26 January 2015

{Small Batch} Grain-Free Banana Walnut Muffins

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins


Like every women deprived of refined sugar (it's been 2 weeks!), I found myself scouring the internet drooling over images of sugary doughnuts, stuffed with salted caramel, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with unicorns and rainbows. Yeah. Fun stuff.

Then I found this recipe and was like ohmygodneedtotrythisrightnow *leaves work early and runs home to the oven.


grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins


Obviously I had to tweak the recipe a little as I wanted to use natural peanut butter and use much less honey. I also wanted to make full size muffins as I don't own a mini muffin pan. The thing I liked most about this recipe was that it didn't yield 24 muffins, but a reasonable 5 - perfect as I just wanted a temporarily 'healthy' sugar fix.

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins


I first made the recipe with peanut butter, but found the flavour of the muffin confusing. It smelled of peanut butter, but tasted of banana. My husband thought they were more peanuty, I thought they were more banana. So I tweaked the recipe a little more, making it with almond butter and added chopped walnuts and it was perfect.

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins

{Small Batch} Grain-Free Banana Walnut Muffins

inspired by Avery Cooks,  makes 5 muffins

1 medium quite ripe banana
1 large egg
1/2 cup natural almond butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract (I recommend making your own like my friend Cat)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 to 2 tsp coconut flour (depending how runny your mixture is)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup walnut pieces

The method is really simple: place all the ingredients, except the walnuts and chocolate chips, in a blender and mix until smooth, around 2 minutes depending on the strength of your blender. The mixture will be quite runny, but if it is too liquid add another 1 teaspoon of coconut flour. A note on coconut flour, it absorbs  a lot of moisture when it cooks, so be weary in your usage of the stuff, a tiny amount goes a long way!

Add the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips and stir until incorporated. Then spoon the mixture in a lined muffin tray (if you don't have muffin cases, grease your pan generously as the batter is quite sticky). Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the muffins for good  measure and bake in a preheated oven at 200 C/400 F for 13 to 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins

Quite a healthy treat, considering the doughnuts I was drawn too...

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins


You can eat one, put the rest in the freezer. They make quite a good breakfast on the go too.

grain-free flourless banana walnut chocolate muffins

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6 comments:

  1. You can never go wrong with a classic banana and walnut muffin. I have a feeling these would be perfect for me to have for breakfast tomorrow - thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks Thalia. They are so easy to make you'll see! x

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  2. They look yummy and not too all time consuming to make

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    1. 2 minutes in a blender, hard to beat in terms of preparation time! x

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  3. Perfect flavour combination and your shots are beautiful. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    1. Thanks Vicki! I'm loving #tastytuesdays, great initiative to get the community together! x

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