Chocolate Stuffed Banana Muffins

You know when your Mom tells you that everything is going to be alright? Recall when Dad assures you that things will work out despite all your worrying? Well, it turns out they knew what they were talking about. This wisdom could indeed be applied to baking these muffins, since I quite haphazardly threw together a bunch of ingredients and hoped for the best. Additionally, it truthfully applies to life and it’s curious ways. Last week I spilled my heart regarding the rough time I have been having since graduation and waiting on the results of a job interview. Well, I can happily say that I have officially secured my first ‘big girl’ job!!! Since hearing the good news last week, I have also signed the lease on a new apartment, and have been planning a spontaneous trip to British Columbia before I start my new job at the end of the month! These muffins serve as partial celebration.

Chocolate Stuffed Banana Muffins

Talk about a whirlwind week! On top of all of this, I also celebrated my 22nd birthday. If you’ve been a long time reader of HV, you may remember how I waxed poetic last year about my dislike for birthdays; well not this year. It was the perfect mix of low-key fun from strawberry picking with the fam, to birthday meals at Woodenheads (twice!), drive in movies (22 Jump Street, ironically enough), stand up paddle boards, and an excessive amount of vegan funfetti cupcakes. It was smiles all around :)

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As much as I love cupcakes, I enjoy their healthier counterpart all the more. Since I’m also not the hugest icing fan, I created a tasty alternative and then stuffed it right inside the muffin itself to hide the evidence. Best of both worlds? I think so.

Chocolate Stuffed Banana Muffins

by Suzanne

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: bake bread snack breakfast banana cashew butter

Ingredients (1 dozen (12 muffins))

  • 1/2 c. spelt flour
  • 3/4 c. oat flour (ground in a food processor)
  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 2 large bananas (approx 1 c., mashed)
  • 1/2 c. almond ‘buttermilk’ (1/2 c. almond milk + 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar/lemon juice)
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted

Stuffing

  • 1/2 c. Medjool dates
  • 1/4 c. cashew butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil. Mix flax egg and ‘buttermilk’ and set aside.

Prepare ‘stuffing’ by combining ingredients together in a food processor and blending until smooth.

Mix together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash the banana and stir to combine the rest of the wet ingredients.

Add wet to dry and stir until just combined.

Fill muffin tins 1/2 full of batter, add a tablespoon full of the stuffing, and cover with additional batter.

Bake for 30-35 minutes; leave to cool before removing from tin.

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Chocolate Stuffed Banana Muffins

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

07. July 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Personal, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , | 12 comments

Comments (12)

  1. Congrats on the job Suzanne!!! That’s amazing, I’m happy for you! Crazy how things work out like that ;-)
    As for muffins vs. cupcakes…muffins for breakfast, cupcakes for dessert ;-)
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  2. So much to celebrate! Happy belated birthday and congratulations on your new job! That is awesome! These muffins are totally cool by the way. Super duper snazzy! ;)

  3. Yeahhhhh! Major congrats on the job! :D Is it in Kingston or Toronto (or someplace else)?
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  4. Congratulations! I knew everything would work out great for you. These muffins look like the perfect way to celebrate!

  5. Wow oh wow do these ever looks good! Banana bread/muffins is my favorite baked good….stuff it with chocolate and we’re on a whole new level~

  6. Eek! So much excitement! Big congrats on the job Suzanne. I’m sure you’ll make a success of it. Enjoy the experience.
    These muffins look to-die-for! I’m not sure that chocolate filling would make it into the muffins if I made it though!

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