I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately, so the fact that I had a couple super ripe bananas lying around the other day was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass by without some kind of fan-fare. A peanut butter banana muffin fan-fare.
(gluten-free, oil free, refined sugar free, soy free)
1 c (heaping) oat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 heaping tsp chia seeds
1 flax egg (I used golden flax)
1/2 c banana puree (I blended 2 medium bananas in a bullet style blender)
1/4 c peanut butter
1/4 c maple syrup (or your favorite liquid sweetener)
Optional Add-ins: 1/2 tsp PNB dropped into the center of each muffin, 1/2 tsp jelly dropped or swirled into each muffin, chocolate chips in the batter or spinkled on top, etc…
Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. (I used a fork to make sure everything is thuroughly combined.) Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir to combine. Fill muffin liners about 3/4 full. Add add-ins if using. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes. (Check at 12 – toothpick inserted in middle should come out clean.) Allow to cook before consumer if you don’t want to be hyper aware of the chia seeds. (They’re a little crunchy in the fresh maked muffins but soften and become barely noticable in the cooled muffins.)
Servings per batch: 8
Oat flour: I make my own oat flour by filling my largest bullet style blender cup with gluten-free oats and blending until they turn into a fine powder. It only takes a minute or two. I’ve found this to the be easiest way. I store the extra in an air tight container in a cool, dry place.
Flax egg: I’ve been using a 1:2 ratio (flax:water) for my flax eggs recently, so 1 TBSP golden flax meal + 2 TBSP water. Allow mixture to sit about 10 minutes to form a jell.
Baking powder: I doubled the normal amount of baking powder (normally 1/4 tsp to 1 c flour) because of the heaviness of the peanut butter.
Chia seeds: I added the chia seeds to add omega 3’s to help counteract the omega 6’s in the peanut butter. I’m sure the muffins would be fine without them if you want to omit.
Baking time: Our oven runs a little cool, so most of my baked goods take a little longer. Unless you’re new to your oven, you probably know if your oven runs hot or cold.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of banana in things, but these muffins hit the spot. None of the ingredients are overpowering. I thought the peanut butter might not be noticable enough, but it stands on it’s own. And, the oat flour make the muffins very moist. I think these could easily be frosted and considered cupcakes. Peanut butter frosting maybe?!
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