Every day my fellow foodies inspire me with healthy versions of traditional sweet treats. I often find myself printing their recipes and adding them to my bursting at the seams recipe folder. But, despite only working part time, I find there are never enough hours in the day to get around to trying out all of them myself.
Anyway this recipe is one that I did get around to making. It was inspired by Kathyrn at Season of Plenty. Kathyrn’s blog features ‘Muffin Monday’ – a tribute to all things muffin. In June alone she posted four muffin recipes, and one of these, her ‘delicious vegan carrot-banana muffins’ caught my eye.
What you see here is my adaptation. I added zucchini to boost the veggie content and eggs to boost the protein content. Both of these ingredients also make the muffins super moist. And I gave the muffins a nutty twist by including almond meal and walnuts.
These muffins are so versatile – they can be served for breakfast with yoghurt, as snacks for the kids or even as a sweet treat for dessert (with a generous spoonful of creamy homemade vanilla ice cream).
Makes 12 muffins
- 1 cup almond meal or 1 cup gluten free flour (or a combination of both)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 very ripe medium bananas
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup grated zucchini (squeeze it to remove the water content)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp spice – cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg (any or all)
- ¼ cup walnuts, lightly crushed
Prepare the dry mix – in a large bowl sieve in the almond meal (or flour), then add the baking powder, spice, flax seeds and salt. Then prepare the wet mix – mash or blend the bananas into a puree and then mix through the shredded carrot and zucchini (be sure to remove the excess water from the zucchini). Pour in the oil and vinegar and mix again.
Cook the muffins – using two spoons transfer the batter into a greased and lined muffin pan or individual muffin cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes in an oven that’s been preheated to between 175C and 180C.
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