I found out about Ardenne Farm’s products at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo. I listened to the representative long enough for my brain to explode: I could make vegan blueberry muffins at home. See, friends…I was raised on the blueberry muffin. You know that box mix with the crazy blueberries in a can and you add some oil and eggs and put them in muffin wrappers and then you slice each one when they’re still hot and add a pat of butter because you’re from the south and you do such things and then you eat 4 of them? Ahhhhhhh those were the days! And I thought those days were long gone.
Enter Ardenne Farm’s Blueberry Muffin Muffin Mix. With completely natural ingredients (I’m giving you the big thumbs up, Gluten Free Flour Blend!) this package is 100% gluten free and vegan from jump. The recipe for the muffins calls for milk, oil, and eggs to be added to the mix and blueberries. Unsweetened Almond Milk? Check. Oil? Check. Vegan Eggs? Ehhhhhh well, I’ve never actually baked anything vegan that needed “eggs” before. So I ran to my trusty favorite site and searched for a flax egg recipe. Lo and Behold: the perfect substitute to the egg! Minimalist Baker provides the key to my heart, in many ways. Search their site for all things yummy, quick, and low ingredient count.
I was all set to go on a Friday night and soon the muffins were baking away and rising like the good universe intended. I did have to bake them longer than the recipe calls for, perhaps due to a 20 year old oven. Within mere minutes the house smelled like my childhood: doughy, hot, steaming balls of crisp-on-the-outside-but-soft-in-the-middle blueberry muffins. Basically, this was the best Friday night ever. I could barely wait to let them cool enough so that I could slice each one open and add a pat of Earth Balance butter, just like my mom does.
Finally, I was ready to taste. The soft, gooey inside, yellowed with butter and oozing blueberries made my taste buds dance. The crisp outside filled my heart with delight. I stood there, over the sink, and jammed two muffins into my mouth before my brain could catch up. I ate three more for breakfast the next morning. I brought some to friends and then ate the rest on Sunday. I don’t know if I’m making it quite clear, but these muffins were to me what the muffins of my childhood were: perfect, warm globes of sweet blueberry joy. Delicious, quick, simple. Now it’s a battle to not buy them every week. Check the website to see where you can buy them or snag some online!
NOT SO FINE PRINT: I was given a free box of these muffins to try, but all opinions and delicious descriptions are my own.