I am one of those people who believe you should eat everything that makes you happy. If your tummy and mind are happy, then your whole body is happy too and your smile will never leave your face. Just a few years ago my life was filled with cow milk, beef stakes, sausages, processed cheeses, sugar loaded chocolates and other most tempting modern foods. But the more I was diving into the world of cooking, the more I realized, how unhealthy those things are and how much happier and healthier I could feel by focusing on plant-based products.
Let's be honest, being vegan is difficult: it takes time to reduce the amount of meat, fish and dairy product intakes. But the result and the changes in my body were incredible. I am not a vegan, I like to have some organic eggs from time to time or wild fish, but this nothing vs the amount of meat, dairy, and poultry that I used to eat. Today I had my first ever 100% vegan baking experience and I loved the result! I used Le Cordon Bleu muffin recipe as the base and replaced all animal products with plant-based products, making my Sunday breakfast exceptionally healthy and delicious. Today I felt especially joyful by doing something good for myself, the animals and the planet.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 muffins
170g (6oz) banana mash
1 small banana for decoration
50g (2.8oz) raw bee honey
20g (0.7oz) chopped dates
a pinch of salt and cinnamon
2ml (1/2tsp) vinegar or lemon juice
40ml (1.4fl) almond or oat milk
50ml (1.7fl) grape seed oil or any other vegetable oil
110g (3.9oz) quinoa flour
5g (0.2oz) baking soda
Making the muffins:
For this recipe, you just need a whisk or a hand mixer.
1. Mix together the flour and the baking powder in a separate bowl.
2. In a bigger bowl mix together banana mash and honey. If you want your muffins to be even more fluffy you can then add one egg and one more egg white. But even without eggs, my muffins were delicious.
3. While whisking, add the milk, some vinegar, the flour with the baking powder and finally the grapeseed oil. Whisk the mixture for a minute or so to make sure there are no particles in it.
4. Preheat the oven: 180C/356F/fan and put approximately two tablespoons of your mixture into each baking cups. You can add more, of course, but then you will have fewer muffins. If your cups are small, make sure you leave 1cm from the top for your muffins to rise. Add a piece of a fresh banana on top of each future muffin.
5. Bake the muffins for 18 minutes. If they are not ready, give them extra 2-3 minutes, then cool them down and serve slightly warm.
Bananas are great. They are full of potassium, which helps reduce the blood pressure. Full of energy, they are also your best friends before and after your workout or for kicking off the day.