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Banana Muffins

These banana muffins pick up on the nice fall flavors with the added applesauce and spices.  It's a slight variation of the Apple Pumpkin Muffins (the basic recipe is a perfect way to play around with seasonal flavors, or to take advantage of whatever you have in the kitchen).

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)

1/2 cup of rolled oats

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup of raw turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)

2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp of nutmeg

1/4 tsp of salt

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup of applesauce

2 flax eggs (2 tbsp of ground flax seeds + 6 tbsp of water, set aside for 6 mins)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, mix flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and spices together until well combined.

2) Add mashed bananas, applesauce, flax eggs and maple syrup, stir until almost combined. Spoon into lined/ greased muffin cups about 3/4 of the way. Sprinkle additional oats and brown sugar over top if desired. Bake 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Banana Ice Cream with Chilled Berry Sauce

Just because you go plant based, doesn't mean you have to bid farewell to ice cream. After you try this, you'll automatically start buying an extra bunch of bananas to put in the freezer on a weekly basis. I'll be the first to admit, this picture isn't the best. But the flavor is there! I'm still learning how to create the best set up to really showcase the foods. 

Ice Cream Ingredients:

2-3 frozen bananas (peel and break into smaller chunks before putting bananas into the freezer)

Chilled Berry Sauce Ingredients:

1/2 to 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)

1/2 to 1 tbsp of maple syrup

1 tbsp of non-dairy milk

Ice Cream Instructions:

There are several ways to make the ice cream depending on what kind of equipment you have. I used an Omega 8006. Just push through the frozen banana pieces with the "open auger" attachment. You can also use a yonanas to get grind the fruit into an ice cream consistency.  If you don't have either, pulse the fruit in a blender until you get the creaminess of ice cream. 

Chilled Berry Sauce:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and pulse for about 1 minute.