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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Zucchini BananaMuffins {Grain-Free, Paleo}

There is something about a jumbo muffin. I don’t know if it is because they always look so delicious, staring back at you from the coffee shop counter, or because their size gives them more oomph, but I always prefer to bake them over the regular. So when it came to me that I wanted to create a healthier chocolate chip zucchini banana muffin, I immediately whipped out my larger muffin tin.

The combination of chocolate chips, banana, and grated zucchini (which you really can’t taste, but makes you feel good that you snuck in a vegetable), is so good in this recipe. I made one without chocolate chips for my 10 month old and he was doing a happy dance while eating it (he must have gotten that from me). I am definitely going to keep these in the baking rotation for a feel good breakfast I can feel good about! Even though they are amazing on their own, I suggest topping with nut butter or even an extra drizzle of chocolate if enjoying one for dessert. They can go both ways!

By Sara McGlothlin

Banana Buckwheat Muffins {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

These muffins are made with a buckwheat, oat, and almond flour blend, providing a nutrient-dense base while remaining gluten-free. Moist and delicious. Great for both kids and adults for a quick breakfast option in the morning.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Cooling time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 7 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 8 muffins

Equipment

  • hand mixer or stand mixer
  • 2 bowls
  • muffin tin

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana equals about 1 large
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners or coat with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the almond flour, buckwheat flour, oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Stir to blend.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg, mashed banana, applesauce, coconut nectar or maple syrup, and vanilla extract until creamy.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the flour mixture and beat until a batter is formed.
  • Transfer the batter to the muffin tin, filling each about 3/4 of the way to the top. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the baking tin for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

Notes

Storage: keep muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Muffins can be frozen for up to 1 year. 
 
Keyword Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Oil-free, Soy-free

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