How to Make Orange Sourdough Starter Muffins with Plant-Based Egg Alternatives
Baking Warm, Fluffy, and Delicious Sourdough Muffins using our Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
If you love sourdough bread, you will love these orange sourdough muffins. They are moist, fluffy, and bursting with citrus flavor. Plus, they are a great way to use up your sourdough discard and make for a quick breakfast or snack.
We will be showing you how to make these muffins with a few simple ingredients and steps, while answering some common questions about sourdough muffins and sharing some tips to make them even better if you decide to bake them up yourself.
You might be wondering why we’re using a chocolate chip cookie mix. It turns out that if you add a spice of creativity and some talented bakers, you can use our Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix as an all purpose baking mix for your homemade recipes.
What are sourdough muffins?
Sourdough muffins use sourdough starter, a mixture of flour and water that has been fermented by natural yeast and bacteria, as one of the ingredients. It is often used as a leavening agent that uses naturally occurring yeasts and bacteria to make baked goods rise while also giving baked goods a distinct sour flavor and a light texture.
Sourdough muffins are not only tasty but also nutritious. They have more protein, fiber, and vitamins than regular muffins. They also have lower glycemic index and phytic acid levels, which means they are easier to digest and absorb. Not to mention that sourdough muffin recipes rely on the natural sweetness of fruits, rather than added sugar. Furthermore, they support your gut health as they contain prebiotics and probiotics-like properties that help feed the good bacteria in your intestines, helping your immune system and metabolism.
How do you make orange sourdough muffins?
Making orange sourdough muffins is very easy. You only need a few basic ingredients for our recipe:
- 1 whole orange
- 2 eggs, plant-based alternatives are listed below.
- 1/2 cup of oil, we recommended olive oil.
- 250 grams of sourdough discard: 100% hydration so we can replace it with 125ml of orange juice and 125 grams of flour.
- 3/4 tablespoons of baking powder
- 3/4 tablespoons of salt
- 1 bag of Susgrainable Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
What are the steps required in making orange sourdough muffins?
To make orange sourdough muffins, follow these simple steps:
- Cut your orange into 8 equal pieces.
- Add your 8 orange pieces, 2 eggs, and 1/2 a cup of oil of your choice into the blender, and blend until its smooth.
- Add your sourdough discard, or equivalent, and blend.
- Then add 3/4 tablespoons of baking powder, 3/4 tablespoons of salt, and 1/2 a bag of our Susgrainable Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and pulse your blender briefly to combine the new ingredients.
- Add another 1/2 bag of our Susgrainable Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and briefly pulse or stir, depending on if you want to keep those yummy chocolate chips intact.
- Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin with oil.
- Pour your batter into the muffin cups, filling them to be about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 375°F (190°C) or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Let the muffins cool slightly before you enjoy!
What plant-based alternatives can I use for the eggs in this recipe?
Fortunately, there are many plant-based alternatives that can mimic the functions of eggs in baking, such as binding, leavening, moistening and adding flavor.
Here are some of our favourite plant-based egg substitutes and how to use them in your recipe:
- Flax seeds or chia seeds: These seeds can form a gel-like mixture when combined with water, which can act as a binder and add moisture to your baked goods. To replace one egg, use one tablespoon of ground flax seeds or chia seeds and three tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before adding it to your batter. This works well for muffins, cookies, brownies and quick breads.
- Banana: Mashed ripe banana can add sweetness and moisture to your baked goods, as well as act as a binder. To replace one egg, use half a banana (about 1/4 cup). We recommend using them for cakes, pancakes, muffins and banana bread.
- Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce can also add moisture and sweetness to your baked goods, as well as act as a binder. To replace one egg, use 1/4 cup of applesauce. Applesauce works well for cakes, muffins and cookies.
How do I store my orange sourdough muffins?
Sourdough muffins are best enjoyed fresh from the oven, but you can also store them for later. Here are some tips on how to store sourdough muffins properly:
- At room temperature: Sourdough muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. Keep them loosely covered with a paper towel or a cloth to prevent them from drying out or getting soggy. However, we suggest storing them in an airtight container.
- In the fridge: Sourdough muffins can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Place them in an airtight container lined with paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. You can reheat them in the microwave or toaster oven before serving them up to your friends, family, or yourself.
How do I reheat my orange sourdough muffins?
If you have some leftover orange sourdough muffins or want to enjoy them warm, you can easily reheat them using an oven or microwave. Using an oven is the best way to reheat muffins if you want them to be soft and moist. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and cover your muffins with foil. If your muffins are slightly stale, sprinkle them lightly with water before covering them. Then reheat your muffins for up to 10 minutes, depending on their size, with more time being given to larger muffins.
Can I use butter instead of oil for my orange sourdough muffins?
Yes, you can use butter instead of oil but there are some differences to consider. Butter has more flavor than oil, but also more water content. This means that butter can make your muffins denser and less moist than oil. Oil on the other hand can make your muffins lighter and fluffier but also more neutral in taste. You can swap out the 1/2 a cup of olive oil for 125g of butter but you may need to adjust the baking time and temperature slightly.
We hope you enjoyed learning how to make orange sourdough muffins. They make a delicious treat that you can whip up in no time. Let us know how they turned out for you and if you have any questions or feedback. Happy baking! 😊