Banana Nut Chocolate Cinnamon Muffins

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Image: Jessica Mitton

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:

Walnuts

·      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!)

·      Antioxidants

·      Manganese

·      Fibre

·      Vitamin E

Dark Chocolate

·      Antioxidants

·      Iron

·      Magnesium

·      Manganese

Cinnamon

·      Manganese

·      Calcium

·      Magnesium

·      Potassium

Image: Jessica Mitton

Image: Jessica Mitton

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:

Image: Jessica Mitton

Image: Jessica Mitton

Banana Nut Chocolate Cinnamon Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Dry Ingredients

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

Wet Ingredients

1 egg

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

Topping

2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Directions

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.

 

Sources:

"7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate." Authority Nutrition. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.

 Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for dietary wellness. New York: Avery, 2003. Print.

 "Cinnamon, ground." Cinnamon, ground. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.

 "Walnuts." Walnuts. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.

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Jessica Mitton

 

Jessica Mitton is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She believes in a holistic approach, taking into consideration the body, mind and spirit. She is fascinated by the healing potential of food and how it can contribute to an individual’s overall health. A passionate creative force in the kitchen, Jessica is continually working to develop her own highly nutritious and equally delicious recipes, made from whole, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Most of all, she enjoys the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge with others, helping them to become their healthiest possible self!