Berry Banana Bread Muffins (Vegan, GF)

February 19, 2016

Hi, muffins.

You are such a childhood classic. I remember getting excited every time my mom would bake a  batch of muffins when I was growing up. She would usually make them on leisurely weekend mornings, or as an occasional mid-week treat to enjoy before school.

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For one reason or another, muffins found their way out of my life when I went off to college. I never found myself craving them, faring for dining hall cereal, omelets, and oatmeal instead. This was probably for the best, since your average muffin tends to lack in the nutritional department. It wasn’t until I discovered Alexis of Hummusapien’s recipe for vegan chocolate banana muffins that they started making an appearance again.

If you’re familiar with the blog, then you know this recipe of Alexis’ is one of my favorites. I’ve made it upwards of four times and almost have the instructions and ingredients memorized. They taste sinful and decadent, yet are completely free of refined sugar and flour. And they’re vegan. WIN.

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The other week I was hit with a wave of inspiration in the form of two overripe bananas and a recipe from my BFF Dani. Dani shared a recipe for blueberry maca muffins on her Instagram, and I knew I had to make something similar. I took a hard look at both Dani and Alexis’ recipes, creating one of my own that meshes the two together.

Enter, these Berry Banana Bread muffins.

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These are so incredibly delicious. I probably ate a whole muffin’s-worth in batter alone because it was that tasty. The minute I popped them into the oven, my apartment filled with the sweet aroma of banana bread. I wish I could put the smell in a candle to sell to everyone, but since that’s impossible, I decided to share the recipe so you can experience it for yourself instead.

These muffins are made with wholesome, good-for-you ingredients, deeming them breakfast and snack approved. Enjoy one with some nut butter and hardboiled eggs for a portable morning meal, or alone as a sweet afternoon snack or a side to your lunch. They’re vegan, and can easily be made gluten free by using certified gluten-free oats or oat flour, so everyone can take part in the muffin fun.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Berry Banana Bread Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 9 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 8 large mejool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1 cup oat flour* (or 1 cup oats ground into flour)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh berries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* F and line a muffin tin with liners
  2. Combine bananas, dates, coconut oil, vanilla, and cinnamon in a high speed blender or food processor (I used my Vitamix). Blend until smooth.
  3. Add in almond meal, oat flour, ground flaxseed and baking soda. Blend until smooth. This might take some stirring as well - the batter will be very thick.
  4. Transfer batter into a mixing bowl. Fold in berries and combine.
  5. Fill the muffin tin with batter. It will yield about 9 full-sized muffins.
  6. Place in the oven and let bake for 25 minutes.

Notes

*use certified gluten-free oats to make recipe gluten-free

http://baileegarwood.com/berry-banana-bread-muffins/

Enjoy!

xo, Bailee

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15 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood February 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Sounds delicious! I will make the gluten free version the next time Grant comes home!

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 8:38 am

      They are honestly so delicious! You guys will love them. Please do give them a go. 🙂

  • Reply Katelynn February 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’m so sad I’m at work….making these as soon as I get home! #priorities

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Yesssss! My kind of priorities! They are so good you will not regret it 😉

  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me February 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    These sound absolutely amazing! I love when the bananas get too ripe and I *have* to bake with them! Cant let them go to waste. 😉
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    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hahaha yes it would be so wasteful not to bake up something super delicious…. 😉 happy Friday Julia!

  • Reply Leah M @ love me, feed me February 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

    So much love for berry banana bread! Especially in the form of cute little muffins!!
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    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Meeee too! It’s just the best! I smile every time I eat one 🙂

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado February 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Can’t go wrong with banana bread anything, especially if you add berries to it! These look amazing! BTW I also tried you ACV drink and I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      They are a match made in heaven!! And yay I am so thrilled to hear that! The taste can be hard to get used to but I actually crave it now! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness February 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Sooooo yeah I think I need to make these this afternoon!!!! Come on weekend, feed me and tell me I’m pretty. I know these muffins will do just that 😉

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Haha! Yes yes yes! These muffins are calling your name…. You must listen. 🙂 have a good (and hopefully muffin-filled) weekend girly!

  • Reply Kellen February 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I’ve never baked with maca powder of almond meal yet but these berry banana bread muffins look delicious! I may have to pick some up and give this recipe a whirl since I have a few ripe bananas lying around — the perfect excuse to make banana bread 🙂

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      I love baking with almond meal!! The texture is amazing and usually so moist! And maca is good in anything. I highly recommend it! Ripe bananas are the perfect excuse to bake! Let me know if you give them a try 🙂

  • Reply Linda | The Baker Who Kerns March 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Mmm love these muffins and those ingredients are awesome! Dates, maca powder and flax seeds – those are ingredients I really need more in my life! Love your blog!
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