Date, oat & chia muffins

dateoatchia How many times have you found yourself craving something sweet with that mid morning coffee/tea? And how many of those times did you find yourself spending a ridiculous amount of money on a muffin that looked way better than it ended up tasting? I myself am going to have to say quite a few times. Recently i have been baking a lot of muffins, and it came to my attention that many people don't realize how easy it is to replace the unhealthy ingredients we so regularly consume (white flour, caster sugar, eggs, whole milk) with delicious, nutritious substitutes.

Here is a recipe i  recently created, which happens to be gluten free, along with vegan and incredibly delicious. You must give these a try! Makes 12 large muffins.

  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
  • 4 Tbs Flax Meal
  • 1 Tbs Baking Powder (gluten-free)
  • 1 Tbs Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar (or raw, or brown, or you can leave the sugar out altogether!)
  • 2 over-ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup Dark Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 cup Dates (chopped)
  • 1 cup Boiling Water

Line 2 muffin trays & preheat your oven to 180c  |  Place chopped dates in a bowl with the boiling water, and sit to side for 10 mins |  Process your oats & walnuts in a food processor, then combine in a large bowl with chia seeds, flax, baking powder, cinnamon & sugar - Mix  |  Mash your bananas in a separate bowl, add vanilla and milk - mix  |  Make a well in your dry ingredients, add banana mixture, coconut oil, agave, and dates mixture - mix gently until well combined  |  Spoon mixture into muffin trays and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and crisp on top (check with a skewer through the middle - if it comes out clean, they're ready)

*I wrap mine individually and freeze them for up to 2 weeks, or eat them within 5-7 days.