Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vegan Mofo Comfort Food: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

peanut butter chocolate chip muffin

Okay, I admit it. I missed a day of Mofo blogging. What can I say, friends? I just got tired of the internet and spent the day sewing instead.

Second admission: I make a lot of muffins.

On this very blog there are have been oatmeal muffins, peanut butter and banana muffins, cornmeal muffins, cranberry oatmeal and bran muffins, and butternut squash muffins. Whew. That's quite a few.

I guess this is because I like portable baked goods that aren't too sweet. Plus I get bored easily so I don't often make the same recipe twice.

Earlier this week I was craving something sweet and desserty, but wanted to bake something that would double as a workday snack. Enter peanut butter chocolate chip muffins. These were really good. I may or may not have eaten the whole batch in two days with very little help.

peanut butter chocolate chip muffin

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup regular flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
1/2 cup unrefined sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup smooth, unsweetened peanut butter
1/4 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water
3/4 cup chocolate chips

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

Lightly oil 12 regular sized muffin cups.

In a large bowl, mix flour, spelt flour, baking powder and salt.

With two knives or a pastry mixer (or with an electric mixer) cut peanut butter and margarine into the flour mixture until everything is crumbly.

Add the vanilla extract to the milk and let it sit there for a minute.

Add milk and flax mixtures to the dry ingredients. Stir it until it's just mixed. It will be lumpy. That's okay.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.


Some Notes:

-I've read two blog posts this week by ex-vegetarians writing about how and why they've come around to eating as omnivores again and also read the comments on those posts made by vegetarians and omnivores both supporting and deriding their decisions. Frankly, it makes me want to have a Rally To Restore Food Blog Sanity. Of course, I believe that people should, to borrow a phrase, eat like they give a damn, but what that damn is, is really your own business. No one will die if they aren't right about everything all the time, so there's no need to argue back and forth about these things ad nauseam. Omnivores and vegans alike put people off when they are dramatic and self righteous about what they eat. People are much more likely to listen to you and accept some of your ideas when you have well-formed, flexible, reasonable ideas about why you eat what you eat. I don't normally get internet cranky like this, but come on everyone. Calm the hell down.

-That said, here are some things I really liked on the internet this week:

1. This movie looks really awesome.
2. This comic made me laugh so hard I stopped producing sound.
3. Also, this video is pretty excellent. I am a big Daily Show fan.
4. This band from my very own city is kind of the band of my dreams. If you go to see them make sure you show up nice and early so you don't end up stuck on the sidewalk in the cold because the bar is already at capacity. Just sayin'.
5. This article about 30 Rock and why it is scientifically better than Sh*t My Dad Says is from a few weeks ago but its awesomeness lingers. (Thanks to Joe Evans III for sending me the link).



Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said...

YUM, I bake a whole lotta muffins too but I've never made peanut butter ones! What's up with that?!

I did make peanut butter chocolate cupcakes today from "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World". I would highly recommend the recipe.

Allysia said...

I just read that comic the other day and I was laughing like crazy!

Pauline said...

Those look like some yummy muffins! I agree with you on the whole omnivore vs veggie thing. It's stupid. Eat what you want, but respect others decisions.

Karyn Pemberton said...

I can't see any chocolate chips in the ingredients or the method??

Lynn said...

Just concurring with Karyn - how much chocolate chips did you use?

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Whoiops! Sorry. I will fix it right now. Clearly posting every day made me a bit loopy.