There is nothing I love more than finding a couple of over-ripe bananas sitting in the kitchen because, whilst most people might be disappointed that they are past their best, I am just excited because it means they are perfect to bake with.
I usually use my ripe bananas for pancakes or cookies so I decided to change things up a bit this time. I waded through my never-ending cupboard of baking ingredients for some inspiration and found some tigernut flour lurking at the back.
Tigernuts are not actually a nut at all - they are a small root vegetable. They are completely gluten-free (suitable for coeliacs) and dairy-free as well as being high in resistant starch which is great for digestion and can also help to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels. On top of all this, tigernuts are a great source of magnesium (which I've written a whole blog post about here), vitamins E and C and healthy fats. If you are in Australia then you can buy some online here or in the UK you can buy it online here. If you can't get your hands on any tigernut flour then this recipe will still work with buckwheat or brown rice flour.
Recipe (makes 6 small muffins)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup (75g) tigernut flour
- 1/4 cup (25g) almond flour
- 1/4 cup (60ml) honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 squares dark chocolate
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees fan forced and grease/line a muffin tin.
2) Mash bananas in a bowl until smooth.
3) Add all the wet ingredients to the banana and whisk to combine.
4) In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients (you might need to use a sieve for the tigernut flour).
5) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine.
6) Divide the mixture into 6 muffin/cupcake holders.
7) Before baking, break the chocolate squares into halves and put half a square of dark chocolate in the middle of each muffin. Press down so it sinks into the mixture and is hidden in the middle.
8) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
As always, llet me know if you make these by tagging me in your photos @josie_eatyourselfstrong :)