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Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins

Is it just me or is there sugar in EVERYTHING that you find at the supermarket? It’s out of control. Even at my local health food stores, a lot of the products that are gluten-free are FULL of sugar and fillers. When it comes to things in a package, you’ve really got to watch out for yourself and your body. Yikes!
❝ What we know is that added sugars put you at a higher risk for a poor lipid (fats) profile: Higher triglycerides, lower HDL (the good cholesterol) and higher LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) in the blood. A poor lipid profile increases your risk for coronary heart disease. There’s also been some research that has shown that added sugars increase your risk of high blood pressure. And added sugars seem to promote inflammation, and more and more we find that inflammation is not good for the heart. ❞ (source)

Okay, so we know sugar is bad for us. What can one do when it’s lurking everywhere? Well, for starters – instead of going to the supermarket for ready made foods, go to the kitchen to create food that you will feel good about eating. I know, I know – there is so much already going on in life that making muffins from scratch and breads and meals seems like too much to ask. But it’s not about cutting out added sugar, just because. Nor is it about being Martha Stewart. It’s about your health. It’s about your quality of life. It’s about being here for a long, long time.  Setting aside time in your day to throw a batch of muffins in the oven that will fuel your body instead of depleting its energy – is worth it. You’re worth and so is your family.

Little A. kept asking me for a cookie when these came out of the oven. I told him, these were muffins and not cookies, but he didn’t mind the difference. He watched me make them, smelled them baking and then they were before him – all he knew was that these were something yummy for his tummy that Mama had made. In the past,  I would include a small amount of organic sugar or honey with a recipe like this, but the fact that I can also make these without added sugar and be just as happy with their taste,  really pleases me.

Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins (Dairy-Free & Sugar-Free)
Makes 12

2 mashed bananas (use very ripe ones)
3 eggs
1 cup of almond milk
1 cup of gluten-free oats
1 cup of gluten-free oat flour (you can grind oats into flour)
3 Tablespoons of flax seeds, grounded
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of pure organic vanilla

Topping: ground almonds or walnuts and sliced bananas.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ground flax.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and add vanilla. Pour into dry mix.
  4. Stir together and add in almond milk. Keep stiring until smooth.
  5. Line muffin tin with paper liners, fill 2/3 full with batter. Top with ground nuts and sliced banana.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes.  Let cool and Enjoy!

Emily Smith

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  1. I agree on the sugar, even though I bake a lot. Love these muffins! Perfect breakfast for kiddos without loading them up on sugar. Thank you, Emily!

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