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Fig Muffins



Can I tell you a secret?

Promise not to tell?

I have a situation… a closet situation.

I consider myself a pretty organized person. A true Type A…. kinda…. except for one thing….. my closet. I can’t keep my closet organized to save my life. There’s been times where I’ve taken everything out, organized it to a tee, then within 3 months, its a complete mess.

What’s so difficult with putting something up where it belongs? I have shoe racks… very pretty shoe racks. I have nice hangers, pretty hooks for all my belts and scarves, and nice deep shelves for my sweaters. So what gives? What’s up with me?

Saturday morning my husband looked at me, opened the door to my closet and said “FIX THIS.” “THIS WEEKEND.”

So, to further procrastinate cleaning my closet, I went to the grocery store and came home with dinner ingredients and figs. Beautiful big dried turkish figs.

I decided to make some muffins. Vegan Fig Muffins.

Ok. Before you think I’ve gone all vegan on you, I have to say something. These are dense, moist, and rich. You wouldn’t even know they were vegan unless I told you. If you like figs, you’ll love these.

First, you want to combine the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine, sugar, canola oil, fig preserves, and vanilla. Mix until fig preserves are blended through.


Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients, then gently fold in chopped dried figs.

I like to spray my muffin cup liners with non-stick cooking spray. I also use my handy dandy ice cream scooper to get nice size muffins.

You want to bake them until nice and golden brown, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.



  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fig preserves
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roughly chopped figs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl, set aside. In a mixer, combine sugar, canola oil, applesauce, fig preserves, and vanilla. Mix until blended well. Add flour mixture with sugar mixture. Mix until combined. Gently fold in chopped figs.

Line muffin tin with cup. I like to spray the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Use a regular size ice cream scoop to scoop out the batter into the muffin cups.

Bake for 27 minutes rotating once until golden brown or toothpick comes out clean.

Question of the Day?
Do you have any “situations” like my I do with my closet? I’m still working on that one by the way 😉

29 Responses

  1. Jessica said on January 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I LOVE figs!! These look so darn good.

    I have a major closet sitation. Actually – 2 of them. I used 2 full closets.

  2. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

    lol– I’m taking up 90% of the closet space in our house, and my hub hates me for it 🙂

    Those muffins look amazing– I bet the figs make them super moist!

  3. Lu said on January 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I love figs. I’m so making these muffins asap. I am exactly like you when it comes to the closet. I’m kind of a neat freak, type A cleaner/organizer. But, the closet? OMG. It’s a mess. It kind of bothers me every time I see it, but it never stays clean. It’s my ‘oh well’ area. However, whenever I’m in there I grab something I don’t wear anymore and add it to the Goodwill bag. Little by little it should get cleaned. Either that or I’ll be clothesless by spring.

  4. Jacquie said on January 19, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I have to say my closet is organized in a type-A way; however, my desk at my parent’s house is HORRIBLE! I don’t even like to open it and when I do clean it, I usually just dump everything because it’s all old papers and magazines on top of things that should be there like notecards and thank-you notes and software manuals.
    Oiy! Thanks for reminding me 😉

  5. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on January 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I’m totally the same way, i can’t keep the closet organized no matter what! same thing with my pantry…must be something to do with being able to shut the door. out of sight out of mind 🙂

  6. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on January 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hmmm, my section of the closet/room is organized….the other half? It is not a very good topic to bring up at my house… 😉

  7. Kelly said on January 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

    OH MY GOSH! I love figs and I love muffins…you are a genius!! haha! I have no idea on the closet thing because I am the same way!! haha! I am so organized in life and everything has a place except the closet! My husband just shakes his head! It is BAD!!!

  8. Whitney @ Lettuce Love said on January 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I love figs! These look great 🙂 And my closet is a total disaster. I like to keep my room clean by throwing everything in the closet. It is insane!

  9. Stef said on January 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    that’s how i am! pretty type A and organized, except for my closet! what’s that all about. OMG those fig muffins are so gorgeous, i could lick the screen right now

  10. Nicole said on January 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I’m not against veganism, or vegan recipes, promise! These look fantastic! I love dense muffins…makes me think I could eat only that for breakfast and last 6am-noon. Psh 🙂 Definitely saving this recipe, thank you!

    Re: the closet. Mine is my office, which is horrible considering I consult out of my office and work with blood! I need to work on it….badly! What your hubby said though, mine would say something along those lines entirely!

  11. Beth at DiningAndDishing said on January 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    your bakery always looks so good! i need some lessons from you!

  12. Casey @SpicyandSweet said on January 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, those look amazing!! Will have to try ASAP. 🙂

    Love confessions. We all have ’em! 🙂

  13. Jocelyn said on January 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    mmmmmm these muffins look to die for!! Yum!

  14. Total Fit Girl said on January 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I def have a closet problem – I tend to be organized everywhere else but just throw stuff into the closet. It drives me nuts but it’s such a project to organize it!

  15. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on January 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I love figs! These sound really good
    I’m also a type A neat freak and yet I stuff my clothes into my drawers. As long as you can’t see it…

  16. Amy @ Cheerful Cookery said on January 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    These look so good! I love figs, always tempted to buy them, but never know what to do with them when I get them home. These look like a good option, though I would probably de-vegan-ize them by adding a big smear of butter!

    On the closet front, I find that most closet organization issues stem from too little room. Sadly, moving into a house with bigger closets is not usually an option…

  17. Ameena said on January 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to help you organize your closet if you were just a tiny bit closer! I love organizing, especially clothes. I know, I am ridiculous!

  18. Mommy RD said on January 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Fig muffins look to die for!
    I have a couple situations; closet, make-up drawers in bathroom and linen closet. Now, in the kitchen and pantry I’m OCD on neatness and order. Go figure…

    PS-I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award on my blog today

  19. Fit Chick in the City said on January 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    My entire apartment is a situation. Although the situation could be remedied if my apt. wasn’t so teeny. Now, all I can think about is “The Situation” from the Jersey Shore.

    Anyhow, I love figs, but have never baked with them. Thanks for the recipe.

  20. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said on January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! I love these fig muffins!

  21. The Candid RD said on January 19, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    So ironic. I am the same way, as in Type A, except for my closet! Nick makes fun of me all the time, but when you open my closet shoes fall all over the place, which is why only I should open it…. I am SUPER organized in every other aspect of my life. We just don’t have enough closet space, that’s my excuse!

    These muffins looks amazing. I LOVE figs!

  22. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on January 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    the Vegan Fig Muffins look to die for! And I would GF them by using almond/oat/coconut flour combo. FIGs rock as does all dried fruit in muffins…little surprises in each bite 🙂

  23. Chef Aimee said on January 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Mmmm I love figs. Sigh…I procrastinate cleaning my closet by reading cookbooks and cooking magazines. 🙂 Truly, I am going on two months of what looks like a monster living in my closet.

  24. lynn @ the actors diet said on January 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

    figs and muffins – what could be better? maybe a few dates 😉

  25. eatingRD said on January 20, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I’m a big fan of figs and those look awesome! Where did you get the fig preserves? My closet isn’t that organized either, even though I’m a pretty organized person. There are better things to do like bake yummy muffins! lol

  26. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 20, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I love the word lovely and I think lovely is the appropriate word to describe these muffins. I never bake with figs…what’s wrong with me??

  27. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said on January 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I love your website, and I can’t wait to try out these muffins!

  28. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Oh yum! Figs! I will definitely try this one soon!

  29. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on January 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I know what you mean about closets….so easy just to close the door.

    But I have a house with no closets and it’s not worth it. haha….ENJOY YOURS!