was convinced by the "don't get charged with something" argument. Sigh.)

A said...

OMG.... I just saw another recipe for muffins over at animal friendly eating!! Then I saw a bread I want to make on vegan crunk.... Now these cranberry delights.... THIS IS A SIGN. This weekend I shall bake!!

Anonymous said...

We had shrieking students outside our office for two days this week and I also fantasized about turning a garden hose on them. I'm just grateful it was during the day when all it did was distract me from work, not disrupt my sleep.

J. said...

Thanks for the encouragement and advice, all!

(And Hilary, apparently we attract librarians AND Men of Science. Perhaps some day we'll be in the same city and it will be overrun with smart people inexpilcabley drawn to two innocent bloggers...)

We've been calling in noise complaints repeatedly and last night was the first night that we didn't hear a peep out of the students. Blissful, uninterrupted sleep!