While most of my recipes are clean and wholesome, I wanted to make sure I have a few solid desserts that I can count on that are both sugar-free (refined cane sugar, not the carbohydrate) and grain-free. I am preparing for a Whole 30 type cleanse and I am extremely nervous to cut out gluten, along with all grains! I love dessert. And bread. And gluten. It’s hard to believe that these Chocolate Chai Spice Banana Muffins are grain-free with their perfectly moist crumb. They are baked with a combination of almond flour and cassava flour and are sweetened with honey and creamy chocolate morsels bursting throughout each bite. My kids and friends did not believe me that it is both sugar free and grain free! I challenge you to make these and not eat more than one! It’s just not possible.
The Clean Ingredient line-up
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This recipe is naturally dairy free. I adapted and modified my original Cinnamon spice banana date muffins which are made with coconut oil. I added almond butter to add extra moisture to the cakes, and to complement the almond flour replacing wheat flour. I kept the eggs because I am not excluding eggs from my diet. However, this recipe can easily be made vegan by using apple sauce or pumpkin puree in place of the eggs! Just add 1/3 cup of apple sauce in place of the two eggs. The bananas and ground flaxseeds already do a great job acting as binders in the recipe.
To sweeten these cakes, I use 1 cup of honey. That’s truly all it needs! The sweet bananas (6 of them!), coconut oil, almond butter and flour all offer a delicate balance of sweetness that is well appreciated by this moist banana muffin. I usually use even less honey if it is only for me because I became so accustomed to cutting out sugar, I find that these are plenty sweet with all of the bananas.
The Grain Free Part
I substituted 3 cups of flour with 1 cup almond flour + 1.5 cups casava flour. The combination makes for a perfectly moist and fluffy muffin. Casava flour is made from yuca root and I love the brand by Otto’s Naturals. There are no added fillers or preservatives, and it is a soft texture with a neutral flavor. You can substitute all purpose flour with casava with a 1:1 ratio in weight. The batter became nicely fluffy while stirring in the baking soda and the muffins baked up beautifully in the oven. These muffins are hard to tell apart from their gluten counterparts!
Chocolate Chai Spice Banana Muffins (Grain- free and sugar free)
- 6 ripe bananas
- 1/3 c coconut oil
- 2/3 c almond butter
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1 c honey
- 1/c c chopped dates (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs *or replace with apple sauce for vegan option
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 c almond flour
- 1.5 c cassava flour
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 c chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degree (F).
- In a large bowl, smash the bananas with the coconut oil, almond butter, honey, and spices.
- Whisk the eggs with vanilla powder. Slowly add to mixture.
- Sprinkle in the baking soda.
- Fold in the flour and flaxseeds, followed by the chocolate chips.
- Divide batter into a muffin or cupcake tin. Bake on the center rack for 15-20 minutes.