Dark Chocolate Nutty Banana Peel Muffins

You read that right. Banana p-e-e-l muffins. Don’t worry, I was incredibly apprehensive myself. I was unsure until I had an actual bite and realized I had something pretty tasty on my hands! This recipe makes 12 muffins and they disappeared off the counter in two days. Pretty impressive for a scratch recipe with very little reference material. Yeah, apparently not many folks think “banana peel” is a qualifying ingredient. Well, thankfully my taste testers held out and believed in these nutty banana peel vegan muffins with dark chocolate! (Also, yes these are vegan! Woo!)

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These banana peel vegan muffins are moist, lightly sweetened with maple syrup and accented with dark chocolate. This is an intriguing recipe to surprise your friends with and offer up seconds as they ask, “With banana peels, really?” If you need something to do with those extra bananas you can go into a baking frenzy with these almond pulp cookies. This was a fun one to test out so let us know if you give it a try! #closedloopcooking

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Hawnuh Lee
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Dark Chocolate Nutty Banana Peel Muffins

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Make the most of your produce with these delicious, nutty banana peel vegan muffins. Dark chocolate is a great accent to these maple syrup sweetened treats. They won’t last long!

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makes: 12 muffins | prep time: 10 min | soaking time: 15 min | cook time:22 min | total time: 32 min

Ingredients

  • 3 banana peels from organic bananas (thoroughly washed)
  • 4 cups approx, boiling water (reserve ½ c soaking liquid after soaking)
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, plus 1 tbsp for greasing
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (I tried peanut + almond)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts for topping *optional* (I used pecans)

    To-Do's

    1. Wash 3 bananas. Cut off the top (stem) and bottom bit and compost these. Peel your bananas (these can be brown!) and save the fruit for later. You can freeze the fruit to use in smoothies, nice cream, or other baked goods. Put your banana peels into a large, heat-proof bowl and cover with boiled water. Let soak for 15 minutes.
    2. While peels are soaking, make your flax eggs by mixing 2 tbsp flaxseed meal + 4 tbsp water in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.) Add in melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and nut butter. Mix well.
    3. Preheat oven to 375°. Once peels have finished soaking, set aside ¼ of soaking liquid and strain water into a heat-proof container. (Once the water cools you can give to your plants for a boost of nutrients!) Using either scissors of a knife roughly chop your banana peels into 1-inch pieces. (Make sure peels are cool enough to handle.) Drop into your food processor and puree until smooth, about 3 – 4 minutes. Make sure you scrape down the edges and check for any large chunks (not ideal.)
    4. Once smooth, add your banana peel puree, flax eggs, and chocolate chips to your batter and mix until combined. Take a moment to clean your food processor as soon as possible as the peel mixture will tend to leave a gummy residue on plastic.
    5. In your muffin tin, grease each cup with coconut oil. Spoon out the batter equally between all 12 cups and put into the oven. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top if you’re feeling wild. Bake for 22 – 24 minutes, tops should be golden brown. (I did 22.) Test with a fork and it should come out clean.
    6. Remove muffins and let cool. Enjoy! These last about 3 – 4 days on the counter or a week-ish in the fridge.
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    Notes

    You can store banana peels in the fridge for 3 - 4 days before you're ready to use them.
    * If you have a banana allergy or banana latex allergy, of course, refrain from eating these muffins.

    Comments

    1. I have had a couple friends make things with banana peels lately, and while I am still skeptical, I AM intrigued. and I love the way you pureed these, so you can’t even tell, ha! so many nutrients…

    2. This is such an inventive idea! My kids go through bananas so quickly that I’m always adding peels to the compost. It would be nice to utilize the peels as well as the fruit. Thanks for sharing!

    3. I’ve never seen a recipe using banana peels before, but I am intrigued by this! I love that it really uses all of the waste that I would normally throw in the compost bin to make something tasty and nourishing!

    4. Hi ! Great idea, yet a “miss” slipped through : whdn do you add your flax eggs to the mixture ? Poor forgotten eggs…

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