Banana Walnut Muffins

Alright, I’m back again. As mentioned in a recent post, I said I wouldn’t be baking again until after baby arrived, but yet again, I lied to myself. What’s a girl to do when she has overripe bananas but…Bake! Bake! Bake! And this recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins was the easiest way to use up those spotty bananas.

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I totally could have made my favourite banana bread, but wanted to try something slightly different this time around. With swapping the white sugar for pure maple syrup, plus using brown rice, sorghum and buckwheat flours instead of white rice flour, these muffins make a great addition to your breakfast or as a late afternoon snack. Also, no eggs were hurt in the making of these muffins. This is the first time I’ve made muffins using no eggs and I was pleasantly surprised. The muffins turned out fluffy and moist. So if you forgot to buy eggs, you can still make these little treats.

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Really these muffins should be called Banana Walnut ‘plus anything else you want to throw in to the mix’ Muffins. With the first batch, I threw in some raisins. With the second batch (featured in these pics), I swapped the raisins for shredded coconut. Both tasted great, but surprisingly, I actually preferred the raisins. Probably because the muffins were bursting with tiny pockets of juicy raisins! Now, with the first batch, I also only used 1 banana, so the recipe will work with either 1 or 2 (which is what I used for the second batch). Obviously though, using 2 bananas, will result in a more moist and fluffy muffin. Still; good to know that if you find yourself with 1 lonely overripe banana, this recipe can still be pulled off.

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Pure deliciousness!
Enjoy,

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Gluten Free Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins

These moist & fluffy muffins are easy to make & are perfect for breakfast or as a late afternoon snack.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 - 2 overripe banana(s)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins or shredded coconut

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a muffin tray with liners; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash banana(s). Whisk in syrup, oil and vanilla.
  4. Add 1/2 of dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Add 1/2 of milk and stir until just combined.
  6. Repeat with remaining dry mixture and milk, then fold in walnuts and raisins/shredded coconut.
  7. Fill liners about 2/3 full and bake for 22 minutes or until centers bounce back when gently touched.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-vegan-banana-walnut-muffins/

Almond Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling

I’m back today with the recipe I promised you in my last post. If you’re looking for a soft, quick and easy to make cookie, look no further than these Gluten Free Vegan Almond Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling, of course!

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I originally came up with this recipe while working on another one. So really, it was a mistake…a very delicious mistake that is.  And did I mention how super easy these cookies are to make?? Have a late night hankerin’ for cookies? No problem! With only 3 ingredients needed, these Gluten Free Vegan Almond Cookies come together in a snap. I love recipes you can whip up super quickly! There’s no need for store bought cookies, when you can make your own with limited ingredients and know exactly what goes in them. Beauty.  Now, if you don’t feel like making the Salted Caramel Sauce to fill these little guys (or if you’re like me, and gobbled it up by the spoonful before it even had a chance), these soft chewy cookies are still delish on their own.

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These go perfect with your favourite cup of coffee, tea…or even milk. Which for me lately, has been the BFF to my cookies, given I’ve gone coffee free, since I am expecting. First time mom = freak out mode ALL THE TIME! The BIG day is approaching…and fast (just about 3 months to go).  If I’m this crazy and paranoid now, I can only image what I’m in for once little one arrives.  It’s ain’t gonna be pretty.

I debated whether or not to share the exciting news here. Wondered if anyone would actually be interested, or, if it’s just about the gluten free goods. But, I figured it’ll be pretty busy for me come the fall, which means my blog may be abandoned for a while. And maybe you, the reader, will wonder where I am? Would you? Anyway…so excuse me if I disappear for a while in the next coming months. Not to worry though, I will have a few more recipes to share with you before I go missing, so please be sure to come back and visit. Don’t leave me hanging.

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Pure deliciousness!
Enjoy,

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Gluten Free Vegan Almond Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling

Bake Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 10 cookies or 5 sandwich cookies

These soft almond cookies are quick & easy to make & filled with a creamy salted caramel sauce

Ingredients

    For Cookies:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (additional 1 tbsp only if dough doesn't stick together)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • For Filling:
  • Refer to my last post for Salted Caramel Sauce recipe

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until fully combined. Roll out 10 balls (about 1/2 tbsp of dough for each) and place on prepared sheets. Note, dough will be sticky.
  3. Bake for 10-12 min or until lightly golden around edges.
  4. Let cool on sheet for 5 min, before carefully transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Fill with Salted Caramel Sauce for a delicious sandwich cookie.
http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-vegan-almond-cookies-with-salted-caramel-filling/

Salted Caramel Sauce

After you try this sauce, you will need to sit down. Trust me. This Gluten Free Dairy Free Salted Caramel Sauce is sooo creamy and sooo delish, your knees will buckle! Hard to believe it’s made with just a few simple ingredients. Plus, no cooking – bonus!

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I’ve made this sauce several times already, and each time, I gobble it up in a matter of days. It’s perfect for spreading on warm toast, using in another gluten and dairy free recipe of mine (coming soon!), or what I recently tried out…a grilled caramel banana sandwich! Oh…yeah *cue the drool*. Just like making a grilled cheese sandwich, you just spread a bit of dairy free buttery spread on the outside of your bread slices. On the inside, spread about half a tbsp of sauce on each side, and line one side with banana slices. Then close up the sandwich, place on a warm frying pan and grill each side for about 5 min. Oh. My. Gosh. This is the best, THE BEST sandwich to have! And hey, I like to think it’s pretty healthy. Almond butter – good. Maple syrup – good. Coconut oil – good. Bananas – good. So it can count as lunch, right? Well, even if not in your book, it does for me.

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If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may have to come up with plan B. You’ve been pre-warned. The first time I made this sauce, I tried making it in my crappy, crappy blender. This blender is so crappy it can’t even make a proper smoothie. Always leaving clumps of bananas. What’s up with that? Isn’t a blender supposed to BLEND the ingredients into pure smoothness?? It seems my blender didn’t get the memo on that one. So stupid me, thinking this time would be different, pulled out the crappy blender from my hard to reach cupboard, and went away on making the sauce. Well, let’s just say, I don’t think my blender is gonna come out to play anymore (is it supposed to smell like burning when you run it??). So, if you have a crappy blender like me, either invest in a really good one, or if you’re not looking to spend too much at the moment, may I recommend a Magic Bullet. I picked mine up on sale after my blender fiasco, and it does the job on this sauce. Pretty sad that my crappy blender couldn’t cut it. I’m guessing it would definitely be even easier using a high powered blender, but I wasn’t willing to fork out the money. Plus now I can enjoy a decent smoothie. What have I been missing all these years!

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Stay tuned for my next post, featuring an easy gluten, dairy and egg free recipe, great for using up this Salted Caramel Sauce…if you can make it last that long of course.

Pure deliciousness!
Enjoy,

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Salted Caramel Sauce

This sauce is so rich & creamy you'd never guess it was dairy free and so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (just almonds)
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 tsp fine salt

Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a high powered blender. A Magic Bullet will also work.
  2. Blend on high for about 2 min, stopping to scrape down sides as needed, until it becomes a thick well blended sauce. If using a Magic Bullet, you will need to pulse on and off several times (stopping to scrape down sides), to ensure you don't burn the motor.
  3. Place in a jar with tight fitting lid and store in refrigerator.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Baker Bettie

http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-dairy-free-salted-caramel-sauce/