Going Bananas: Vegan Banana Nut Muffin Recipe

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2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup oil
4 ripe mashed bananas
¼ cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Approximately 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in one bowl; beat sugar and oil in another bowl. Mix the sugar mix thoroughly with mashed bananas, water, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and walnuts, adding water as needed. Bake muffins 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 24 muffins; depending on how full you fill the muffin cups, it may be 22 or 23.

For Energy Muffins:
¼ cup wheat germ
2-4 tablespoons ground flax

Adding the flax and wheat germ makes the recipe healthier; I adjusted it so that it would be filling and wholesome enough to replace the power bars on road trips. It worked. Note that the ground flax seed can be used as a replacement for butter, so the wheat germ, which is dry, is essential.

For High Altitude Baking:
½ teaspoon baking soda
Under ¼ cup oil
3 ripe mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.

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This recipe worked very well making tasty, well raised muffins.

I cannot eat bananas so the second time around I tried pumpkin - it did not come out very well.

Two questions:

1) What can I use instead of bananas?

2) Will the recipe work if I eliminate sugar?

Thanks for trying the recipe. I also dislike bananas by themselves, but I don’t mind them in the muffins. However, you can substitute applesauce, and a chopped apple adds some extra texture. This also makes it sweeter. One vegan objection to sugar is that it is sometimes run through filters made of animal bone, but many organic sugars say on the package that they haven’t been processed in that way. The amount of sugar can be reduced, especially above 3,500 feet elevation. Adding a cup of coconut to the recipe will also add sweetness and flavor, and can replace one of the bananas. It’s also easy to use pecans instead of walnuts and add a couple teaspoons of cinnamon and a cup of cut carrots to make a carrot cake, which then only requires one banana.

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