[SunGood] Solar Recipe – Chocolate Chip Muffins

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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 large 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 cookbook celebrates alternative cooking: gentle, healthy and delicious.
In our xxi
century’s super-equipped, hyper-connected kitchens, worktops are taking on a sci-fi air, while common sense is going out the window.
Overpriced cooking utensils, lengthy instruction manuals, systematic dependence on fossil fuels, premature obsolescence…the tea towel is burning!
Simplicity, ingenuity, a bit of organization, utensils that last a lifetime (some of which you can make yourself), simple cooking techniques and delicious recipes… that’s what this cookbook is all about.
Pottery, solar, woodstove, steam, hot water, Norwegian pot… and even “no cooking” at all! Nothing is too good.
And since good news never comes alone, we’ll be cooking without meat and animal products, discovering some extraordinary spices, going gluten-free, enjoying the sunshine and inviting all our friends over for dinner.

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

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