Learn how to make the BEST Easy Vegan Strawberry Cruffins recipe from scratch. Flakey like a croissant and shaped in a muffin form, these Cruffins are free-from eggs, dairy and can also be made low sugar! And you’d never know! Prepare for breakfast or pair with a cup of coffee / tea whenever you want a delicious treat!
Vegan Strawberry Cruffins
When you’re craving a croissant, but don’t want to spend all day doing the laminations, then you NEED this super easy vegan cruffins recipe. It has a super easy dough which is flakey and soft, perfect when filled with swirls of strawberry jam inside. This recipe tastes like a mash up of a doughnut and croissant with a hint of cinnamon roll. They’re such a fun treat for Spring and Valentines, you’re going to love making these cruffins!
What is a cruffin?
So what is a cruffin exactly? As it states in it’s name, a cruffin (sometimes spelled croffin) it combines a croissant and muffin into one unique treat. It’s much easier to make than a croissant in my opinion. The pastry is made by proofing (also known as proving) and baking laminated dough in a muffin tin. The cruffin is then filled with a variety of filings such as jams, creams, curds, crème pâtissières and then garnished.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
A bakery style treat that can be made in your own kitchen in under 4 hours, and perfectly light, fluffy and packed of fruity flavour. Is there anything more not to love about these cruffins?!!
- Vegan – This recipe doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients.
- Easy to make – A simple method which results in impressed cruffins.
- Accessible ingredients – Easy to find ingredients, most of which you may already have in your kitchen cupboards / pantry.
- Light and fluffy, with a crisp outside.
- Can be made low sugar with some adjustments to ingredients (see FAQ) for details.
- Easy to make – The only thing you need is a spare few hours.
- Deliciously fruity – Swirls of fresh strawberry jam in each bite is heavenly.
- Fun to make – From start to finish, these cruffins are super fun to make, shape and decorate!
- Great paired with a cup of fruit tea / coffee!
What makes this recipe vegan?
This recipe uses a simple homemade yeasted dough base instead of using a store-bought croissant dough or homemade croissant dough. This recipe isn’t complex to make at all, in fact, it’s relatively easy. The hardest part is waiting for the dough to prove before baking. They are just THAT irresistible, trust me! But TOTALLY worth the wait and little effort!
The dough is free from any animal derived ingredients. It uses dairy-free butter and applesauce for the egg replacer. The remaining ingredients are all considered vegan and plant-based, so you won’t need to swap anything else out! I do want to add a little disclaimer, just to make sure, it’s always worth checking the ingredients you use to make sure they’re vegan friendly.
How to make Vegan Strawberry Cruffins:
Get the full written recipe, ingredient measurements and method at the the bottom of this page in the recipe card. You can also press the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post!
- Prepare the dough
You’ll begin with mixing warm milk with active yeast until frothy. Combine and knead with all the other ingredients until smooth and elastic. Cover and set aside somewhere warm to prove.
Turn out on a floured worktop, divide into. Roll each ball into a long rectangle, spread over jam, roll up (long side first), cut in half and twist into a cruffin shape. Place in a greased muffin tin. Prove for a second time.
Bake until puffed up & golden brown in colour. Remove from the oven, cool then roll in sugar.
Add strawberry jam to a piping bag, snip off the tip. Pipe jam down the middle of the cruffin, followed by vegan cream.
Dust with some icing sugar and fresh strawberry slice, serve and enjoy.
Vegan Strawberry Cruffin FAQ
Can this recipe be made gluten-free?
- Unfortunately this recipe can’t be made gluten-free. It needs the gluten / wheat to help with the elastic, chewy and airy texture. Don’t worry, I am in the process of recipe testing a gluten-free cruffin recipe as we speak… follow my instagram for updates! Check out my variety of gluten-free recipes here.
Why is apple sauce used?
- The apple sauce is the egg replacer in this recipe. Not only does it taste delicious, it also helps keep the cruffins super moist! It’s one of my favourite egg replacers.
What muffin tin to use?
- You want to use a regular muffin tin for this recipe nothing fancy. I’ve linked to the one I use here. It’s the perfect depth. The depth of your tin will determine the shape and height of your cruffin.
Can I make this recipe low sugar?
- You can by making a few adjustments. Use a low sugar strawberry jam such as the brand The Skinny Co. You also want to use a natural sugar alternative for the coating, such as Truvia. The sugar inside the cruffin is natural from maple or agave. You can swap this out with a low sugar syrup if preferred.
Can these be made in advance?
- I would say yes and no. They CAN be made in advance and kept fresh in a sealed container at room temperature, but only for a day maximum. Any longer than that and you risk them turning dense and chewy.
How to store the cruffins once baked?
- I highly recommend you enjoying them within the first 24 hours of them being baked. This is when they’re the most soft and fluffy.