Buckwheat Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, buckwheat, dairy free, gluten free, muffin, vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore

Naturally sweetened with only ripe bananas, these muffins are a healthy alternative to traditional muffins.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil , melted
  • 3 very ripe bananas , mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup water , or non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a standard muffin tin with 12 parchment cups.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground flax or chia seeds with the 3 tablespoons of water, and mix well. Allow to set for 5-10 minutes, until it gels together. Add in the buckwheat flour, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil, mashed bananas and water or milk, and stir until a uniform batter is formed. Add in the baking soda and vinegar, and mix quickly to distribute throughout the batter.
  3. Gently fold in the walnuts, or other add-ins, then use a 1/4 cup to scoop the batter into the paper muffin liners, filling them about 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes, until the centers are firm and the tops are starting to crack. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. These muffins can be stored at room temperature for a couple days, but for best shelf life, store them in a sealed container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

These muffins don't rise as much as a traditional gluten-based muffin, so they will be on the smaller side. You could probably double the amount of batter in each cup to create 6 larger "bakery style" muffins, if you prefer! Just increase the baking time, as well, to make sure they are cooked thoroughly.