Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins
11th February 2014

Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins

By Emma Photography by Emma
 

These muffins are good, honest food for both the body and soul.  They are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet cravings that may plague you whilst simultaneously providing you with belly-filling healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin E.

Do not be put off!  With such a squeaky clean introduction it is only natural you might assume the finished product be cardboard-like in both taste and texture when in fact quite the opposite is true.  These muffins, despite being entirely gluten-free, have a light, fluffy texture.  The addition of the banana and blueberries makes them beautifully moist and the chocolate and chia seeds add sweetness and texture.

I have experimented with using several types of nut butter in this recipe with varying results.  Almond and peanut butters yield a more tasty muffin while muffins with cashew nut butter were a lot less tasty.  I made a deliciously summery batch last week where I stewed nectarines in tangelo juice and added them to the mixture in the place of the blueberries.  They were delicious!

I have a lot of hungry mouths to feed so these muffins don’t last much longer than 2 days in our household.  If you think they might last longer than this in yours then I would advise you keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.  Or alternatively you could freeze them.

Ingredients

Makes 12 muffins
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  • 200g almond butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 50g good quality dark chocolate, chopped

Method

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  • 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C on bake. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
  • 2. Place the almond butter and bananas in a food process and process until smooth. Add the eggs, cider vinegar, vanilla extract, honey and baking powder and process until just combined.
  • 3. Pour the batter into a bowl and add the blueberries, chia seeds and chocolate and mix until combined. Divide the mixture between the muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
 

COMMENTS

  1. Vanda Vilar Monteiro

    Hello,I live in Portugal,how can I make almond butter? Thank you Vanda

  2. Sara

    Hi Vanda,
    You can use any nut butter in this recipe – almond, peanut, cashew etc. If you cannot find a nut butter you can very simply make it yourself. Three cups of raw almonds will yeild approximately 2 cups of butter. All you need is a food processor – add the almonds and process for about 15 minutes. It takes this long for the almonds to release their oils.
    Thanks for your comment,
    Sara

 

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