In an ideal world, when someone gave me an enormous container of dates, I would make date shakes every single day.
But in the real world, I don’t have a blender and I need to fit into a bridesmaid dress for a wedding this week.
So in the real world when someone gives me an enormous container of dates, I try to make healthy things with it. It’s no secret that I love sweets. Usually, I’m all for splurging and eating deliciously sinful sweets, but sometimes I try to make healthy versions.
Oh hey, muffin.
Vegan Banana-Date Muffins with a Crunchy Oat-Almond Topping
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar, heaping
1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp cold water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tbsp almond milk (or water)
1/2 cup chopped dates
For Crunchy Oat-Almond Topping:
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp blanched almonds
Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water to make your “flax egg”, put in the fridge for 5-10 while you gather your ingredients.
In a bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, “flax egg,” and vanilla. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir until just combined. Stir in the mashed banana and dates. If batter is too thick, add 2 tbsp almond milk. Pour batter into lined muffin pan (12).
Combine ingredients for topping in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of unbaked muffins (the topping is optional, it’s tasty but not essential). Bake for 25 minutes ish, or until it passes the toothpick test (this will vary by oven).
Allow to cool completely then enjoy, without feeling guilty about eating a muffin, because let’s be honest oil-free, whole wheat flour… basically means they’re good for you.
Maybe not quite, but chances are if you have one you’ll still fit into your dress.
I just ate 3, let’s hope I do…
P.S. Tomorrow is National Banana Bread day. Go ahead, jump on the band wagon. You know you want to make this :)