Tag Archives: Banana

Categories Recipes, Snacking

Scrumptious Chocolate-Banana Muffins

Scrumptious Chocolate-Banana Muffins

Author Shani - Lemon Tree Nutrition
I love a fruit & chocolate combo. Maybe it is the different flavours and textures that complement each other or because I feel chocolate makes everything better. So I took some ripe bananas I had on the counter and combined them with some rich cocoa powder into these gorgeous, soft, chocolaty muffins. With whole wheat flour for extra fibre and some protein powder for a more filling treat, these muffins will keep you fuller for longer. Plus, all ingredients go into one bowl to save on dirty dishes and work. In about 45 minutes from now, you could bite into your new favourite muffin.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • 12-muffin baking tray
  • Parchment paper baking cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ripe, large bananas peeled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder optional
  • Dark chocolate chips optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350 F or 180 C.
  • Line a muffin baking tray with parchment paper baking cups. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl mash the bananas with a fork.
  • Add to the mashed bananas the sugar, eggs, oil and cocoa powder and mix with the fork until combined.
  • Add to the mixture flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add chocolate protein powder if using. Mix with the fork until well combined. Overmixing can decrease fluffiness.
  • Fill each baking cup with the chocolate mixture to reach ⅔ of its height. Top with some chocolate chips, if using.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Muffins are ready when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out almost dry with a few crumbs attached, and the muffins’ top is a bit bouncy.
  • Let cool in the baking tray for about 5 minutes before carefully transferring the muffins onto a cooling rack.

Notes

These muffins freeze well. To freeze, muffins should be completely cooled to room temperature and kept frozen in an air-tight container.
Categories Recipes, Snacking

Fudgy Banana Bake

Fudgy Banana Bake

Author Shani - Lemon Tree Nutrition
Got some overripe bananas? Use them in this fudgy, chocolaty banana bake. This treat is not overly sweet, yet quite satisfying due to its protein and fibre content. Pair it with a nice cup of tea, relax and enjoy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Baking pan, 7x11 inches
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup large oats
  • 6-7 medium-size overripe bananas cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates soaked in hot water for at least 1 hour
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar you can add 1-2 extra tablespoons if you prefer sweeter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup raw walnuts roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350° F or 180° C
  • Line a 7x11 inch tall sided baking pan with parchment paper
  • In a food processor or blender, place 2 cups of oats and process into flour
  • Add the bananas and blend until well combined with the flour
  • Drain the dates saving ½ cup of the soaking water and add the dates to the banana-flour mixture, as well as the ½ cup of soaking water and blend
  • Add cocoa powder, coconut sugar, eggs, protein powder and baking powder
  • Blend until well combined to a smooth mixture
  • Transfer mixture into the prepared baking pan
  • Top with chopped walnuts
  • Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the centre is firm
  • Allow to cool at room temperature and cut into desired size squares

Notes

After a day on the countertop, place the rest in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.