[Foldable solar cooker] Recipe – Chocolate Chip Muffins

Solar Recipe – Chocolate Chip Muffins

Can you bake cakes in a solar oven? Yes ! Make delicious muffins with a 100% plant-based, gluten-free recipe? Exactly! It requires a little trickery, a few more ingredients than usual… but in the end, it’s downright stunning.

Serves 5 – Preparation : 15 min – Cooking time : 1 h 15 – Equipment : solar oven


  • 70 g chickpea flour (available in organic grocery stores)
  • 50 g starch (arrowroot, corn, potato, etc.)
  • 40 g almond powder
  • 1 tbsp. to c. baking powder (“chemical” yeast for cakes)
  • 1 generous pinch baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 large ripe bananas or 3 small ones (= 180 g)
  • 70 g mild olive oil (= 70 ml) + 1 drizzle
  • 1 c. to s. cider vinegar
  • 2 c. to s. vegetable cream (rice, soy, etc.)
  • 80 g unrefined caster sugar
  • 1 c. to c. heaped vanilla powder
  • 1 large handful of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the solar oven (this is essential for this recipe).
  2. Carefully mix the chickpea flour, cornflour, almond powder, sugar, vanilla powder, baking powder, bicarbonate and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a shallow dish, cut and mash the bananas with a fork until pureed.
  4. Add the 70 ml oil, vegetable cream and vinegar and mix well. Stir into the flour mixture.
  5. Add half the chocolate chips and stir.
  6. Oil and flour the muffin tins. Fill each mold halfway with batter (no more).
  7. Add the last nuggets on top, pressing them in halfway. Bake for about 1h15, until the top is golden brown.
  8. Let cool before unmolding and serving.
  9. The muffins keep for up to 3 days in a tin, but are best warm.

Find this solar recipe in Sarah Bienaimé‘s superb book

Cuissons Alternatives – 40 vegan and gluten-free recipes for cooking differently
Publisher: Alternatives

Forget the microwave.
Forget the plancha.
Put away the deep fryer.

This recipe book celebrates alternative cooking: gentle, healthy and delicious.
In our 21st century kitchens, super-equipped and hyper-connected, the worktop takes on the air of science fiction while common sense takes a turn for the worse.
Overpriced cooking utensils, lengthy instructions, systematic dependence on fossil fuels, premature obsolescence…the rag is burning!
Simplicity, cleverness, a little organization, utensils that last a lifetime, some to make yourself, very simple cooking techniques, delicious recipes… here in a few words is the program this recipe book.
Cooking in pottery, with solar energy, on the wood stove, with steam, with a little hot water, in a Norwegian pot… and even “no cooking” at all! Nothing is too beautiful.
And since good news never comes alone, we will cook without meat or animal products, we will discover some extraordinary spices, we will give up gluten, we will enjoy the sun, and we will invite all our friends to dinner.

Be happy!
Sarah Bienaimé
Author and consultant in vegan and gluten-free cooking

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