Monday, May 7, 2012

Moist Almond Meal Banana Muffins

Almond Meal Banana Muffins

If you are looking for a wheat flour and cane sugar alternative, try these easy Almond Meal Banana Muffins. Be creative and try a variety of ingredients with the almond meal as your base.

If you are already used to eating whole grain foods, you will probably enjoy these. These do not have any grains in them, but the almond meal offers the rustic flavor and texture.

This recipe makes 6 small muffins.
Muffin Ingredients:
1 cup Almond Meal/Flour (You can find this at Walmart near the wheat flour and at Trader Joe's)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (Too much cinnamon will give these a bitter taste.)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt (I used Kosher salt)
2 Eggs
1 Mashed Banana (Use a ripe banana for the best flavor.)
2 Tablespoons Honey (You can also use Agave Nectar)
1/2 stick butter (softened)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

*Spread for Muffins:
2 - 3 Tablespoons of Honey
1/2 stick of butter (softened)

Mix dry ingredients (Almond Meal, cinnamon, baking soda and salt) in medium bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, mashed banana, honey, vanilla and butter.
Stir the wet and dry ingredients together.
Pour batter into greased muffin pan as you normally would for muffins.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 17 - 20 minutes. A toothpick should be used to test. The toothpick will come out with a little muffin on it, but it should not be wet batter that is stuck on the toothpick.

*To make the spread for the muffins, mix 2-3 tablespoons of honey with 1/2 stick of butter. Make sure it's blended very well for a smooth spread. You can add more or less honey to suit your preferences.

Almond Meal Raisin Bread: No wheat flour, no yeast, no cane sugar.

Almond Meal Raisin Bread

Want a bread alternative? Try Almond Meal/Flour instead of wheat flour. This bread is easy to make. The preparation time is only a few minutes, with a longer bake time.

This recipe is similar to Irish Soda Bread.

If you like the flavor of whole grain foods and an earthy texture, you will probably enjoy this bread. There are no grains in this recipe, but the almond meal gives it the rustic/earthy flavor and texture.

This recipe is flexible enough to take in any direction. You can make it sweeter for a breakfast or snack. Or, you can can add herbs and cheeses for an appetizer or side dish. Play around with the recipe to create your masterpiece!

(See the Original recipe that I found on
2 ½ cups almond meal/flour (Can be found at Walmart near the flour and Trader Joe's)
½ tsp Celtic sea salt (I used Kosher salt)
½ tsp baking soda
3 eggs
1 tablespoon agave nectar (I substituted with honey)
½ tsp apple cider vinegar

I added the following to the original recipe:
1 handful of raisins
2 tablespoons of butter
Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top before baking.

Combine almond meal, salt and baking soda.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the agave (or honey) & vinegar.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
Form the "dough" into a ball. Add a little more almond meal if it's too wet to form a ball. Cut a large "X" on the top - but not too deep. You can carve any shape into the top.

Bake at 300 for 45-55 minutes on bottom rack until a knife comes out clean.
Cool and serve.

Our family liked it with butter and honey on their slice. 
This recipe is a bit crumbly, but the flavor is good. Mine may be a bit crumbly because I added a bit more of the almond meal and raisins.