{Grain Free Banana Muffins}

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I have one word for you: MAKETHESEFREAKINGMUFFINS. Seriously. After tasting one I almost cried ... how could they be dairy and sugar free yet taste so good? Get ready to stuff our boca with these hockey pucks of banana greatness.

Ingredients:
3 Ripe Bananas (spotted like you'd use for banana bread)
1 1/2 Cups Roasted Unsalted Cashews
1 Cup Almond Flour
2 Tbs Walnut Oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
Coconut Oil (to grease your muffin tins)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Grind cashews in a food processor until you get a fine cashew meal.
3. Add walnut oil and blend until until well combined (making cashew butter).
4. Next, add the bananas and blend until it forms a sticky paste.
5. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, then add cashew / banana mixture along with almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until it forms a batter.
6. Pour batter into greased muffin tins and bake for 12 minutes or until muffins are cooked through.
7. Let muffins completely cool on a rack before storing.

Recipe inspired by this Paleo Banana Bread French Toast recipe.

32 comments:

Mornings with Milo said...

I was just having lunch with my husband and baby boy and said "I'll be making banana bread this afternoon with THOSE 3 RIPE BANANAS!" Not anymore! Going to give your recipe the old one-two! Thanks!

Today's Letters said...

mwm, if you're not doing whole30 you could add a Tbs of honey to your batter. might make them a little sweeter. although tim just ate one and said they tasted awesome! glad it worked out for you to make these ... xoxo.

Mornings with Milo said...

I'm adding dates too....we'll see!! Milo is my food critic , so if he approves then we can add it to our morning mix!

Kev and Erica said...

I'm really excited to try these muffins! I've got all the ingredients on my grocery list so I can make them this week. My husband and I started the Whole30 (inspired by you), and we are on day 14. I have loved getting all the recipes from your blog. Thanks for being an inspiration.

bridget anne said...

one of the best things about blogging is all the great recipes we get to share with one another. it's really changed the paradigm of relying on a single well-loved cookbook...(although a vintage cookbook is gorgeous and kind of a must-have for a homey kitchen). but anyway these look just delightful!

Mary Beth said...

em, do you think subbing melted coconut oil for the walnut oil would work? after spending $11 for almond flour yesterday I'm not sure I want to invest in walnut oil... unless you've used it for other recipes? these look amazing!

Today's Letters said...

mb, see if you can buy walnut oil in bulk ... that's where we bought our almond flour (don't spend the money on the lb bag!) ... we spent a little over $2 to buy it in the bulk bins at our local market. if you can't find walnut oil there you could try coconut oil ... not sure how they would turn out!

Mary Beth said...

brilliant! I will look for them at our local natural food store. We are getting a Whole Paycheck in little ole' Columbia SC THIS summer!!!

Kristen said...

I'm so grateful that you guys have posted your menu's and recipes. It has inspired me to participate in the whole 30 challenge and actually be excited about it! xoxo

Melissa Placzek said...

Um. YUM!

xoxo,
~Meliss

Lela Thorne said...

Have made these twice - they are super yummy! We make our own almond flour - grind it up in a Vitamix - and have used peanut butter instead of the cashews and walnut oil. Perfect!

Today's Letters said...

lela, made these again last night! can't. get. enough.

Andrew Trevors said...

You do realize that there is no such thing as a Whole30 approved muffin, right? It is right on the Whole30 guidelines website ... no Paleo-ifying desserts/baked goods/etc.

Today's Letters said...

andrew, re: concept, yes. re: ingredients, no. clear conscience here eating whole30 approved ingredients, even thought the website encourages whole30 folks to try and not recreate baked goods or desserts.

Alysa said...

I just made these and WOW! So good. Definitely worth getting over my dislike of baking for these.

Hillarie said...

any thoughts on subbing coconut flour for the almond flour?

Today's Letters said...

hillarie, i haven't tried making them with coconut flour but my guess is almond would be better. it's closer to grain flour. Let me know how they turn out if you try coconut flour! would be interested to hear :)

allie said...

I am so excited to make these!

Just curious - where can I find walnut oil & almond flour? Are there substitutes you recommend that aren't so pricey?

Can the cashews be salted?

Eating healthy is quite expensive!

Thanks so much!

Today's Letters said...

allie, you can find walnut oil and almond flour at whole foods. buy these in bulk if you can since they will be MUCH cheaper! i do not recommend using salted cashews. your muffins wouldn't be as sweet and tasty :) and tim and i always say that you either pay now for healthy living or you'll pay later in medical bills for unhealthy choices. we'd rather pay now for good food and be healthy later! xoxo

Anonymous said...

I'm a little worried about your understanding of Whole30... This program is not about eating bad food but changing the ingredients so they're not as bad. The point of the program is to change you relation to food. It's much deeper/complex that replacing regular flour with almond flour...

Yes, the ingredients are Whole30 approved (well, actually, no because baking powder is NOT whole30 compliant) but the final product is not Whole30. Paleo yes. Whole30, no.

There is no point in doing Whole30 if the only thing you want to learn is making grain-free muffins. The point is to BREAK FREE of an addiction to muffins and baked goods.

Anonymous said...

SOOOOO GOOD! I made them with coconut oil and salted cashews so I didn't add salt (was what I had on hand) I wanted to eat them all!

Steph said...

Question...how many muffins does this recipe make? My mom and I are doing Whole30 together and I wonder if I need to double the batch for us to split it? I'm hoping this will save me from going off the rails. I've been sick with a stomach virus and now a massive head cold. For some reason being sick is making me fantasize about cheese burgers and hot buttered rolls!

Today's Letters said...

steph, i'm sorry you've been feeling sick! if i remember right, this recipe makes a dozen, but they don't stay fresh long. you'll want to eat them within 2-3 days.

Kristina said...

Although I'm not doing the Whole30 I love having these muffins for breakfast. So delicious! And they are the perfect alternative to my morning oatmeal since I had to cut down my intake of gluten. Thanks for sharing!

Will be making them again tonight :) Have a great day!

Today's Letters said...

kristina, me too! getting back on whole30 starting in may. these will be my sanity again :)

Becca said...

I'm new to paleo and am SUPER excited to try these muffins. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I'm on day 3 of whole 30. These will be perfect to make for breakfast when my family comes to visit for a week. When you finished your first whole 30, how did you feel after eating dairy, sugar, etc. again? I miss Greek yogurt in the mornings!

Today's Letters said...

anony, congrats on making it to day 3! post whole30 i've always felt heavy and uncomfortable even when i've just had a few bits of dessert. sometimes i'll get headaches from the sugar. you slowly have to integrate these things back into your diet if you're going to go back to eating dairy, grains, sugar, alcohol, etc.

Anonymous said...

Okay, good to know. I will add dairy back, but I want to try to keep the sugar out for the most part. Yesterday was great…today, it's a good thing that I didn't have to work because I would probably tackle someone for a brownie at the lunch potluck. - holly

Lisa said...

MMMMM. THANK YOU for this recipe. The hubs and I LOVE THEM! I added an extra banana for maximum sweetness and banana goodness. Used coconut oil instead of walnut and it worked great in case anyone else is wondering! :) Yummmy. The first thing I baked after finishing my Whole30. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello,

These sound tasty but they are something I will have to try AFTER the Whole30 because they aren't Whole30 compliant. They are very strict about not having any Paleo baked goods and you also can't have Vanilla extract. When I'm done with these 30 days I want to maintain a paleo lifestyle and will like to incorporate a few treats.

Anonymous said...

Just made these and loved them. I added about 2tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder and they are delicious!!!!!!

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