These (gluten & dairy-free) banana bread muffins — that are loaded with healthy fats and plant protein from Manitoba hemp hearts — are one of my favorite way to fuel a busy morning.
Friends: It’s been too long! Can I make it up to you with a recipe? I’ve been making raspberry chocolate chip muffins on the regular (I have the recipe memorized for heaven’s sake), so I wanted to switch things up with this week’s batch of muffins. I love having a batch of almond meal muffins on hand to eat as a quick breakfast during the work week. I usually store them in the freezer and then either let them thaw while I am sipping coffee or pop a couple into the microwave. Warm, gooey chocolate chips – yes please!
I added Manitoba hemp hearts to this recipe because I am just plain obsessed with them. I sprinkle them on anything imaginable. I honestly don’t eat all that many chia seeds these days; nutty hemp hearts is where it’s at. Hemp hearts contain 10 grams of complete, plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas (a near ideal ratio of omega 3 and 6) per serving — plus they are a great source of magnesium, fiber, and iron.
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted & cooled
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond meal
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ cup Manitoba hemp hearts
- ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork until smooth (small lumps are okay); whisk in the eggs, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract.
- Add the almond meal and baking powder to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Fold in the hemp hearts and chocolate chips.
- Line a muffin tin with parchment paper liners (or spray with coconut oil).
- Distribute the batter among the 12 muffin cups.
- Sprinkle the top of each muffin with hemp hearts.
- Bake for approximately 18 minutes until golden brown.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days (or store in the freezer).
Slightly sweet banana muffins (sweetened with a mere 1/4 cup of local honey) studded with gooey dark chocolate chips and nutty hemp hearts is what will get me out of bed each morning this week. Let me know if you try this recipe.
Happy, healthy breakfast-ing!
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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive free Manitoba Harvest product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. I adore hemp hearts!