Last weekend, in between waiting for the split peas to cook down, I made bran muffins from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I added some walnuts. I wished I had molasses and not just piles of agave. I wished I had giant, fresh blueberries instead of the recommended raisins. But then I ate a muffin. And then I ate a couple more.
Bran muffins are another one of those things that I hadn't had until going vegan. My family tends to be "anti veg" and "anti healthy." After I went vegan, my white grandma informed me that "if it's not made with real butter, it's not worth it." I didn't really know what to say. That visit also entailed a lot of "our family eats meat," comments. I don't know what they were trying to tell me. But if it was that I'm out of the family, that's fine. I guess they won't get any muffins!
What I'm really trying to find and/or create is a recipe replicating a fabulous "omega" muffin piled with flax and raw sugar and blueberries and walnuts and possibly cranberries that I had at a fabulous coffee shop in Appleton, Wisconsin. This coffee shop was rad, and its name was equally rad: Brewed Awakenings. Its organic coffees were never watery, and its selection of vegan baked goods was diverse and delicious. This recipe is a good start.
Here's hoping these muffins freeze well. I need one and some coffee please.