I don’t want to jinx it, but I think this brutal winter might kind of maybe possibly potentially be over soon-ish in the sometime near future? Which means it’s time for fresh fruit again! Namely, stone fruits, my favorite of which is the peach, but since those aren’t quite in season yet, I opted for the criminally underrated plum.

Vegan Muffins Muffins (71 of 750)

Adapted from 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury
Makes 36 mini-muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced plums
  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, honey, oil, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in plums. Sprinkle granulated sugar over the tops.
  5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin tins.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until tops are firm at the center and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Who would’ve thought cinnamon and plums would go together so well? Somehow the gentle heat of the spice plays really well with the tartness of the plums.  The honey adds a really nice warmth and just a touch of sweetness – I always forget how great honey is in baked goods, and they’re especially good here. For the plums, I purposefully picked the sour, slightly under-ripe ones. They’ll be firm enough to stand up against the heat, and I prefer my plums with a little pucker anyways. The added sugar on top gives the muffins a nice crunch and some extra sweetness to balance out the plums. Honey is a pretty mild sweetener, so just a little bit of sugar on top will help satisfy your sweet tooth.

Plums are one of those fruits I feel you don’t see in baked goods too often  – unless it’s a galette or tarte tatin (of course it’s the French who love their plums), most recipes opt for peaches or nectarines. But plums really deserve their own moment of glory and these muffins are a great way to start. This is how the plum revolutions starts. Today, muffins. Tomorrow, the world!

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