I cannot remember the last time I got to enjoy the deliciousness of a banana muffin–between the keto lifestyle I had to follow for a few years, the dairy-free for my breastfeeding child’s allergies, and the no-nuts for my mine, this really limited my opportunities. So, now that I am back on a simplified regime, I decided to adapt a handful of recipes into the perfect sugar-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free banana muffins. This one is pretty darn close, if I do say so myself!
I was inspired by the recipe I stumbled upon from she likes food and combined it with a few others along the way. When I say sugar-free, I really mean it: no sweeteners or unrefined sugars. Just bananas! I wanted to be able to give these to our 11-month-old, so the no-sugar aspect was an important factor for me, and by golly shes freakin’ LOVES these things! And so did we! Best part? There are very few dishes to wash after this is done. WIN!
Baby Banana Muffins
- 4 bananas (very ripe or freshly thawed)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (plus a little bit more to grease the pans)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup oat milk
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Prepare the oven: Make sure the rack is in the middle of the oven, or slightly lower. Heat to 325F.
- In a large bowl, mush the bananas with a fork.
- Add the egg, coconut oil, oat milk and vanilla extract, and stir until combined.
- Add the flour, baking soda and cinnamon, and stir until the batter is formed. Don’t over mix, but make sure all the flour is mixed in.
- Grease the muffin tins with the leftover coconut oil.
- Scoop the batter into the muffin tins until they are almost full. We made 6 regular sized muffins, and 24 mini muffins.
- Cook the regular muffins for 25 minutes, and the mini muffins f0r 15 minutes.
- Let them cool a bit and then enjoy! (wait until they have cooled completely before giving to baby in bite-sized pieces)
And there you have it, a meal that adults will love as much as the kids. It is easy to make this one baby-friendly by omitting the honey and chopping the cooked chicken bites to appropriate sizes for your baby’s eating skills.
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