I think I might have an addiction.
This morning I saw a lone, ripe banana in my fruit basket and it practically begged me to turn it into a banana nut mug muffin!
So I had to oblige :)
I really enjoyed yesterday’s blueberry mug muffin and knew that I could change a few things around to make a banana version. Turns out I was right!
In fact, I like this version even better.
It’s still not very sweet, but something about the banana flavor tricks your tastebuds into thinking it is somewhat sweet! Adding chia seeds gave a nutritional boost and a tiny crunch that paired really well with the bigger crunch from the walnuts.
The whole thing had much more of a “cakey” texture than yesterday’s muffin and I think that’s due to the extra moisture from the banana and the magic gel properties of the chia seeds.
Give this a whirl and let me know what you think! If you’re really hankering for extra sweetness, but want to keep these truly paleo, mash up the other half of the banana and spread it on the top of each muffin :)
- ¼ cup almond flour (sometimes called almond meal)
- 2 tsp flax seed meal
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- few dashes of cinnamon
- 2 tsp coconut oil (melted)
- ½ a large banana, mashed
- small handful chopped walnuts
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Divide batter into 3 paper muffin liners
- Place each filled muffin liner into a small ramekin or Pyrex pudding bowl (to preserve shape while “baking”)
- Microwave for 2 minutes on high or until they feel firm when you press on the top.
Can you bake these in the oven? I don’t use a microwave, but I’d love to try these. You’re Carrot Apple Juicer muffins were amazing! Thanks for the great recipes :)
Absolutely! I just never tested out the temperature and timing…I’d try 350 for 20-25 minutes and check them to make sure they don’t over cook.
This recipe looks like a good one to start the day with :)
You have me considering paleo. (Says the girl who had a hotdog and icecream for dinner.) :-)
You gotta answer to the belly! I totally get it :) I’d never have guessed I’d be willing to give up grains and dairy on a more permanent basis, but the increased energy alone is worth it. Plus I think weird eating restrictions somehow satisfy the control freak in me ;)
Laurie Kroll says
I am definitely going to try these muffin recipes when I have more time to cook soon!!!!!! Thanks for sharing….