Vegan and GF Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Every day on my way home from my K-8 school, my mom and I would stop for an afternoon snack. Sometimes this was frozen yogurt, other times a tuna fish sandwich, but most often it meant a cupcake from the local bakery. Whether their black and white cupcake with dark chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting, or their buttercup that had a vanilla cake and semi-sweet chocolate frosting, their cupcakes were (and still are) one of my favorite treats of all time.
But, reflecting back on this time, I have absolutely no clue how I stomached one of these crazy sweet cupcakes every day! I crave these cupcakes only 2 or 3 times a year now because of how sweet they are. I feel the same way about a lot of baked goods- I can only stomach so much before I feel sick from them. Don’t get me wrong- I love cookies and scones and cake as much as the next person, but nine times out of ten I only need one or two bites to feel satisfied.
For this reason, I tend to prefer to bake my own treats than buy them. I love playing around with recipes, altering their ingredients until I find the perfect amount of sweetness. Sometimes this means changing the type of sweetener: mashed banana, pure applesauce, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and dates are among my top favorites. Other times this simply means decreasing the sugar content.
Recently, I’ve found myself craving banana bread. I love banana bread, especially with dark chocolate and nuts. But, again, I tend to find the store-bought kind way too sweet for my liking. Plus, I wanted to be able to eat the bread on the go! So I got thinking and decided to make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins with the ingredients I had on hand. I was a bit stumped at first because I didn’t have any eggs and I’m not a huge flax egg fan. So I did some Googling and found a recipe by one of my favorite food bloggers, Ambitious Kitchen, which somewhat inspired my own!
So get baking, and use those forearms to start mashing (honestly probably my most-used muscle at this point because of all the bananas I mash)… Enjoy!
Makes 12 muffins
- 4 cups gluten free oat flour (or you can grind your own oats into flour)
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 4 mashed bananas
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (or chopped bar)
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, coat a muffin tin lightly with coconut oil.
Mix oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Then, in a large bowl, mix the bananas, coconut oil, coconut sugar, chia seeds, and vanilla. Once mixed, add the dry mixture to the large bowl slowly, mixing as you pour.
Once thoroughly combined, add in the chocolate. Pour the mixture into the muffin tin. Bake for 14-16 minutes until a fork or toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool and then remove from pan.
P.S. They are REALLY good when you top them with almond butter ;)