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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?