For a vegan banana chocolate chunk muffin recipe, look no further.
Moist, not too dense,
with a perfect balance of banana to chocolate flavour.Â
Sometimes I think that we as bloggers are like characterizations of our idealized selves. We choose what we share, and we hide the demons from the view of our shiny smartphone and Macbook displays. I try to keep it fairly real on here because I use this blog less like a news broadcast of all things exciting and lovely in my life and more of a documentary of what I’m going through. Self-esteem issues, mental health issues, soul-searching.
I’m on a journey, and I’m choosing to share it with you.
That’s not to say that I’ve chosen to share every little detail of my life with you. I mean, we all need boundaries. You don’t need to know every dirty little secret or personal issue I have. Although I do admit, sometimes I read other blogs because they overshare because it’s just more interesting than THEY’RE THE BEST MUFFINS I’VE EVER MADE, I PUFFY PINK HEART THESE MUFFINS!!11oneone!11!! *shudder* Far too much joy for my liking. Just say you love the muffins okay? Â I mean, I love food, but come on. They’re muffins.
I think over the last year or so, I’ve really started to find “my voice”, which is just writing the way I talk. Actually in real life, I lose focus and go on tangents much more frequently than I do on the blog, but that’s what happens when you have the option of backspacing and editing. Yay for technology. But my voice is honestly just me talking about my life and food. That’s all I know, so that’s all I’ll talk about.
So I know that I’m thankful for 2014. It’s been a rough year, and I’ve had a lot of successes and failures, but for the most part, it’s been good. This is my last recipe post of the year, but I still have a Best of 2014 post to come.
In the meantime, use any of those overripe bananas with this vegan banana chocolate chunk muffin recipe. Flax meal makes baked goods super fluffy and delicious, and the banana makes them flavourful and soft! None of this dry, sandpaper business, these muffins are like taking a bit of a pillowy banana cloud.
Recipe adapted from Shrinking Single
Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins
- 1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp warm water
- 1/3 cup (70 g) vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup (105 g) brown sugar
- 3 medium-large bananas (275 g), well-mashed
- 1 tsp (4 g) vanilla extract
- 1 tsp (3 g) baking powder
- 1 tsp (6 g) baking soda
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) salt
- 2 tsp (4 g) ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup (210 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (100 g) chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, combine flax meal and water. Let stand until thickened.
- Add vegetable oil, sugar, mashed bananas and vanilla extract, and mix until incorporated.
- Sift in baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour. Stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chunks.
- Divide batter between a lined muffin tin. Bake for 13-15 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when poked through the middle. The edges should be golden and top domed. Remove from tin within a few minutes and let cool on a wire rack.
Katie @ Produce on Parade says
Those are some seriously handsome looking muffins, I must say. I laughed at the puffy pink heart bit, hehehe. It’s weird how we think about our writing voices. For example, I am very timid in real life and answer with pretty short and uninteresting answers, rarely talking. I thought wow, my writing voice is really different than how I actually project…but then my very best friend randomly told me that when she reads my blog it’s like me sitting there talking. So weird! How is yours similar or different than your real voice?
Lisa Le says
I’m definitely braver online than I am in real life. Or maybe not braver… smoother? More suave? I’m definitely more awkward and ill-timed in real life. Often, when we write in our own voice, our mannerisms, favourite sayings, and diction are the same as our speaking voices, which may be why your friend (and many of my own friends) would think that reading our blogs is like just sitting down and talking with us.
I made these last night at 6pm and between me, my boyfriend, and giving 3 away to friends, they were gone by this morning’s breakfast!! They were soo gooooood, more desserty than breakfasty than I was expecting for some reason (didn’t read thru how much sugar was involved) but this turned out to be a very good thing. ;) I went all in and also put a coconut oil/cinnamon/nutmeg/oat/brown sugar crumble on the top, and put some pumpkin seeds on top too for texture. They also cooked a little longer than indicted — about 20 mins.
Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!! :)
Lisa Le says
That’s awesome ahha. Thank you so much for coming back to tell me, glad you enjoyed it and put your own spin on it!
Can I use honey instead sugar?
Lisa Le says
I don’t advocate using honey, but since it’s a liquid sweetener and sugar is a dry sweetener, I don’t think the substitution would bode well in the recipe anyway. If you’re looking to use less refined sugars, try swapping raw sugar, date sugar, or coconut sugar instead.
trying this recipe for the first time and I misread and forgot the flax egg until right before the chocolate chunks >.< gosh dang it! hopefully they still bake somewhat well :c
Lisa Le says
Heey as long as it gets in there at some point it should work out okay!
they actually worked perfect! I gave them to the people who worked thanksgiving ay my local little store when I inevitably ran out of almond milk and had to make a store run the day of! Everyone loved them :)