One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. Vegan, One Bowl, Gluten Free, Dairy Free.
Do you remember the emo post? Ya know, the one about my emotional baking breakdown double chocolate banana nut bread? I told you about the self-imposed crazy-high, unrealistic, doomed-to-fail standards that I put on myself. I told you about how I realized that maybe, just maybe, we all put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect.
And if we’re not perfect, we really give ourselves the crappiest time.
I was hoping you’d relate. And you did. In fact, many of you felt the same way too. Your support helped me to realize that I’m not this major fudge-up (censored for the kiddies, of course); your support helped me to realize that we’re all in this together. So thank you. ❤️
But yet, how did the saga end? Did those infamous double chocolate banana muffins ever get made? Did I ever show them who’s really the boss?
Take a look-see. 😉 ‘Cuz… I DID. Oh yeah!! I just pushed my super cool sunglasses up my forehead and crossed my arms over my chest like I was a cool person. As if I even knew what that entailed.
I’m not gonna lie though… I was kinda/really/super seriously nervous about making these babies. I mean, what if I dropped the entire pan, AGAIN? What if I didn’t follow all the tips from the top minds of baking geniuses around the world? What if I didn’t add in enough baking soda in the banana bread recipe or I really should have cranked up the heat super high at the beginning of the batch, then turn it down low towards the end (or something)? What if?? ?
But the recipe was good. I mean, it was really good. Like, domed tops GOOD. These one bowl double chocolate banana muffins are perfectly moist, super chocolatey and taste, for realsies, BETTER than chocolate cake. Yeah, I had to shout that. <–Let me have this, would ya? 😉
Anyway, just as I was worrying and fretting about this recipe, this shoot, and everything else, I was in the middle of summer craziness. There were three birthdays in my family, a wedding, LOTS of travel (think stuffy buses and moist subway stations… ew), and two partridges and a pear tree. Like literally.
Except for the last two (or is it three??). *Clears throat*
I was doing the same things again—doing too much, expecting too much, and sleeping too little. Work lasted longer and longer each day. Conversations, bonding time, hugs and all that good stuff became less and less frequent. I picked computer time over family time. I picked work over life.
And that sucked. A LOT.
I started questioning a lot of things that I was doing, and I started making new plans. This time, I’m gonna change. For real. Work less, live more. Spend less time chatting online and more time chatting in person. Take a walk in the morning with Erik, instead of turning the computer on and doing internet stuff til my eyes burn.
Will you join me? I mean, after you’re done reading this post, then pinning it and sharing it to your social media? <—Just. Kidding. 😉 Let’s make some time for meeting a friend at a coffee shop. Or playing catch with the kiddos at the park. How about spending an afternoon baking with Grams?
However you do it, let’s do it together. Tell me, what are your favorite IRL activities? Surfing? Knitting? Ooooh, a book club?? I’ve always wanted to be in one! What’s it like?
In the meantime, I’ll tell you all about these one bowl double chocolate banana muffins. Hey, maybe you and Grams can make these this weekend?
These One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are:
- made in just one bowl (in case you weren’t listening)
- vegan, gluten free and dairy free
- rich, chocolatey and delicious
- made of the simplest whole ingredients
- moist and better than chocolate cake, yep, I said it.
- plant-based and allergy-friendly
- great for freezing to save you time
- refined sugar-free
- perfect for an afternoon of baking with Grams ??
Making something with your own two hands is one of the best feelings in the world. Will you try your hand (or hands…) at this today? And maybe, just maybe, you can plan an entire day of outdoorsy fun while you’re at it. No computers allowed. ?
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter. ❤️
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- 3 medium, very ripe bananas (a little over 1 cup)
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 5 mins)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour
- ¾ cup almond meal
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- Optional: 2 tablespoons assorted vegan chocolate chips for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy whisk or fork, mash bananas until completely smooth. Add the rest of the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax egg, and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
- Add all dry ingredients: oat flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Be careful not to overmix.
- Pour batter evenly into cupcake liners. Optional: sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the muffins.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Place the muffin pan on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for about 1 hour. Lift out and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Freezing instructions: These muffins freeze well. Wrap tightly in parchment paper or foil. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. To serve, allow to thaw at room temperature for 1 hour, or warm in the microwave for 20 seconds (or until warm).
- More gluten free vegan recipes: Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins, Gluten Free Vegan Brownies, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars.
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