Cranberry Banana Walnut Muffins

Today’s recipe for cranberry banana walnut muffins is a delicious, yet healthy alternative to the “regular average Joe muffins” out there.  You can make these cranberry banana walnut muffins entirely gluten-free or partially gluten-free.  Try making them for a party or weekend treat.  They are a true crowd pleaser! :)

Cranberry Banana and Walnut Muffins (or Loaf):

List of ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of butter or extra virgin coconut oil (NEVER MARGARINE)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar (I use sucanant or palm coconut sugar)
  • 2 eggs (omega 3 or organic, free range variety)
  • 4 tbsp milk – sour (mix with 1 tsp lemon juice or use yogurt or buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (always mix baking soda with 1 tbsp of lemon juice to prevent the “chalky” aftertaste).
  • 1 tbsp orange rind
  • 1 tbsp lemon rind
  • 1 3/4 -2 cups of flour (gluten-free or a blend of ancient grain and gluten-free variety) Use the 2 cup measure if you use more fruit, otherwise use 1 3/4 cups of flour.
  • 1/4 tsp of salt or less
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla (pure extract)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (3 very ripe bananas)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup of cranberries (dust them with flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of the muffin or loaf).

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Beat together the butter or extra virgin coconut oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add the lemon juice and baking soda mixture to the wet ingredients.  In a separate bowl mash up the bananas and add them to the rest of the wet ingredients.
  • Add both of the lemon and orange rind to the wet ingredients.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Place the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.
  • Add the yogurt on top of the flour mixture and fold all the ingredients together just until blended.
  • Fold in cranberries and nuts at the end.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cranberry Banana Walnut muffins

I love the mild texture and taste of these muffins. Using lemon and orange rind gives it a wonderful “bite”.  Bake them for your next holiday or business event, or as a treat for the weekend! :)

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I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. You could say I was one of the “originals”. LOL!! Growing up, I watched my mom bake and cook various delicious dishes and wanted in on the action. When I was five I received my very own miniature baking sheet and tart pan. I remember making tiny “Barbie size” buns and mini cinnamon crescents among other delicious goodies. With much anticipation and joy, I watched and waited for them to rise and bake. I was thoroughly ecstatic when I saw the perfectly golden pastries coming out of the oven. Those were humble beginnings and as time went on, they evolved into much more sophisticated culinary fare. One particular thing that was instilled into me at an early age was the need to “revamp” the recipe and make it healthier. My mom was a firm believer in using less sugar and less butter in her baking. She would also add different ingredients to better improve the flavor and health benefits of whatever she was baking. Much of her skills and talent have transferred onto me in which I’m very thankful for. I have also watched many episodes of CityLine and Martha Stewart which further developed my cooking and baking skills. Whenever I bake, I like to use the finest ingredients. These include a wide variety of ancient grains and gluten free flour. I love to experiment with old family classics and marvel at the “fabulicious” outcomes! Yum! Yum! My other passions are fitness and fashion. I am a fitness model who thrives on being healthy, remaining youthful and in optimal shape. I love to train my body hard and incorporate good nutrition and supplementation to go along with it. I have studied many interesting topics on health and nutrition along with diet and exercise plans from some of the top coaches/personal trainers in North America. I love to share my knowledge from what I have learned and pass it on. Remember this: Knowledge is power only when you use it.

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