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Vegan Cranberry Citrus Muffins by Herbivoree Vegan Cranberry Citrus Muffins by Herbivoree
I love baking - I think I'm going to try baking once a week just to improve my mood. Might even make a blog about it, not that I need more to do haha.

These were pretty easy to make. Cranberries are full of fiber and normally I can't stand them, so this was a great way to disguise a healthy food. The muffin was light and fluffy but also hearty.

I got the recipe from the May/June 2010 edition of the Vegetarian Times. I modified it a teensy bit for convenience.

Ingredients:
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 orange juice
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs flaxseed meal (I ground normal flax seeds up in a coffee grinder or you can buy it in meal form, but it's more expensive and doesn't last as long)
1/2 cup vegan margarine (make sure it says vegan, they often have milk byproducts like whey)
2/3 cup sugar (make sure it's from a company that doesn't refine sugar through bone char, lantic and redpath are both great)
2 tsp orange zest (haha I made my own with an orange and knife)
1/2 cup plain soy milk (I used almond)
optional icing sugar

Recipe:
1) preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) bring cranberries and orange juice to a simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. drain excess liquid, set aside
3) mix flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl
4) mix 6 tbs water into flaxseed meal in small bowl, set aside
5) cream margarine, sugar and orange zest with electric mixer for 2 min or until fluffy in large bowl.
6) beat in flaxseed mixture.
7) fold in one third of flour mixture. stir in soy milk, then rest of flour and cranberries. beat it together with mixer.
8) divide batter evenly into muffin cups.
9) bake 25-30 min (mine was done at 15 minutes, the tops of the muffins will brown)
10) cool in pan on wire rack, dust with icing sugar if using.

tadah!
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linneVegGirl Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
hum =) great
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Keolia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Those look so good!
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thanks! :)
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BatchStar21 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
PETA college cookbook...my God Liberals truly are priceless.
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I am soo confused.
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FaAngMo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
they look delicious :heart: and thanks alot for adding the recipe in the description :tighthug:
i think i have to try baking them as soon as i have the time :D i've never tried such a complicated recipe :roll: but i want to eat them, so i'll give it a try :D
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Sab-art-eur Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Want. I think I have to go bake now.
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
You should. :o
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autumnwolfi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Ooh these look delicious! I'm anything but a chef lol...I recently came across a vegan "cookbook" where ALL the recipes that need "cooked" can be done in the microwave. Perfect for me lol! I envy your talent though, I might have to attempt these someday soon.
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Oh I'm not a chef at all, lol I cooked my first full healthy meal when I was 17. Before that I didn't touch stoves. I just love baking because even if you mess up the recipe it usually tastes good anyways because of the ingredients.

Oh - is that the PETA college cookbook? My boyfriend ordered that earlier this year.
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autumnwolfi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Yep that's the one! It inspired me to make mini vegan pizzas in the microwave the other day lol. Although I have unsure feelings about PETA in general because of the nasty rumors about them and shelter animals...more recently, they spoke up against pitbulls saying they shouldn't adopt them out from shelters. They're wonderful dogs who deserve homes just as much as any other, if there's any concern of the "wrong types" getting them...that's the shelter's fault for not doing enough background info on adopters. Anyways, sorry for the ramble...thing is I totally agree with PETA's overall message of animal rights, 120%...it's just that some of the things they do and say, and some of the rumors, make me unsure about them. Nonetheless, they make awesome cookbooks!
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Oh that's awesome ^^ I personally haven't used it yet (it's sitting on my shelf), but it's such a great idea. I've talked to some of the vegans and vegetarians at my university and the ones that live in res don't have stoves or toasters. They had to sneak a microwave in. o0; So I imagine it has its uses.

I think it's okay to be unsure about PETA - that means you're thinking. ;D I've done research on the shelter animal rumors and that part of PETA I actually support. From what I've read they only adopt and euthanize animals that will be euthanized anyways in much more painful ways (omfg I watched a clip once of how they do mass animal euthanasia, scarring) or are suffering. I hadn't heard about the pittbulls so I can't say - but I do agree that they are just dogs who deserve homes like any other dog.

That being said my actual opinion of PETA is that they're not vegan enough. They compromise animal rights and say they are promoting animal rights when really they're only promoting animal welfare. They encourage legislation to treat cows better - but better treated cows will just make people more comfortable with eating them. Cows should never be used at all, and they're encouraging the regulation of cows. Or they let omnivorous and vegetarian celebrities pose in their campaigns - but why are these people role models? They should be telling them to go vegan, not congratulating them on not buying a dog once.

I always stare at people a bit funny when they say they're 100% for PETA - but I also think saying you're 100% against PETA is silly too, as it's so complicated and they do happen to do a lot of good.
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autumnwolfi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
If I were taking animals out of shelters, it'd be to get them to safety...I don't understand or agree with that one, sorry. To save them from a horrible fate, only to give them the same fate (just in a more 'humane' way) There are tons of rescue networks, transporters, fosters...I'd be reaching out to all of them.

If enough people cared there wouldn't be any need for these backwards "shelters" that are stuck in the dark ages anyway. If the government would put a BAN on ALL puppy mills, backyard breeders...make spay/neuter mandatory...and then actually ENFORCE these laws once they were in place...we'd see a lot less animals in shelters to begin with.

I also think you should have to have a license to adopt a pet, it's just like adopting a kid...they're not "things" that you "own", they're family. So many horrible people run out, buy a cute puppy without any forethought and then throw it in the pound (or post it on craigslist...which is just as bad in most cases) when it turns out to be more work than they expected.

I totally agree about the not being vegan enough message though...but then, maybe some of these people who are yet vegan but have their foot halfway in the door might learn a few things, too. I was a vegetarian for over 10 years, and only recently took the step into full veganism earlier in May of this year. I was ignorant about the facts of dairy for a long time, as I'm sadly finding out many people are.

Anyways, it's a love hate relationship with PETA...I'm honestly wary about trusting any of the large groups, but that may just be my own paranoia lol.
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Oh of course there are tons of rescue networks and foster groups. Unfortunately I don't live there nor have ever worked or volunteered for PETA. All I know of the situation is that the foster groups are can be full of animals and that I can't really judge since I'm completely outside of the situation. That being said if it were me I'd much prefer to die from a euthanasia needle after being adopted than suffocate to death or be thrown into a mass gas chamber with 20 other dogs, which is how some animal shelters in the US operate.

I personally think all animal breeding should be banned because breeding animals encourages using animals as property, but of course banning puppy mills and backyard breeders are a great place to start.

Do you not need a license for animals where you live? Where I live if you own a dog you are required to license it. The license costs less if the animal is spayed/neutered and microchipped. You have to pay an annual fee.

Well some of the people they use for their campaigns are omnivores and are advertising things like adopt a dog or don't wear fur. PETA doesn't tell these people to be vegan, they don't comment at all. The celebrities do it because it's great press on a non-controversial issue. I don't think everyone needs to go vegan immediately. If someone says to me one day I'm going to be vegan and I'm doing whatever I can right now to get there at my own pace I'd say you're awesome and that's great. However using omnivores for some of their campaigns just doesn't make sense to me. In a way they're too accepting. I've heard from a friend who's been vegan for years and does volunteer work for PETA that about 70% of their donations come from omnivores.
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autumnwolfi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Yeah, it's required to register a dog here (not that everyone does) but I don't like that just *anyone* can adopt in the first place. There are so many "owners", and I hate "owners". I consider myself a "guardian" to my furkids. Not all people that call themselves an owner are bad of course, but so many run out and purchase an animal without any forethought. Then the animal pays for it when they grow out of the 'cute phase' or turn out to be more work than the person thought. I see a lot of huskies in my local shelter, and it's no wonder why. They're beautiful dogs that people "must have", but they're also high energy dogs and most people don't have the time or patience for them...so they take them to the shelter.

There are also people that get animals "just because they can", or as some sort of a status symbol, and then chain them in the backyard or neglect them, or even abuse them physically. So while it's required that everyone license their *dog*, it's not required that the *person* have a license in advanced proving that they're a capable and humane enough to welcome a pet into their home in the first place. I think that's what needs to change.

I'm against breeding in general too...I'm not against having "pets" (furkids) though, as I know some people say PETA is. I have always had rescue animals, and they're my *world*. I would LOVE to see a ban on breeders (especially the mills and backyard breeders, but alss the snotty "akc nazis" (as I call them)) so that animals sitting in shelters have more of a chance. There are SO many *thousands* in shelters, overlooked every single day because some uptight had to have a "fancy purebred" or impulse purchased from a pet store, when they could have saved someone. There are thousands of "purebreds" in shelters too, and tons of breed specific rescues...there are even rescue transporters who'll transport a dog from an overflowing shelter in one state to it's new home in another state. There's just never any excuse to *purchase* a pet.

I suppose another issue with PETA that I have is how society in general won't take them seriously anymore, at least in most cases. When I got my new cookbook, I heard the cashier snickering to his friend about them as we walked out the door. I have been called a "PETA asshurt" or "PETArd" on various sites for speaking up against the use of fur and other forms of animal cruelty, when *I* never mentioned a thing about "PETA". It's as if any mention of animal rights now automatically links you to them and that bothers me, since I have my trust issues. I'm just for the animals, I have my personal views and ethics and stand firm there...I'm not speaking up for any one organization, I'm speaking up for the animals. Just because I share some views with what PETA stands for doesn't mean I agree with all that do...it's just frustrating.

As far as having omnivores speaking up for shelter animals and speaking out against fur, I guess we just have to look at the positve: at least they're speaking out for animals in some way. I think it's pretty stupid that PETA not even attempt to educate them about veganism, though.
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