I hadn’t had a banana muffin for over six months. I was sad. I used to make pretty healthy whole grain ones all the time. The boys love them and I loved them. So I decided I needed to make some gluten free, refined sugar free ones. I think these turned out great! As soon as I have some more overripe bananas, I will be making them again, sorry boys, these are mine.
This recipe made 14 muffins. You could probably fill 12 each a little fuller and not have the extra two, but 14 worked for me. I used coconut oil instead of butter and coconut sugar with a little molasses instead of brown sugar. I might have baked them a couple minutes too long, but I loved the crusty outside and they were still perfectly moist inside. I used my newly favorite Premium Gold Gluten Free Ancient Grains Flour. I wrote about it here in this post for Individual Microwave Chewy Brownies. Ooh, brownies……wait, I must finish telling you about the muffins first. (Sorry, it doesn’t take me much to get off track.)
Gluten Free Banana Muffins (Refined Sugar Free), by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 medium, overripe bananas, mashed (I like to puree them in a food processor)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups gluten free flour (I used Premium Gold Ancient Grains Flour Blend)
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/3 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush muffin cups with coconut oil. (I just use my fingers, you could use a pastry brush though.) In a medium sized bowl, combine the coconut sugar and molasses and mix together with a fork. Add the coconut oil and stir until combined. Stir in the bananas, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until well mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips. (This can all be done with a wooden spoon.) Using a cookie scoop, fill each muffin cup with batter until 2/3-3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Makes 12-14 muffins.
The number of muffins I ate the day I made them shall remain untold on the grounds it might make a glutton out of me. There’s nothing quite like warm muffins fresh from the oven……….except maybe brownies. hehe