Prema Yogi’s Fantabulous Ekadasi Muffins

Some people freak out on ekadasi – that fortnightly fast day where all grains, beans (and apparently anything worth eating) are avoided. Not me. Sometimes I think ekadasi is the best day of all, especially when I get to make recipes like this. I have been wanting to make these muffins ever since Prema Yogi, our intrepid chef, roadie, yogi and generally talented guy, made them for us on the Australian leg of the Mantralogy tour a couple of months ago.

I got up at 5am this morning to make them for my sister, who headed off to Mexico this morning. Bye bye Tuls!

The recipe is of course gluten free, and originally vegan, though you can substitute the coconut cream for yoghurt as I did (apparently coco cream is harder to buy than I thought.) They come out surprisingly fluffy, irresistibly moist, and punched with dates and berries.

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour
1 1/2 cups almond or hazelnut meal
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup raw sugar

400ml coconut cream
3/4 cup sunflower or macadamia oil (tastes better)
1 cup softened dates (simmered in enough water to cover then drained) or soft medjool dates – diced
1 punnet diced strawberries
1 punnet blueberries
3 medium bananas mashed
1 tsp vanilla essence (imitation on ekadasi)

Mix the dry ingredients together.
Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Add the dry to the wet gradually until well combined, then place into muffin pans, filling almost to the top.
Bake at 175 degrees celsius till risen and browned; roughly 20 mins. They should bounce back a little when pressed with your finger.

And if you want to know where Prema Yogi gets the power to create such great recipes, here’s a clip of him doing his other thing:


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10 responses to “Prema Yogi’s Fantabulous Ekadasi Muffins

  1. Haribol. I would like to use this recipe at the Food channel in The Kitchen section. would you have a photo of them before they where eaten? : )


  2. Hare Krishna!

    What size muffin tins are we talking about, and how many does this recipe make?




  3. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures – Prem do you?

    • prem yogi

      not right now, but will post next time i make em. thanks Jahnavi, i should have spread the ekadasi muffin love sooner, you did it for me 🙂

  4. Just for the record, it is not necessary to use imitation vanilla on ekadasi, unless there is something I do not know about. Vanilla is not actually a bean, despite the name. It is a seed. A vanilla “bean” is a seed pod from an orchid.

  5. Thanks! That vanilla info is really interesting…now if people could just decide about chocolate…

  6. nitai

    Chocolate debates aside, cocoa is not a bean either. It is the seed of the cocoa fruit, and it is fermented then roasted.

  7. madhumathi lakshmi dd

    hare krishna

    can we use sunflower on ekadashi

  8. This recipe looks great, mataji! I’m definitely going to have to try this. I’m always trying to come up with new recipes on Ekadasi. I write about the ones I come up with on my blog, too. Maybe you’d be interested in my Lemon Quinoa Pudding recipe? 🙂

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