Actually this post is about this year’s Valentines date, but don’t expect any heart shaped chocolates or other sweet & romantic stuff from me, I’m just not the type of person who would celebrate Valentines date. But I’m all for celebrating tasty home made food, snowy adventures and days filled with laughter and child-like silliness and this years Valentine’s day had plenty of all these.
When we figured out that hiking in winter is possible and the are some more or less cleaned roads we of course wanted to try it. And what hiking trip goes well without healthy and tasty snacks that you can devour when you finally reach the mountain top? We always prepare some snacks for such trips and this time (for the sweet part) I made these vegan, gluten free banana muffins (+ridiculously easy to make!). To say that I like them would be a bit of underestimate…
Vegan gluten free banana muffins
Ingredients (makes 12 muffins)
2 big or 4 small very ripe bananas
1/5 cup brown sugar (60g)
1/2 cup oil (unrefined coconut/sunflower/olive oil. If not vegan you can use the same amount of melted organic butter)
1 1/2 cup flour- for gluten free version I use 1 cup oat flour (130g) and 1/2 cup raw buckwheat flour (100g). I make these flour at home by grinding ingredients in high speed blender, but you can also buy oat and buckwheat flour in food/health stores. If you don’t have buckwheat flour it is possible to change that 1/2 cup to spelt flour (though it will be not gluten free anymore)
7 Tbsp dried coconut flakes
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground turmeric (optional, but gives beautiful yellow color and is incredibly useful for your body!)
7 drops of this stevia extract (I really enjoy this product and use few drops whenever I need vanilla in baking, plus it helps me to reduce the amount of sugar needed) OR seeds of half of vanilla pod + increase the amount of sugar until almost 1/2 cup)
a pinch of sea/Himalayan salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
6 Tbsp of walnuts, chopped into smaller pieces (optional, but fits really nicely)
In a big bowl mix the flour, turmeric, cinnamon, salt, coconut flakes, soda, baking powder and walnuts. In blender mix bananas with oil, stevia extract and sugar and add them to dry ingredients. Mix gently folding until everything is incorporated. I usually use silicone spatula for that- it’s one of the best tools in kitchen in general :) Fill muffin forms (I don’t use any additional fat for the forms, it doesn’t stick) with the batter, decorate with nuts if you want and bake for 30 minutes in 180 degree Celsius heat.
If you will try them I would love to hear your opinion in the comments bellow!