Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunshine Banana Muffins

After a sad couple of weeks without bananas, I added them back into my diet this week. I've also really missed baking, so I decided to make a gluten-free banana muffin. My limitations were that it had to be dairy free and free of any added sugars. So what to use? Bananas and sweet potatoes! The perfect combination of natural sweeteners. For inspiration, I went straight to The Gluten Free Goddess, and found a banana spice cake recipe that I could play around with. The result is a muffin so moist you would never guess it was made without added sugars. These are great for breakfast, although I'll admit I had them for dessert also.

Sunshine Banana Muffins
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1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sweet white sorghum flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 large egg
1/8 cup olive oil
1 baked medium sweet potato
2 medium ripe bananas


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin tins. This recipe only makes 6 muffins, so double it if you want more.
  2. Process the sunflower seeds in a food processor, just until they start to mix. They'll add some crunch to your muffins if you don't process them too much.
  3. Put the rest of the dry ingredients (flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt) in a mixing bowl, and whisk together. Whisk in the sunflower seeds.
  4. Put the egg, olive oil, sweet potatoes, and bananas in the food processor (no need to wash it in between) and beat until thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes. Pour in the dry mixture and process until completely mixed.
  5. Drop batter into muffin tins with a large spoon.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes, until the outside just begins to brown and a knife inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
Makes 6 muffins.

This recipe is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Simply Hot Recipes.

And speaking of sunshine, Julie at Gluten-Free Vegan Family awarded me with this sunshine award! Thanks, Julie! This came at the perfect time because my exams are starting up this week, and I need some positive energy to get me through! Now I get to pass on the sunny vibes to twelve other bloggers who inspire me. First, I'm bouncing this right back to Julie because her supportive comments have always made me smile. And:

2. The Gluten Free Homemaker
3. Gluten Free Gidget
4. Simply...Gluten Free
5. Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
6. Farty Girl
7. Chocolate Covered Katie
8. There Can Be Only Juan
9. Chaya's Comfy Cook Blog
10. Living Free11. She Let Them Eat Cake12. Healthy Green Kitchen

I highly recommend you check out these blogs for some wonderful recipes and entertaining commentary!


Aubree Cherie said...

No bananas? For weeks?!?! That's seriously impressive. Congratz on getting them back though :)

These muffins are my kind-of-wonderful! No gluten, dairy, OR sugar? LOVE IT! I'd never thought to do use sweet potato in muffins (even though I always use banana). Very cool recipe!

Thanks so much for the Sunshine award; its my first ever blogging award. Cool beans!

~Aubree Cherie

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Ooooh, wonderful sweetener idea, Iris. These look and sound so delish! Congrats to you on your Sunshine award and what a great list you have. Some of my favorites and some new ones, too. :-)


Maggie said...

I love the sounds of these muffins. I will definitely give them a try without the added sugar. Can't wait to see how they turn out - and see what my Jr. bakers thinks of them!
Thanks for the award Iris :) So sweet of you! My first!

Juanita said...

Thank you kindly for the sunshine award, Iris :-)

Good luck for the exams - I'm rooting for you!

GF Gidget said...

Ohh Thank you so much for the award! You are too sweet.
Those muffin are truly inspired! I must make them... now!
PS- love the blog layout & your photos are gorgeous!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

These sound great. I love sweet potatoes, especially in baking. Great idea and congrats on the award!

Winnie said...

Hi Iris!
Your muffins look delicious...
Thanks so so much for the award- it's my first!

comfycook said...

Thanks for both the recipe and the award. Sunshine is just what we need. We have had our share of rain and clouds so I will simply hold up my sunshine award and hope the sun will overshadow the clouds.

Linda said...

These sound wonderful Iris. Next month's challenge is going to be muffins. Thanks for the Sunshine Award!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Awwww Iris, you just made my WEEK!

Now if you could send over a banana muffin, you'd make my year... ;)

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Exams? You go gurl! =)

So glad you are enjoying the "sunshine" Iris.

Pure2raw twins said...

The muffin looks delicious. I love banana muffins!

muffin said...

These look great! How would they turn out if the sunflower seeds were left out though? Are they necessary or do they just add flavor and/or texture?

Iris said...

@Muffin- I think they would be fine without the sunflower seeds. You could use any other nut that you like. I think pecans would taste great! Or just make up the difference by adding 1/4 cup of each type of flour.

Michal said...

These muffins looks great - and you can tell i love a good muffin :)

Karina Allrich said...

These sound delicious! Thanks for the shout. xox

Iris said...

@Karina Allrich - Thanks! Your recipes are always inspiring!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

Thank you and what a great group to be a part of! Your blog is inspiring to me as well!


i love moist muffins!!! and bananas. :)

fartygirl said...

You are a gem, girlfriend. I can't thank you enough! What? An award? I was talking about the muffin recipe!!!

JK. It's super sunshiney to have you as my blogger friend. Thanks! :)

Jennifer L. said...

I just found your blog via the recommendation from Ali over at WLN. I am starting the Elimination Diet tomorrow and while I am feeling prepared, I am also a bit in denial about what I am not going to be eating--and what I'll be eating instead.

I am kind of surprised that maple syrup, agave nectar and dates are allowed on the phase one list. I just read about how you had to hide them in the fridge and the back of the cupboard and knowing my fondness for sweet things, I should do the same. I love, love dates. Who needs caramels? (Well, when one can't have *real* caramels, dates are nice :-)).

It's nice hearing about your experiences. I am definitely looking forward to trying out the apple pie! That looks yummy.

I have a toddler and staying away from bananas is going to be a hard one for me. The temptation to just finish the other half of a banana is going to be hard.

I'm looking forward to reading more!

Katherine said...

Good luck with the bananas! They don't seem to like me too much...Great recipe though. Wonder if I could substitute peaches for the bananas...

Iris said...

Katherine, that's a great idea! I'll try it with peaches when they're in season. Let me know if you try that!

thedallasceliac said...

I love baking with sorghum flour - it has a great texture.

Glad you can have bananas again!

Chelsey said...

Wow, this is a truly gluten free whole grain muffin. I have yet to see one without starchy additions. Way to go Iris!

michele said...

Yum --no gluten and fruit-sweetened! I'm hoping that I can omit the egg and just add a little extra banana to make these vegan -- most muffins & quick breads really come out the same (maybe a little extra moist) without that egg. Thanks.


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