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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

Three more classes then I am home-free. Accounting, Astronomy, and Statistics. Arguably this is my most difficult set of classes which I have for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have Business Communications and a World Cultures Music Class, which at least so far, seem to be easier.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

After I get out of my Statistics class I’m going to pack up a bag (or two or three) of my things and head home for an extended weekend because of the Labor Day holiday. No worries about having nothing to do though because I already have plans (read: homework).

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

Interspersed with the homework will probably be some baking/cooking, and maybe even swimming. We have a nice big pool at home and I have gotten to swim in it a total of… oh, zero times this summer. Maybe I shouldn’t even go this weekend because it will just make me remember how much I love swimming and then I’ll be mad that I missed out on it this season. It’s basically a no win situation.

Remind me to bring my bathing suit just in case though.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

I already have a few posts in mind for the next few weeks, which is pretty rare for me. One or two being surveys/awards that I’ve been nominated for by some fellow bloggers, a few recipes (of course) probably for WIAWs, a few recaps that I’ve been meaning to write for WIR for awhile, and also perhaps a short little picture-heavy post of my dorm room? That last one is totally dependent on how clean the common area looks when it comes time to take a few snapshots. Right now it’s not too bad but like I said, I’m going to be gone all weekend and who knows what it will look like when I get back!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

With my plans fully out there, hopefully I will be more likely to actually fulfill them.

Now, let’s move on from the not-quite-as-exciting stuff and move onto the guaranteed-more-interesting topic of today’s recipe!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins 

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes 12 mini muffins and 2 ramekins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup carob powder + 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted*
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed + 1/4 cup water (or 2 eggs)
  • 2 large  or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed (around 240 grams)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup to make vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (use a seed flour to make nut-free)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the carob powder and coconut oil until smooth and then pour out into a thin layer (I used a Tupperware lid about 8×5 inches). Freeze for about 10-15 minutes or until solid.
  3. Combine the ground flax seed and water. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken (or microwave for 60 seconds to speed up the process).
  4. Add the mashed bananas, coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  5. Measure out the remaining dry ingredients and combine with the wet ones.
  6. Take out the frozen carob slab, break into small pieces and mix into the banana bread batter.
  7. Oil/grease/spray/line the baking dishes of your choice (I used a mini muffin pan and two small ramekins). Distribute the batter evenly and bake the dishes for 15-35 minutes (it all depends on the size of your pan).

Note: I haven’t made an actual full-sized loaf of banana bread out of this recipe yet, but I plan to do so in the future. To make a full-sized loaf you would need to double this recipe and bake it for probably at least an hour. I can’t guarantee the results though with those alterations.

*You can also use your favorite type of chocolate or carob chips here. You would need about 1/2 cup to replace the homemade ones.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Grain-Free and Vegan)

It was so hard to not eat this little guy when snapping a picture. But I resisted the urge and placed it back in the muffin tins! Thank goodness too because my family ate the whole batch within a day!

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Questions for you:

Have you had the opportunity to swim this summer?

What are your easiest/hardest classes so far this fall?

Do you plan out your posts in advance or just fly by the seat of your pants?

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free) WIAW

Gosh, I really should have saved that time meme for today.

wiaw-apple-cinnamon-rolls-time

Good thing Pinterest supplies me with an endless stream of pictures.

I guess I just underestimated how busy I would be. Last semester I had one roommate. This semester I have FIVE. That’s five times the people to talk to. And three additional people who are always mulling around when you count some of their boyfriends. So really it’s nine times the people who I have compared to before to talk with.

On Sunday night when I should have been sleeping I instead stayed up until 11:00pm (REAL late, I know! 😉 ). And what was I doing you may ask? Living the college dream? Partying it up? Gorging myself on 5 dollar pizzas and special delivery cookies the size of my head? Um, no, no and no.

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

We played Catch Phrase for about three hours straight.

And that’s what you get when you live with all Honors students. Ha.

With all of that insane “busyness” I haven’t had any time to bake. Actually, being away from home I probably won’t do any baking at college because I’d have no one to eat my grain-free, vegan experiments!

Thankfully I did a whole lot of baking the week before I left though so I have plenty to fill the empty (?) pages of my blog 🙂

Exhibit A: A new take on my Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls!

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes six cinnamon rolls

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

Roll Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup to be vegan)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (butter/ghee works wonderful here too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (enough to cover the entire dough)
  • 1 large apple or 2 small apples, peeled and shredded

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

Topping ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened

* You can use any kind of topping here. Greek yogurt + honey would be a good one. As would applesauce, nut butter, just a plain drizzle of honey or maple syrup. More cinnamon? You can never have too much cinnamon :D

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the flax seed and water together in a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until thick.
  3. Add the remaining liquid ingredients stirring well.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Add more coconut flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.
  5. Spread out another sheet of parchment paper and roll out the dough into a large rectangle (I just used my hands and it worked fine!).
  6. Coat the dough with the 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp honey for the filling. Next layer with the shredded apple and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  7. Roll up the dough and cut into six equal pieces. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile make the topping out of the honey and coconut oil.
  9. When the cinnamon rolls are done let cool slightly before topping and enjoying!

Notes: Next time I may use less apple because there may have been just a *little* too much filling. My parents immensely enjoyed the overstuffed rolls though. They just used a fork 🙂

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

Have you all ever played Catchphrase before? It’s super fun, almost like another popular game but better because you don’t have to dance around and you can play sitting down. It’s like the lazy man’s charades.

Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free)

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Question for you:

It’s moist, full of a delicious spice, extremely easy to make, and it’s calling your name. What is it? 😉

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Thank you Jenn for another lovely weekly round-up of the best food this blog world has to offer! Check out Peas and Crayons for this week’s top WIAW posts 🙂