Sunday, September 18, 2011

Banana Nut Muffins - Paleo Style!

Funny story: My husband said to me on Tuesday night, "Did you know that it was National Celiac Awareness Day today?" I responded that I was aware, and asked him if he knew that. He said he did now, and I asked how he found out. He said he read it on Failbook, which is a website dedicated to sharing people's failures (it's rather hilarious, but can be crude). His statement cracked me up for some reason. We rely on social media to keep up to date on our friends' birthdays, the news, pretty much everything!

Anyway, things are going pretty well these days. Extremely busy, but it is what it is. Luke's writing up a storm, trying to get applications and essays in to 7 business programs, as well as working full-time and juggling a full load at school. Work is keeping me on my feet as well. I feel like when I'm at home, I do nothing but cook and wash dishes thanks to our paleo lifestyle, but other than that, the diet is going great! Been working out more too, which has been fun! Plus, the sun is back, for the next few days at least, and that makes me happy :)

I wanted to share a recipe that has literally saved me since my husband joined me in this paleo venture. I don't seem to have a hard time finding things to eat...but I really enjoy vegetables. Unlike my husband, whose repertoire of favorable veggies is rather sparse. So, in attempts to keep him fed, and from getting burned out on salads, chicken with (fill in the veggie blank), and bunless burgers, I have tried to find filling, satisfying snacks for him to enjoy. 

This recipe is gold.

We both love banana bread, and I really appreciate that this form of said food can be enjoyed without all the non-paleo ingredients, such as sugar, wheat, etc. It's an easy recipe to make, makes a lot, and the muffins are delicious when warmed with a bit of melted butter on top. 

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins
Adapted from the recipe in "The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook" by Elana Amsterdam

3 c blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp olive oil
3 large eggs
4-5 very ripe bananas
1 c chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12-18 muffin cups with liners.

Put the bananas into a bowl. Using a hand mixer, mash up the bananas. Add the oil and eggs, and blend until the mixture is smooth. Add the flour, salt and soda. Mix well. Add the walnuts, and combine. 

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown. Check with a toothpick if desired. Let muffins cool in the pan for about half an hour, then serve.

*Note: The original recipe says that this recipe makes a dozen muffins. I don't know if I just have a small muffin pan, but I've gotten 15-18 muffins every time I've made it. 

These muffins freeze well, and travel well. They are great warm, but are just as good at room temperature. 



trishtator said...

Oooh, these look like gold. My man sounds like yours - he'd have a hard time with Paleo. Props to him (and you!) Glad all is going well!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try these. I linked to your blog linked from Wellness Mama. I just added it to my daily RSS feed reader.

I'm Pasquale and I went Primal/Paleo, lost 100 pounds in 10 months and still have 100 to go. I write a blog about my successes, frustrations and failures too. I'd love if you get a chance to check it out and I'll be stopping back by here to see what's new. If it's okay, I'd like to link to this recipe from my blog on Thursday, 10/27 to share this with my readers.

Anonymous said...

YUM!!! Looks very mouth-watering Doll!!!

Go Paleo HAHA :D


Chelsea said...

These are excellent & I'm making them for the 2nd time later today! Thanks for posting. I put walnuts in half for my husband & chopped 85% dark chocolate in the other half for me!

Amy said...

These are fabulous, Stephanie! My kids loved themS. I did add some sugar because we had some non-primal friends over, but only about 2 Tbsp in the whole recipe.

Stephanie said...

Chelsea and Amy - I'm glad you guys liked them! I love adding some chocolate to the batter as well Chelsea!

The Happy Hippie Homemaker said...

These look super tasty! (And the bits of chocolate sound like a great idea :) We just started Paleo about 3 weeks ago and it seems to be going well so far... I actually made some Paleo pumpkin muffins on Sunday. I ended up using Bobs Red Mill GF flour though because I couldn't find blanched almond flour... any tips on where to get it? We saw some online, but it was like $5 -$6/lb!!! Does that seem right? I thought paying $3/lb for Bobs was expensive!

Stephanie said...

These were sooo good! I added chocolate chips just in case (some paleo muffins are too dry), but I don't think it would be required. I had 3 bananas, so I did one avocado ... shhh.

Anonymous said...

No joke, I make these almost once a week. They are so unbelievably good. I do add 2 tbsp of honey because I'm not restricted, but that is definitely not required (have done without and they are quite good, too). Also, I have to point out what a flexible recipe this is. If I'm short a banana, I can substitute 1/2 cup pumpkin, and I can throw in a bit of pumpkin spice to change things up. I once added chocolate chips, too, and they were quite good. Thank you so much for posting this!!