Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries (Dairy Free)

Dairy Free Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries

If you find yourself with too many cherries and are wondering what to do with them, this cherry muffin recipe is for you! You can use frozen, fresh, and even canned cherries for these muffins.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Simple ingredients. You only need a few things to make these muffins delicious!

Texture. The soft bite along with the juicy cherries makes you want to eat more and more of these scrumptious muffins!

Flavor. The coconut milk adds a coconut flavor to the muffins while cherries enrich the end result with their fruity notes.

Easy recipe. All you need to do is mix ingredients, pop the batter into the oven, and bam, your fresh cherry muffins are ready to be served!

Substitutes and Swaps

Vegan

Substitute lard with dairy-free butter (you will need ¼ cup of butter for 1/8 cup of lard in this recipe) and the eggs with chia eggs (1 tbsp chia seeds plus 1 tbsp water, let it sit for a few minutes).

Gluten Free

To make these muffins gluten-free you will need to follow a different recipe that is specifically designed for gluten free baking as the liquids’ measurements will also need to be adjusted. You can make my gluten free rice flour muffins, gluten free raspberry muffins, gluten free lemon muffins, or even gluten free savoury muffins!

Sugar Free

Feel free to use coconut sugar in these muffins (although coconut sugar is still sugar). I have not tried this recipe with honey or maple syrup, but since the texture of these sweeteners is different, it will affect the texture of the muffins. So, I wouldn’t recommend substituting sugar for maple syrup or honey, but you may try and let us know how it went!

Cherries

You can use fresh, canned, or frozen cherries in this recipe. If you want to substitute for other berries, you can. Make blueberry muffins with this recipe by substituting cherries for blueberries!

Coconut Milk

Feel free to use any other milk in this recipe. Coconut milk is the creamiest dairy free milk out there plus it has a strong coconut flavor that you can taste in your muffins after baking. Those are the reasons for using coconut milk in this recipe, but if you prefer almond or soy milk feel free to substitute! Any other milk will do.

All-purpose flour

Many people ask whether they can use almond flour instead of all-purpose in this cherry muffin recipe. The answer is no because almond flour acts totally different compared to all-purpose flour in baking. You will need to search for a cherry almond muffin recipe that calls for almond flour instead of the regular all-purpose.

Lard

You can substitute lard for butter, in that case, use ¼ cup of butter for this recipe. I like using lard because it is cheaper than butter, yet, it adds the same richness to the muffins. You pretty much can’t tell the difference between muffins made with butter and the ones made with lard!

Eggs

To make egg-free muffins you can try using “chia eggs” in place of regular ones. To make one chia egg you will need to mix 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 1 tbsp of warm water and let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts becoming more gel-like.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the fairy free cherry muffins
  • 2 cups (240 grams) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/8 cup (26 grams) lard, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut milk, you can use a coconut drink, however, good quality coconut milk will improve the flavor profile!
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract. Use good quality paste or extract as there are vanilla flavorings that might be on the cheaper end but will rather damage the taste of the muffins. If you can’t get good vanilla extract/paste, just skip this ingredient.
  • 1 1/3 cups (100 grams) of frozen cherries

How to Make Dairy Free Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries

Step 1 – Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350F/175C. Grease the muffin tin or line it with muffin baking paper. I use silicone muffin tin which doesn’t require any greasing or paper lining, so if you are using the same kind of muffin baking tin then you can skip this step!

Step 2 – Combine the dry ingredients

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Sieve them to get the best results and to avoid an excessive amount of lumps. The more lumps you have the more temptation you have to keep mixing, and the harder the crumb will be!

Combining the dry ingredients for cherry muffins

Step 3 – Combine the wet ingredients

In a medium size bowl add eggs, melted lard, coconut milk, and vanilla paste. Whisk to combine.

Mixing the wet ingredients

Step 4 – Combine all ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine, avoid overmixing. You need to make sure that all ingredients are evenly combined but if you overmix, your muffins will turn out tough. Add the cherries and gently fold them into the muffin batter.

Step 5 – Bake

Fill your muffin tins about ¾ of the way full, and place them into the preheated oven. Bake for 22-25 minutes. To check whether the muffins are ready you can insert a toothpick and if it comes out with a few crumbs without wet batter attached to it then the muffins are good to go! Take them out and cool for about 10 minutes before taking them out from the tins. You can top your muffins with whipped cream, jam, or frosting, or just eat them as they are with a warm cup of coffee!

Dairy Free Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries

Tips for Success

Do not use an electric mixer to mix the muffins batter. You can use an electric mixer for the wet ingredients only, but if you mix the batter with a hand or a stand mixer you are in for a very tough crumb! The muffins taste best when the interior is soft and not “bready”. So, make sure to be gentle while mixing your ingredients together.

You can use fresh cherries, canned cherries, or cherry pie filling in place of frozen cherries for this recipe. If your cherries are wet, just coat them in some flour before mixing them into the batter.

Don’t overbake your muffins. Take them out after 22-25 minutes or when the toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached to it.

– If you want your muffins to be sweeter you can top them with jam or frosting. Check out my peanut butter mascarpone frosting recipe or make the standard sugar frosting from my raspberry muffin recipe.

Dairy Free Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries

Frequently Asked Questions

What Makes Muffins Light and Fluffy?

First, you need to make sure your eggs, milk, and lard/butter are at room temperature. When those ingredients are added together at room temperature, they create a texture that allows for more air to be trapped within the muffin which in turn provides that fluffiness you are looking for. Another way to ensure your muffins are light and fluffy is to mix gently and just enough to bring all the ingredients together. Avoid overmixing and avoid using an electric mixer for the muffin batter.

Why are My Muffins Tough?

You might have overmixed your muffins before baking or left them inside the oven for too long.

Is there Dairy in Muffins?

Yes, there is dairy in a regular muffin recipe. However, you can make your muffins dairy free by using plant-based milk and dairy-free replacement for butter. I use lard in this dairy free muffin recipe and for milk, I am using coconut milk which is the creamiest nondairy milk to bake with!

What is the Creamiest non-Dairy Milk?

The creamiest non-dairy milk is coconut milk. If you use good quality high coconut content milk then you will get wonderfully tasting dairy free muffins that are also moist and soft. Coconut drink on the other hand is low on fat and coconut content, so it works well, but doesn’t yield the creamiest results!

Can I Make Muffins with Water Instead of Milk?

Yes, you can, but with milk, you will leave out the fluffiness, richness, and creaminess of a regular muffin. If you are using water, use it with a 1:1 ratio.

Can I Use Frozen Cherries Instead of Fresh?

Yes! In this recipe, I am using frozen cherries although fresh ones also work for these muffins. You can use frozen cherries in most baking recipes that call for fresh cherries.

What is the Most Popular Muffin in the World?

Probably the most popular muffins in the world are blueberry and chocolate chip muffins. You definitely should try making them if you haven’t already! You can substitute cherries with blueberries in this recipe if you prefer.

Can I Freeze Cherries with the Pits in Them?

Yes, you can freeze cherries with pits in them, but don’t use them for baking these cherry muffins. If you are adding cherries to baked goods, you need to make sure the cherries are pitted because nobody wants to break their teeth off of a cherry pit while enjoying your delicious muffins!

Are Muffin and Cupcake the Same?

No, they are not the same. A cupcake is a cake baked in a muffin tin while a muffin is a quick bread that is tougher and has less sugar than a cupcake. Another common difference is the use of frosting. Cupcakes have a lot of decorative frosting on their tops while muffins are often served as they are! To learn about more differences check out this article!

Dairy Free Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries (2)

Cherry Muffins with Frozen Cherries (Dairy Free)

Delicious muffins with a cherry in every bite! Super easy recipe for a quick dessert.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cooling Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 muffins
Calories 200 kcal

Equipment

  • Muffin tins that can hold at least 15 muffins
  • 2 large mixing bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups (240 grams) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • cup (26 grams) lard can substitute with butter, use 2 tbsp butter (30 grams)
  • ½ cup (100 grams) white granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut milk you can use coconut drink as well, however, good quality coconut milk will add to the flavor
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 1⅓ cup (300 grams) frozen cherries pitted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/175C. Grease the muffin tin or line it with muffin baking paper. I use silicone muffin tin which doesn’t require any greasing or paper lining, so if you are using the same kind of muffin baking tin then you can skip this step!
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Sieve them to get the best results and to avoid an excessive amount of lumps. The more lumps you have the more temptation you have to keep mixing, and the harder the crumb will be!
  • In a medium size bowl add eggs, melted lard, coconut milk, and vanilla paste. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine, avoid overmixing. You need to make sure that all ingredients are evenly combined but if you overmix, your muffins will turn out tough. Add the cherries and gently fold them into the muffin batter.
  • Fill your muffin tins about ¾ of the way full, and place them into the preheated oven. Bake for 22-25 minutes. To check whether the muffins are ready you can insert a toothpick and if it comes out with a few crumbs without wet batter attached to it then the muffins are good to go! Take them out and cool for about 10 minutes before taking them out from the tins. You can top your muffins with whipped cream, jam, or frosting, or just eat them as they are with a warm cup of coffee!

Notes

Do not use an electric mixer to mix the muffins batter. You can use an electric mixer for the wet ingredients only, but if you mix the batter with a hand or a stand mixer you are in for a very tough crumb! The muffins taste best when the interior is soft and not “bready”. So, make sure to be gentle while mixing your ingredients together.
You can use fresh cherries, canned cherries, or cherry pie filling in place of frozen cherries for this recipe. If your cherries are wet, just coat them in some flour before mixing them into the batter.
Don’t overbake your muffins. Take them out after 22-25 minutes or when the toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached to it.
– If you want your muffins to be sweeter you can top them with jam or frosting. Check out my peanut butter mascarpone frosting recipe or make the standard sugar frosting from my raspberry muffin recipe.
Keyword Cherry Muffins, Dairy Free Muffins, Frozen Cherry Muffins

What’s Next?

Have you made these dairy free cherry muffins? I would love to see! You can tag me on Instagram @natashashome_ and I would love to share your creations in my stories. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below!

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