One-Bowl Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins

The kids and I spent three weeks at my parent’s house this summer, (before meeting up again with John for a week in the Outer Banks with his family), and my mom’s banana muffins were a HUGE hit. I think she made at least one batch each week that we were down there, that’s how much everyone loved them. I obviously had to get the recipe from her, and – as promised on my Facebook page – here it is!

I almost always use whole wheat pastry flour when making baked goods in order to achieve the perfect balance of hearty nutrition and soft texture, but these muffins use regular 100% whole wheat flour without sacrificing the end result; the muffins still turn out fluffy and light.

Maple syrup is the only sweetener, and the muffins get an added dose of fiber and protein from ground flaxseed.

Need yet another incentive to make these muffins?! They require only one bowl, (well, a food processor bowl), so prep and cleanup are quick and easy.

My mom freezes the muffins in a ziplock bag as soon as they’ve cooled off from the oven, and I think that it’s a vital step to take if you want the muffins to maintain their light texture. Just toss one (or a couple) in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds and you’ll be rewarded with just-baked flavor and texture.

These one-bowl whole wheat banana flax muffins are the perfect antidote to busy school day and workday mornings, when there’s no time to whip up a filling and nutritious sit-down breakfast. They also make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

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One-Bowl Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (12 muffins)

  • 1/2 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, preferably organic
  • 2 large, or 3 medium-sized, ripe bananas
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (you could also use whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners or lightly coat with oil.

In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the oil, maple syrup, and eggs; process until smooth.

Add in the bananas and process; you can process until the mixture is perfectly smooth, or you can leave a few small chunks of banana throughout the batter.

Add in the flour, ground flaxseed, baking soda, and salt; pulse a few times, then remove the lid of the food processor and stir the batter until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.

Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared muffin cups. The cups will be filled almost to the top.

Bake at 375°F for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.

Let cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire cooling rack; let cool completely.

Store cooled muffins in an airtight container in the freezer. To heat, microwave for 30-45 seconds.

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PB, Chocolate, & Banana Popsicles {Vegan, No Sugar Added}

How many chocolate recipe have I posted in a row now… three? Four? Sigh. Not that I think you guys mind, but a little variety would be nice, huh? I promise that my next post will feature a different ingredient.

But first, these popsicles….

They’re basically the popsicle form of a healthy, easy, and delicious dessert I’ve been making for years: peanut butter & chocolate banana soft serve (frozen banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and a bit of milk tossed into the food processor and blended until smooth).

They’re fudgy, creamy, and decadent-tasting without any added sugar or dairy. Kids and adults alike love them, and they couldn’t be easier or quicker to whip up.

One more look at this chocolatey goodness before we move on to something else!

 

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PB, Chocolate, & Banana Popsicles {Vegan, No Sugar Added}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (8 popsicles)

  • 4 medium-sized overripe bananas (the skins should be mostly brown)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural smooth peanut butter, (the only ingredients should be peanuts and salt), preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.

Pour into popsicle molds, insert popsicle sticks (the mixture should be thick enough for the sticks to stand upright), and place in freezer for at least 4 hours.

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