Today I will sharing not one but two posts! I want to keep on schedule for my 29 days of rice, but I also want to share with you my Life In Pictures, as part of a blog hop! So, keep your eyes peeled, it should be something different 🙂
During the week we went over to my family for dinner and I figured I’d make some nibbles for them as dessert. I’m getting to know my audience, as it were, so I decided to make something very normal (no green cakes…YET!), but then I had to tart it up a bit on top with some streusel vibes. I figured that would get some pulled faces so I drizzled chocolate and voila – back to normal! 😀Best of all? Delicious! In fact, my totally adorable 5-year old sister very graciously turned to me and said “you can put it on your blog”. She’s seriously just too cute! So, little sister approved – it doesn’t get better than that 🙂 ❤
I’m sure you’re all pretty fed up with my rice-cream obsession, so I thought I’d take a break and use something different to tie in my rice theme – brown rice flour! It always adds a really special quality to any baked good. In some things it’s totally pants without a medley of different flours (e.g. crumbly cookies that disintegrate in your hands), but in other treats they work wonders. These muffins have enough bind thanks to the banana to withstand the pressures of being eaten alive, so all is well and merry. 🙂I got my inspiration, as I usually do for muffins and other delights, from Southern In Law, but just made some squiggles here and there without detracting from the yummy factor. Also, this is a ridiculously easy recipe – so easy that I was talking to my dad on the phone the entire time I was whipping it up. That’s a recipe you can stand to make – if it doesn’t get in your way!
Ingredients (serves 7):
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 4 heaped TBSP applesauce
- 1/4 cup unrefined sugar (40g)
- 1 dropper NuNaturals NuStevia Vanilla Liquid
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 cup non-dairy milk
- Spices of choice (e.g. cinnamon)
- 1/3 cup peanuts, crushed (approx 40g)
- scant 1/3 cup raisins (approx 20g)
- 1/8 cup dark vegan chocolate chips (approx 20g)
- 1 TBSP applesauce
- nutmeg + cinnamon
Optional: chocolate drizzle – 1/3 cup dark chocolate baking discs, melted
- Preheat oven to 180C and spray a normal muffin pan (or mini, whichever!).
- Mash your bananas, then mix that together with the applesauce, vanilla and sugar in a bowl.
- Add the brown rice powder, spices and baking powder. I added just a tiny splash of non-dairy milk since rice flour tends to suck dry the dough, but add some 1 TBSP at a time until you’re happy with the consistency.
- Scoop out heaped TBSP portions into the muffin tray. Take the back of a wet spoon to smooth out the top.
- For the topping, crush 1/3 cup of raw peanuts with a mortar and pestle until broken down, then mix all the topping ingredients together.
- Evenly distribute the toppings on top of the muffins and press in slightly.
- Be warned – the raisins will charr a bit in the oven – if you don’t like that awesome smokey taste then leave them out and sub for more choc chips or another type of dried fruit that you enjoy.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until they are slightly browned. I baked mine for 15, got paranoid and painted the tops a bit with leftover soy milk, then baked for another 5.
- If you’re using the drizzle then wait 10 minutes before removing the muffins and then pour on the chocolate.
- Store in an airtight container. I kept mine out the fridge overnight and it survived, but chilled fridge muffins also work great.
I ate mine without chocolate drizzle, because it was SO moist and flavourful that I wanted to enjoy every bite for what it was, but I added the chocolate for the norms so they wouldn’t get weirded out. Luckily, this turned out to be a pretty awesome, happy muffin, so that anyone could enjoy it!
I wanted to take a picture inside the muffin but then workers came to fix our gate and the urgency of MUST MUNCH NOW had passed thanks to piling chores. I of course took a bite of Man-thing’s tester when he got home, because I’m a villain, and I very nearly stole it from him!Just look at that…deep into its spirally eyes… you could pretty easily fall in, I suspect. That’s one of Man-thing’s most dastardly tricks. He’ll swoop up a few inches from my face and then do snake-eyes like Kaa, which either sends me into hysterics or distracts me long enough for him to smooch me. So sneaky!
I’m not as tricksy as Man-thing, but luckily I can con him into being a constant guinea pig for all my goodies. He’s gotten much better at feedback and constructive criticism – he’ll now roll his eyes upwards to show he’s thinking and try to guess flavours, which is equal parts hilarious and helpful. I always get nervous baking for my parents, so then I watch him like a hawk to test his reaction. These muffins really are so easy and tasty though, so I didn’t need to stress as much as I did! In fact, I think my dad polished off an entire muffin all my himself, which is some miracle deserving a cloudburst or something.