Easy and fluffy banana chia muffins – only three ingredients, all vegan
If you are a follower of my Facebook or Instagram page, you know I have a sweet tooth and love all kinds of desserts. Most vegan bloggers today share overly-complicated recipes for beautiful desserts which take a lot of time and many ingredients to make. I am certain the result is amazing, but let’s not kid ourselves. Who has the time nowadays to spend hours in the kitchen perfecting a dessert? Most of us want something quick to make and take on the go.
Making a quick but healthy meal is thoroughly possible, of course. My banana chia muffins (and all of my recipes really) are easy to make, require no expensive kitchen appliances and ambiguous ingredients. Just take your ripe bananas, 3-4 tablespoons of chia and some self-rising flour and you’re all set.
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The result is
- discreetly sweet
- healthy and delicious
Let’s take a look at how to make those easy muffins.
- Three large, very ripe bananas
- Four tablespoons chia seeds
- One cup self-rising flour
This is the quick version of the recipe. For a more fancy result, you can add:
- Half a cup of any plant milk
- Agave or plant-based sweetener
- Some vanilla or cinnamon
- Any topping of choice
In terms of kitchen appliances, I only needed a muffin tray and some paper muffin cases because my tray’s non-stick coating isn’t very good. You can also use a blender, but it’s not necessary.
Start by mashing the bananas with a fork or a blender. You don’t need to puree it – mashed with a fork is great, even if there are bigger pieces.
Soak the chia with half a cup of water (add more water if the batter is too thick) and leave for about 10 minutes until the seeds take up the water. The consistency should be thick and gel-like. This is also called ‘a chia egg‘. A more ‘fancy’ way would be to soak the chia in a plant milk until you have the same gel-like substance.
Mix the banana mash with the chia egg and add the self-rising flour. You should have a thick batter at this point. Optionally you can add some sweetener – agave, if you wish. The bananas add a subtle sweetness, which may not be enough if you have a hard case of the sweet tooth. Also you can add some vanilla or cinnamon.
Pour the batter in the muffin tray and bake for 40 minutes in a low to medium oven. When ready, let them rest and cool for at least an hour before serving.
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