Sunflower Banana Muffins || gluten-free + oil-free + vegan + no sugar added

IMG_9303These muffins are an excellent way to use those overly ripe bananas sitting on your counter. The flavor of banana and sunflower seed butter is a delightful combination. The texture is dense and very similar to banana bread (yum!). In addition to being tasty and satisfying, they are also healthy, void of gluten, dairy, eggs, oil or sugar. What’s left, you ask? Healthy and delicious whole foods, including dates as a sweetener, which are chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Sunflower Banana Muffins
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Rating: 5
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I love the combination of banana and sunflower seeds/butter - yummy flavor. Since this recipe only calls for dates and bananas as the sweetening elements, the muffins are not overly sweet - I think they are just right! If you have an oat sensitivity, feel free to use all gluten-free flour blend mentioned in notes below.
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Sunflower Banana Muffins
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
I love the combination of banana and sunflower seeds/butter - yummy flavor. Since this recipe only calls for dates and bananas as the sweetening elements, the muffins are not overly sweet - I think they are just right! If you have an oat sensitivity, feel free to use all gluten-free flour blend mentioned in notes below.
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
Toppings
Servings: muffins
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with spray and set aside.
  2. To make the chia "egg" mix together 1 TBS chia seeds with 3 TBS water and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
  4. Place wet ingredients, including chia “egg”, in food processor and blend about 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and blend another 10-15 seconds.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well; fill muffin tin. An ice cream scoop with a spring-action release lever works great for this.
  6. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on tops of the muffins and bake for 22-24 minutes. Immediately remove from oven and carefully place each muffin a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes
  • I love making my own gluten-free flour blend using 1.5 cups brown rice flour, 1.5 cups sorghum flour, 3/4 cup potato starch (not flour), 3/4 cup arrowroot flour/starch (thanks to Cara Reed from www.forkandbeans.com for the recipe).  I make a double batch of this to keep on hand. If you don’t want to go to the trouble, there are a variety of gluten-free blends at any grocery store. I haven’t tried Trader Joe’s brand in this recipe but have in others and it works well.
  • I used deglet noor dates here. If using the large, Medjool dates you will need fewer of them; about 6 I'd say. If your dates are really stiff and hard, you may want to soak them for a bit to soften, then drain before using the food processor.  BE SURE YOUR DATES ARE PITTED.  Food processors aren't happy with pits - I know this from experience.
  • I've made these muffins using the blender for the wet ingredients as well as the food processor.  For some reason I prefer the end result when using the food processor.
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