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Vegan, gluten-free (banana) muffins

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For lovers of muffins, cupcakes and any cake for that matter, it’s really not possible to avoid them without feeling restricted. I believe in balance, moderation and common sense, so if removing them from my diet is not an option, the best thing to do is to make healthier versions.

Unsweetened apple compote or applesauce is one of the best alternatives to butter, eggs and even sugar especially if you make your own from sweet apples. Here’s the basic recipe I use for muffins and cakes, and you can add whatever other flavours you like. Enjoy!

Makes 12 muffins

 

INGREDIENTS
(Note: I used a usual set of measuring spoons/cups for this recipe instead of weighing ingredients on a scale.)

For the sponge cake

  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or ‘compote’
  • ¾ cup maple syrup or unrefined Muscovado sugar (*Optional. Depends on how sweet you want it. The bananas and applesauce usually make it sweet enough for me.)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt (*I use Himalayan pink salt)

Additional ingredients

  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Or any other ingredient you wish to add! 🙂

For the chocolate frosting

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut/almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 180C or 356F.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, applesauce, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract.
  • Once the wet ingredients are combined well, add the dry ingredients: oat flour, buckwheat flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt. If the mixture is too wet, add a bit more flour. If too dry, add a bit more applesauce.
  • Put the mixture into the muffin moulds and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once done, let it cool.
  • Prepare the frosting by simply mixing together all ingredients. Mix until it reaches a smooth consistency. Make adjustments to sweetness as desired.

 

**CARROT MUFFINS: Use the same ingredients and simply replace the bananas with a similar amount of grated carrots. I used about 6 medium ones.

 

 

 

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