How are you celebrating #NationalSmoreDay? S'more Mini Muffin Bites are a good start! Click To Tweet
Awhile ago I was out grocery shopping with the girls and A wanted S’more Mini Muffin Bites. While I wouldn’t normally buy them I bought them for her as she was going to be at gymnastics camp for 8 hours and I was needing things she could bring for snack, lunch, and eat quick in the morning. As she was also doing this while having soccer at night and she was tired I wanted her to get as much sleep as possible and these would be good with fruit and or yogurt to switch things up some mornings. She would normally have a parfait, cereal, or pancakes but having Kind Bars and other granola bars in her bag to go I didn’t want her to get bored. Well this backfired when she grabbed a bag on morning and said they were “gross and disgusting” and wouldn’t eat them. I scrambled to grab something else for breakfast for her but I felt so bad, well and happy kind of that she didn’t like them, because she was pretty excited. So I made it my mission to make her some S’more Mini Muffin Bites she would like, were just as fun, and healthier. I think I can say mission accomplished with these grain free, vegan S’more Mini Muffin Bites that almost every kid can and will enjoy! I made them grain free using cashew meal, this was kind of my chance but I think cashew butter and cashew meal tastes like cookie dough or cake batter, it has something about the flavor so I thought it would be great when trying to attempt the flavor in a healthy way. Next time I make them I’m going to try a buckwheat version. I added in protein, because well she needed it and protein is a great way to start the day and helps fill you up. Chia seeds for omegas, which also makes them vegan but if you want you can sub an egg. We did try banana but the banana flavor was too overpowering. Of course I had to add in marshmallows and chocolate to keep these fun and really what would a s’more be without chocolate and marshmallows? I decided against adding in graham cracker pieces to the mixture and instead sprinkled them on top as I always liked muffins with the crumbly toppings. A loved these muffins and I hope you and your family does as well!
S’more Mini Muffin Bites
Makes 20 mini muffins (you can make 24 but they won’t be as full)
1c cashew meal
1/2c vanilla protein powder (used Vega Sport Vanilla Protein Powder)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2c So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk Yogurt*
1 TBSP ground chia seeds, plus 4TBSP water
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBSP maple syrup, can also sub honey
1/4c (1/3c pre chopped) Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows**
1/4c chopped chocolate/ mini chocolate chips, or cacao nibs (used Enjoy Life Mini Chips)
1/4c crushed graham crackers for topping, optional (used my Vegan Gluten Free Camp Crackers/ Graham Crackers)
*These muffins are not very sweet if looking for a more traditional sweet muffin add in 2 TBSP of coconut palm sugar or use So Delicious Vanilla (sweetened) Coconut Milk Yogurt.
*You can try other marshmallows but the texture on these is different and I did have different results when using other marshmallows in our biscotti last Christmas. They may puff up more and you will probably want to chop them small. I have not tried traditional Jet Puff marshmallows yet but will update if/when I do. If you try them before I do I would love to hear how they turn out. I am in no way affiliated with Dandies I just get them at Whole Foods and they are what I use for marshmallows in my baked goods.
Preheat 325F. In a small bowl mix together the ground chia seeds and water and set aside to thicken. In a large bowl mix together cashew meal, protein powder, and baking powder. Chop the mini marshmallows. I like to use a kitchen scissors to cut them in half than I add them in with the cashew meal mixture and pull the pieces in half to get each mini marshmallow into quarters. I find this easier as the dry mixture coats them a little and they don’t stick together. I have also just cut them into quarters with my kitchen scissors. Mix the marshmallows into the dry ingredients if you haven’t already making sure they aren’t all stuck together. In a separate bowl mix together yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup. The chia seed mixture should now have thickened into a gel and you can stir that in with the wet ingredients. Stir the wet ingredients in with the dry until just combine. Stir in chocolate. Spray a mini muffin pan well with non stick spray, I use coconut oil spray. Scoop spoonfuls of dough into the pan and sprinkle with crushed graham cracker pieces and bake for 15-20 minutes (the batches I made took 18 minutes). Let cool in the pan 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan letting cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!
S'more Mini Muffin Bites are the perfect way to start #NationalSmoreDay #glutenfree #grainfree #vegan Click To Tweet
I also decided to enter these muffins in the Go Dairy Free Snackable Recipe Contest! They make a delicious sweet healthy snack that are great on the go and can be enjoyed anytime anywhere!
While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I listed as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.