Because Cake Is Sooo 1789
You know what they say…
“Never judge a muffin by its top”… er, I mean, “Never judge a book by its cover.”
However, in this case, the top of these strawberry streusel muffin’s is where it’s at. With a little extra sugary, buttery goodness sprinkled on top, these muffins simply beg to be eaten until the last crumb. I certainly won’t judge if you lick your fingers afterwards; it’s practically required.
But as far as “never judging a book by its cover” goes, you should know that these photos do not do the muffins justice. With an early-setting winter-time sun and lack of proper lighting in college housing, I could barely snap these few photos before all the muffins were gone. If anything, that should be a testament to their soft crumb and delicious flavor. One of my friends even said it was one of the best muffins she’s ever eaten!
So please, put aside your prejudice of muffins as “just ugly cupcakes,” and dive into this recipe. Whether you need a quick breakfast, snack on the run, or even simple dessert, my strawberry streusel muffins are sure to please. You can make them vegan, gluten-free, and/or even sugar-free, if you feel so inclined… Or you can use more traditional ingredients (see “Notes” below). It’s all up to you! The only thing you simply must do is make the extra effort to prepare the streusel. Despite the extra dishes it might entail (college life world view at its finest), it really will make your day just a little bit sweeter, one finger-licking crumb at a time.
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Option
*If you want to make these muffins with more traditional ingredients, replace the Earth Balance/coconut oil with butter, flax seed mixture with 1 egg, GF flour with white all-purpose flour, and almond milk with regular milk.
*You may need to add a little extra almond milk when mixing the muffin batter. A tablespoon or two should do the trick.
*Feel free to use frozen strawberries instead of fresh. I recommend thawing them a little bit (either with ~20 minutes on the counter or 10 seconds in the microwave) so that chopping is easier. Because frozen strawberries are usually have a little bit more liquid, they may tint your batter pink. Never fear; it’s actually really pretty!