Banana & Red Date Muffins
Banana muffins with a mood boosting twist.
prep time 20 mins total time 50 minutes
2 bags of red dates
4 tbs almond milk - i recommend rude health)
3 tbs coconut oil (melted)
220g spelt flour
1 ts bicarbonate soda
1/2 tbs baking powder
1 tbs cinnamon (+ extra for decor)
150g coconut sugar (or a sweetener of your choice)
Preheat the over to 200 (fan 180) and prepare your muffin tray
Dice your red dates into small chunks and place to one side.
Peal your x2 banana’s and place them in a bowl and mash them thoroughly.
Measure your dry ingredients, ensure you sieve the flour, and combine into a bowl. Add the wet ingredients, including the banana and mix well (if you feel you need a splash more milk add it tbs by tbs).
When the mixture has formed a cake consistency, add the red dates and continue to mix.
Divide the mixture into the cup-cases and place into the oven t0 bake for 25 minutes.
Once cooked, remove and leave to cool for as long as your will power allows before tucking in. I usually last around 3 minutes - I can confirm they AMAZING best warm.
Myself and my sister recently leant that when it comes to cake our willpower is somewhere below 0. We LOVE baking together, and usually end up 1,000+ calories deep feeling a little sick. A favourite dish of ours was banana loaf, however since I have been vegan we have struggled to master the perfect loaf - which led us to experiment with muffins. These muffins are (if i say so myself) the best! Perfectly fluffy, packed full of flavour and a guilt free. This recipe is also easily adapted - I have previously swapped the red dates for apple slices, or blueberries.
FOOD IS MEDICINE.
Spelt Flour is easier for the body to digest that wheat as it is a water soluble. Due to the many minerals and vitamins spelt contains, it can help regulate metabolism, increase circulation, improve the immune system, lower blood sugar, and reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Bananas are a healthy and nutritious addition to your diet. They are high in fiber, but low in calories. Most bananas have a low to medium glycemic index, meaning they will add natural sweetness to your meal without causing a big spike in your blood sugar levels.
Jujube fruit (red dates) They are not just rich in vitamins and minerals either. Red dates have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to help with insomnia and anxiety, as they are an adaptogen, which are substances that reduce stress.