When Pacific Foods first approached me about trying their unsweetened hemp non-dairy beverage, I almost dismissed it. I might have even rolled my eyes. I’m a traditional baker through and through. But then I thought about the comments and emails from readers who have dietary preferences or allergies and are looking for great baking recipes using alternative ingredients and I thought I owed it to them to at least give it a try.
And I’m happy to say that my preconceived notions were completely wrong. Non-dairy and vegan baking doesn’t necessarily require a lot of strange ingredients you can only pick up from an expensive whole foods store and the end product doesn’t have to be sub-par. There are some funky recipes out there, true, but not these Strawberry Banana Muffins.
I tinkered around with this recipe a lot this week on my way to finding the perfect vegan muffin (I figured since I was going dairy-free I might as well take the extra step and make them vegan too), and I think I came pretty close to perfection. You won’t miss the butter, the eggs, or the milk. If I didn’t tell you they were vegan, you probably wouldn’t be able to guess.
These muffins are super moist with a hint of banana and little bursts of strawberry in each one. The pecans are optional, but I really like the crunch and flavor. If you’re worried about the hemp milk adding a weird flavor, don’t, I couldn’t taste it at all. Of course, you can use whatever non-dairy beverage you’d like.
Recipes like this are perfect because everyone wins. Those with dairy allergies or dietary preferences are happy because they have a baked good they can enjoy, and the rest of us are happy because we didn’t have to compromise on a great muffin.
Join the party!
On Twitter, that is. On Wednesday February 27th at 1:00pm PST Pacific Foods will be hosting a discussion on twitter about baking with non-dairy beverages. Come join the conversation with me, Bakingdom, and Nutmeg Nanny and you could win a dozen non-dairy beverages of your choice. Follow @PacificFoods and #PacificBakes.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods. All opinions are my own.
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