These 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.
Every day for breakfast I have a smoothie filled with all sorts of nutritional goodness from greens, berries, banana, homemade almond milk and flax seeds. Some days though, I want something different and I will make oatmeal topped with banana, grated apple, cinnamon, a few walnuts, some almond milk and a touch of maple syrup. Kinda hard to eat a bowl of oatmeal on the run or if you’re in a hurry though, and impossible to eat out of your hand (not that I’ve tried). So, I set out to make a super healthy muffin that would be like a bowl of oatmeal disguised as a muffin. These muffins have the same ingredients as my hearty bowl of oatmeal with delicious toppings. They are dense, hearty and satisfying and best of all – easy to make!
* You need a 6-cup muffin tin for this recipe as it makes larger muffins than the 12-muffin pans. You can purchase here:Jumbo Muffin Tin. You could use a regular 12-muffin tin and make smaller muffins – just cook them for less time, 30-35 minutes.
* If your bananas are super ripe you can omit the maple syrup as the ripe bananas will add just enough sweetness.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you all had wonderful holidays and are getting back into the groove, ready to take on 2014! It sure got here quickly, didn’t it? For those of you who have made a resolution to eat better (and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t), I’m hoping you will utilize my website more often. I have big plans to revamp and improve it, making it easier for recipe searches, etc. As well, I begin my plant-based cooking school this month and hope to come up with lots of new dishes. Let’s get things started off right with a low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, tasty zucchini muffin recipe (see below).
I came up with these on a Sunday morning when I was feeling that creative cooking bug that pokes at me so often. Seemed like a good time to create a muffin of some kind. I opened the fridge to seek inspiration only to have the zucchinis practically throwing themselves at me. Hence this Zucchini Oat Muffin recipe was born. Many recipes I come up with require tweaking and a second or third go around before I can share, but not this one! I got lucky first time around. And now you’re getting lucky!
For this recipe, I used a combination of gluten-free flour (I really like Trader Joe’s brand) and oat flour made with certified gluten-free oats. You can make your own oat flour by using your blender to grind the oats. Super easy! These muffins are only slightly sweet and are especially delicious warmed, with a TINY bit of vegan butter if you’re feeling dangerous, (and I was). 🙂 I find these keep best refrigerated after the first day, wrapped in a cloth napkin. Also, if you are feeling adventurous, sub some of the zucchini with carrot!
Feel free to leave out the walnuts if you don’t like them or are eating an extra low-fat diet. I love their flavor and texture in this dish, and the nice dose of Omega 3’s they (and the chia seeds) provide. Enjoy!!
I’ve posted this recipe to Yummly.com as a guest blogger. Please visit my post at http://blog.yummly.com/blog/2014/01/healthy-vegan-gluten-free-zucchini-oat-muffins/ Enjoy!!
Approximate nutritional info: with walnuts – 153 cals, 3.75 fat grams; without walnuts -125 calories, 1 fat gram.
UPDATE: I made these muffins with ALL oat flour when I was out of gluten-free all purpose and they were great!!
Banana. I love it anyway I can get it. Straight up banana, banana bread, banana non-dairy ice cream, banana sandwich (with a little peanut butter, of course), or these delicious super healthy donut-muffins I made the other day. Shaped like a donut, with the dense texture of a muffin, these are little cuties really are tasty. Thanks to Chef AJ for the original recipe and Healthy Girl’s Kitchen for tweaking them a bit and posting the recipe here: http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/03/chef-ajs-just-banana-muffins-possibly.html#more
The only change I made was I added 1/2 tsp nutmeg. These healthy treats have zero added sugar – they are sweetened naturally by the bananas, apple sauce and apple juice. They aren’t super sweet, which is partly why I like them. While I still have a sweet tooth, thankfully it takes very little to satisfy it since I changed my evil eating ways. It’s confirmation that I really was a sugaraholic before.
I used a combination of my one donut pan (makes 6), and 6 muffins. I cooked them for 22 minutes, but the muffins, which are a little taller than the donuts, could have used another minute or 2 in the oven. The recipe doesnt specify banana size. My bananas were ginormous so I only used 3. So, I’m assuming using 4 average sized bananas would work perfectly.