2 Tbs. flaxseed meal
4 oz. silken tofu, drained
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¾ cup (6 oz ½ bottle) oatmeal stout beer
4 Tbs. vegan margarine, cut into small pieces
1 cup dark-brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup vegan chocolate chips, optional
12 oz. vegan cream cheese, softened
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1⁄8 tsp. almond extract
1 cup granola, optional
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Coat twelve ½-cup muffin molds with cooking spray, or line with cupcake liners.
To make Cupcakes: Stir together flaxseed meal and 5 Tbs. water in small bowl. Set aside.
Blend silken tofu in food processor 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth. Set aside. (You should have ½ cup.)
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in medium bowl.
Bring stout to a boil in small saucepan. Pour over margarine in medium bowl, and whisk until margarine has melted. Whisk in brown sugar, then flaxseed mixture, then vanilla extract. Whisk in blended tofu. Stir in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Divide batter among prepared muffin molds, and bake
15 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes, then remove from pan, and cool completely.
To make Frosting: Beat together cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and almond extract with electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
Spread or dollop Frosting on cupcakes. Decorate with granola