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  • black forest muffinsblack forest muffins
    These muffins are dark, chocolatey, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free! The seeds in the berries give the muffins a slight crunch and compliment the choc
  • black forest muffinsblack forest muffins
    These muffins are dark, chocolatey, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free! The seeds in the berries give the muffins a slight crunch and compliment the choc
Photography by courtney denning

black forest muffins

Courtney DenningRecipe by courtney denning
| Desserts Snacks | Serves 12

Prep. Time: 15 - 20 min. | Cooking Time: 26-28 min.



 

healthy gluten-free vegetarian vegan muffins
These muffins are dark, chocolatey, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free! The seeds in the berries give the muffins a slight crunch and compliment the chocolate nicely. If you are able to (safely) find elderberries, the muffins will be 'black magic' muffins because the elderberry shrub is believed to have magical properties in both ancient and modern times! You can use another black berry in place of the elderberries - they'll still be tasty, they just won't be magic!

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine flours, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, xanthan gum in a bowl and mix until combined. Stir in the applesauce, vanilla, canola oil and milk. Add berries and chocolate. Stir well and spoon batter into muffin liners. Sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar on top of each muffin. Bake for approximately 26-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean.

Cool for five minutes in the muffin pan, then remove.



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Notes & tips: If you plan to cook with elderberries, be sure that you have berries (or flowers, which are also edible) from the Common Elderberry (Sambucus nigra). The berries should not be consumed raw, but must be cooked first.

INGREDIENTS


  • 1 cup sweet sorghum flour
  • ½ cup millet flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk (rice, soy, almond, depends on your preference)
  • 1 - 1 ½ cup purple berries (you could use fresh elderberries, black raspberries, blackberries or mulberries)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • Brown sugar, for sprinkling




 



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