8.18.2011

Banana Nut Muffins


They are sugar free. 
They are gluten free. 
They are vegan. 
They are good for you.
They are delicious!

What more could you possibly want?

These muffins were discovered on the first day of RA training, when, after a long 12 day, I discovered I had some super ripe bananas I needed to use. I searched google for gluten free vegan banana muffins... and discovered these. They are based on a Rachael Ray recipe. The recipe I found had made RR's recipe GF, so I tweaked it a bit more to make it sugar free. BOOYAH. I whipped this recipe up in my dorm and then baked them in the oven on the second floor lounge.

Try these on for size. Put those fat pants away, ladies. No guilt here!

Banana Nut Muffins 
Based on this recipe

1 t. stevia
1 1/2 t. cinnamon (NOTE: she used only a 1/2 teaspoon. I like cinnamon. Use 1/2 t. if you just want a hint)
1 1/2 c. gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Baking Flour)
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
1 t. xanthan gum
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/3 c. raisins
1 c. mashed bananas (I used two medium bananas)
1 c. Mimicreme
1/4 c. flaxseed meal
4 T. canola oil
Optional: 1/4 c. vegan GF chocolate chips

Optional topping: Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon sugar before baking, if you don't mind the sugar. It makes them extra delicious. You could try a blend of stevia and cinnamon, although I've never tried that. Let me know how that goes if you do try the cinnamon stevia!


Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, cinnamon, pecans, and raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the banana, Mimicreme, and flaxseed meal with a fork. Stir in the oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips (if using).
  4. Fill the lined muffin cups with the batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if using. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

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