Chocolate Chunk Cherry Muffins

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These scrumptious cherry muffins are bursting with flavor and studded with rich chocolate chunks! Perfect for a light dessert or an indulgent snack.

While summer isn’t my favorite time of year, there are definitely some things about the season that I dig. Like cherries! Whether I’m just snacking on them or putting them into a recipe, I LOVE my summer cherries. Can’t get enough of them, and I can never have enough cherry recipes.

Are you with me on this? If so, you’ll definitely want to bake up a batch of these muffins. If there’s one thing that’s better than cherries, it’s cherries and chocolate (okay, that’s two things), and that delicious combination is the star of this recipe!

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  • What You’ll Need
  • How to Make Cherry Muffins
  • Shelf-Life & Storage
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • More Vegan Muffins
  • Chocolate Chunk Cherry Muffins

What You’ll Need

  • Flour. This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, though you could substitute whole wheat pastry or spelt flour if you’d like.
  • Brown sugar. Use organic to keep the recipe vegan.
  • Baking powder.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Salt.
  • Non-dairy milk. Use any variety that’s unsweetened and unflavored, such as soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk.
  • Almond butter. Any creamy variety will do. I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s almond butter.
  • Oil. The recipe calls for canola oil, but feel free to substitute your favorite baking oil.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Almond extract. You can leave this out if it’s not something you normally buy, but it adds a lot of flavor.
  • Cherries. I used fresh summer cherries, but you can use frozen if they’re not in season.
  • Vegan chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Like semi-sweet mega chunks. They’re vegan and available at many supermarkets.
  • Rolled oats.

How to Make Cherry Muffins

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Stir your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Stir your liquid ingredients together in a small bowl or large liquid measuring cup: milk, almond butter, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Be sure to mix the almond butter in completely. You can warm the mixture up if this helps, but just a bit — don’t get it hot!
  • Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined. Don’t overmix the batter.
  • Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.
  • To make the topping, stir together oats, brown sugar, oil, and a pinch of salt.
  • Spoon the batter into a paper-lined muffin tin and sprinkle with the topping.
  • Pop the tin into the oven and bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes. You can test them for doneness by gently pressing a finger into the top of one muffin — it should spring back if it’s done.

Shelf-Life & Storage

Muffins will keep in a sealed container at room temperature for about 2 days, in the fridge for about 5 days, or in the freezer for about 4 months. I recommend storing them in the fridge or freezer if it’s warm in your house.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can these cherry muffins be made gluten-free?

You could probably substitute a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, but I haven’t tried this, so no promises.

Can I use whole wheat flour?

You can use whole wheat pastry flour. I haven’t tried the recipe with regular whole wheat flour, but I’d recommend using a 50/50 blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flours if you’d like to try.

Can I make these muffins with frozen cherries?

You sure can! I’d recommend thawing them out first.

What’s the best way to pit cherries?

I prefer to simply do it by hand. Remove the stem, then dig the pit out with your thumb. Wear gloves if you don’t want cherry stained hands though!

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