May 8, 2017

Lemon Olive Oil Muffins + Video

Greetings from Barcelona! Gosh, I can’t believe we are finally here. We’ve been planning this trip for months, after we stumbled upon ‘these-can’t-be-real’ ticket prices last November. Spain and Portugal in May? Let’s do it.

This was supposed to be our break after the first cycle of IVF. Either a time to celebrate a new life or our life as a couple. If there’s one thing I’m really proud of in our journey is that we’ve continued to move forward. Sure, there are some days when reality hits me so hard that I don’t want to do anything but lay in bed and feel sorry for myself. That’s real and if I get into that place, I occasionally let myself go there.

But, for the most part, it’s been onward and upwards. We keep moving, no matter what life throws at us. We knew that no matter the outcome, we were going to be OK. We had each other, we had our beautiful life together and we had hope that whatever happened was meant to be. It’s a good frame of mind when you don’t have any control.

So, when we discovered that I was pregnant in January, we decided to turn this trip into an impromptu babymoon. A time to spend some quality time together, to reflect on the changes that are coming and just be. I’m really excited to do nothing; to explore a little, eat a lot and spend lazy days wandering around the city and the beaches.

Lemon Olive Oil Muffins! These vegan muffins are incredibly moist and delicious, a must-make for breakfast and brunch. | delishknowledge.com

I made these lemon muffins before we left, as a thank you to the sweet couple who are watering our plants while we are gone. I find that it’s a lot easier to beg someone to help you out when there’s food involved.

I’ll happily bribe you to take care of my snap peas and radishes with lemon muffins. These muffins are exactly what I’ve been craving as of late: bright, sweet flavors. While my sweet tooth comes and goes, when it’s on, it’s ON. I don’t care much for chocolate, but I’ll do anything for vanilla and citrus flavors.

Lemon Olive Oil Muffins! These vegan muffins are incredibly moist and delicious, a must-make for breakfast and brunch. | delishknowledge.com

I’ve been on a kick lately to create lightly sweetened treats. I don’t know why, it’s just where I’m drawn. Perhaps it’s my subconscious telling me to cut down on the sugar or perhaps it’s the fact that savory foods will also be my #1 pick. Either way, the desserts coming out of my kitchen are just as appropriate for brunch as they are for dessert.

These muffins are similar. Lightly sweetened, almost cake-like with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top. They work just as easily for breakfast and snack as they would for an after dinner treat.

Be sure to mix the flour and baking soda/powder really well before adding the wet ingredients in. The first time I made these, I didn’t sift everything in together and some bites tasted almost soapy. When I tried it again after sifting and stirring, they came out perfectly.

Lemon Olive Oil Muffins! These vegan muffins are incredibly moist and delicious, a must-make for breakfast and brunch. | delishknowledge.com

If you want to follow along with our babymoon adventure (aka sunbathing/napping and eating), I’ll be capturing the time on Instagram.

P.S.- I made a video of these muffins! Tell me, do you love videos? I feel like it’s the blogging trend that’s taking over and I’m not quite sure how I feel about them. I love that they show how to prepare certain items, but are they overkill? Give me all your thoughts.

Lemon Olive Oil Muffins! These vegan muffins are incredibly moist and delicious, a must-make for breakfast and brunch. | delishknowledge.com

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

Watch how to make it here:

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Lemon Olive Oil Muffins! These vegan muffins are incredibly moist and delicious, a must-make for breakfast and brunch. | delishknowledge.com

Lemon Olive Oil Muffins

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch, dessert, snack

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Lemon Olive Oil Muffins! These vegan muffins are incredibly moist and delicious, a must-make for breakfast and brunch.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch, dessert, snack
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch, dessert, snack
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup fruity olive oil
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup water
  • powdered sugar, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or spray with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, zest, vanilla extract, and water.
  5. Slowly pour the sugar and olive oil mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined, taking care not to overmix.
  6. Divide the batter into 12 muffin tins and bake for 18-20 minutes, or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes, then remove from pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired, and enjoy.

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  1. Love these muffins!! I added some shredded zucchini (had it on hand and didn’t want it to go to waste) and they were amazing!! My whole family loved them!!

  2. Wonderful recipe! Finally I see a baked recipe with maple syrup that actually looks good! One question though- can I possibly make a cake from the batter rather than muffins? Would that work?

    Thanks so much!

  3. Not only delicious for adults, but my kids, who are normally a bit picky LOVED these! I’m new to your website – happy I found you!

  4. Barcelona? Amazing! Congrats on the pregnancy. These muffins sound so fresh and light! I’m totally craving citrusy desserts lately too, no pregnancy but I’m feelin’ the bright, fresh flavours! I haven’t baked anything in a while…so these have gotta happen this weekend, a perfect addition to brunch I’d say 😉

    • Thanks Deryn! I had a MAJOR lemon craving the first half of my pregnancy and made these muffins so many times, I lost count. Hope you like them 🙂

  5. these look so good! I somehow missed out on your pregnancy announcement-Congrats!!! and Barcelona is one of my fave cities! Have a great time on the rest of your trip

  6. I am so happy to find a vegan recipe without coconut flour or coconut oil! My daughter is vegan but allergic to coconut and I have a hard time finding baking recipes that don’t call for it so thank you!

  7. This was too delicious, light and yet so simple to put together!
    Thank you so much for this recipe!!

      • Would like to know about shelf life of these wonderful muffins. How many days do you think these muffins would stay good? Iam thinking of making them to take to dear ones. So looking for a shelf life of at least 4-5 days.

        • Hi Vidhya, 4-5 days might be pushing it. I usually think baked goods have a shelf-life of 2-3 days where they are freshest, then they start to dry out.

  8. Is it possible to get the nutritional info for these? 100% plan to make them, just want to check how many I can eat in one go 😉

    • Hi Jade, thanks for the comment! Let me know what you think of them! I don’t recommend calorie counting and therefore don’t have that information, but you are welcome to use sparkrecipes.com or myfitnesspal to calculate it.