Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gluten-free and vegan Nutella-stuffed cinnamon toast muffins

gluten-free and vegan nutella-stuffed cinnamon toast muffins

I’ve been quite busy lately. From making cakes for my birthday and my dad’s birthday and my mom’s birthday (yay for January babies) to researching this super-ambitious and top-secret project (nothing to do with blogging—no worries) to, you know, that mildly inconvenient thing called homework, I haven’t had much time to write blog posts. It’s awful. I’ve had this recipe in my files for three weeks with the pictures all lined up for publication, and only today will you enjoy the wonderfulness that are these muffins.

But no matter. Anticlimactic as it might seem after such a long wait, this is another very lovable recipe that anyone can enjoy. It’s gluten-free, for starters. The use of oat flour makes these so nutritious that I’m not even sure if they belong here in this land of sugar and buttercream. In the center of each muffin is a gooey dab of homemade vegan Nutella. And of course, the whole shebang is topped off with a load of cinnamon sugar. The perfect breakfast for busy mornings, if you ask me.

You can't really see the Nutella, but it's there.

Or lazy winter afternoons. Which brings me to one little craft I made this weekend—

Sorry for potato quality. It's a smartphone photo.

With this winter’s first real actual snowfall (global warming, anyone?), I seized the opportunity to roll up a snowman, decorating it with that snowman kit—Just Add Snow!—we’ve had for years. I got a little carried away rolling the snow, though. Was kind of big.

Contrary to this photograph, I do not have a little white beard on my chin.

I may be a bit old for that sort of thing, but shit if it isn’t fun. Even if the head turns out really fat and oblong and is way too big for the little felt hat and scarf.

How to warm up after spending all of fifteen minutes outside packing together oversized snowballs? Hot cocoa, of course. And muffins, preferably right out of the oven.

Aw yiss.

If I do say so myself, these may be my favorite muffins I’ve ever posted here. There are some other good ones, yes, but there’s nothing like the pure goodness of a cinnamon-y, oat-y muffin stuffed with the heavenly spread that is Nutella. Almost like eating a cupcake for breakfast.

Here’s the recipe.


Gluten-free and vegan Nutella-stuffed cinnamon toast muffins

Adapted from Healthy Happy Life


170 grams • rolled oats • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons

12 grams • baking powder • 1 tablespoon

3 grams • salt • ½ teaspoon

8 grams • cinnamon • 1 tablespoon

2 grams • vanilla extract • ½ teaspoon

312 grams • silken tofu • 11 ounces

114 grams • coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled • ½ cup

2 grams • apple cider vinegar • ½ teaspoon

45 grams • strongly brewed coffee • 3 tablespoons

212 grams • granulated sugar • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon

64 grams • homemade vegan Nutella (I used this recipe without the espresso) • ¼ cup


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins.

Grind oatmeal into fine flour with a food processor. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk together with baking powder, salt, and 5 grams • 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Now place vanilla, tofu, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, coffee, and 200 grams • 1 cup granulated sugar in the food processor and blend until smooth. Fold wet mixture into dry.

Fill each muffin tin about half way with batter. Dab a bit of nutella in the center and cover with more batter. bake for about 12 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 8 more minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from tins. Munch.


I'mma eat you riiiiight about now.

Now, muffins are kind of my thing, and as such I’ve ended up with more than a couple variations on this blog. All for the best. They’re terrific. Why not check out a couple other ones while you’re online?

Dark chocolate strawberry banana bread muffins. Up your banana bread game by adding fresh fruit and chocolate.

Lemon blueberry zucchini muffins with pecan streusel. God, I just love pecan streusel. 


  1. These look fantastic June, and what great photos too :D Thanks for the recipe!

    As for snow-man-making, one can never be too old for that sort of thing, and your snowy fellow looks well-suave! (sp?!) :) I am curious as to what your little secret project may be, but hoooopefully we might get to now in the not-too-distant future? Pretty please? :)

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend to the fullest! xx

    1. Thank you :) I think I will probably post about super secret project #1 soon, but the other project, well, I don't know how that's going to go...we'll see! Glad you like the photos :D

  2. Wow nutella muffins, my lo love it. I should try this looks delicious

  3. These muffins look so good!! I love anything with Nutella in it.
    Also, we have had snow pretty much everyday, but not enough to make snowmen! Sad...

    1. Ah yes, that's always disappointing! But I'm glad you like the muffins :)

  4. Boo to life getting in the way of delicious treats! Anything nutella stuffed sounds good to me!

  5. I want these muffins!!!! So many of my favorite things all wrapped up in a little muffin paper = So awesome. I have been making my own sugar-free nutella (because sugar and my body are, regrettably, mortal enemies lately) and now I have another excuse to make more. Hooray!

    1. Aw, that's a bummer! These muffins aren't too finicky, I'm sure you could sub some kind of sugar free sugar. And sugar free nutella, I think I would appreciate that on some toast...less calories per serving = more servings, right? :)

  6. omg. I love these muffins! I'm a nutella addicted person, so definitely I'll give your recipe a try!

  7. Cute snowmen!! I'll definitely try these muffins... gotta love that addicting nutella. Thanks for participating in our Sunday Recipe wrap-up linky