Gluten-free banana muffins

Gluten-free banana muffins

glutenfree banana muffins close up

For the past 2.5 hours I have been travelling on a train from another era between Krakow and Warsaw, where I am flying back to Athens from. Our train experiences thus far have been amazing. We’ve had surprisingly seamless, fast, clean and quiet new generation trains at ridiculously low prices even though, in our usual style, we did wait till last minute with our ticket purchase.

This final leg of our trip has been a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. This is what taking trains was like when I was little. An old, slow and rickety train with these strange sitting compartments with sliding doors that sit 8 people at a proximity that’s slightly too close for comfort.

On a positive note, the view of snow-covered trees and fields is dreamy and the train isn’t full, so there is a fair amount of breathing space.

As I’m positively starving (I did not pack any lunch as I expected to be back in Warsaw by now) I’m fantasizing about these gluten-free banana muffins and a cup of good coffee right now. They are filling, not too sweet and would really hit the spot. They are also really easy to make.

You simply throw all the wet ingredients in one bowl, all the dry ones in the other, mix the two together and voila! They will make a great pick-me-up at work or during a long train journey too 😉 .

glutenfree banana muffins

glutenfree banana muffins on tray

glutenfree banana muffins top down

serves
12
PREP
15 min
COOKING
35 min
serves
12
PREPARATION
15 min
COOKING
35 min
INGREDIENTS

DRY INGREDIENTS

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 360 ml / 1½ cups ripe bananas (approx. 3 medium), mashed up
  • 90 ml / ¼ + 1/8 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 90 ml / ¼ + 1/8 cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
  • 90 g / scant ½ cup demerara sugar
  • 2 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground chia or flax seeds
METHOD
  1. Heat up the oven to 180° C / 355° F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin with olive oil.
  2. In one bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir until just combined. If using a wheat flour instead of a gluten-free one, take care not to overmix or the muffins will end up tough.
  4. Spoon the cupcake mixture into the tin (about 4 tbsp / ¼ cup per muffin) and sprinkle some almond flakes on top of each muffin.
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, the exact time depends on the individual oven. Remove from the oven and let them cool down completely.
  6. If you want to jazz them up a little, I recommend topping them with this oil-free coconut frosting or drizzling with this caramel sauce.

NOTES
*I have not tried using any other combinations of gluten-free flours, but I’m pretty sure you can sub buckwheat flour with gluten-free certified oat flour and it will work well too. If you don’t need these to be gluten-free, replace the first 3 dry ingredients with 180 g / 1½ cups of all-purpose white wheat flour.

These muffins are based on my earlier recipe for banana muffins

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
178
9%
sugars
10 g
11%
fats
9 g
13%
saturates
2 g
12%
proteins
2 g
4%
carbs
24 g
9%
*per muffin
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
maria sobolewski:
Ania
i like to cook about half the buckwheat (or rice, beans, chickpeas or potatoes) and then add the rest as flour (whichever one is preferred) to get the right consistency . The pregelatinisation usually cuts down on fats and need for gluten free gums.
Nerida McMurray:
These look great ... I'm a bit confused about your measurements for the banana .. 180ml is not 1 & 1/2 cups ?
I'd really like to make these - thanks !
Nerida
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Nerida,
    You are absolutely right! I just checked my testing notes and it should say 360 ml instead. I shall correct that now. Thanks for letting me know and hope you'll like them! Ania x
Elle:
Can you replace the rice flour with almond flour, coconut flour or garbanzo flour?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Elle,
    I haven't tried myself but it should work. I recommend chickpea flour as it is the closest to the rice flour in texture. Or you could also just increase the amount of buckwheat flour by 30 g. Hope that helps! Ania
Jwiltz:
Absolutely delicious!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you! That's so lovely to hear! :) Ania
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