Bet You Won’t Be Able to Just Eat One of These Muffin Bites
Every now and then I stumble upon a paleo recipe that becomes my new obsession and this time it’s banana muffin bites. I’ve been making them every single day for about two weeks straight now, adding and removing ingredients here and there.
Making them is super easy as well. To start, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 350°F and line 18 cavities of a mini muffin pan with paper or silicone cups before setting to the side.
You can then get your food processor out and add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, banana, egg, creamy almond butter (make sure it’s all natural!), melted coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, and just a pinch of salt. Process until it forms a smooth mixture and then you can gradually fold in your paleo friendly dark chocolate chips.
Scoop your batter into your prepared muffin cups and top each of them with extra dark chocolate chips if you would like.
Bake the muffins at 350°F for approximately 15 minutes. Once they’re done baking, just be sure to allow them to cool off completely before serving.
Can I Use All Coconut Flour or All Almond Flour Instead of a Combination of Both?
No, it’s not recommended to either use all almond flour or all coconut flour when making these banana muffin bites.
The main reason being that the texture of your dough batter will be affected. Mixing both almond flour and coconut flour together with baking powder is what ends up giving your mixture the proper consistency to make the best paleo banana muffin bites.
Is Baking Powder Considered Paleo?
Most people are usually surprised to learn that most commercially available brands of baking powder are in fact not paleo friendly.
Many brands actually have hidden ingredients like wheat or corn starch that keeps them from being 100% paleo.
With that being said, there are still plenty of healthier, paleo friendly baking powder brands available. They’re typically located in the ‘health food’ section of most grocery stores, so take a peek there if you’re having trouble finding some for your paleo baking needs.
Is Chocolate Paleo?
Yes, chocolate can be paleo, although not all types and brands are. You still have to do a bit of looking to make sure you’re getting the good kind.
Certain brands of dark chocolate without sugar and dairy, are considered paleo because they’re basic and haven’t been processed as much as milk chocolate.
What Makes These Muffin Bites So Good for You?
Even though at first glance you might think that a snack recipe like this one might be a bit risky for your waistline, it’s actually an incredibly nutrient-dense snacking option. Rest assured folks, you will indeed be able to enjoy these muffin bites 100% guilt-free. Here are the top three reasons why these muffin bites are so good for you:
- Both almond flour and almond butter are excellent sources of monounsaturated fatty acids. This type of dietary fat has been found to play a role in reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke by lowering elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (1)
- On the other hand, both coconut flour and coconut oil are great sources of medium chain triglyceride (MCT) fatty acids. This type of dietary fat has demonstrated beneficial properties when it comes to weight management and exercise endurance according to some studies. (2)
- Bananas also contain an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals. They’re a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and so much more. Bananas also contain a surprisingly high amount of disease fighting antioxidants, which help to combat cellular damage in your body caused by exposure to harmful free radicals. (3)
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- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp creamy natural almond butter
- 2 tsp melted coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp dairy free, paleo friendly dark chocolate chips plus extra for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line 18 cavities of a mini muffin pan with paper or silicon cups. Set aside.
- Add all the ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor and process until smooth.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared mini muffin cups.
- Top with extra chocolate chips if using.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.