I love a good muffin! But visiting the local bakery or café can provide some challenges if you are looking for a healthy option. Most muffins are made with dairy, refined sugar and lots of wheat gluten-filled flours. So I set out on a mission to make my own muffin that would be both delicious and made without these pro-inflammatory ingredients.
These muffins are dairy-, gluten- and refined sugar-free! Tasty and moist with the added bonus of some very beneficial ingredients. Some of these ingredients and the nutrients they contain include:
· Omega-3 (While cooking walnuts destroys this oil, there are still some amazing benefits you can get from walnuts in this recipe! Also, including raw walnuts in your diet is a great way to get your omega-3!)
· Vitamin E
These muffins are nutrient-dense, made without pro-inflammatory ingredients and taste super delicious! Are you ready for some muffin goodness in your life? Here is the recipe:
Banana Nut Chocolate Cinnamon Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
¾ cup brown rice flour
¾ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup dark chocolate chips (Camino is a great brand!)
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
¾ cup banana, smashed (approximately 2 bananas)
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Whisk all the wet ingredients together in a medium bowl.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.
5. Use a ¼ cup measure to scoop batter out into paper liners.
6. Sprinkle with walnuts and cacao nibs.
7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
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