Avocado Blueberry & Orange Muffins – Refined Fat Free

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It’s no news that I’m obsessed with baking with avocado. Not only does it replace refined fats with unprocessed, body kind fats but also gives such a wonderful rich, moist crumb to baked goods and a very slight lime hue that I just find so attractive. What’s not to love?

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I know the idea can be odd to some and I also know some have had bad experiences. I don’t doubt this – the first time I used avocado in a chocolate mousse, I couldn’t swallow it. The avocado was really ‘there’. I think for me it was probably the raw aspect and a large quantity of avocado in relation to the entire recipe.

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In the baking recipes I have used avocado in, I have not had this issue at all, only results that make me love its use more. The ratio of avocado to the other ingredients combined is so small that the flavour gets lost and you just get the benefits of the wonderful texture and richness it brings, plus of course, the baking removes the raw edge.

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Avocado is best used in cakes, muffins and breads as it adds moisture, so may make cookies and biscuits more cakey.

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This was the first non-chocolate avocado baking recipe I made and I loved the very slight green colour given. It didn’t seem at all odd in the blueberry muffin recipe which commonly has a purple-blue tint anyway!

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Ingredients: Makes 6 (Multiply as necessary)

  • 4 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 4 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 140g/1 cup self raising flour (or use all-purpose flour or gluten free blend plus 1 tsp baking powder)
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 ripe avocado (about 115g)
  • 75g/1/3 cup unrefined caster sugar (or other sweetener)
  • egg replacer for 1/2 an egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest, finely grated
  • 120g/3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190’C/375’F. Line 6 holes of a muffin tin with cases.
  2. Mix the orange juice and non-dairy milk and set aside to curdle.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt.
  4. In a blender or food processor (or electric whisk. masher etc) blend the avocado until smooth. Add the sugar and blitz until well combined, followed by the egg replacer, vanilla, orange zest and milk mixture. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Add the dry mix to the wet mix in two batches, gently mixing just until combined. Do not beat. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  6. Divide the batter between the muffin holes and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

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Adapted from California Avocado Commission

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89 Responses to Avocado Blueberry & Orange Muffins – Refined Fat Free

  1. coripk says:

    Oh my! These look delicious, I like the idea of using advocado as a fat substitute in baking, can wait to try it myself.

  2. lonaj68 says:

    I’m very intrigued. Avocado instead of butter or oil. Muffins look delicious. Will definitely be giving these a go.

  3. Oh my this looks delish! Kudos on your creation (insert clapping hand emoticon here)

    Rakhi,
    xx

    • Poppy says:

      Haha I love ‘(insert clapping hand emoticon here)’! Wouldn’t it be great if there was one! Thank you very much and I love your name Rakhi! 😀

      • Aw thanks!
        Oh but they do, at least on the iPhone, not sure how to do it on the computer though. I’m typing this reply from my iPhone WordPress app right now just to see if the clapping emoticon works: 👏👏👏👏
        Can you see it? Lol if not this is probably the most ridiculous blog comment I’ve ever left.

        xx

      • Poppy says:

        Haha no it’s there but I think only because I’m reading on iPhone too! On a computer I think it comes up as little squares! 👏👍x

      • Haha you’re right…it shows up on my phone but on the computer it’s little squares. Guess I’ll have to just comment from my phone from now 😉

  4. Wow! These look so amazing! Yum!

  5. jesseb2013 says:

    They look amazing!! Keen to try the avocado and compare the taste 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Megan Isard says:

    Love the orange avocado combo. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Poppy–Every time I see avocado baked into something I just can’t get my head around it. They look beautiful, but I am still hesitant. Bad baked avocado experience must still be lingering.

    • Poppy says:

      I do understand Janet, once you have a bad experience it’s hard to believe in it. I really think the amount of avocado used and the flavours that go with it make all the difference. But, it’s not for everyone. I hope one day you try again and are happy with the result 😀

  8. sophiazerg says:

    Wow – I love that photo of the blueberries oozing out of the muffins. Craving these now! 🙂

  9. I’ve never baked with avocado before…this might just be the first recipe I try!

  10. Another fantastic avocado recipe to make!! Look so good!

  11. I am allergic to Avocado, yeah can you believe it. But I am so tempted to eat that Muffin,so delicious and yummy.

  12. morganpansing says:

    Can’t wait to make these!! YUM!!

  13. Sally says:

    I’ve never had avocado in baking (to my knowledge) – really intrigued.

    • Poppy says:

      It’s great, I try to incorporate it wherever I can now! It doesn’t work everywhere though, not great for light sponges and the like or crisp cookies..

  14. chinskitchen says:

    I have two avocados left and only yesterday I was contemplating using it in baking a cake and now you have inspired me. Looks lovely and delicious x

  15. Katrina says:

    I would never have thought to bake with avocado. I’ll definitely be cooking these on the weekend. Thanks

  16. Oh gosh Poppy I can’t keep up with all your baking recipes- I want to make them all. The banana malt muffins then these! I’ve made waffles with blueberry and orange and love them together. I haven’t tried avo in baking yet but imagine it works a treat.

    • Poppy says:

      Aww!! You should have a bake off in your new home (are you in yet?!)..
      Yes, I only quite recently discovered how good orange is with blueberry when I made blueberry bars and added orange on a whim! I’ve never made waffles before but have had a waffle iron on my wishlist for..ever.. 😀

  17. Lauren says:

    Beautiful! Love the color.

  18. You create the most delicious vegan baking recipes! Love the idea of avocado, blueberry & orange muffins! Double miam for you x

  19. I will definitely have to try to make these!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. chefmo73 says:

    Thank you for sharing. I will have to give you recipe a try.

  21. That’s funny that you don’t like avocado mousse – I love the stuff! I’ll never forget the first time I tasted it. I couldn’t believe it was so good. Anyway, to each his own. I’ve only tried baking with avocado once, but it turned out fantastic. Great looking muffins – I’ll have to give them a try! Celeste 🙂

  22. cnconrad says:

    I’ve never baked with avocado… and truth be told, am ‘challenged’ in the baking arena, BUT always willing to try. These muffins look scrumptious! I feel an experimental baking session coming on! Thanks for the great post 🙂

    Christina
    http://www.foodiewithalife.com

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  24. Poppy, you made me drooooool! This looks just so yumm!!

  25. I loveee using avocado instead of butter! Healthy but still delicious! I’ve saved your recipe to make it for a picnic in our spring 😉 thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  26. Can’t wait to try this! It’s so hard to find good recipes with butter “substitutes” that are natural and good for you. Thanks!!

  27. nice! and then you get to eat the other half an avocado as they bake? 😉

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  29. Those look so fluffy and delicious! I’ve only ever used avocado in chocolate baked goods, it’s nice to know it works just as well in other things too.

  30. Sophie33 says:

    I made these beautiful muffins & loved them so much! They were superb, Bunny! X

  31. thehomeheart says:

    Oh my, these look so amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by, I am glad you did because I already love your blog 😉 So many awesome things to discover!

  32. Wasafaty says:

    I’ll try this , it looks delicious. Thanks for passing by my blog and liking my post. Have a great weekend.

  33. I’ve never come across the idea if using avocado as the fat in baked goods before… But wow what a quirky and awesome idea. I am certainly going to give these a try. Really inspiring blog poppy, keep up the fab work! X

  34. glowinjapan says:

    Love all your recipes using avo in baking! Only ever tried them in raw desserts!

  35. These look delicious. I never thought of using avocado in baking before but would love to give it a try, especially as avocado is so good for you. I’m not a vegan/veggie though, so do you think this recipe would work using dairy milk and an actual egg instead of vegan substitutes? It would be cheaper to make using ingredients I already have.

  36. These look delicious. I never thought of using avocado in baking before but would love to give it a try, especially as avocado is so good for you. I’m not a vegan/veggie though, so do you think this recipe would work using dairy milk and an actual egg instead of vegan substitutes? It would be cheaper to make using ingredients I already have. (Sorry, I do realise the point of your blog is vegan cooking, so no offence intended!)

  37. I almost bit half of my screen off. Hope you’re happy! 🙂

  38. Love Miracle says:

    Is the batter going to be thick before adding the blueberries? Making these right now, thanks for the recipe!

    http://www.lovetoalternatives.com

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