The one thing which I bake quite often is either banana bread or banana muffins because we keep buying a lot of bananas and I intentionally let a few of them to overripe to use it for baking later. After baking the best vegan banana bread ever I did try a couple of other similar recipes but till date that recipe is the clear winner. So I stopped trying new banana bread recipes. Recently I borrowed Sweet Vegan by Emily Mainquist from the library and found a recipe for vegan banana muffins. The book has a lot of vegan baking recipes and quite a collection of gluten-free and vegan recipes too with amazing pictures.
As usual I had some overripe bananas and decided to give the vegan banana muffin recipe a try and was not disappointed at all. Emily has used vegan butter substitute which I have substituted with organic, refined coconut oil. Other than that I have not made any major changes to the recipe.
Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 3 teaspoons ener-g egg replacer
- 4 tablespoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-4 tablespoons water or non-dairy milk (optional)
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- all-purpose flour - whole wheat pastry flour (See My Notes)
- white sugar - evaporated cane juice
- coconut oil - any other oil or melted butter substitute or butter for non-vegans
- walnuts - any nuts of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Line 8 or 9 muffin cavities with paper liners. Grease the paper liner with non-stick cooking spray if you want to peel the muffins off the liner immediately after baking. Whisk/blend until frothy the egg replacer with the water and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients.
- To the flour mix add the oil, mashed bananas, egg replacer liquid and vanilla extract. Stir in the walnuts too. The batter will be quite thick.
- Scoop about 1/4-1/3 cup of batter for each muffin and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean. Mine was done in 17 minutes itself.
- Cool the pan on a cooling rack for about 5 minutes. Then remove the muffins out of the pan and serve immediately or cool completely to store it.
- These vegan banana muffins tasted great, had the right texture and the shape was perfect too. Depending upon the sweetness of the bananas you would have to slightly increase the quantity of sugar. The first time I tried this recipe with very ripe bananas the 3/4th cup sugar mentioned in the recipe was perfect. But the second time I baked these muffins with not so ripe bananas, I felt that the muffins could have been sweeter.
- I avoid using whole wheat flour in banana bread/muffin recipes because I personally don't like the taste of that combo. But you could use it if you like it.
- Once I prepared the batter I felt that the batter was too thick (this was actually mentioned in the recipe itself) so I added about 3 tablespoons of rice milk to it.
- The original recipe was to yield 8 muffins and I got 9 out of the batter.