Gluten Free and Vegan Banana Muffins

Gluten Free and Vegan Banana Muffins

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BANANA ALMOND MEAL MUFFINS (GLUTEN FREE + VEGAN OPTIONAL)
PREP TIME
10 mins
COOK TIME
25 mins
TOTAL TIME
35 mins
Light breakfast or snack muffins made with banana, almond meal, oat flour and agave or honey. Gluten free, slightly nutty and sweet, and so deliciously healthy.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 8
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp water) or sub 2 small eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 3 Tbsp agave nectar, maple syrup or honey if not vegan
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp oat flour (ground from GF oats)
  • Optional toppings: chopped nuts, rolled oats, crumb topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with 8 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare flax egg by mixing flaxseed + water and letting rest for a few minutes.
  3. Next add bananas and mash. Add agave, baking powder, vanilla, almond milk and stir.
  4. Add almond meal and oat flour and stir once more. Taste to see if it needs more sweetener. I added a touch more because I prefer sweeter muffins.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean and they become somewhat firm to the touch with a little give.
  6. Remove and let rest in pan for 5 minutes. Then cool all the way on a cooling rack.
  7. Store in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap for several days. Freeze for longer storage.

Best Snack Ever :)

IMG_4165Next time you’re in Costco grab these! This is a good snack that you and your friends can enjoy. The bean hummus has great flavor with a nice spicy kick to it. The biggest problem is that everyone will want it, which would be a first for the Gluten Free Mofos! You’ll find both for an affordable price!

 

*** Do Not Buy ***

IMG_4164I want you to avoid this abomination of a food product! This has to be the worst food I have ever put in my mouth. It’s not the Gluten Free seasoning that’s the problem its the chicken the company uses. There is a rubber piece running through the middle of the chicken when you bite it. We also found cartilage, bone, and possibly a nerve. We picked it up at Costco and we are absolutely disgusted of how they let this go on their shelves.

The Good, the Bad and The Dear God what is that?!

7-GF-Bread-Test-400Friends, let’s talk about bread and bread like products! Ashley is Portuguese and her love for bread is deep. After a few days without bread I found her shaking in a corner murmuring something about french rolls. It wasn’t good and so the mission began to find the best GF bread out there! We haven’t tried all of it so if you’ve tried bread that we haven’t please add a comment!

Let’s start with the, Dear God What is that?

Tifco Corn Tortillas, This is just so wrong. We were heart broken when this sucked. Ashley tried wrapping eggs and bacon in it for breakfast and lost her appetite! You can do Mexican meals with these you just have to drowned it with your toppings.

Pizza Pizza Gluten free options. No. Just stop Pizza Pizza. It’s awful like racist jokes. It’s like they just spread toppings on top of cardboard and call it gluten free because there is no gluten in cardboard. 

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O’Doughs. This one is on the fence. It’s pretty bad but not awful. If you toast it it’s a real improvement. If you don’t toast it, it’s like putting a sandwich between two sink sponges. I would say they have good burger buns but it’s not my first choice. 

The Bad

All but Gluten. Yeah their not kidding about the ‘All’ part! This bread is heavily processed and the ingredients are hard to read which makes us feel uneasy. It’s also a tiny ass loaf for $6-$7 and it’s hard as hell. I like to keep a loaf with me when I walk alone at night. One swing and that mo-fo is down! They do make an excellent raisin loaf, I just need to eat 5 slices to feel satisfied. Always toast this bread.download (1)

KindFood. We had their sandwiches and there was a chance to buy the bread. We enjoyed the sandwich so we decided to buy the bread and there was definitely a difference. The loaf we bought was very dense and maybe you’re into that but I found it dried out my mouth. In the end it felt like more of a chore to finish the damn sandwich.

The Good

download (3)Pizza Nova and Gino’s Pizza. We do prefer to make our own pizzas but when we are super lazy and have no desire to enter our kitchen we call one of these guys up. It’s best if you ask for extra sauce because the crust is thin and drys out.

Glutino. Excellent bread with a great selection. I do warn you that you must toast this bread or you’ll put this one in the Dear God What’s That column. When we eat this bread Ashley really enjoys sandwich’s and it keeps her from shaking in the corner.

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Udi’s. This is by far the best gluten free product in my opinion. It has slice bread, bagels, pizza crust, muffin tops, hamburger and hot dog buns, tortillas, and even french loafs. The best part it actually tastes and feels like bread! It’s fluffy and delicious and it’s now a staple in our home.

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Silver Hills is now Ashley’s new favorite their bread is a little on the small size however there are 5 grams of fiber in one piece of bread. It’s sold at Costco in a double bag for 9$

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Some products I haven’t tried yet are Dempster’s Gluten Zero Bread. What an idiot name. As if replacing Free with Zero was some how a better idea. I bet you that the next idiot company that wants to join the band wagon is going to call it Gluten Liberty Bread. You’ll hear conversations like, “Are you gluten free?” “oh, no I’m gluten zero” Ok my rant is done.

Now You may be thinking that this is a small list and it is. Canada has been late for the gluten free products and that’s a real shame because so many people have so few options. Remember that we control the markets and if we want something all we need to do is tell the big brand stores and they start providing it. Costco listens to it’s customers and over this last year we have seen a flood of gluten free and organic products take to the shelves. In no way do I cover the nutrient value or whats in it but just what it tastes like. Eating gluten free is hard enough and I wanted to provide you with bread products that you will want to buy again. Good luck out there!

May the GF be with you.

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