Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

This recipe for vegan banana nut muffins happened by accident.  Everyone knows that I love making my easy 1-2-3 banana bread, and I’ve even come up with a vegan version for my 30 Days of Vegan Challenge.  Since it’s time to start heading back to school, I thought that making some banana muffins for lunches might be a good idea, but I didn’t have any eggs.  Fortunately, I was armed with my new found knowledge of vegan substitutes for eggs, so I created a batch of Vegan Banana Nut muffins for my family

This is a very simple recipe, and it’s a great way to use bananas that are too brown for your family to eat.  That helps cut down on food waste, and it will save your grocery money.  We’re all about saving money here at Patty Cake’s Pantry, and food waste is one of the biggest ways that we waste our grocery dollars.

These muffins are delicious for either breakfast or as an addition to a lunch box.  They even make good after school, or work, snacks.  This recipe calls for walnuts, but I have used chocolate chips, pecans, or peanuts in this recipe.  The choices are limited only by your imagination, and what goes well with bananas.Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

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Vegan Banana Nut Muffins
Recipe type: Quick Bread
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Serves: 12
Banana nut muffins make a great lunch box treat. If you prefer, you can make these ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Take a few out at a time to thaw, or just put a frozen muffin in a lunchbox. They will be thawed by lunchtime, unless it's freezing outside. Cook's Note: You can substitute chocolate chips or any kind of nut for the walnuts, or if you prefer, you can make these without nuts. The total cost of the recipe was $3.21 or about $0.27 per muffin.
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed or flax seed meal ($0.22)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) box yellow cake mix (read ingredients to ensure it's vegan friendly) ($1.00)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts ($1.46)
  • 3 over ripe medium sized bananas (use 4 if they're smaller) ($0.27)
  • 1 tablespoon of a light flavored vegetable oil (corn, canola, sunflower, or safflower) ($0.05)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar ($0.03)
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon ($0.18)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix chia seed (or flax seed meal if you prefer) and water and set aside to allow to thicken.
  3. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add oil and the thickened chia seed and water mixture to the bananas and mix well.
  5. Add cake mix to the banana mixture and stir until all of the cake mix is incorporated into the batter.
  6. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour or scrape batter into a muffin tin that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray and/or lined with cupcake liners.
  8. Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a separate container.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the batter in each muffin cup with 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  12. Store in a covered container in a cool place for up to a week.

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins--Simple 5 ingredient recipe

Nutrition information is for one muffin made according to recipe as above using safflower oil and flax seed meal.  This is calculated based upon the recipe making 12 muffins of equal size.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12.1g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 242mg
Total Carbohydrates 40.2g
Dietary Fiber 2.5g
Sugars 22.6g
Protein 4.7g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 4%
Calcium 5%
Iron 7%

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