So week 5 & 6 of veganism were a bit of a blur due to a nasty bout of influenza which had me unable to do or eat much of anything. To top it off, my boyfriend was sick and both ferrets caught it too! We were a huge mess of sniffles, sneezes, wheezes and other nasty illness things I won’t mention. This resulted in a diet of canned Amy’s soups and vegan cold & flu medicine for two weeks. Fortunately for me, week 7 started on a much better note. As my flu subsided and my appetite returned, I was graced with the arrival of seven different flavors of vegan muffins from Abe’s. I was so grateful they asked me to review these muffins because it meant I got to stuff my face with these delicious treats and after a week of eating little to nothing, these were exactly what I wanted to chow down on.
These muffins are the perfect vegan treat to have lying around your kitchen. Nearly bite-size (at least the ones I tried), they are excellent for a quick snack, breakfast side, or dessert. Even my boyfriend, who is not a fan of sweets, loved these muffins! I had the muffins straight from the fridge and I also tried them heated up in the oven for a few minutes, topped with a dollop of earth balance buttery spread. Though delicious both ways, the warm muffins took the cake (pun intended!). Each flavor was uniquely special and though I would happily snack on any of these muffins at any time, they each have optimal moments of consumption in my book.
Let’s start with the traditional Blueberry muffin: Wild Blueberry Smash
I couldn’t have been happier when I warmed this muffin in the oven, topped it with buttery spread, and enjoyed what was truly a reminiscent breakfast from my childhood. This is the perfect muffin to enjoy on a Sunday morning with your loved ones. It doesn’t need to be paired with anything, but I’m sure it would be a nice side to a tofu scramble. Just sweet enough to break up a savory breakfast, but not so sweet that it feels like dessert.
Mmmmm… so you know that feeling you get when you grew up in Las Vegas and you move to New Jersey and you experience your first real autumn and you go pumpkin picking at the local farm with a childlike exuberance and the little market next to the parking lot is selling fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts? Just me?? Okay, well all of us East coasters certainly can relate to the apple cider takeover of fall and those delicious cider donuts that every farm along the side of the road seems to be selling come October. These muffins are the perfect substitute for apple cider products with eggs or milk in them! I can’t wait until fall so I can enjoy them in a seasonally appropriate way – warmed up with a glass of hot cider (spiked with bourbon of course) as I watch the red and gold leaves fall from my window.
Lemon Poppy and Cranberry Orange Zest
Is it summer yet? It feels like it with these wildly refreshing flavors! These flavors are also great for breakfast with their fruity bases. I will be enjoying these muffins at room temperature along with a nice tall glass of lemonade as soon as bikini season hits.
Okay, now for my absolute favorite flavor of these muffins: Golden Cornbread
You gotta heat these up. Not because they are bad cold (still absolutely delicious), but because heated up and smothered with buttery spread, these muffins will make you feel like you just walked into a diner in South Carolina. I would use these muffins as a side to any tofu scramble, southwestern dish, or southern cuisine. True comfort food. Highly enjoyable. These muffins were gone before the day was through.
Dessert time! Chocolate Chip Cookie
Heavenly. I couldn’t stop popping these bad boys. They are delectable cold, but great warmed up too. The chocolate chips melt in your mouth and you realize that you don’t have to miss out on anything when you go vegan. The perfect dessert is still attainable with Abe’s Chocolate Chip Cookie muffins!
Coconut Carrot Cake
These were my boyfriend’s favorites. His favorite dessert is carrot cake and he was soooo excited when he discovered these delicious little muffin cakes! Moist, soft, and just the right amount of sweetness, these treats did not last long.
To conclude, I would recommend these muffins to any vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore! There is nothing left to be desired from these delicacies and they are perfect for most people with dietary restrictions or food allergies. These wonderful muffins can be found in many places across the country. Their website will tell you where to find them based on where you live, but for the most part, head on over to your local Whole Foods and check the bakery section for these babies – they will probably carry them. Happy face-stuffing!