Urban Herbivore Sweet Potato Muffins are the Best Baked-Good in Town.

October 4th, 2009 · Lisa · restaurant review, Review, vegan mofo · Comments

The 2nd Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off was amazing. With 40 contestants and over 300 tasters we had quite a crowd devouring the decadent vegan desserts (ok, there was one sole savory entry, way to be, Alison). We raised around $1500 for the Toronto Vegetarian Association in celebration of World Vegetarian Day. It was a very busy evening for me but I was surrounded and supported by an incredible team of dedicated volunteers. They VBOTeam always serves to restore my faith in humankind. As soon as I get some of the pictures from the event I will post a full recap.

In the meantime, let me share my personal pick for the Best Vegan Baked-Good in Toronto. I don’t often indulge in vegan desserts other than fresh fruit and nuts. But on the rare occasion when I decide I would really like something sweet, the perfect answer to the craving is always an Urban Herbivore muffin. They come in a number of flavours but I strongly recommend the Sweet Potato Date. I have been able to come close to replicating this muffin in my own kitchen but there is something about picking it up in Kensington market that makes the moment special.
A Sweet Potato and a Apple Cranberry Muffin

During the Food Fair I took an early morning stroll to grab a couple of muffins to share with Yvonne. She agreed that they are unbelievably good. I appreciate the hearty texture of these muffins, provided by the substantial amount of rolled oats. I love that they are free of soy, contain very few ingredients and are big enough to serve as dinner.

These muffins have been voted the Best in Toronto, beating out all of the egg and dairy filled versions. So vegans, keep up the good work. Our muffins and cupcakes have already reached supremacy status. Soon our cookies will begin their invasion. There were many contenders at the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off and at the annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off for the next Throwdown winner.

Do you have a recipe/product that you have deemed “Best in Show”?


  1. Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Hi I love the muffins at urban herbivore. You said you almost replicated the sweet potato muffin. Could you post the recipe? my favourite is the blueberry flax any chance you have tried that one? thanks. Marketa

  2. Posted May 21, 2010 at 5:54 am


    The Monday Morning Muffins recipe is a good approximation of the texture and uses a lot of the techniques I've learned over the years from staff at UH. You could use that as a basic plan to approach experimenting with the blueberry flax. I will post another similar soon.
    Let the UH love continue 🙂

  3. Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I've successfully recreated these muffins:

    Urban Herbivore Muffins!

    This is my recreation of the delicious muffins at the Urban Herbivore Vegan Bakery in Toronto.
    Yields: 12 muffins (small compared to the original)

    You can make these with whatever flavour combination you like. This is the batter

    Dry Ingredients:
    1.5 cup Spelt Flour
    1 cup of oats
    1.5 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cinnamon

    Wet Ingredients:
    2 very ripe bananas, mashed
    .5 cup sunflower oil

    Add to the wet ingredients:
    .5 cup cane sugar

    Bake 350 for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  4. Posted May 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Bees' Knees Dance,

    Sounds very similar to my version. The big difference is that I bake it at a much higher temperature to get that crunchy top. I usual start the oven at 425 and then reduce it to 410 once I put the muffins in the oven.

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