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I always seem to have a surplus of over-ripe bananas in the house.  And there are only so many bananas you can freeze.  I put the extras to good use this week and created this delicious healthy recipe for vegan banana muffins.

Not only are these banana muffins vegan friendly, but they also contain NO PROCESSED SUGAR.  Just the l’natural sugars from banana.

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If you love banana bread or banana muffins you might know that to get the perfect sweet crust you need to add a LOT of sugar.  I’m talking at least a cup of sugar.  That’s 250g of the white stuff.  That’s 1000kcal.  And that’s not even thinking about the unattractive health issues that seem to accompany processed sugar. You can see from the photos that I still got that delicious sweet crispy top without any added sugar or dairy.


I have to be honest and say that after trying these vegan banana muffins I am just not sure why sugar needs to be added to regular banana bread in the first place.  If your bananas are ripe enough (i.e. the skins are spotty) then they taste super sweet anyway.

These vegan banana muffins are also gluten free, making them a great lunch box alternative.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 4 tsp water

Instructions

  1. Pre heat an oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a muffin tin with muffin cases;
  2. In a small dish add the chia seeds to the water and allow to set (should become gelatinous);
  3. Peel and mash the ripe bananas with a fork and add to a large mixing bowl;
  4. Slowly add the chickpea flour and baking powder and combine until just mixed (try not to over-mix);
  5. Add the chia egg (the chia seeds and water) to the mix and combine;
  6. Spoon mixture into the muffin cases;
  7. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until cooked through and golden on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before eating.
  8. Store in the fridge for maximum keep.
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Are you a fan of banana muffins?  How much processed sugar do you add to yours?

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