Saturday, December 14, 2013

banana chocolate supermuffins




I am revisiting one of the very first recipes I posted when I started this blog. Seems fair enough to me - I receive constant notifications of updates to apps and software and I figure if the mighty Apple can do it then why not little ol' me? The reason for the revisit is valid and not simple laziness. I have learned a lot about what is good and what is not (the pendulum will keep swinging) in terms of nutrition and have accordingly made changes to the original recipe. I didn't realize how changed it had become until I was making them with someone and they pointed out that what I was doing was not what I had written and why had I not told them!? The changes are small but add up to a much better muffin - in fact these muffins are so loaded with incredible power morsels as well as being extra-ordinarily delicious that the name simple begged to be upgraded to 'supermuffin' (power muffin being over-used and sadly inadequate).

These muffins are not cupcakes masquerading as a healthy snack. They are moist and thickly studded with chia, hemp and flax seeds snuggled up right next to rich dark chocolate and chopped pecans - more dense than light but a long way from being a dry and tasteless doorstop.

If gluten-free is important for you it is easy and successful to replace the spelt flour with your favourite gluten-free mix. When doing that I prefer a whole grain gluten-free flour* mix because just substituting an empty of nutrition gf mix for a nutritionally superior (even if it is not tolerated) sprouted whole wheat or spelt flour seems like a bad deal to me. 

Let your bananas get nice and freckled before baking them into supermuffins - or anything else for that matter - the taste is so much sweeter and richer.


banana chocolate supermuffins

1 1/4 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup spelt flour (substitute gluten-free flour here if you wish)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chia seed
1/4 cup hemp seed hearts
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup agave syrup (or honey)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups good quality dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F. Whisk together oatmeal, flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, and pecans. Combine eggs, yogurt, bananas, oil, and syrup. Fold into dry ingredients and add chocolate chips. Bake in greased muffin tin at 375 F for 22 minutes. Makes 12 large muffins.

Note: I make my own blend of flours. This is the mix I use. It can be substituted cup for cup for all purpose flour.

whole grain gluten-free flour mixture
200 gm brown rice flour
150 gm sorghum flour
50 gm almond flour
50 gm potato flour
250 gm sweet rice flour
150 gm arrowroot
150 gm potato  starch

8 comments:

Katie said...

These sound so delicious! You mentioned hemp seeds in the write-up but I don't see them in the ingredient list. How much should I put in? Definitely want to try these.

Cheri said...

Katie - thanks for pointing out the omission :) I have updated the recipe to include the hemp seeds.

Another omission I made was simply that these are my husband's favourite muffins - hands down! He is a little bit antsy if there aren't a few in the freezer on hand to fill his gap at any given time. Hope you like them as well.

Donna Craig said...

Love these! A great muffin.

Unknown said...

we made these and they were quite possibly the best muffins i've ever eaten… (i may have also "accidentally" dropped the entire bag of chocolate into the mix…oops…)
thank you!

Darren said...

it is a given that i can make a recipe you've posted and love it. my kids are devouring one as i type;)

thanks for another favourite!

ec said...

that was me, commenting under my darren's profile…oops!

Foodthatsde said...

These are absolutely amazing!! Thank you, thank you!!

Lisa Thompson said...

Yumm! Made these this morning. Thank you for sharing. We may have to always have some on hand in our freezer too!